Swordfishing is a year round fishery in Islamorada. Peak season seams to be to be between summer and fall, however the temperate waters of the Gulfstream off of the Florida Straits harbors swordfish all year long. Swordfish average between 75 and 150 pounds, but are commonly caught up to 300 pounds and can reach 600 plus in some occurrences.
There are two very different ways to target swordfish off Islamorada. One is during the daytime, and the other at night. During daylight hours swordfish linger near the bottom in 1500-1700 ft of water, feeding on mainly squid and other bait fish. At night swordfish rise to the surface and purse similar bait fish under the cover of darkness.
Swordfishing is not for everybody due to the lack of constant action, however for those of you who appreciate a real trophy, swordfish are one of the most rewarding catches in the sea. The easiest part is getting the bight, then you are locked into an epic battle that can last from 30 minutes to multiple hours. Once the fish reaches the boat, we must make a skilled harpoon or gaff shot to finish off the majestic beast of the abyss. These fish are the real Gladiators of the sea, and will test the will of anglers of all skill levels. Do you have what it takes?