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Old 08-17-2020, 06:50 AM
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So I recently started swordfishing in South Florida with no success. I know that there are a ton of variables that can lead to catching or not catching fish, but lets just say for those who know what they're doing, on average how often are you hooking up to swordfish? Every time, every other time, 1/10, etc....

I assume I'm doing everything right but the tough part about fishing for something new is you don't know if you aren't catching fish because you're doing something wrong or because the fish aren't biting. I'm at the point where I'm just going to hire a mate to give me a sanity check that everything I'm doing is correct.
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How deep of water and do you have a good sounder and numbers for good areas?
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I know I'm good on the fishing spot and good on the gear. The swordfishing grounds aren't exactly a secret down here. You basically see lines of boats when you're out there and I have CMOR which does a pretty good job showing the bottom. Everything seems to be right which is why I'm a little perplexed on why I have not hooked anything. I will also say that I've only tried 4 times... That's why I'm wondering if my expectations of hooking a fish are too much or if I'm just doing something else wrong. I think the RJ Boyle and Florida Sport Fishing videos can only teach you so much.
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I started swordfish a wile ago. I have a smaller boat so only fish on nice dayes. Every trip we got at bite. Did not land the fish all the time .
The bite can be very hard to see . The rod makes a big difference. What kind or rod you using. I fish the keys think the rod is the most important part . I guessing you got bites and taps and might of missed them. If you dont react to a tap or bite the fish might lose intrest and swim on. And Last trip never saw a bite time to check the bait and a fish was on. It as a small fish we lost getting the lead off.
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Been a few years since going and only went about 5 trips but landed 2 fish, 1 -259 lbs, 1 -130 lbs. These were night trips. Day trips we are 0 for 1 but going to try again soon.
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Originally Posted by Swirvels View Post
So I recently started swordfishing in South Florida with no success. I know that there are a ton of variables that can lead to catching or not catching fish, but lets just say for those who know what they're doing, on average how often are you hooking up to swordfish? Every time, every other time, 1/10, etc....

I assume I'm doing everything right but the tough part about fishing for something new is you don't know if you aren't catching fish because you're doing something wrong or because the fish aren't biting. I'm at the point where I'm just going to hire a mate to give me a sanity check that everything I'm doing is correct.
Lots of variables off S. Flo but we get bites and have landed fish about 75% of time (sometimes we are talking 8 hrs to wait for the bait, though; other times within literally seconds of hitting bottom). Who's driving the boat off of SoFlo is one of the most important under looked factors and as someone mentioned the rod tip to see the bite. There are a couple good ones out there, but I can put you in touch with a per diem capt who will go on your boat and bring all tackle/bait.
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Originally Posted by gdholbrook View Post
Lots of variables off S. Flo but we get bites and have landed fish about 75% of time (sometimes we are talking 8 hrs to wait for the bait, though; other times within literally seconds of hitting bottom). Who's driving the boat off of SoFlo is one of the most important under looked factors and as someone mentioned the rod tip to see the bite. There are a couple good ones out there, but I can put you in touch with a per diem capt who will go on your boat and bring all tackle/bait.
That would be awesome if you could get me that captains contact information.
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Originally Posted by Swirvels View Post
So I recently started swordfishing in South Florida with no success. I know that there are a ton of variables that can lead to catching or not catching fish, but lets just say for those who know what they're doing, on average how often are you hooking up to swordfish? Every time, every other time, 1/10, etc....

I assume I'm doing everything right but the tough part about fishing for something new is you don't know if you aren't catching fish because you're doing something wrong or because the fish aren't biting. I'm at the point where I'm just going to hire a mate to give me a sanity check that everything I'm doing is correct.
Equipment, rigging, and boat driving are the 3 major keys to success. If none of these three are correct you might as well be fishing off the pier. $5-700 spent on the correct guy to show you the ropes for a couple trips is worth it's weight in gold. PM me and I'll give you a guy's number.
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If you've only tried 4x and not caught a fish IMO, you are doing fine. Totally normal.
I've gone more than that with excellent sword guys and not caught.
I'm not confident the bite is on right now either.
Follow lunchboxfishing on IG. Unknown small boat guy but he hauls in the swords when they are biting, like 3, 4, 5 a trip. Out of Boynton
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Awesome, thanks so much for the feedback. I’ll give it one more try. If I don’t have any luck after that I’ll call in the big guns.
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Swording is all about paying your dues! You seem to be doing things right so it might just be a matter of time. The key aside from driving is having someones eyes glued to that rod tip. If you miss that bite you will most likely not hook the fish. Some times its looks like a snapper pecking at it, other times its as subtle as a stall in the rod tips rhythm. This is when you need to move the bait up or down and "tease" the fish to commit. I am not a pro by any means. We didnt get one our first 8 to 10 trips but once we got our first it has been pretty consistent since. Something that we have had some luck with on slower days is to continue moving the bait every couple of minutes. Check bottom every 5 to 7 min. Also be careful inside of 1500, the bottom gets very easy to snag.
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This thread was perfect timing so thank you. Me and a group of friends have just started regularly “trying” out of Palm Beach. I searched For a thread like this but none ever take off. Guess they don’t want to post catches even though they are getting posted all over Instagram. My hopes would be a catch thread. No real tricks or anything posted just catches. That way we can compare to our catch rate. So far we are zilch for daytime catches. Last weekend we had one hooked until the 200 mark. Can’t figure out why the hook pulled. It was still stalling the reel at 200 on a light drag so don’t think it was to much drag but who knows. Other than that just one or 2 baits hit over the last 3-4 trips. Hence the reason to know if others are catching on the days we get 0 hits on baits.

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Pay the professionals till you dial in .Thats a fishery that requires it all
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Im in the same boat (no pun intended) started swordfishing recently as well. first day out (2 weeks ago) we did 5-6 long drifts, not a bite. second time around (last week) we hooked a fish but lost it somewhere down deep. going to keep on putting them hours in till i get one on the boat!

The good news is that were coming back in with a box full of mahis everytime.
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Nick Stanczyk sometimes goes days without a fish. Other times he catches multiple fish.
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I just recently got into swording as well. Before my current boat i tried twice with failed attempts. After i got my contender, I got a better rod and landed a fish each time in the past 2 trips. As long as you have a good bait presented correctly at the correct depth and can distinguish a bite, then you should be good. I like to drop down every 5-10 minutes to check for bottom and make sure im 75-100ft away from any chance of snagging. This also gets the bait moving and probably helps entice a bite. One thing that gave me success last time was we caught a fresh skipjack on our way out and baited him up on our second drift. Sure enough as soon as we hit bottom and reeled up 100ft, rod went slack and i was able to bring in my first keeper. If i were you, go out with someone experienced once or bring them out with you so you can see if your doing everything right or not.
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Originally Posted by Surreel Life View Post
This thread was perfect timing so thank you. Me and a group of friends have just started regularly “trying” out of Palm Beach. I searched For a thread like this but none ever take off. Guess they don’t want to post catches even though they are getting posted all over Instagram. My hopes would be a catch thread. No real tricks or anything posted just catches. That way we can compare to our catch rate. So far we are zilch for daytime catches. Last weekend we had one hooked until the 200 mark. Can’t figure out why the hook pulled. It was still stalling the reel at 200 on a light drag so don’t think it was to much drag but who knows. Other than that just one or 2 baits hit over the last 3-4 trips. Hence the reason to know if others are catching on the days we get 0 hits on baits.

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The smaller the fish the softer the Jaw, Ive caught a few fish under 100 lbs and the lower jaws are very soft. Hammer the drag with 25 to 30lbs in the first couple minutes to set the hook or pull it out of the hole. Sometimes what you think is hooked is just bill wrapped etc so you will fight it for 20 min and lose it. Once its set I back way off to where the reel is barely slipping and i feed the line by hand into the reel. That way you can control the pressure by hand. Again not a pro by any means, just what works for me.
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Originally Posted by Surreel Life View Post
This thread was perfect timing so thank you. Me and a group of friends have just started regularly “trying” out of Palm Beach. I searched For a thread like this but none ever take off. Guess they don’t want to post catches even though they are getting posted all over Instagram. My hopes would be a catch thread. No real tricks or anything posted just catches. That way we can compare to our catch rate. So far we are zilch for daytime catches. Last weekend we had one hooked until the 200 mark. Can’t figure out why the hook pulled. It was still stalling the reel at 200 on a light drag so don’t think it was to much drag but who knows. Other than that just one or 2 baits hit over the last 3-4 trips. Hence the reason to know if others are catching on the days we get 0 hits on baits.

thanks all
The smaller the fish the softer the Jaw, Ive caught a few fish under 100 lbs and the lower jaws are very soft. Hammer the drag with 25 to 30lbs in the first couple minutes to set the hook or pull it out of the hole. Sometimes what you think is hooked is just bill wrapped etc so you will fight it for 20 min and lose it. Once its set I back way off to where the reel is barely slipping and i feed the line by hand into the reel. That way you can control the pressure by hand. Again not a pro by any means, just what works for me.
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I know it’s a different game but I still fish for them at night. Some nights no bites but most of the time we would have multiple bites and fish. It’s fun fighting them on standup 50w and live blue runners.

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