November 18, 19, 20, 2011
For the last three days or so the weather has been very calm, and boy have the fish been biting. We have been using several different techniques, including trolling, kite fishing and wreck fishing. While trolling we have been catching kingfish, wahoo and mahi-mahi using fresh bonito strips behind blue and pink sea witch feathers. The kite fishing has been productive using live goggleyes and threadfin herring for big mahi-mahi, kingfish and plenty of sailfish. On almost every trip we have caught a sailfish, and their acrobatics have been unbelievable! The wreck fishing has been hit or miss. The other day, using live blue runners, speedos and live bonitos we caught two amberjacks and a black grouper. The shipwrecks we fish are anywhere from 100 out to 450 feet of water. The cobia, many in the 40-50 lb range, will be migrating through here pretty soon and you catch them on the wrecks as well.
Day and Nighttime Swordfishing
Over the past few weeks I have heard of a few boats going out at night getting plenty of bites, but most of the fish are short; too small to keep. Still, they do put up a good fight! The nighttime swordfishing has been best in 1000 to 1400 feet, above the sea mounts. Both live baits and dead squid, when fished 100 to 400 feet down in these areas, have been the key to success. Also, attaching a light stick or an LP light 30 feet from the bait improves the chances for a hookup.
When the moon and the wind are right, and we have calm seas, daytime swordfishing is a great option. We have been fishing baits on the bottom, in 1650 to 2000 feet of water, with 8 to12 lb leads on electric reels. The daytime swords have been averaging 150 lbs, up to 550 lbs. Overall, some very nice swordfish are being caught.
Capt David Ide
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