Swordfish Fishing Reports, Swordfishing, Daytime and Night
[East Cape] Conditions couldn't be nicer with warm sunny days, calm seas and tidy bowl blue water pushing 80 degrees. The sea is alive with huge spots of bait, turtles and manta rays. Striped marlin dorado and wahoo are all on the prowl. The only fish noticeably missing for this time of year is yellowfin tuna. They showed up late last year and it looks like this is going to be another late appearance.
[East Cape] A few boats in the area off Punta Pescadero had double and triple hookups on marlin in the late afternoon as the fish charged the jigs.
[East Cape] We ran across the largest pod of orcas I have ever encountered. It was the first time I have ever seen 3 males in one group. Strange? We didn't see any sea lions that day
[East Cape] This week I'm finding it hard to gather my thoughts to write a report. Trying to keep it positive I can say the weather has been gorgeous. Comfortable temperatures and dead flat seas. There has also been hoards of sea life. Humpback whales are near shore in Palmas Bay and putting on a show for anybody who cares to watch. This week we also sighted huge schools of porpoise and many sea turtles. That was the good news.
[East Cape] The good news is the fish from the south are moving this way. Yesterday we ran down south and ended up meeting boats from Cabo San Lucas in the middle. By the end of the day we had chased marlin all the way back to Los Frailes. I just hope they stay hungry.
[East Cape] With limits we decided to just meter around and make bait for the following day. The bait always seemed to be ganged up just a few hundred yards away from the grouped up pangas. Making bait was easy except that the yellowtail kept hitting the bait we had just hooked on our sabikis. We tore up several bait rigs and lost a few sinkers but soon our tank was plugged.
[East Cape] Just a bit further off shore tailing striped marlin are being sighted in packs from south of Los Frailes to north of Pescadero. I also received a report that a friend of ours fished the Pacific side from Cabo yesterday and limited on Yellowfin tuna.
[East Cape] Last week we finally finished winter maintenance on the Jen Wren boats. Hot to trot I have been waiting for calm weather to launch Jen Wren III and get in on the yellowtail bite. Licking my chops getting ready to launch I discovered a hummingbird nesting under the bow pulpit of the boat.
[Miami] Luckily a much-needed cold front came by on Friday and that coupled with blue water and strong north current resulted in a pretty good bite. The past couple of days we went 6 for 8 one day followed by 8 for 8 the next day.
[Fort Lauderdale] Sharks are on the beach. Sailfish and dolphin on the reef. Swordfish offshore
[East Cape] We have been hard at Jen Wren maintenance but I have gotten fishing reports that the bite is outstanding on the odd day when boats can get out. Dorado, marlin and sailfish are all in the mix off La Ribera. I spoke with one skipper that landed 4 wahoo a couple days ago. Also early mornings walking the beach I'm watching sierra mackerel busting large schools of bait. Pounding surf just hasn't allowed tin boaters to get out after them.
[East Cape] It is interesting how both have completely different styles. Graham is very calculated, precise and is alway analyzing the situation. He sets up most of his shots making the skipper move the boat until the light is right, getting the anglers set and also adjusting the settings on his camera to capture the moment best. Nilsen is the exact opposite. He draws his camera like a six shooter and blasts away.
[Fort Lauderdale] Dolphin dominate the reef, groupers are on the wrecks and swordfish are biting offshore. Its a great time for catching here in South Florida.
[East Cape] We landed three 200 pound class tuna and broke one off. Our average fight time on these monsters was 30 minutes a fish. I tribute that not only to experienced fishermen but also the great tackle and all Accurate reels the Great White is equipped with.
[East Cape] We are having fun now! With jungle rules we were able to pass the rod. Fighting big tuna puts a man to the test.
[Miami] We are now well into the fall and the species we are targeting are swordfish, sailfish and wahoo. Luckily all three of these species have cooperated.
[East Cape] More than 21 years ago I pulled the plug on my Los Angeles based real estate brokerage and move to Buena Vista. It all looked good on paper but the truth be known when it actually came time to kill the golden goose that had provided so well for my family, and start packing personal belongings to move to a foreign country my palms got really sweaty.
[East Cape] Many of us believe our government doesn't do a lot of things right but I have to say the efforts to save the endangered sea turtles has been an incredible success. Several years ago there was a huge campaign with notices posted, television ads and radio spots run with the message "take a turtle and go to jail". The Feds have been very serious and vigilant. I think a pedophile would have a less severe penalty then a turtle poacher from what I have seen.
[East Cape] The event is loads of fun and for a good cause. Below I have posted a few photos shot from Jen Wren III during the event
[Miami] Fall is definitely here and al our fall species are cooperating. We had a banner trip to Bimini high speed trolling for wahoos, we have caught swordfish on all our sword trips, both day and night, and the sailfish bite is already picking up.
[Fort Lauderdale] Mullet run on the beach. Dolphin, Swordfish offshore. Wahoo, sailfish, snapper on the reef.
[Miami] This past weekend was the 10th Annual Miami Swordfish Tournament. I have fished many of the Miami as well as the Islamorada Swordfish Tournaments in the past
[East Cape] A few years ago while Ben Secrest was here fishing with us on Jen Wren he handed me a couple of Halco Laser Pro lures. He seemed to be pretty excited about the Aussie made lures and asked me to give them a try. Looking at them I thought to myself hey Benny, we live in Jurassic Park. These things look like something I would fish for striped bass on Lake Mead.
[Miami] Again, we had a variety of trips from daytime swordfishing, mahi fishing, and fishing on the edge.
[Fort Lauderdale] The daytime sword fishing has been very good when the weather is good and the moon is write.
[Miami] I was looking forward to the sword trips as we are getting into the absolute best time of year for daytime and evening swords. Late August through October and even November is the absolute best time to target these fish.
[East Cape] Then the rain stopped and the tuna popped. The bite has been a little different every day but boats willing to go the distance and take the time have been rewarded with limits. The fish have been from 20 to 35 miles off shore. Sometimes we are finding them with spotted dolphin and sometimes they are just breezing.
[East Cape] It was almost on this date one year ago we experienced similar conditions. On that date the rain didn't keep our fishermen back. They were rewarded with a killer day landing tuna and billfish.
[Miami] For the past two weeks we have had a variety of different trips. The majority have been daytime swordfish trips, one combo day/night sword trip, some trips on the edge and some trips for mahis in the Gulfstream.
[East Cape] It is my opinion and observation that our season has finally kicked into gear but it is about a month behind. We are normally knee deep in Yellowfin starting early May but this year they didn't arrive until June. Traditionally blue marling fishing turns on early July but it didn't happen this year until August. Looking ahead it is going to be interesting to see what fall brings.
[Fort Lauderdale] Big fish on the reef. Swordfish and dolphin offshore.
[East Cape] The weather has been about as nice as it can get. The water is 82 to 84 degrees and a beautiful purple blue. There is loads of flying fish, and birds everywhere. I just keep waiting for the bite to explode.
[Miami] Usually May and June are the best month for mahis, but this May and June the mahi fishing was relatively slow. Last year was the same but it got very good in August and September.
[East Cape] Shortly after the waterspout dissipated we found ourselves in a severe thunder storm with torrential rain. The sound of thunder over our heads was deafening. The storm passed quickly leaving Diego and myself drenched in the bridge. A few minutes later a beautiful rainbow appeared.
[Fort Lauderdale] Great dolphin fishing and swordfish and marlin offshore. Inshore snapper and mackeral.
[East Cape] Just a few miles off shore striped marlin have been very cooperative. Most boats targeting billfish are releasing multiple fish. It is a bit surprising not many blue marlin have shown up yet. Small skipjack, yellowfin and dorado are here in big numbers which is the main food source for the blues. With that it is my hope the big marlin won't be far behind.
[Miami] This time of year the best bet is going to the Bahamas on a multi day trip or doing a mahi or mahi/swordfish trip.
[East Cape] The last couple days the bite has been good in the morning and then slowed. In the afternoon the fish pop back up and if you didn't get a limit in the morning it is a sure thing in the afternoon. Yesterday afternoon tuna were jumping and feeding in a huge area as far as I could see in all directions. Quality dorado are also mixed in along with a few striped marlin and bite while we are waiting for the tuna to pop back up.
[East Cape] On a bright note 3 broadbill swordfish were sighted yesterday. None of them would bite but it is exciting to know the potential is there.
[East Cape] The Sea of Cortez never ceases to amaze me and something is always on the prowl. Because of off colored water and crazy currents yellowfin have not made their normal, predictable showing in numbers but dorado have taken up the slack.
[East Cape] Jack is one of the luckiest fishermen I have ever encountered. The fish bite every time he visits. In four days we hooked 18 stripers and had many more opportunities. He invited different guests each day to fish with us and every one came away having released at least one marlin. It was a pleasure to have Rancho Leonero owner John Ireland out with us one day as well.
[Miami] The fishing still remains very, very good. Donít get me wrong, we have had a few trips that the fishing was slow, but overall spring is the best time to fish especially for variety and that was definitely the case this month. Just the other day we had a late afternoon trip and in a little over two hours we caught 3 big blackfin tunas, a few sailfish and quite a few bonitas. It was non stop action during the whole trip.
[East Cape] I'll take em anyway we can get them. We lassoed 2 fish in one day. What are the odds? The fish are finicky and just batting the baits around. Luck trumps skill.
[East Cape] or the pangeros. Sardines have completely evaporated and cannot be found anywhere. I was talking with some of the pangeros at Muertos bay and they believe the bait has just gone deep.
[Fort Lauderdale] Sailfish, Blackfin Tunas, Dolphin and kingfish have been swimming up and down our reefs. Wrecks have had good numbers of groupers and snappers.
[East Cape] In shore rooster fish and pompano are on the feed. Finding sardines for bait has been the key to success and not easy some days.
[Miami] The tunas are definitely here. Blackfin tunas in Miami and yellowfin tunas in the Bahamas. Starting with Miami, the big blackfins have shown up and in big numbers. For the past week or so we have been averaging 3 to 6 tunas per trip. The fish are decent in size as well averaging 25 to 35 pounds. We have been catching most of the balckfin tunas on the kite baits but caught some on the flatlines as well.
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[Miami] What a great couple of weeks of fishing. This has definitely been the best fishing of the year. The sailfishing has exploded and we have gone almost double digit releases every day.
[East Cape] It seems the Sea of Cortez has come alive. Not only are anglers experiencing excellent fishing they are sighting a parade of interesting sea life. Sea turtles, porpoise and whales are putting on a show.