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May 17, 2013

Daytime Swordfishing

Top five tips to catch swordfish during the day.

2. Sew It Up

When fishing deep waters, you don't want to reel in your line except when you have to: Even electric reels take over 10 minutes to regain 1,800 feet of line, so you need a sturdy bait. Sewn belly baits work best. Although swordfish love squid, they're fragile, and easily mutilated or pulled off a hook. When fishing squid, you have to assume that your bait needs to be replaced after every strike.
Swordfish often attack a bait repeatedly before eating it, so you need something durable. We used dolphin bellies sewn together and also caught a sword on belly strips from a rainbow runner. Dobbelaer and crew have actually caught multiple swordfish on the same dolphin-belly bait.