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May 17, 2013

Daytime Swordfishing

Top five tips to catch swordfish during the day.

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Swordfish bite all year off South Florida, but the bigger fish return from the Caribbean in the fall and winter. Prime grounds run from Key West to Palm Beach, but the irregular bottom offshore of Fort Lauderdale has proven to be particularly productive. On two separate daytime swordfish trips with Dobbelaer, we hooked more than 10 fish, caught three, and pulled the hook on several right at the boat. The action comes with surprising frequency - the mass of fish down there must be huge given the number of bites and the amount of territory we were fishing, literally hundreds of square miles of water.

What: Broadbill swordfish.

When: Year-round, with larger fish in fall and winter.

Where: Atlantic Gulf Stream waters off South Florida.

Who: The following South Florida charter captains have made names for themselves as knowledgeable daytime swordfishing experts and can easily put you on a trophy broadbill of your own.

Capt. Bouncer Smith

Capt. Ray Rosher

Capt. Jimmy David

Capt. Steve Huddleston

Capt. Dean Panos