6/2 & 6/3 Swordfishing attempt and a a solo evening
My buddy Mike got his swordfish gear all set up this week and we set out on Saturday to find a daytime swordfish. Hit it early out of Jupiter, trolled for wahoo early but didn't pick anything up. Made a few stops on the way to the sword grounds with nothing to show. Got set up out there in the deep, first drop we get tight in about 15 minutes. Totally stoked, the fish is pulling hard, makes several runs back to bottom. Starting to worry about the LP reel giving up the ghost. 40 minutes later we see color, pretty excited as a big fish appears. Then we realize it looks weird. Why is its sword so floppy? Well, thats because its a damned thresher shark hooked by the tail. ****! I pulled it up by the tail (he was not happy about that) and got him unhooked and sent him back to the deep.
On our second set we didnt' get any hits on bottom, but our top bait goes off, mahi goes ariel, but didn't stick. ****, strike 2. Third set we go to an area with some more bottom structure, and proceed to get hung up on bottom. Trying to get it unstuck, the line angles a bit, chafes on the edge of the roller, and "poof" say goodbye to $450 in braided line, windon leader, lead, 2 disco lights, etc. Strike 3 and no more sword fishing for the day. We will be back to figure it out. Might have to get a side job to support a swordfishing habit though.
We fished with live pilchards and trolled around out in the 1700-1200 foot range but didn't really see or find anything. the few weeds out there were empty. Came in and fished out front of Jupiter. Bonita city, lots of sharks, several ufo's on the bottom that could have been good fish but who knows. Tough day, got beat a little on the sword thing but we'll be back at it.
Sunday I did a late solo run out of Jupiter just to kill some time and run my boat. The bait rocks are full of small amberjacks that were fun to play with on light tackle. Good spot if you want to get your kids on some rod benders, they fight like crazy. Out in the 130 foot range the kings were going off, but only saw them hitting live bait. I didn't have any, my dead baits didn't get touched. Oh well.
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