Swordfish (Xiphias gladius) are distributed world wide and are of significant economic value. They are prized for their firm white meat. This however has in times past contributed to their demise. Thankfully due to conservation regulations as well as their high reproduction abilities and rapid growth, Swordfish have made a tremendous come back and now provide a great year-round sport fishery. At one time, it was thought that they could only be taken at night, however, it was discovered that fishing close to the bottom in very deep water during daylight hours produced a high likelihood of a hookup.
Key West has proven to be a top notch area for the pursuit of this great gamefish. A typical day of swordfishing in the blue waters of Key West, will produce from one to five or more hookups, often culminating with aching muscles and one of the greatest of the giant billfish. Another nice feature of this trip is that the chance of other species, i.e. Dolphin, Wahoo, Blackfin Tuna etc. are extremely good and may be taken on light tackle while in the quest of your first Swordfish.
Swordfish is a well prized and most commonly served as steaks. Recipes for cooking Swordfish as well as other types of fish can be found on our Weekly Recipes page.
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Swordfish Fishing Locations
The Dry Tortugas is the last, great vestige of sportfishing in the northern hemisphere. This remote group of islands are surrounded by more than ten thousand square miles of fishing resources that have remained relatively untapped due to the time that it would take to cover this vast and remote area.
Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico, for our purposes, begins at the North side of the flats, along the lower Florida Keys and includes a portion of the Florida Bay, continuing to the West and North of the Dry Tortugas, encompassing more than 5000 square miles of fishable water within range of our hi-tech, offshore boats.
Key West offers the sportfishing enthusiast the largest variety of gamefish in the world. Other locations will argue that they are the sportfishing capital of the world, or the best for this species or that particular fish. There are more “I.G.F.A. World Records” from the waters of Key West than the next closest, several locations combined.
Marquesas is a magical word that conjures thoughts of tropical breezes, emerald green water surrounding a tropical island paradise. A ring of islands surrounded by acres and acres of pristine water and shallow flats where giant Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish, Mutton Snappers, great Barracudas and monster Sharks of all kinds prowl the flats.