Swordfish are large, powerful fish with a high, angular dorsal fin and sharply forked tails. Their most distinguishing feature, however, is the enormous bill or “sword” — hence the name.
Much longer and wider than the bills of Marlins and Sailfish, swordfish are prized as much for those special bills, as for their tasty meat and good fighting capability.
Color is mostly dark brown on the tops, though sometimes this tends to look purple. Undersides are whitish, silver. Another interesting body feature of the swordfish is it’s large eyes. Fascinating to many, as evidence by one that washed ashore Florida in 2012.
Making a day drop on the way in from the tuna grounds can be the perfect way to finish your trip of a lifetime!
The best months for Swordfish are in the Spring and Summer. They mostly feed at night, and at depths from 100 feet to 400 feet. But, daytime sword fishing can be a rare and fun treat for the anglers that just have to see and experience it all.
- Migratory and predatory billfish
- Most often feed / caught at night
- Louisiana limit is 2 per boat
- Top speed up to 50 miles per hour
- Average weight is 80 – 120 pounds
- Largest can reach more than 500
At MGFC we fish for Swordfish primarily at night, leaving the dock in the mid to late afternoon to first catch a variety of other species, before setting further offshore to land a limit of the coveted Swords. Swords have dwindled in recent years, but we see the species making a comeback.
No matter what, it’s worth the trip. Swordfish meat is just about the tastiest you’ll come across in the sea. And, all but the smallest fish, give you enough to feed a family or to throw an entertaining party with your catch once back home.
Book a trip with MGFC now! Whether you’re an experienced swordfish angler, or a first timer, give us a call. Charter a trip with MGFC, and let’s catch swords!