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Finally
#1
Well I broke my cherry and caught a Swordfish Wednesday night. About 80 pounds and a 45 minute fight on 50# standup gear. My son Corey, who lives in Jupiter and runs a big sportfish boat called on Wednesday morning and said, "Dad, Tonight's the night." My friend Joe from Canada and I drove to West Palm and got on the boat at 4:30 PM. We left Lake Worth Inlet and rode 40 miles SE to 1300' of water just north of Ft. Lauderdale where we set 4 lines out baited with large squid, 24 oz of lead and a blinking light. One was set at 300', one at 200', one at 100' and one at 50'. Before we got all the lines set (about 10 minutes after setting the first one at 300, the 200' line was eaten and game on. 45 minutes later, the harpoon was thrown and the fish hit the deck. This was the only fish caught that night out of 4 bites so I guess we'll have to go back to get my friend Joe one [Image: FloridaFishing011.jpg] [Image: FloridaFishing013.jpg] [Image: FloridaFishing032.jpg]
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#2
Aw gee Jack-- and I was going to post about finally getting back on the water locally and decimating the crab and prawn populations--- never mind!!


But is night fishing the norm for those beasties?? Anyway-- I am envious!!
Smile
There is always one more bottle of BatJuice to be drunk, one more woman to admire, and one more fish to catch before you die! Smile
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#3
Congrats, Jack. Where does that boat operate out of?

Bry: Yes, swordfish are fished for at night, with large squid for bait, generally rigged with a light on the leader.

~~Greg~~
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#4
Greg My son is Capt on a private boat out of North Palm Beach, a 71' Jim Smith (currently for sale if you know anyone who has a spare 1.9 million) We went out on the small tender, Rolleyes a 27' Jupiter. It also carrys a 16' Egret for the flats.
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#5
Sweet. I'll check my piggy bank & get back to you. Big Grin ~~Greg~~
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#6
Jack Hexter Wrote:a 71' Jim Smith (currently for sale if you know anyone who has a spare 1.9 million)

Hmmm...only 1.9, eh? Let's see if I get a tax return this year! Big Grin

Nice little fishy Jack! Congrats! When shall we be there for the sword steak dinner? Smile Big Grin
Time's Fun When You're Having Flies!
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#7
On my first billfish, like you Jack I had to change my pants too but not
3 times. tehe
You may of set a new record.
Donc
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#8
Great catch Jack.....I would also be interested in part ownership of the boat.Just give me sometime to dig up the coffee can in the backyard.I have just one question.Where would we get the money for the gas????

Rusty
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SpeckTackler Wrote:Great catch Jack.....I would also be interested in part ownership of the boat.Just give me sometime to dig up the coffee can in the backyard.I have just one question.Where would we get the money for the gas????

Rusty

I'm in for that part ownership and I have my $500 ready. Lets see, how many others would we needBig Grin Big Grin Big Grin
Zane
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#10
a big Congrats ... you've spent a long time looking for one...a very nice catch...
Ray

 
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