Deep dropping is a popular technique for catching swordfish, which are known to live in deep water. The main idea is to fish at a specific depth in the water column where swordfish are known to feed. Here are the steps for deep dropping for swordfish:
- Determine the target depth: Swordfish can be found at depths between 400 and 1,200 feet, so it’s important to determine the target depth based on current conditions, local knowledge, and previous fishing trips.
- Rig the bait: Choose a fresh and appropriate bait for swordfish, such as a squid or a whole mackerel, and rig it on a heavy-duty fishing line. The line should have a sufficient breaking strength to handle the weight of the bait and the depth at which it will be fishing.
- Choose the right gear: You’ll need a heavy-duty fishing rod and reel, with a large spool that can hold a lot of line. Make sure to choose gear that is appropriate for the target depth and size of the fish you’re targeting.
- Drop the bait: Lower the bait to the target depth, allowing the line to pay out slowly. Keep the rod tip high and be prepared to strike if you feel a bite.
- Set the hook: Swordfish tend to nibble on the bait before taking it fully into their mouth, so be patient and wait until you feel a solid tug before setting the hook.
- Reel in the fish: Once you have a fish on the line, reel it in slowly and steadily, making sure to keep the line tight. Swordfish are known to make long, powerful runs, so be prepared for a fight.
It’s important to follow proper safety procedures when deep dropping, such as using appropriate gear, having a reliable boat and communication system, and having a plan in case of an emergency.