How to Rig a Daytime Swordfish Rod

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Swordfish stay in dark water where sunlight cannot reach during daylight hours.

Daytime swordfishing is the epitome of deep sea fishing. During the day, swordfish retreat to depths of up to 2,000 feet, keeping to the bottom of the sea. One reason nighttime swordfishing is more popular is the fish are more aggressive and search for prey higher up in the water column, around 500 to 600 feet below the surface. The main challenge for the day time swordfisher is getting the bait to the bottom without tangling the line.

Things You'll Need

  • Three-way swivel
  • 10 feet of monofilament
  • 7 lb.- to 10 lb.-weight
  • Light source
  • 30 feet to 50 feet of 300-lb. test monofilament
  • Hook
  • Squid
  • Bonita
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  1. Fixed Weight System

    • 1

      Attach a three-way swivel to the end of the fishing line. The fishing line occupies one of the three positions on the swivel.

    • 2

      Connect 10 feet of 300-lb. test monofilament fishing line to one of the swivel locations.

    • 3

      Attach a 7 lb.- to 10 lb.-weight to the end of the 10 feet of fishing line. The weight will stay on the rig through the fight with the fish.

    • 4

      Tie a strand of 300-lb. monofilament to the final opening on the swivel of 30 feet to 50 feet in length. This leader line will be what the hook, light source and bait are attached to.

    • 5

      Attach light sources, which are glowing sticks which help attract the fish to the bait, along the leader line.

    • 6

      Tie the hook onto the leader line and leave a tail of about 12 inches.

    • 7

      Insert the hook into the squid and push it through the body of the bait. Wrap the 12 inch tail around the head portion of the squid to hold the bait in place and make it more difficult for the swordfish to remove the bait.

    Breakaway System

    • 8

      Tie a heavy duty ball bearing swivel to the fishing line. Attach light sources to the line above the swivel.

    • 9

      Attach 10 feet of 300-lb. monofilament to the swivel.

    • 10

      Tie the hook onto the end of the fishing line allowing for a tail of 12 inches. Also tie 10 feet of 10 monofilament directly to the line above the hook and attach a 7 lb.-to 10 lb.-weight. When the drag is set on the reel, the weight will break free from the rig.

    • 11

      Sew the bonita onto the bait using a length of fishing line to wrap the gill plate and mouth closed and create a three in loop near the nose of the bait. Run the hook through this loop and tie the bait directly to the hook.

    • 12

      Create a small loop with the 12 inch tail and attach a sash weight to keep the bait at depth while fishing. Tie off the loop on the line.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lower these baits slowly into the water, particularly the weighted system. Stop periodically to all the bait to catch up the the weight or risk the line tangling around itself.

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