Swordfishing - Tactics for Bigger Fish with RJ Boyle

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Instructor: RJ Boyle
Categories: Saltwater , Swordfish

In The Spread daytime swordfish video with RJ Boyle teaches easy swordfish catch and handling of bigger swordfish. The video covers hooking, battling, driving, darting, gaffing, and bringing onboard. It provides a firsthand demonstration of closing deals on bigger swordfish, empowering fishers to become smarter in the game.

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The release of the "In The Spread Daytime Swordfish with RJ Boyle" video has revolutionized the world of sport fishing instruction. This critically acclaimed video has significantly impacted the way bait rigging for swordfish is approached. However, before you venture out to put a slob on the deck, it's advisable to spend some time watching these videos. Offshore fishing is unpredictable, and you never know what you might tangle with. Therefore, familiarizing yourself with basic broadbill swordfish fishing techniques is a prerequisite before advancing to the next level.

Dealing with Big Swordfish: A Different Ballgame

In The Spread now delves into how to handle big swordfish, a completely different deep-sea fishing experience. These big game fish can challenge the skills of even the most experienced crew. The "Big Swordfish Tactics" video takes us into another realm by demonstrating how to hook and handle a big fish. With swordfishing, the mystery lies in what you might pull up from the depths - it could be a 50-pounder, a 500-pounder, or even an 800-pounder. Preparation is key.

On the Water with RJ Boyle

Join RJ Boyle on the water as he grapples with a "very" healthy broadbill, providing in-depth insight into his every move. He guides you through the entire process, from getting the bite, the rod standing up, to 3.5 hours later when the fish is in the boat. Watch and listen to what is happening so that you will be ready when your time comes. There are numerous little details to absorb.

The Game Changer

Big fish tend to behave similarly at first. Once the rod loads, the fish stay down, leading many anglers to think they have hooked the bottom. However, it's what big swordfish do next that changes the game. The rod will stand up, and the line goes slack. They have not gotten off the hook. The fish is racing to the surface. From here on out, it's game on.

Key Considerations

At this point, there are a few key things to consider. Try to get the lead off, if you are using lead, as soon as you can. This should be a primary focus. You don't want to put too much pressure on the fish with the lead still attached to the mono leader. Be ready to take a harpoon shot, be conscious of your drag, know how to manipulate the drag and give line as the fish shakes its head. Stay focused.

The Role of the Wheelman

The proficiency of the wheelman becomes a critical factor in battling large swords. Your driver must always know the angle on the fish. Changing the angle can disrupt the species' swimming pattern. This is all technique. Communication, drag manipulation, pulling the line in with your hand, and driving are crucial.

Battling the Fish

These larger fish tend to settle into a pattern of staying in the thermocline when they are fighting. They breathe easier there. Knowing how to make incremental gains in the line is vital. We explain and demonstrate every step. Your learning curve is flattening. This is the time when you really have to stay focused. Things can change in a split second. Patience is key.

The Final Stage

When a big swordfish goes from swimming to circling, like a tuna, it indicates the fish is tired. The rod bend will inform you of what is happening. There will be a back-and-forth pattern to how the rod is bending. Understand how to gain line in this circumstance, or it will just become a give-and-take scenario. Now is the time to get that fish in the boat.


This video is incredibly detailed. RJ goes to great lengths to articulate what is happening and then discusses what you need to do next. Watch this and learn some great angling techniques.

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