2010 Billfisheries of the Year – #9 South Florida

Jurassic Swordfish caught by the Booby Trap

The Billfish Report is counting down its top 10 Billfisheries of the Year, and coming in at #9 is South Florida.  Criteria for our top 10 include numbers, variety, and size of fish – and South Florida does not disappoint on any of these measures.

Here are some notable aspects of South Florida’s billfishing in 2010…

– There were marlin caught in almost every month of the year off South Florida…pretty extraordinary considering this fishery isn’t even known for its marlin.  Highlight of the marlin year was a 500 pounder caught on May 2 caught on 20-pound test off Miami.

– The variety of the billfish was excellent, with reports of sails, swords, white marlin, and blue marlin over the course of the year.

– Of course the sailfish bite demonstrated the huge numbers this fishery can produce.  Boats saw sail releases in the 20s (for example, Vitamin Sea’s 23-release day in November) and tournaments saw extraordinary numbers of sails…the Mayor’s Cup saw 266 sails released, while the World Sailfish Championships saw some 491.

– And don’t sleep on the swordfish, where this fishery is the most consistent one for swords on earth.  Boats caught multiple swords – our most impressive report was seven in a day –  and add to that the size of fish caught – multiple fish in the 400- and 500-pound range, including the largest we reported on rod and reel, a 527-pound fish caught off Ft. Lauderdale.

All told, this fishery boasted numbers, size, and variety in 2010 – and is easily worthy of top-10 status in the Billfisheries of the Year.

Watch out for #8, coming next week!

About John

John Harmeling is the co-founder of billfishreport.com and granderwatch.com. Having traveled to and fished the major billfisheries across the globe, he counts Kona and Cairns as his favorites, and the black marlin to be the ocean's supreme pelagic specimen. He believes the very best and most enjoyable place to find tuna is in a marlin's stomach.

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