big island fishing

Fishing in Hawaii - Swordfish

The bright blue waters of Hawaii feature plenty of incredible fish. These warm waters are the perfect place for every size, from the tiny reef fish to the biggest game fish you will ever see, and all are vital to the ecosystem of the ocean. Each and every species of fish play a vital role in the health of the ocean, and that is very important to the Hawaiian Islands.

Hawaiian waters are among the richest in the world when it comes to fish, and the sustainability of fishing has helped to feed the islands for hundreds of years. The ocean is where the primary source of protein has come since the earliest inhabitants landed in Hawaii, and to this day, fishing remains as one of the most important industries to the islands. Everything from Mahi Mahi to Marlin are caught near the Hawaiian Island, and of all of the fish that are caught here, the Swordfish might be the most impressive. Did you know that Hawaii is a major source for Swordfish production? Local fishermen catch these giants and help to supply the United States, and much of the world, with the fish.

Swordfish that are caught in Hawaii typically range in size from 10lbs to 600lbs. The bigger fish are not as common, but every once in a while, a fishing boat returns to the harbor with a catch worth measuring. Due to its size and features, the Swordfish is an intimidating presence, and reeling one in is quite the chore. The size is enough to make you realize the challenge, and their strength is second to none. They are very powerful and their stamina is not to be taken lightly; a battle to reel one in can last for many hours.

Commonly known as Broadbills around the world, the peak season for catching the fish is from January to May, though the fish is caught year round. During the early part of the year is when the majority of the fish caught, providing fresh and frozen fish to grocery stores and restaurants around the world. Swordfish is often featured in high-end restaurants, as it is considered a premium fish, and is as a main course in some of the top establishments.

The Swordfish is considered one of the fastest fish in the sea, reaching swimming speeds of 60mph, and typically spends its time at depths of around 1,800 feet, even swimming to depths of 10,000 feet. Catching a glimpse a Swordfish is somewhat common while on a fishing charter, and even if you do not get to reel one in, the site alone will give you a story to tell. And if you do have the opportunity to reel one in, you are in for quite the battle.

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