Before targeting the sailfish, the team needed to catch bait. The author works a nearby structure to jig up some pilchards.
Live bait goes into the livewell, but not for long.
Capt. Mark DeCabia deploys a kite, which keeps live bait swimming at the surface. An effective tactic for catching sailfish.
Fishing can be a waiting game. The author on the bridge of Canyon Runner keeps a lookout for sailfish approaching the kite baits.
Battling these fish on light tackle is an awesome experience.
The live bait awaits its fate.
With the sun getting low in the sky, attention turns from sailfish to swordfish.
Capt. DeCabia prepares the dart.
The author gives the swordfish some heat.
Look out, swordfish in the boat!
Capt. DeCabia's dart found its mark.
The author, after a 45-minute fight, posing with his first Florida swordfish.
The author (center), Capt. Justin Nighan (left), and Capt. Mark DeCabia (right) are all smiles after landing this swordfish.