The ONLY way to catch em is to try. They take skill locate and boat,and special tackle$$$$ that helps improve your chances. The only way is to try. The Big E or any other head boat is no the place for it. How many times a year do you figure you get to fish(offshore). You have to be willing to pay for fuel, ice and everything else and then come back with nothing in the cooler. If you can spend the money and be happy with coming back with no "meat fish", then give swordin a try. Kinda like Marlin fishin.
it make syou wonder if some of the "UFO"'s that sound without slowing were swords... my understanding is they will spoool you in a second without the right equipment. No wonder Jared's hooked.. thats a heck of a fight!!
My Group caught one out of Venice with Captain Mike Ellis, now with reel peace. He was pretty specific with his setups, Really Good fisherman. Basically Take a 200 pound windon leader. Big hook and a squid. Below the Loop to loop probably 15-20' away from the squid, put a blinking light. Disco Light! Rubberband about 16oz of lead to your main line above the windon, Breakaway style. Then let out 150'-300' of line (deep) and attach a clear 2-liter bottle with a glowstick inside again breakaway style with rubberband. drift away from boat, Repeat. Obviously you couldn't run more than one line on a head boat. You want to sit on ledge, point or other upwelling creating structure.
Personally I don't think the Hydroglow does much to help your 200' line especially when it is played out 100 yards away from the boat. That light that is 20' from your squid, Now that is a different story.
Oh yeah we got a 225 pound sword. What a great trip.
Be careful at night with the swordie's. I've had a few hairy moments with those broadbills. Very powerful fish and if they hit the boat green, watch out.
They are hard on the gelcoat, angler and gaff man. I've seen a guy get yanked overboard with a huge flying gaff that he couldn't get to release in time. That broadbill slashing sideways can put 1/4" deep ruts in your boats fiberglass. Sword fishing is a different ballgame. If you're impatient, don't play the game.
yeah... I gave up on the idea of a sword from a headboat.. lol.. with all the line out, the muscles the sword posesses... I dont think it would be smart to catch one with so many other people around..lol. I will cook, and occasionally catcha fish.