Swordfish and Kite-Fishing Tips off Miami

Florida kite-fishing and swordfish report

October 30, 2013


April 28 – March 3, 2014


Miami – Coconut Grove


Coconut Grove Courtyard by Marriott


Florida Swordfishing & Kite-Fishing

There’s no question that kite-fishing, dangling multiple live baits from clips flown on kites, often produces when other techniques will not. A frisky live bait splashing on the water’s surface without a leader in sight generates explosive bites. Very little in offshore fishing is as exciting as watching a fish crash or skyrocket on a frantic baitfish fluttering on the surface … it’s what live-bait fishing is all about, and kites take it to another level. However, kite-fishing can be tricky to learn, especially for beginners, so here’s an opportunity to shave years off your learning curve by fishing with some of the best kite captains in the business, Ray Rosher, Bouncer Smith and Jimbo Thomas. In this class you’ll learn how to keep a kite in the air when the wind stops blowing and how to control your kites and baits when the gusts kick up.

At one time, the swordfish proved to be the hardest of the nine species of billfish to catch. Luckily, tight restrictions and longline closures in the Straits of Florida has brought the south Florida swordfish fishery back big time! Daytime swordfishing off South Florida takes place in the Gulf Stream in 1,500 to 1,800 feet of water over seamounts or other structure. Swordfish bite all year off south Florida, but the bigger fish return from the Caribbean in the fall and winter. In most fishing, the sport is in the fight, but in swordfishing, the trick is in presenting the baits correctly so that you’ll get the bite. We’ll teach you the correct techniques and hopefully get you connected to one of the gladiators of the deep!

Kites are also used for species other than billfish. Large tuna including bluefins, yellow fins and big eyes can sometimes be tricked into live baits from a kite when dead bait or regular live bait fails to get a bite. King mackerel tournaments are frequently won by anglers using kites. Adding weights to the kite to get it to fly at an extreme angle to the direction of the wind allows you to cover a much larger area even at slow speeds. Learning how to set a up a kite adds another valuable arrow to your fishing quiver.


Kite Fishing

An important fixture in the south Florida offshore scene, modern kite fishing traces its beginnings to the 1940s and the efforts of Capt. Bob Lewis to perfect the technique. He made his own kites and eventually opened a business to supply the growing legion of anglers who adopted this method for suspending baits at the surface. Most kite pros fished professionally at one time or another in that 70-mile stretch from Miami through Islamorada, Florida. Any in-depth look at kite-fishing wouldn’t be complete without considering the unique insight of pros fishing here.

Ray Rosher, one of the top sailfish tournament and charter captains in South Florida (, understands and exploits the advantages of kites whenever he sees a sensible opportunity. For example, while drifting for tarpon, Rosher puts out one to three baits on one side of the boat under the kite, depending upon kite-flying conditions, and two more flat lines drifting off the other side. “I noticed we’d get a bite on the long kite bait first, then the short, and then the flat lines,” he says. As he drifts over a body of fish, anglers get more shots at them.

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Coconut Grove

Just south of Downtown and the Beaches sits boutique shops, eclectic restaurants and Miami’s original art gallery district. Coconut Grove is best known for its lush green landscape bordered by the shimmering blue waters of Biscayne Bay.


From its beginnings in the late 1800’s, this magical place has attracted tycoons, artists, writers, and musicians galore and–truth be told–more than its share of kooks, eccentrics and free spirits. Coconut Grove has attracted adventurers since its beginnings. Long before Miami even existed, this tropical frontier village lured sailors and individualistic settlers into its quietly breathtaking natural setting with its wild sense of inspirational freedom. It’s no surprise Coconut Grove has been a haven of inspirations for such luminaries as Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost and Alexander Graham Bell.

Today, the village known to locals simply as “the Grove” is still a brilliant gem on the edge of the City of Miami. Though the sun can be found shining bright off the waters of Biscayne Bay any day, it’s the warm welcome of the Grove community that illuminates your stay. In the midst of a bustling world, the Grove remains a place of secret pleasures awaiting your discovery. Fashion. Home design. Literature. It’s all an art. With an imaginative, bohemian and exploratory nature engrained in its foundation, you’re sure to find a different kind of retail in Coconut Grove. Whether it’s the stylish and trendy boutiques on Commodore Plaza, the niche storerooms at Mayfair or even national brands in CocoWalk -the Grove’s shopping district reflects, the quirky yet sophisticated nature of its residents and visitors.

Coconut Grove offers something for everyone!


Learn to Shoot Your Best Fishing Photos

As a added bonus, one of our land based seminars “Learn to Shoot Your Best Fishing Photos” will be taught by professional photographer and angler Pat Ford of Pat Ford Photography. For over 35 years now, Pat has continued to fish, take photos and write about his experiences on the water. His articles and photos appear regularly in Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Sportfishing, Marlin Magazine and most every other magazine that covers fishing in either fresh or salt water. Pat presently has an exhibit of his photos on display at the IGFA in Dania Beach, Fl.


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