Deep-Drop Fishing in 1,200 Feet and Beyond
Once you venture to the continental shelf and fish depths of 1,200 feet and beyond, you're targeting an entirely different group of fish. Gamefish that migrate vertically between night and day inhabit these depths, such as swordfish, the most common species targeted deeper than 1,200 feet. During the day, they patrol depths of 1,400 to 1,800 feet. In addition, bigeye thresher sharks inhabit these depths. Often mistaken for swordfish on the bite, threshers are brutal fighters and definitely a bucket-list fish. Other species in this range include pompret, escolar, and even the occasional giant tuna. Yes, bluefin tuna, bigeye tuna, and even yellowfin tuna have all been caught bottomfishing in the 1,500 foot range. When deep-dropping at these extreme depths, it helps to use 80- to 130-pound-class equipment. LP reels and Hooker Electric seems to dominate this market.