Off the Deep End
It's not only the bait that must be in motion but the line — as much as several thousand feet of it. That, of course, stems from the depths fished, generally 1,600 to 2,000 feet. And in that regard, diurnal fishing off Texas is indeed much the same as off Venezuela or Florida or most anywhere. That's because swords follow what's known as the deep-scattering layer toward the surface. And that's where Holden wants his baits to be. The Booby Trap team has learned to start daytime drifts on the deep side of seamounts or slopes (since prey and swords both tend to associate with structure) and move shallower, typically around 2,000 to 2,500 feet, then following its ascent to 1,200 to 1,400 feet. "My favorite depth in the daytime is 1,625 to 1,775," he says.