Pro Talk: Daytime Deep Drop Swordfish Lures with Corey Burlew

15 Minutes with Commercial Fisherman Cory Burlew

Here’s what we learned. . .

Location: South Florida

I fish for just about everything, and found out about your lures a couple of years ago.  Some of my friends were using them for tuna fishing, and I decided to try it swordfishing.  I have had great success with your 18 inch eel, but  have kept this information to myself.   It seems that these days if  you don’t say anything, you don’t get the recognition for using new methods of fishing.

Approach: (For fishing along the gulf stream) Current flows to the north, face north and begin dropping. Every 100 ft stop for a moment to allow slack to catch up to drop. At 600′ turn the boat around to face south and drop quickly. Once you hit bottom, pick up the bait 100′ – 150′. Some days they are very tight to the bottom 30′ -50′ down. Other days they are up 150′ – 200′.

Rigging Selection: XXX-Strong 9/0 Custom Tandem Rig

Bait Selection: Hogy® 18inch Swordfish Eel Series

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Why This Bait? The elongated shape and serpentine action of the Hogy® 18inch Original mimic deep water eels, squid and other strange fish inhabiting the black depths.

Colors: Black and Bone Glow

Retrieve: The 18inch length and allows the bait to swim naturally while hanging in the gulf stream current. It will hang horizontally in the current with the tail slowly swimming, much like unsuspecting prey. It’s advised to soak the bait for at least 10 minutes in a fish oil scent before making a drop. Menhaden oil works just fine for this. Drop the Hogy® 18inch Original down as you would with a rigged squid and begin your drift. Strikes will often happen as you drift into or just pass bottom structure.

Durability and efficiency: When day time dropping for swordfish, each drop takes a considerable amount of time and effort to present properly. Most days only 5 – 7 good drops can be made, so each one needs to be executed perfectly and with confidence. The rigged Hogy® 18inch has very little chance of spinning or tangling on the drop when done correctly. The baits durability is also very apparent, as 2 – 3 swordfish can be caught using the same rig and bait before it needs to be replaced. This is a great way to save time and money, while catching more fish.

Rod: Custom 6′ Bent Butt 50-80lb Class Rod. A lighter tip is better for seeing a bite and also reduces pulled hooks.

Reel: LP S-1200 Series Lindgren-Pitmen Electric Reel

Line: Power Pro 80lb

Leader: 45 Yards 250lb top shot to 300lb bite tippet.

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2 comments on “Pro Talk: Daytime Deep Drop Swordfish Lures with Corey Burlew
  1. Why no information on the rig. The bait does not make it to the bottom in 1800-2000 ft. without some weights etc. Please give information on the whole rig. Were the weights dropped or did they stay on the line etc. I would try but no info on the rest of the rig. Real fisherman use a standard reel and not an electric reel as well. thanks

    • Ross says:


      Thank you for your interest in the Swordfish Eels. Please take a moment to view the technique video which goes into more detail about rigging and setup itself.

      We are planning on making another series of swordfish videos to go into more depth about specific knots, rigging and line to line connections. Our soft baits should be fished in the same manner as you would daytime deep dropping squid, bellies, or other large natural baits. If you’d like more info, please send an email to info@hogylures.com

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