Swordfishing: Christmas Delight and Savoring the Catch

By: Jessica Harris

As December blankets over Florida, it has long been a paradise for anglers seeking the thrill of catching the majestic swordfish. These elusive creatures, known for their formidable sword-like bills, present both a thrilling challenge and a delicious reward. However, as with any pursuit involving nature, it is essential to emphasize the importance of respecting the fish and practicing sustainable harvesting methods. Swordfish are pelagic predators that can grow to impressive sizes, sometimes exceeding 1,000 pounds. Their remarkable strength and speed make them one of the most sought-after game fish in the world. South Florida’s warm waters, particularly the Gulf Stream, offer prime conditions for swordfish to thrive. These waters draw anglers from far and wide, all eager to engage in the timeless battle of man or woman versus fish. Yet, as we enjoy the thrill of swordfishing, we must also recognize the significance of responsible harvesting. Catch limits, size restrictions, and time and area closures aim to ensure the sustainability of swordfish populations. Anglers must adhere to these regulations, as they are the guardians of our oceans. The “catch and release” culture is gaining momentum in the sportfishing community. If you catch a swordfish that falls outside of the legal limits or if you’ve reached your quota, safely revive and release the fish back into the ocean. If possible, participate in tagging programs which help researchers gather valuable data about the movements and behavior of these creatures, contributing to their conservation. Now to the good stuff, adding a Christmas theme into your swordfishing adventure and celebrating with a delicious swordfish dinner is a unique way to create cherished memories during the holiday season. Imagine the excitement of doing a Christmas themed trip as an annual festive tradition with your family. Let’s shift our focus to the rewarding part of swordfishing – savoring the catch. Once you’ve had a successful day on the water, it’s time to bring your Christmas spirit into the kitchen. For a delightful holiday feast, try this swordfish recipe to inspire a new Christmas dinner tradition.


• 4 swordfish steaks

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 1 lemon, sliced

• 2 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped

• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped

• Salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.

2. Rub the swordfish steaks with olive oil, minced garlic, chopped rosemary, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Place the lemon slices on top of each swordfish steak.

4. Grill the swordfish for about 5-6 minutes per side or until it’s cooked to your preferred level of doneness.

5. Serve the grilled swordfish with your favorite holiday side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a cranberry sauce.

As you enjoy your catch, remember the importance of responsible angling and conserving these remarkable creatures for future generations to enjoy. Merry swordfishing and a Merry Christmas to all!