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« on: September 28, 2020, 06:36:17 AM »

as  long time  members  may  remember  my  quest/ mission  is  to  catch  swordfish  in mid atlantic.  but i  cant afford a private charter  so  its party  boat  canyon  fishing for  me.
went  on miss barnegat  light   saturday  morning  from  barnegat  light, nj  for voyage off  shore.
tried  inshore   a fleet  of  100  boats  in  small  area.  a few  for  us
capt  opted  to  go  2 hours  more offshore

canyon fishing  for  tuna  was  spotty   a  slooow pic.  capt  moved     couple  of  times  still  slow

loaned   out  one  of  my  outfits  to  guy  next  to  me  and  we  worked  the  depths  together trying to  find  zone

finally  i  got  a  hit  but  nada.  5  minutes later  buddy hooks  up  50 in fork length  sword  hit the  deck  45  mins  later

back  at  it   after  his  fish landed  doing the  tandem  depths  still  hunting  but  with a better  idea of depth.

buddy  gets  nibble    bait  gone.

a  couple  minutes  later  i  get  one  tap  and  nada.  but  wait  and wait  finally line  starts  to  move.

set  jobu 9/0  pretty  hard  and all  hell  broke loose

i  fought  fish  for  15  minutes  till  i  was  exhausted,  and  panting for breath.
passed rod  of  to  a  mate  and he  went  at  it  for  an  hour.

accurate atd 50  via  cals  end   bell  was  getting  hot,  mates  arm  was hurting  bad.

but he hung in there  after total  battle  of over  an hour  fish hit  deck

official  measurer for igfa was on boat  and  measure fish  72 in fork length  42 inch  girth   estimated weight  175  or  so

and  so  begins  another  season  of the  quest.  firsh  sword too  26  years to catch  second one took  2 years. 

and i  still  have 4  more  chances  this  year.

have  pics  dont know  how  to post them   help needed
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2020, 06:54:42 AM »

Bill,

Send me your photos and I'll post them for you.

Check your PM, I sent my email address.

Wayne
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2020, 07:30:16 AM »

we have swordfish off the coast near san francisco, but no one fishes for them because no one knows how.   Undecided
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2020, 07:39:24 AM »

Here you go Bill!!!

Looks like a great day fishing.





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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2020, 08:19:52 AM »

Thanks,  wow! Nice fish.   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2020, 08:29:16 AM »

alan

swords  are  not that difficult. they  prefer  the  deep.  on  shallow  bank of  a  canyon  works  well. drifting  so  dont  need  as  much weight  as  anchored
but  dont  take  a knife  to  a  gun  fight  or  you  will  be  sorry.  id  say  atd50  or  international  50w is  minimum.  loaded  with  spectra,lots  of spectra.
big hooks  heavy  leader  big  bait jobu 9/0  130-150  flouro 8-10 inch tube  squid
and  enough  weight  for  bait  to  get in the deep
id  say cow  gear  will  work  well  if  set  up  for rail  fishing.
and  patience  patience patience
they  bite  like  5  pounder  not  a tremendous  bite NORMALLY
and  patience  patience is  required .
i  suspect  west coast  fish  are  relatively the  same  as east  coast
again only one  guys  opinion and  im no  expert  just  a  long time  addict  who has  gone down a  different  rabbit  hole  
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2020, 09:01:29 AM »

Nice fish ! Those swords look so cool.

Cheers:

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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2020, 11:08:50 AM »

nice!
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2020, 12:04:08 PM »

That's one heck of a catch from a head boat.  You're a smart cookie.

Swordfish are spread across the seven seas except for the polar regions and can migrate annually from the northern to southern hemisphere.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2020, 12:40:57 PM »

to  eastern   members

my  freezers  are  stuffed  with  swordfish.  i  have  3  10-15  lb  chunks  available  to  any one  who  can  pick them  up in  claymont  delaware  before  9pm  tonight

its  possible  the  ice  in cooler  with  l;ast till  tomorrow  no guarantees.

first  come  first  served
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 02:49:11 PM »

just  gave  away  last  chunk  so its  all  gone
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« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2020, 05:51:31 PM »

does  anyone  know  how  to prepare  a  swordfish  sword  for  display?  help
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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2020, 07:34:29 PM »

Congratulations Bill!  All of the time and money that you invested in preparation and being in the right place at the right time, and putting in your time at the rail paid off!  It couldn't happen to a more deserving guy!

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« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2020, 07:28:03 AM »

I'm so glad you had this opportunity! I've been reading about you trying to do this for a long time, way to go my friend!

My grandfather prepared several marlin swords by coating with boiled linseed oil and letting dry in the sun, don't see why it wouldn't work with a sword.

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« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2020, 02:14:03 AM »

Coating it with epoxy rod coating Undecided
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