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The Ultimate Big-Game Fish? The swordfish had been hooked
at 11:30 a.m work in the fishing industry, but when a 200-pound
swordfish decides to attack. Broadbill swordfish wake up
and become fierce and dangerous after dark. This one certainly
verified that theory. In the dark we could not tell where
he was, whether he was close or near, whether he menaced
us or not. Some of the splashes he made sounded angry and
close. I expected to hear a crash at any moment. We took
the chance that as long as our propeller turned the swordfish
would not ram us.
''The swordfish offers the best fight of all fish,'' Capt. Julio Cota says
without hesitation. A top marlin skipper out of Bajas
East Cape on El Loco 2, Cota cites a broadbill heartbreaker
that his boat battled for more than 24 hours; the 50-pound
line gave out long before the swordfish.
Science Name: Xiphias gladius
Other Names: broadbill swordfish
Ideal Temp: 65 to 78
World Record: 1182 lbs. Chili
Techniques: Heavy-tackle trolling
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Swordfishing Boat rigging: You will need a seaworthy
boat, either chartered or owned, All running lights need
to be in working order; Port, Starboard, and Stern lights.
These lights are mandatory and very important since there
are shipping lanes in our fish zone. You must be able to
identify and be identified when youre on the water
at night. Knowledge of vessel lights is important so as
to avoid a collision course. Keep all loose articles either
tied down or in a locker as you make the long run offshore.
Always do manual checks on your bile pumps. I take a hose
and start filling up the bilge. If your float switches are
working the bilge pumps will come on automatically and youre
ready to roll.
Swordfishing Fishing line: 800 yards of 50 pound test should
get most jobs done. Most guys are going with the braided
lines which have a smaller diameter than monofilament does
and have double the strength. As an example we have used
200 lb. braided Tuff line which has a diameter of 50 lb.
test mono, therefore we can spool over 1000 yards on to
a Penn 80TW. This might sound overkill but I like to fish
all my rods ready for that 400 pounder.