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approx 900 lb Sword tagged NZ

Old 01-12-2019, 03:44 AM
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Default approx 900 lb Sword tagged NZ

Epic video by Matt Watson, just posted, 17 hour plus fight . No meat fishing with electric reels here. No IGFA cred, as the original angler was spent at 14 hours, handed it over.

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Old 01-12-2019, 04:49 AM
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Wow, what a fish!
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:51 AM
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Amazing that after 17 hours, the fish could be that lively and swim off... truly an amazing specimen

Great catch.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:33 AM
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I liked the conversation regarding it's size. You can hear "800" mentioned boat side. Then the discussion. They didn't know and weren't pretending to know. Yeah they say 900 on youtube header (to catch eyeballs!) but they didn't know. I'd say the 800 looked about right, some 7515 miles away. (does that sound right?? S34.4 x W174.2)
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Great vid!

Thank you for posting. Great being able to hear all the action!

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Great job on the tag and release, not to mention manual crank! I really appreciate your conservation efforts.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:46 AM
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Amazing fish!
that fish looked spent though.
Wonder if it will survive.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:52 AM
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Terrific video. Great fish. What a catch. Kiwi magic.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Re-Bait View Post
I'd say the 800 looked about right, some 7515 miles away. (does that sound right?? S34.4 x W174.2)
Seems like they were out a bit wider of an area known as 'the garden patch' which is well known for swords here. It is also an early season (Dec/Jan) hot spot for Tuna and Marlin as well as a great spot for deep dropping for Groper and Giant Sea Bass etc. A good day trip from the local ramps will take you trolling for marlin/Tuna on the way out, deep drop for daytime swords or spend the night surface fishing for them, stop for some Groper etc and troll back. Stop for inshore table fish back near the coast if you like. Also a good area for big Yellowtail Kingfish once you get closer to the coast. Good options there all year around, with Tuna, Marlin (Striped/Blue/Black), and SB Spearfish during Jan - April. If you were lucky enough you could do 5 billfish species and 4 or 5 Tuna species in the same spot.
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I looked up the numbers I thought I heard and used Google Earth to view. Yeah I think I heard them say above some port... Didn't look right from here LOL....then put them into my HH gps to see how far away they were.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:45 PM
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Incredible how much weight that fish carried all the way to the tail you can see what the Captain means when he says 'they're all shaped different'.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:21 PM
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It's been great to see these lager Swords come back. We had an excellent big sword fishery for many years until the commercial fleet trashed it about 15 years ago. Got some control of that and the fishery has recovered to a decent state again. Will be up that way on charters in a month or so to start our charter season on the marlin so I can see a night or two drifting for Swords being part of the plan if the anglers are keen enough
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What a fish. I can't imagine 16 hours. Great video .
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