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Old 03-11-2019, 05:46 PM
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Why not just cast to Swords? Happens all the time

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Old 03-12-2019, 04:32 AM
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Awesome!
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Old 03-12-2019, 01:55 PM
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Very cool but it doesn't happen here on the easy coast any longer. Sword stick boats are few and far between.
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Very cool but it doesn't happen here on the easy coast any longer. Sword stick boats are few and far between.
Yeah, I cant imagine it it happens that much anymore anywhere. It was my attempt, albeit a weak one, to make some humor at how easy it is just to throw a bait vs battle in the deep all the time. Also, it just seemed surreal to someone throwing a bait like it was a tailing redfish.

Did you ever participate in that fishery?
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Swords in site of land on the surface......... I'm jealous. Cool video, thanks for sharing!
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Old 03-12-2019, 08:47 PM
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Obviously awesome fishing video, but also incredible fishing vessel, I wonder what it is?
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Texasblue View Post
Yeah, I cant imagine it it happens that much anymore anywhere. It was my attempt, albeit a weak one, to make some humor at how easy it is just to throw a bait vs battle in the deep all the time. Also, it just seemed surreal to someone throwing a bait like it was a tailing redfish.

Did you ever participate in that fishery?
Nope. I wish. Would have been something to see. Here in NJ (from what I'm told), back in the 80's there were swords at the famous "Mud Hole" off NJ. Guys could run 30 miles in 20 fathoms and catch swords. It's simply an unbelievable thought to me now. Then again, back then there were squid, hake, ling, and cod in the Mud Hole too. With that came 1000 lb giant bluefin.

They do occasionally show themselves on the surface here behind squid boats.

Seems the only surface fishery worth noting for them is off California/Mexico.
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If I remember correctly, Skip Smith down here in Southeast Florida had been trying to catch a sword on a fly rod by trolling surface and planer baits as teasers at night until one came into the spread. He would then pitch a live goggle eye on a fly rod to get them to eat. Not sure if he had much success though.
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Originally Posted by ptag View Post
Obviously awesome fishing video, but also incredible fishing vessel, I wonder what it is?
Bad Company, owned by Anthony Hsieh, an online lending mogul. Sportfishing is his thing.
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Originally Posted by kbhoffmann View Post
If I remember correctly, Skip Smith down here in Southeast Florida had been trying to catch a sword on a fly rod by trolling surface and planer baits as teasers at night until one came into the spread. He would then pitch a live goggle eye on a fly rod to get them to eat. Not sure if he had much success though.
not sure if it was Skip Smith but there was a video of a guy catching an undersized sword and killing it last year. He was getting blasted for killing it so it might be hard to find that one.
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stanzik told me hes thrown a harpoon at a handful he has seen on the surface. In the NE they still harpoon fish for them on the surface.
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Originally Posted by wojtek View Post
Bad Company, owned by Anthony Hsieh, an online lending mogul. Sportfishing is his thing.
Wow, what a rig, it looks like that is the smaller of his two boats.
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Wow, what a rig, it looks like that is the smaller of his two boats.
He owns many more than 2 boats, with the "smallest" around 50'. Really cool that he shares so much of what he is able to do. He absolutely has a passion for sport fishing
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Cool video! that would be so cool to do! Back around 1990 I worked one trip on a gill netter out of Martha's Vineyard. We saw several swords on Georges Bank, but didn't manage to stick any of them. I did manage to catch a couple big eye and several yellowfin on a handline while traveling from place to place on that trip.
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Way cool .
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Old 03-20-2019, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ptag View Post
Obviously awesome fishing video, but also incredible fishing vessel, I wonder what it is?
i think that is his 144FT sports fishing yacht! a true mean mean fishing machine!
He has a 92 as well amongst others but i think this video is of the 144.
He actively targets them exactly like this and if they don't take, bring the harpoon
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The video is from BadCo's 92' , they are in sight of San clemente island which is a naval base and about 50 miles off the socal coast.. They are also harpoon permitted, they stuck up to a couple dozen last year. The Captain is Steve Lassley, Bisbee winner, commercial swordfish lifer, and just inducted to the IGFA hall of fame. Anthony's little boat is a 33' Blackfin that I'm totally jealous of. And surface Willy fishing is definitely his passion.
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