More details of last weeks sword caught early December 2018… forecast looked great so I gathered a crew who had been wanting to come out sword fishing for a while so headed out to try for an early sword with a backup plan of bluenose dropping. Reached the sword grounds, dropped twice on an old spot which didn’t look that good – no bites, so headed off to a new spot I’d recently found while bluenose fishing but never dropped on, everything looked pretty good on the sounder so I decided to drop a mullet bait in a SwordPro single circle hook rig and hooked up within minutes of the first drift, managed to keep up my game hooking my first sword of the season on my first bite of the first trip – glad to know my technique is still on point. Gunna hit ’em hard this season!
A few interesting things found with this sword… I’ve put up a picture of two ex-commercial sets of longline gear that was still in it – one in its mouth and one in its gill plate, it managed to get away from both these sets of gear, admittedly this gear looked like light gear for tuna – small hooks and 250lb leader max. I would love to hear from anyone who can identity where these commercial rigs may have come from – inshore NZ waters or offshore somewhere? When I was gutting this sword I found some interesting different species inside it. There were two frost fish, three what looked like yellow tail, 4-5 squid and what looked like a deep sea dory of some sort. Even though he looked pretty full he still took our bait which was interesting – your baits need to look presentable to get them interested. Looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings. Good luck guys – see ya out there!