Over the last week the weather has not been to kind to us. However as luck would have it, with a small weather gap early in the week, a good mate of mine and I just happened to have a free day. The plan was hatched, leave early to target swords, we joked about catching one early and being home just after midday.
The funny thing is our bait was only down for around 15 mins and we were hooked up so the plan was working out. With Josh on the winding duties we hit the one hour mark, the fish had not come to the surface, instead it just dogged in and would pull 50 to 100m off in single runs. Two hours passed and we still hadn't really made much ground, after 3 hours we managed to keep the fish around 200m and after 4 hours we had the fish really digging it's heals in at 100m. After a mammoth five hour battle we had the beast along side the boat.
Josh's legs where burning from the hours of pressure and literally doing squats for five hours. His right arm was locking up from cramp and he was relieved that the fight was over and a simple high five was about all we could muster up. The fish was too big to get through the ladder in the cage at the stern and we snapped ropes trying to get it over the side. In fact two hours had passed trying to get this sword into the boat, and we had a long steam back to Tauranga in light fading fast to look forward to so the call was made to cut the fish up, stack it on ice and make a run for home.
This was a day ill remember for sometime to come - just be careful for what you wish for as often it does come true!
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