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Recently we see more and more swordfish at canyons while fishing tuna and it becomes routine to catch one or two swordfish on an overnight trip.
When I fished at Hudson canyon Thursday night, we got two swordfish though we didn't try hard for them and one boat nearby us landed a 540 lbs swordfish as shown in the pictures.
I plan to target them on upcoming canyon trips.



 

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Gorgeous fish. I saw one two summers ago sunning itself and have been itching to hook one ever since. The one I saw was a bruiser too. It was just lazily riding the swells down current and man was it impressive! Good luck kil!
 

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That's what a call a swordfish. What a battle that must have been for the lucky angler. I bet his arms were sore after that beast. Swordfish are such a powerful fish. I've only caught one and it fought to the end.

Ksong, have you ever met Tred Barta? I think he fishes out of Shinnecock, NY. I always like reading his column in Sport Fishing Magazine. It seems that you could either love or hate him by his columns. Nice reading from you guys on the east coast. The guys on the west coast seem to be a little hard headed.

What is device on the floor of the deck with a red handle? It's to the left of the fish near the transom door in your first picture of the swordfish.
 

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Ksong, have you ever met Tred Barta? I think he fishes out of Shinnecock, NY. I always like reading his column in Sport Fishing Magazine. It seems that you could either love or hate him by his columns. Nice reading from you guys on the east coast. The guys on the west coast seem to be a little hard headed.


Yes, Tred Barta lives in Long Island, but I've never met him.
I alwasy like to read his innovative and unique articles and respect him a lot as a fisherman.
I thought East Coast fishermen are very stubborn and conservative to adopt new ideas and methods, but I found West Coast fishermen have their own world. :) West Coast fishermen developed many fishing techniques and fishing ideas due to long range boat operations and East Coast fishermen are willing to learn from them, but it seems they are pretty slow in learning and adopting fishing ideas and methods going around on the other part of the world. :) There are many different ways to catch same kind of fish. :)
 

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We had 4-5 swordfish bites last night and fought twice, but lost both of them due to pulled hook. :(
However we landed a 224 lbs bluefin on baits daytime. I didn't fight the fish because I was jigging. The main purpose of the trip was to land a 200 lbs bluefin on my jigs, but I have to wait more to achieve my goal. :)
Jigging was pretty good though. I landed 2 yellowfin and 6 longfin on jigs on this trip.

 

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Nice Bluefin, was he eaten or sold.
We are going to have a sushi party. :)
Look, how thick the toro (belly) part is.

 

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Kil,
Johnny Walker Blue is my favorite scotch. Expensive, but well worth the price. Just the thought of a little sip of blue label and bite of fresh tuna is why I work every day.

Do you keep the belly? I usually toss them in the trash can. Maybe I just don't know how to prepare it for eating.
 

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MrBill,
The fish cleaning house asked us $50 for filleting the single 224 lbs tuna. (we are not allowed to clean our fish at the marina).
When I saw them clean the fish, I got to stop them, and ask just to cut the fish in pieces and paid $50. :)
Preparation and presentation is very important for sushi. :)

I'd rather drink Kubota Manju sake instead of blue label when I eat high quality sushi or sashimi, but it is very hard to find Kubota Manju even here.

 

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The fish cleaning guys in Port Aransas get 37 cents a pound. That's whole fish weight. In other works, a 100 pound tuna is 37 bucks. My group had 14 the other night. Two paid the 35 cents a pound and me and two others hauled them off and did it ourselfs. Not only did we save money, we cut it up the way we wanted. We knocked it out in about 45 minutes. We rough cut and put the big pieces in 2 gallon ziplock bags and then back on ice. When I got home, I cut the tuna into portion sizes and vaccum sealed them That took a while.

By the way, have a great fishing trip this weekend. I can't wait to see how a good jig fisherman does at the floaters.
 

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Dang it Kil! You start talking about quality sake and toro and my mouth just starts watering and wishing.

MrBill, the belly from a yft is just not as massive as that of most blue fins. It is not worthwhile when you are catching more fish than you can eat and feeding the neighbors.

That said, I don't get to fish as much as many. I know about belly, throat and cheeks...

I would tell you the right way except I'm just a *******. I only know my way...
 
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