Let's dive right in and take a look at swordfish fishing and not killing them when doing it.
Swordfish Fishing and Not killing Them
It’s all about fishing. The dark side gladiator of the ocean. The swordfish. Have you ever tried landing a big swordfish on deck?
After a 5-6 hour fight with a 1,000 pound swordfish that had no intention of giving up without a fight. This great fish is a legend living in its own time.
Killing a Record Fish
When swordfish fishing how many of you would cut the line because you knew you had a large female breeder on the hook? I guess you would cut the line because you would feel bad if you caught and killed it. Even though you were allowed to catch it.
How about going swordfish fishing and catching a record swordfish weighing more than a 1,000 pounds, and it was hanging at the end of your line. Would you kill it then? Even if it was a female breeder? Well some would and some wouldn’t. Myself, I couldn’t do it.
An old swordfish fisher once told me, that the only difference between a commercial fisherman and a sport fisherman is that one of them takes pictures of their catch.
I have come to realize that he was wrong and that some sport fisherman will kill for records, pictures and sponsors.
Swordfish Fishing has No Table Value
To go swordfish fishing and kill any record fish that has no table value is just sinful in my book.
We have caught so many bigger than hell Hammers on my boat and when we get them to the gunnels we hold them for awhile to stare at this amazing creature and then cut them loose.
You feel a hell of a lot better watching them swim away, and when we get to the dock we can still tell everyone we caught a huge Hammerhead shark.
Those swordfish fishing for a world record catch release most of the fish and only keep the one that counts. Their gear is such that they only target larger fish, practice catch and release, tagging fish, and not catch and kill. These guys do less harm to the overall species I think.
Swordfish Fishing for Food and Money
And what about those who go swordfish fishing for food and money? They keep everything large and small. How do you compare? Who is good and who is bad?
I think when a record fish is caught it brings more attention to the great sport of swordfish fishing. And it brings attention to the preservation of the species due to the positive media attention and not the negative attention of killing them.
Anyway good luck, tight lines and clear water to you all.
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