JD just reported a 150 - 175# Sword caught at Newport Canyon yesterday. (I would go with you but just had back surgery 2 weeks ago) Go get one!!Newport Submarine Canyon walls have some. Work your FF to locate the Deep Scattering Layer, then you may locate the swords.
Good advice right there....Work your FF to locate the Deep Scattering Layer, then you may locate the swords.
Google Reel Crankie....Hooker Electric makes a reel handle attachment that works with a drill too.International 80w 2 speed. It doesn't bother my shoulder one bit. I have my brother do it!
I have been looking at themGood advice right there....
Google Reel Crankie....Hooker Electric makes a reel handle attachment that works with a drill too.
The new 20v class cordless drills will straight up do business compared to the cordless models of a few years past. Make sure your batteries are at least 5ah or bigger.
Buy a 20v DeWalt drill and get some 60v 9ah batteries. They'll fit the drill and the battery life is insane!
A friend owns a local tackle shop and has been working with Seeker. They are going to send a couple of their deep drop rods for me to look at. Don't get a rod with one of those movable roller tips like the Dendoh. They don't allow the wax string loops to go through. The hole is too small.
We've been using uncut 7' Black Hole Giant blanks, Winthrop roller tip and Fuji SIC guides, on aluminum Aftco Stor a Butts.
The only change I'll make when wrapping up some more is to change to the Winthrop Adjusta Butt.
Tip is plenty light enough to show the bite, and the combination of backbone and flex from the nano blank keeps from pulling hooks. Really can't say enough about the blank, perfect for our use.
Make for darn sure your drags are scale tested, set at 25# for the hookset, backing off to 17-18# during the fight. The 25# is necessary to drive the hook home past the resistance of the weight and water drag on the line fishing that deep. Most don't have their strike drag set high enough. Swordfish aren't tuna, DO NOT be tempted to push the drag up during the end game to finish them! Most swords that are lost are lost due to pulled hooks during the last hundred feet. They're famous for digging in at 80' to 150' down and holding, sometimes for hours. Patience.... Fighting swords is a marathon, sometimes lasting for hours.