No doubt about it, Nicky Sinden has re­ally earned her broad­bill re­wards, hav­ing spent a lot of time out on the wa­ter and learn­ing plenty along the way. While not claim­ing any ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence or knowl­edge, the re­sults in­di­cate she’s def­i­nitely on the

NZ Fishing News - - News -

First things first: I’m def­i­nitely no pro when it comes to broad­bill sword­fish fish­ing, but I have de­vel­oped a healthy re­spect and real pas­sion for these gla­di­a­tors of the deep.

Sword-fish­ing is like fight club: you don’t talk about it. I will prob­a­bly go miss­ing if I dis­closed ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing, so can only share part of what I know about sword­fish­ing and my en­coun­ters with these elu­sive beasts.

Un­like most other fish, broad­bill can swim in wa­ter 2,000m deep, then make their way right up to the sur­face at in­cred­i­ble speed. They also have the abil­ity to ther­moreg­u­late, so their brain and eyes stay warm even when the rest of their body is quite cold.

Look­ing at their anatomy, one of first things you no­tice – apart from the ob­vi­ous sword – is their eyes. As they spend much of their time in the cold, dark depths, they need large eyes to see ef­fec­tively. It is also worth not­ing that de­spite hav­ing roughly sim­i­lar body shapes and both pos­sess­ing bills, mar­lin and sword­fish be­long to very dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies.

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