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
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.