The massive broadbill could set a new all-tackle ladies record
Nicky Sinden, host of a popular New Zealand fishing show, had no idea what lay ahead when she headed out for a day of swordfishing off Whangaroa, New Zealand, on March 22, 2017, with friends Dave Woodman and Matt Haliday. The day ended up being unforgettable: She returned to port with a potential ladies alltackle world-record swordfish. This is her recap of that remarkable catch.
We hit the water to film an episode of Ados Addicted to Fishing, and we were daytime swordfishing off the Northland region of New Zealand on my new 23-foot boat, Game On.
The experience ended up being a baptism by fire when an enormous swordfish ate a large arrow squid on the second drop. I fought the fish standing up at 44 pounds of drag — full sunset — for a little over an hour on a Shimano Talica 50 spooled with 80-pound-test Sufix braid.
We were able to get an IGFA-legal gaff in the fish, but getting the swordfish in the boat proved to be impossible. So we started the slow process of towing the fish back to port at Whangaroa.
And we had no idea it could be a pending world record until the certified scale settled on 795 pounds. I made a quick call to Shimano headquarters, and they said I had just landed a pending ladies all-tackle world record for swordfish, as well as a new women’s 130-pound-class record. The big sword also set a New Zealand national record. Needless to say, we still have ear-to-ear smiles from this incredible catch.
Unable to boat the swordfish, the crew of Game On had to tow it back to port.