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Marlin - - CONTENTS - —As told to Sam White by Nicky Sin­den

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.

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