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Author Topic: Solo Swordfish on the PM Superskiff  (Read 7552 times)
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« on: October 13, 2015, 09:25:34 PM »

Well, after several months of reading, watching, and listening to anything and everything swordfish related I finally landed my first swordfish.  I cant tell you how much planning and preparation went into this first fish and i consider myself lucky to have nailed one on just my third dedicated trip offshore.

I was pretty keen to short circuit the learning experience by going out with a guide but I was driven to do it on my own and I did just that on a small boat to boot.

Saturday I headed out solo on the 20' PangaMArine SuperSkiff out of Port Eads (Venice, LA). 1st drop my squid got beaten up but I couldnt get tight. Second drop I had a fish on the bait straight away but it was 10 minutes of playing before hookup, after over an hour and a few close quarters jumps the hooks pulled and I was devastated. Third drop saw action again after just a few minutes and came tight again.

I was significantly undergunned by myself on a 20' panga with a daiwa megatwin and a flimsy ally gaff. After 3 hours i finally got a gaff in and threw a rope around the tail. From there I unsuccesfully tried to wrestle him into the boat and eventually enlisted help from a guy fishing from a nearby platform to lend a hand.

Without a doubt my finest day on the water and definitely one that will be hard to top.. So glad I got err done in the PangaMarine SS, just the day prior I was flyfishing for BullReds in the shalllows!!! 

In other news I will be selling my Panga in November as Im headed back to Australia in the new year.. If there is anyone interested in purchasing contact me at chrisjones@piscatus.net

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2015, 04:30:18 AM »

Way to go.  Damn what an adventure.  Great pic.s.  Hard to beat a 20SS.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2015, 05:20:49 AM »

Well done.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2015, 05:33:10 AM »

WTG!!!  Someone is going to get a heck of a skiff.
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2015, 05:08:43 PM »

Yeah the 20SS is an awesome vessel, getting skinny and wide!
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2015, 06:29:28 AM »

Sick! I can't believe you landed it alone. Excellent job.
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2015, 06:34:12 AM »

Holy Shit that is awesome!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2015, 06:43:33 AM »

Nice you finally got one. This is Panga22 from the swordfish center forum btw.
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2015, 08:28:41 AM »

Hey Panga22, yeah ive been meaning to pm u.. finally nailed one 20nm out from the mississippi
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2015, 09:08:43 AM »

That's awesome. Now I know I am not the only one to catch one in a Panga.
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« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2015, 09:18:37 AM »

How do you get him in the panga?
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2015, 09:19:25 AM »

silly question i guess,  you probably have 2 people....... was impossible by myself
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« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2015, 11:16:05 AM »

Yeah I had two people in the boat I lifted the tail with a rope and the other guy lifted the head with the gaff. Now you need to haul one in on a manual reel.
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2015, 08:22:02 PM »

Finished editing part 1 of the footage.... https://vimeo.com/143524162

This was the second drop.. the third drop will be part 2
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