Sword Fight

Dan Dawson Sr. By Dan Dawson Sr., 25th Nov 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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One of the great apex predators of the sea, the Swordfish in all of it's fearsome glory, is the ultimate challenge for any angler. Raw power, brute strength and that razor sharp sword create danger and excitement with every encounter. Your heart will race through this exciting battle. Hold on and enjoy the experience!

Sword Fight

As the sun started to set, anticipation filled my soul.
We cast the lines from the dock, a nice swordfish was our goal.
My buddy held the wheel, I worked on rigging baits.
Strobe lights, light sticks, big balloons and from 4 ounce to two pound weights.
We punched the numbers into our GPS and headed out south, southeast.
Live goggle eyes, scad mackerel and big rigged squid, a swordfish’s smorgasbord feast.
We started our drift in 1200 feet and together we laid out our spread.
We dropped a squid down to 500, and at 250 a gog hooked in the head.
We put two mackerel out about fifty feet down and turned on all of our lights.
Put out the chum bags and poured some coffee and got comfortable for the coming long night.
After just a short while, some baits started showing up, zipping in and out of our slick.
I caught one, it was a big flying fish, I thought ”Maybe a local bait might do the trick.”
I dropped it straight down in the lights, about eighty feet, and set the reel on clicker.
I put the rod in the holder, the bait pulled line out slow but then it started to go out a little quicker.
Adrenaline started pumping through both of our veins, we’d been through the drill before.
Something was scaring our flying fish bait, then the clicker just started to roar.
I grabbed the rod out of the holder and slammed it into gear
and then when the line came tight, the result was perfectly clear…
The rod doubled over, I was yanked into the starboard gunnel and the reel just started to scream.
Like a blur my buddy was bringing in all the other lines, We made such a wonderful team.
I hollered “Get the motors running! This things gonna dump all the line!”
A cloud of smoke and a jolt and we were now backing down, I hoped that we started in time.
Twenty minutes later, we gained our first couple of feet. I felt her powerfully shaking her head.
I snubbed the spool and the rod bent deep, my face now turned beet red.
The veins on my arms were bulging and beads of sweat dripped down on my face.
Slowly I worked her to the surface and hollered “Get the flying gaff ready just in case!”
Then up she charged toward the surface and exploded right off our stern.
Then tail walked out about a hundred feet and my right thumb became badly burned.
As I worked her back little by little, her broad bill slashed up the sea.
There we were out in the middle of nowhere at night, just this fish, my buddy and me.
As my friend grabbed the leader and pulled her in close, I looked into that big dark eye.
She’d made it to grow to this four hundred pounds and didn't look ready to die.
Just before my friend sunk the gaff, I grabbed it and said “Not this fish.”
“This one fought too damn hard to end up in a restaurant on somebody’s dish.”
So my friend snapped a couple of pictures, and with a gloved hand, I trolled her long side.
Then with a shake of her head and a flick of her tail she swam off into the tide.

By Dan Dawson Sr.


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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
Dan Dawson Sr is a Native South Floridian and a very diverse writer. He has a love for poetry, outdoor, spiritual, health, design and fiction.

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author avatar Dan Dawson Sr.
14th Dec 2013 (#)

Hey Guys,
Thank you for reading, sharing and following!
I am really just getting started at this, so you all are very important to me and my family.
Our life has really been changed since our accident. Thank you again!
I have a compilation of fishing related pieces in an eBook on amazon called “Fast Casts” for $2.99
It is also set uo as a “Share” file.
It was our first. I will be rereleasing a newer version as soon as I can with more pieces, on more sites and better format & editing.
I’d also love to work with artists and maybe even photographers to enhance things.
If you get it, please give a review and share.
It is a huge help to us!
And…It will help me write more!
I eventually want to provide audio files.
Thanks again!!!
Only the best,

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author avatar Tony Co
4th Jan 2014 (#)

Great story, Dan! Although I am not a fishing afficionado, I still felt the thrill and excitement that you were experiencing. Great style !

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