Unlike a blue marlin, there is nothing melodramatic about a swordfish fight. Everything is slow and steady, but they nearly always rocket to the surface after hooking up. Sure enough, that is exactly what this fish did within minutes of coming tight. I was cranking madly to keep the line tight as the fish charged up vertically from the depths. It’s amazing to think that after hooking up some 1,800 feet below, the fish was on the surface that quickly.
We had the cameras ready for the jump shot, but the fish stubbornly refused and then, turning tail, it headed back down into the depths. Typical of swordfish, I expected a drawn-out, long fight, but barely an hour later, the fish came up again. This time we managed to remove the strobe lights from the line, signaling the fish was just 100 feet away.