Our captain, Craig “Sparra” Denham, did an amazing job of getting the stubborn fish back to the surface. At the three-and-a-half-hour mark, we had our first shot at the leader, but the fish was by no means tired yet. As I grabbed the leader, it bolted away once again and we had a good look at its real size, which we guessed at 500 to 600 pounds. After five and a half hours, we had another shot at the leader, and it took another 45 minutes for us to boat the massive swordfish, as Davo Davidson put in the first gaff and Mark Provis followed with another. At the scales, the fish weighed 769.5 pounds, and it is the pending Australian all-tackle record. This was truly a fish of a lifetime for everyone involved.