you used the very word I was averse to using over the past week or so, "jealousy". Now the word has been broached then gloves off. Most of the bleaters who moaned about a 17 year olds catch of a lifetime would probably have **** a brick if it had taken their bait. That assumes they ever had the cahonies to put a bait out for it in the first place. Leave them to catch their pout and coalie and stuff the idea that "thats all we`ve got because of the commercials" If thats all youve got go fish elsewhere or jump on a big silver bird and enjoy. Some pratt will now come on and say I`d rather see a dozen or two 3lb bass swim away to breed as catch a 500lb+ sword. Bull, no you would'nt you`d rather catch the sword but aint got the cahonies to try. I`d rather stick the same bass on a 12/0 and use them as six gill bait (live)
Stan4massey, what a crock of ****.
What on earth is all the talk of 'cohonies' about, does catching a sword make a man out of someone? Big is best.......tripe. Have you got some issues about your masculinity?
Although I have expressed differences with our American cousins, I have no less respect for some of these guys who spend a great deal of time locating their swords and getting them to take a bait. Surely this is the real challenge of angling, finding the fish and getting a run. Other than going after big bass I have spent some time trying to catch a 4lb perch from a local stretch of river. I can assure you the challenge of finding and catching one of these is far greater than jumping on a plane and hiring a local proffesional skipper to put me over a 500lb sword.
By chance, this past week I have been talking with my brother about where to go in the world for next years fishing holiday. The one thing we both agreed on was that marlin, swords etc were out. They are quite simply an irrelevance to us in terms of personal achievement. As a 'tourist angler' the challenge is simply not there, our involvement would be purely opening our wallets and sweating in the sun with a bent rod. It can be assumed having seen pics of foreign captures reported in the Sea Angler one does not have to be a superhuman to land most of them. Top of the list at present is Islamorada, self drive boat hire is not a problem and the shore fishing can be superb with a little research.
No doubt at this point you can put on your deepest voice and tell me I haven't got the 'cohonies'. lol