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Old 04-24-2008, 07:04 PM   #1
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I was hoping to get some pointers on the best way to clean a sword. Or just your preferred way of doin it.
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:11 PM   #2
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soap and water oke

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Old 04-24-2008, 07:13 PM   #3
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knock the horns off, wipe its ass, and put em on the plate, no wait... yeah thats defintly cows
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Old 04-24-2008, 07:15 PM   #4
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I clean them like any other large fish. Cut em behind the gills, make a cut down the lateral line to the tail, cut from head to tail down the back, roll #1 fillet off. Do the same on the lower portion including cutting out the rib cage and cleaning it seperate. I skin each tenderloin thesame way, skin it and de-bloodline it. I don't put any water on it while cleaning it. I cut it into small roastsand vaccum bag it. I know it's vague, but, I do wahoo, yft and dolphin the same way....

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Old 04-24-2008, 08:49 PM   #5
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Wade pretty much hit it dead on. We had a couple last year that even though they were iced good whe we got back and started cleaning them they smelled kinda rank!. We started gutting them on the boat them put em on ice havent had a problem since.
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input. Also i was watching a guy gaff a sword from the get lit fishing team. When he went for the gaff shot he went to the outside shoulder, brought the hook to the inboard side of the fish and when he delivered the shot it rolled the fish upside down. What is that a better and safer gaff shot than opposed to the outboard shoulder?
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Outside top, right back of the eyes. Deep and all the way through. Watch em' though. They like a pissed cobia with a bill......
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:39 PM   #8
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i often get criticized by some (often and usually unexperienced anglers) for my gaffing techniques. i am a head shot kind of guy. i like to either hit a fish right in the damn gills, or pretty close to the head in hopes of nicking the spine with the gaff. some tournament anglers (usually king mackeral guys) like to hit their fish in the tail to minimize blood loss or some crap like that, and that's fine. to each their own. but our boat has an icemaker so our fish are near about icicles by the time they reach the dock; blood loss isn't really a concern for us. just make sure you are BEHIND your wireman (closer to stern) so you dont come across the leader and run the risk of nicking it.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:55 PM   #9
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Why would anyone want to clean a swordfish? Isn't that what deckhands are for?



Seriously, its better to field dress them on the boat and then sit back and watch Wade or Creech clean them at the dock from behind a bottle of frosty brew!
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:41 AM   #10
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One tip...gut them and bleed them (including the large blood vessel that runs inside the body cavity) as soon as they hit the deck.

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