The Swordfishing tradition – Dangers of catching the ‘big fish’ off Cape Breton

The earliest report of a Canadian commercial swordfish industry was in 1903 in the Department of Marine and Fisheries annual report, but the Mi’kmaq fished swordfish long before that time. Between 1909 and 1959, more than half of the swordfish caught in Canada were landed in Cape Breton.,, In order to successfully catch a swordfish, you had to have great aim and a whole lot of skill. Any rattles from the boat would create vibrations in the water that the fish would take as a warning and disappear. If the shadow of your mast landed on the fish, “whoosh he was just gone like lightning.” >click to read< 13:00

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