Swords of North Carolina
In August of 2022, Brandon Carney headed offshore out of Morehead City, North Carolina, on a revenge mission. It was his second attempt at swordfishing on his 32’ Contender, Willow-B. Carney’s first crack at the Carolina swords had ended with heartbreak, losing a fish just before the crew was able to get the harpoon into the broadbill boat side. Little did he and his crew know that they’d make up for the first lost fish in a big way. On the second drop of the day, Carney’s albacore belly strip was inhaled by a sword that not only avenged the previously lost fish but ended up setting the new North Carolina state record for the species. Brandon’s father, Cary, did the honors on the reel.