As an oddly related sidenote, I recently "Googled" for images of the espadon
(the Spanish word for "great sword"--ie., the large European two-handed swords), and a bunch of swordfish pics came up!
I don't know much about swordfish, but this one looks pretty big:
Getting stuck with that thing would be like getting stuck with a rapier or estoc. Mr. Spacek is lucky that he didn't take a thrust to the lungs or another vital organ...