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A new fish­ery of sword­fish has been dis­cov­ered in Bass Strait off east­ern Vic­to­ria in the past cou­ple of years. An­glers fish­ing in Bass Canyon are hook­ing into some of the big­gest sword­fish in Aus­tralia.

There are only two towns from which to ac­cess the new fish­ery: Lakes En­trance and Mal­la­coota. The lat­ter is my pick, as it’s clos­est to the canyon and a quaint lit­tle place to boot. There is, how­ever, no ma­rina for big cruis­ers so it’s trailer-boa­tonly ter­ri­tory.

Catch­ing these fish – the ul­ti­mate an­gling prize – isn’t easy given that they live at depths of more than 500 me­tres. But when, af­ter a marathon bat­tle, you see a sword­fish rocket to the sur­face and launch out of the water, it’s worth it.


With fish weigh­ing in at 300plus kilo­grams, you need some se­ri­ous tackle and a big boat to beat these mon­sters. A crowd favourite is the Shi­mano Tal­ica fish­ing reel, loaded with at least 1200 me­tres of Su­fix 80-pound (37-kilo­gram) braid but it takes a bit of work (re­mem­ber, it’s worth it) to get the bait down as far as it needs to go.

Char­ter op­er­a­tor Dream Catcher II Sport­fish­ing (0438 014 814), run by Richard Abela, has an en­vi­able record of catch­ing the big­gest fish.

Lur­ing trout on the Coxs River in NSW (top); a big catch calls for big boats

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