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When it comes to chas­ing gi­ant swordfish, the hot spot is def­i­nitely eastern Vic­to­ria. Lakes En­trance is about four hours’ drive east of Mel­bourne and is a rea­son­ably sized town with de­cent fa­cil­i­ties. Ac­com­mo­da­tions are in the mid­dle of the range, and there are also de­cent fa­cil­i­ties for vis­it­ing boats. Al­ter­nately, Mal­la­coota is much smaller, but since it is ba­si­cally a tourist town, there are a lot more op­tions for lodg­ing. The ocean boat ramp is brand new, and while it does suf­fer from sand buildup, it can han­dle most large trailer boats.

There are a few char­ter op­tions. Ritchie Abela on

Dream­catcher 2 has been the top boat this sea­son, and he also fol­lows the fish be­tween Mal­la­coota and Lakes En­trance.

Tony Kemna runs Farout Char­ters out of Lakes En­trance, and chases ev­ery­thing from snap­per to swords. In Tasmania, the Nicholls fam­ily runs a cou­ple of boats chas­ing swordfish as well.

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