BASS CANYON KINGS
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.
NOW CATCH ONE!
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