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Massive swordfish caught off Australia could shatter existing record

BNQT logo BNQT 5/2/2018 Pete Thomas
a person holding a fish in front of a body of water: File Photo © File Photo File Photo

A massive broadbill swordfish caught off southeastern Australia last weekend could shatter the national record for the species. The 769-pound swordfish was landed by Matthew Boyle of Melbourne, after a marathon 5-hour battle.

The existing record is 608 pounds.

"They are a very, very hard fish to catch," weigh-master Tony Kemna told ABC News Australia.

a group of fish in the water: File Photo © File Photo File Photo

Swordfish are among the most powerful big-game species on the planet.

But perhaps most impressive is the method employed by Boyle to entice the billfish in the depths beyond the East Gippsland coast.

"You are sending your bait down 1,600 feet deep, the bait hits the bottom, and then you have flashing lights on the ends of the rods near the bait, and the light brings the bait in," said Kemna, who is vice president of the Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club.

Boyle's catch details have been sent to Game Fishing Association Australia. If his application is approved, Boyle will be the new record holder.

For the sake of comparison, the all-tackle world record is an 1,182-pound swordfish caught off Chile in 1953.

-Image shows Matthew Boyle posing with 769-pound swordfish. Credit: Gippsland Lakes Fishing Club

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