Catching broadbill in Australia on rod and reel was once a rare event, but in recent times, an increasing number of small boats are out there, enjoying the thrill of the hunt.
There’s no doubt about it – broadbill swordfish are the ultimate trophy fish, and with a reputation for being one of the toughest fish in the ocean, you don’t get a better fight.
In the past, broadbill where primarily hunted at night, using a night-dropping technique. However, a recent change in approach and new innovations in gear have seen broadbill hunting become a popular daytime sport – with greater numbers of anglers getting up close with this magnificent fish.
Amateur anglers in New Zealand have been onto this for some time, but over the last couple of seasons, daytime hunting and catching broadbill in Australia is really starting to catch on.
Luke Davey – the man behind the SwordPro
Blue water hunting is a passion of mine, and I over the years I’ve built up a lot of knowledge, through research and practical experience. I’ve made it my mission to develop and produce the best sword rigs currently on the market. If you thought catching a broadbill was just a dream, with the help of SwordPro’s sword rigs, you can make the dream of catching broadbill a reality. I have landed or tagged and released 9 swords so far this season, averaging one or two each trip using my specially designed rig.
We have a growing number of Australian customers who are experiencing for themselves just how effective our sword rigs are. The first angler to catch a broadbill in Victoria uses our rigs and has continuing success with SwordPro gear.
Top places for catching broadbill in Australia
Broadbill can be found throughout Australian and New Zealand waters, preferring to hang out in deep waters of 200-1000 metres and temperatures between 19 – 24 degrees Celsius. Use your GPS to help you scope out the area – look for steep drop-offs, trenches and sea mounts, as are all great places to find broadbill. The best time of year to catch them in Australia is Autumn through winter.
Over the past year or so, broadbill numbers have been surging in Tasmania, and those in the know have been reaping the benefits. Tasmanian skipper Leo Miller of the Choonachasa uses a technique which simulates night dropping – with great success. Team Choonachasa currently hold the Australian record for the biggest broadbill which weighed 263kg. If you’re an angler in Tasmania and want to have a crack at catching broadbill in Australia, we highly recommend getting in contact with Leo.
Victoria is fast becoming a hot spot to catch broadbill in Australia. Variations in the East Australian Current (EAC) seem to be keeping the broadbill hanging around the Victorian coast and anglers are having great success with landing these epic fish. Lakes Entrance has had a decent run with some real monsters being landed. “Some boats are reporting bites every drop and up to 3 fish a day,” Miller told us.
Anglers in Victoria have also knocked off a few records, including a Victorian record for a broadbill weighing 254kg, and a world record by a 10-year-old girl who landed a 153kg broadbill.
The warm, deep waters and offshore canyons along the NSW coast attract a good number of broadbill throughout the season. Recreational anglers near Bermagui and are using the daytime techniques to successfully catch broadbill here.
There are many other great areas for targeting swords in Australia, keep an eye out on our next post where we will be looking into more areas where these amazing fish are being caught.
You’ve found the right spot for catching broadbill in Australia, now get the best gear!
The great news for Australian anglers is that, with SwordPro, you have access to the best sword rigs on the market. Our gear has been specifically designed out of the best materials to do the job and to last! We stock a range of deep sea fishing gear for anglers of all ages, so check out our online store. We ship all over Australia and New Zealand and we stand behind our products. SwordPro can help your dream of catching broadbill in Australia come true!
For tips and tricks on how you can land your own broadbill, check out our FAQs page, or contact us – we’re happy to answer your questions!