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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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Huge broadbill caught off NE coast

Andrew McDougall was drop lining for blue eye trevalla in his six metre Razorline near the Eddystone Patch and got more than he bargained for. Caught on a hand operated deck winch in 500m of water on Sunday 31 May this broadbill swordfish probably took a trevalla and then managed to entangle itself in the dropline.
The fish didn't play up too much as it was tangled, but still took an hour or so to wind up.
Although not weighed, at 12" 3" overall some digging around would put it well over 450 pounds, and heading towards 600 pounds. Xiphias gladius only grow to about 14" so its not far off the top end in length.
Big females reach 1000 pounds at that length, whilst males are much smaller.
Experienced angler, Nigel Stingel read that once blue marlin get to 12 ft they add 220 pounds for every inch in length so perhaps like blue marlin, broadbill bulk out enormously over the final two feet or so.
In Mexico, the broadbill is found along the Pacific side of the Baja California Peninsula, in the extreme southern portion of the Sea of Cortez, and along the mainland coast through to Guatemala and around all of the oceanic islands. It is reported to reach a maximum length of 15 feet and more than 1,300 pounds in weight. All trophy catches are females since the males do not exceed 300 pounds. The broadbill swordfish is the major targeted species of the world's commercial longline fleet and as such the supply of trophy fish has been significantly reduced with the average size now being less than 90 pounds.
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