Kyle Longmore 16-year-old Tasmanian angler was fishing during the annual Coles Bay Classic tournament when he hooked a monster size swordfish.
He landed a 580 pound - 262 kilos fish that probably is the largest swordfish ever caught by rod and reel in Australian waters.
Regardless, Kyle Longmore’s grueling feat was one he won’t soon forget. An epic battle that required his total concentration played out over six hours in the broiling sun, during the weekend’s Coles Bay Classic tournament.
Longmore fought the huge fish for more than 6hours in the sun while his fish jumped 23 times, and was so far in the distance after its initial run that the crew could not tell how large it was, until it was reeled closer to the boat.
The IGFA (International Game Fish Association - www.igfa.org) lists as the all-tackle world record an 1,182 pound - 535 kilos swordfish caught off Chile in 1953.