683-pound swordfish caught in Florida Keys

Another mammoth swordfish -- 683 pounds -- has been caught off the Florida Keys, according to KeysNet.com.

A crew fishing on a 61-foot Viking called Mystique hooked the broadbill Tuesday afternoon some 30 miles south of Marathon. The fish bit a whole 5-pound bonito hooked to 80-pound braid, spooled on an electric Shimano Tiagra reel.

Because the fish was on an electric reel it won't qualify for either a state or IGFA record, according to the KeysNet.com Thus a 612.75-pound broadbill caught off Key Largo at night May 7, 1978, will continue to be the official state record, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission data.

The fish was the second swordfish more than 500 pounds caught off the Florida Keys within 10 days and is believed to be the largest ever caught in Keys waters during daytime hours.

On March 25, Fred Beshara, 67, landed a 520-pound broadbill off Islamorada.

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nativeonepointone writes:

Nice work Capt. Robito.

wonderful (Inactive) writes:

in response to No_bull_for_you:

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Going to be sent to nkorea from present obama!

G-----

Throat_Yogurt writes:

the fish bit a whole 5lb "bonito" GD you guys at NDN are dumber than S

Inseam writes:

Where are the photos?

donsense writes:

I catch them by saying, "Here fishy, fishy,fishy!"

JunkYardDog_1 (Inactive) writes:

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Put your Captain Mental Midget ring back on.

Yikes!

philherup writes:

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with a name like throat yogurt what do you expect?

meex writes:

G-Blower, when there is nothing to say, please say nothing!!!

provider81 writes:

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Come on man! Enough of the crappy Political statements I was trying to relax and get some casual reading here.

brighteyes writes:

Did they keep him or let him go? I can only imagine how magnificent this fish was. I guess I'm old school, but using an electric reel would seem to take the sport out of it. No more man versus beast. Man certainly had the upper hand. Rest in peace, magnificent fish.

Sick writes:

in response to brighteyes:

Did they keep him or let him go? I can only imagine how magnificent this fish was. I guess I'm old school, but using an electric reel would seem to take the sport out of it. No more man versus beast. Man certainly had the upper hand. Rest in peace, magnificent fish.

I'm sure they put a nato round in it's head before bringing it aboard.

That's how we do it.

QueBonita writes:

in response to Inseam:

Where are the photos?

Probably with the photos of my 847 pound tuna...

WizeOlMarco writes:

The photo of the fish is via the link included at top of story.

NaplesShmaples writes:

pictures or it didnt happen!

Here4Now writes:

in response to Throat_Yogurt:

the fish bit a whole 5lb "bonito" GD you guys at NDN are dumber than S

Think they meant a 5 lb. burrito

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