683-pound swordfish caught off Florida Keys – Sarasota Herald

Captain Billy Rabito Jr. presided over the catch of a 683-pound swordfish Tuesday afternoon. He was fishing on the Mystique, owned by Katherine MacMillan, 30 miles south of Marathon. The fish was caught on 80-pound-test line, spooled on an electric sportfishing reel. Mate Mike Driskell manned the reel.

It was the second swordfish more than 500 pounds caught off the Keys within 10 days and is believed to be the largest ever caught in the region, experts said.

On March 25, Caribsea Captain Kenny Spaulding led angler Fred Beshara to a 520-pound swordfish off Islamorada.

The fish can’t qualify for either a Florida or International Game Fish Association record because it was caught on an electric reel.

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