Monster Florida Keys Swordfish – 683 Pounds!

April 5, 2012 · Posted in Fisherman · Comment 

April 3, 2012 – A monster swordfish weighing in close to the 700 pound mark was snagged this previous Tuesday off the Florida Keys. The fish was reported as being 107 inches long with a girth of 70 inches.

The fish was caught by Mike Driskell, the Mystique’s boat mate, who lives in Little Torch Key on a electric Shimano Tiagra reel. The fish striked a 5 pound bonito fish on an 80-pound braid about 30 miles to south of Marathon, Florida Tuesday afternoon.

700 pound swordfish

The crew weighed the fish on a certified International Game Fish Association scale at Key Colony Beach Marina. This was the second swordfish weighing in excess of 500 pounds caught within the last 10 days and is believed to be the biggest swordfish ever caught off the Florida Keys during daytime hours.

Unfortunately, because the fish was caught on an electric reel it will not qualify for a state or an IGFA record. A 612.75-pound broadbill caught off Key Largo at night on May 7, 1978, will continue to reign as the biggest swordfish ever caught in the Florida Keys without an electric reel.

Daytime swordfishing techniques were only recently pioneered in the last decade and the professionals only continue to get better at it. “I tip my hat to all the guys who have pioneered this thing,” Rabito said. “It has paved the path for the younger guys and gives you great respect for those that went out there, spent a lot of time and experimented.”

Spectators at the weigh in were treated to complimentary swordfish steaks after all the measurements had been completed. One thing is sure – there are still some monster fish out there waiting to give a fight to a good angler.