MARATHON (CBSMiami/AP) – For the second time in little more than a week, an angler landed a mammoth swordfish off the Florida Keys.

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

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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Comments (2)
  1. Bonzo says:

    Poor fish. He goes to the Keys to enjoy the warm water and the beautiful underwater reefs, then he gets captured like this. Hell of a vacation for the fish…

  2. Truth says:

    What a waste of a rare of fish. Whatever happened to catch and release? This fool further wimped out by using an electric reel, seriously? What kind of gratification can you possibly get by hitting the “reel-in” button. What a joke.