Florida Keys – If you have not figured it out by now, we like Big Fish. Numbers are fun, but size to us takes it to another level.
There have been two 500+ Swordfish caught this year in Florida (both in southern part). The latest fish was a 504 lbs. Sword caught on a boat out of Key Colony Beach by Capt. Ty Price on the “Lazy Daze”. The second was another really nice fish caught out of Sailfish Marina earlier this year that went 588 lbs.
Not many can dispute the fishery in South Florida and the Florida Keys as probably the best place in the World to catch a swordfish. However, when it comes to size, Florida has not always been the spot. There are plenty of 200 lbs swords, no doubt a great catch, but the 500 lbs + beasts are not that common. We hope that this latest trend of larger fish will continue and bring back this great fishery to where it once was.
While both of these are GREAT catches, will we ever see the World Record of 1,182 lbs. in Chile ever beaten? Has commercial over fishing depleted our large fish. I would like to believe that even if that fish is not out there right now, one of these 500 lbers will one day grow to a Grander Class Fish!