NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — It’s a fish story like no other: A 17-year-old reeled in a whopper of a swordfish in Florida while fishing with his dad on Labor Day.
“Biggest fish I ever measured in here was probably about 220 pounds,” said Edmund Alves.
Alves was at the Sailfish Marina when the Sattar family came in with their catch of the day. But it weighed a lot more than 220 pounds.
“693.8 pounds, and the full length was 172 inches,” said Alves.
Hard to believe, but this swordfish weighed almost 700 pounds and was more than 14 feet long. The pictures are lighting up the Internet and the news, getting a lot of attention from jealous fishermen.
Adam Sattar was behind the reel when the swordfish bit his line.
“Came up twice. All we saw was a big shadow — thought it might have been a big shark,” said Adam.
But it wasn’t a shark; it was this swordfish. After four long hours, they finally caught him.
To get this huge, monster of a fish on board this boat, it took a lot of strength and a flying gaffe – a huge hook used to get better control of big fish. The family says they just bought it last week, just in case they would catch a big fish like this one.
“Well, anytime you’re not fishing it sucks,” said Tore Waagen.
Waagen was supposed to go fishing with the Sattars that day, but he stayed on shore because he didn’t think the conditions were good for fishing. Today, he’s regretting that decision.
“I think we’re all dreamers, and we all hope anytime we go out to fish it’s a record or a really big fish so you can share all the meat with your friends,” said Waagen.
Adam and his dad are filing the paperwork to see if the catch is viable for a world record. Thanks to the big haul, dozens of people on the dock were treated to swordfish steaks.