A fisherman in the Florida Keys spent eight hours reeling in a genuine sea monster.
On March 31, Captain Nick Stanczyk took a group of clients out on his charter boat. He led them to a location off the coast of Islamorada, Fla., A known spot for swordfish sightings. About 10 minutes after setting the bait, Stanczyk noticed they had a bite.
Initially, he was just the big fish. After about 40 minutes, he got his first look at the electric blue swordfish, and guessed that it weighed somewhere around 400 pounds. Over the next several hours, the beast would be continuously dive deep and then come back to the surface, but it never broke free from the line.
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After five hours, the crew finally got their first real glimpse of the creature and realized that it probably weighed over 600 pounds. At this point, the swordfish started to charge the boat. Stanczyk kept his clients focused and they were able to keep the fish hooked.
It took eight hours, but they were finally ready to harpoon the giant and use it to bring it onto the boat. By that point, the struggle had brought the vehicle to drift 20 miles away from its starting location. When they got back to shore, they took the fish out of the boat, but it ended up being worth it.
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The fish weighs in at 757.8 pounds, a personal record for Stanczyk. To celebrate, he cooked some swordfish steaks on the grill. Hopefully his family liked it because they had plenty of leftovers.