OCT. 13 — A 17-year-old angler fought a 527-pound swordfish off Lake Worth, Fla., for nearly three hours Monday night before the boat’s crew helped haul the fish on board.
John Padden, of Islip, N.Y., was aboard the 39-footer, Getaway, with his father and some friends when the 13-foot fish took the bait — a dead squid — at about 100 feet below the surface, a news report says. Using stand-up gear, Padden fought the fish as it would race toward the surface, jump out of the water and dart back toward the bottom.
After nearly three hours Padden reportedly passed the rod to his friend, Alan Wilson, saying his back ached and that he couldn’t fish any longer. About half an hour later, at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, the group used lines to haul the fish over the transom and into the boat. An earlier attempt to fit the fish through the transom door was unsuccessful. The fish produced about 350 pounds of swordfish steaks and filled the family’s freezers, according to the report.
Padden’s catch was reportedly 85 pounds shy of the state record set in Key Largo in 1978. The world record was set in 1953 when a 1,182-pound swordfish was caught off Chile, the report says.
— Jason Fell