Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament Director Nate Rust of DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed that a 358-pound swordfish caught Sept. 7 set a new state record for the species.
The record-sized swordfish measured at 90 inches long, with a girth of 47.5. Following a nearly three-hour battle, recreational angler Kurt Lorenz of Burke, Va., landed the fish on 80-pound test line in the area of Poor Man’s Canyon about 70 miles east of the Maryland-Virginia coast. Lorenz was on a fishing trip aboard Candy’s Reel Choice out of Lewes with captain Pete Floyd, and was accompanied by boat owner Mark Avon, mate Rusty Smith, Chris Ragni and Brian Garancheski. The catch is recognized as a Delaware record since the fish was caught from a vessel out of and returning to a Delaware port.
Lorenz’s record-sized catch tops the previous record, a 276-pound, 12-ounce swordfish caught by angler Albert Scott in 1978. The new record holder will be entered in the books for the 2013 Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament.
For more information: fw.delaware.gov/fisheries.