Sawyer fought the 448-pound fish, while standing up, for 3 hours and 45 minutes.
This record-breaking catch took place in the Gulf of Mexico about 70 miles southwest of Orange Beach in 1,500 feet of water. Sawyer landed the swordie using a 50 Wide Penn Reel with 100-pound-test Powerpro. Squid (with a lightstick) was used as bait.
Word started spreading around town that the Sea Reaper III was on its way in with a record-breaking swordfish. Locals started gathering at the Orange Beach Marina to see the trophy. The Sea Reaper III pulled into the dock at about 3 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and unveiled the catch.
According to Alabama Outdoors, the previous record for a Swordfish caught in the Gulf of Mexico was 350 pounds, and was set in 2005 by an angler from Gulf Shores, Ala.