A Texas man reeled in a swordfish for the record books.
June 29 started out like many days for Emil J. Krejci Jr. The Texas man has been a long time fisherman, though he’ll admit he’s only been after swordfish for five or six years. That day quickly took a turn of epic proportions around mid-afternoon.
With a line set deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Krejci and his group hooked on to a swordfish that they won’t soon forget. The group had a fish on. And it was big.
Using the stomach of a tuna as bait, the group was fishing at a depth of nearly 1,350 feet when the giant swordfish snatched onto the line.
Fast forward two hours and Krejci is sitting next to a swordfish that could make a cruise ship feel small. Measuring 97 inches in length, the new Gulf of Mexico record for Texas tipped the scales at a whopping 412 pounds.
Equally impressive, it wasn’t until Krejci saw the scale weight that he finally admitted to getting tired. He noted that even though he had wrestled the 412 pound fish for two hours, exhaustion hadn’t caught up to him physically until he saw the readout of the scale. “She came up numerous times. She made numerous jumps,” said Krejci in and interview with My San Antonio. “You’re excited and panicking at the same time when the fish makes a jump.”
As if that weren’t enough, the team went back out on the water later that same day. Putting the record on ice, the group connected with another swordfish later in the day. That fish, however, didn’t make it to the boat.