Former Navy pilot reels in 455-pound swordfish in Florida Keys

Non-electric, conventional fishing tackle used

ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) -- A former Navy helicopter pilot reeled in a 455-pound swordfish during a weekend fishing excursion off the Florida Keys.

Capt. Nick Stanczyk says 33-year-old John White, of Rochester, N.Y., caught what was likely one of the largest swordfish ever caught in the Keys Saturday using non-electric, conventional fishing tackle.

Stanczyk says it took five hours to get the fish to his charter boat, Bn'M.

White said he and his wife, Pamela, came to the Keys for a vacation to mark the end of his nine-year naval career. He said he had dreamed about daytime swordfishing off the Keys and wanted to give it a try.

White retired from the military three weeks ago after flying surveillance missions over Iraq for a year.

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