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Virginia Beach man lands record swordfish

Wednesday - 10/3/2012, 4:39pm  ET

Virginia record swordfish (Courtesy of Virginia Marine Resources Commission)
Joseph Harris, right, stands with his record catch. (Courtesy of Virginia Marine Resources Commission)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - A swordfish caught by a Virginia Beach man has been certified as a state record for the species.

Joseph Harris caught the 446-pound swordfish Sept. 1 during an overnight trip to the Norfolk Canyon on the 34-foot charter boat Just Right, according to the Virginia Marine Resource Commission.

The previous record was a 381.5-pound swordfish caught by James Alexander of Virginia Beach more than 30 years ago.

After catching and releasing a 10-foot long tiger shark and a 46-inch swordfish, the crew hooked the huge swordfish. It took Harris nearly three hours to land the fish.

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