Jessica Harvey, the 22-year-old daughter of marine icon Dr. Guy Harvey, proved that saltwater fishing skills run in the family when she fought and landed a massive 600-plus pound swordfish off the coast of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, last week.
Under the guidance of Captain Anthony Mendillo and the crew of Keen M Sportfishing, Ms. Harvey hooked the fish using a conventional rod and reel in 1,550 feet of water. She battled the fish approximately 15 miles offshore for nearly three hours.
Her catch turned out to be the largest swordfish fought on a rod and reel by a female angler in last 30 years!
The Guy Harvey Expeditions Team was on location in Isla Mujeres last week to film the renowned whale shark aggregations as part of a new documentary. Ms. Harvey, an IGFA Jr. World Record holder, decided to take a break from filming to do a little fishing, according to her father.
The event was captured on film by award-winning filmmaker George Schellenger and Greg Jacoski of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.