Virginia Angler Shatters State Swordfish Record

Joseph Harris officially broke Virginia's swordfish record for his September 1 catch of the now-certified 446-pound giant, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

Harris landed the record-breaking fish at Norfolk Canyon during an overnight trip on a charter boat.

The swordfish put up a three-hour fight, but Harris eventually reeled in the 12.5 footer using a custom, 50-class stand-up rod.

Harris' haul demolished the previous state record by 64.5 pounds. Caught by James Alexander of Virginia Beach in 1978, the runner-up swordfish was also caught in Norfolk Canyon and weighed in at 381.5 pounds.

The world record? That fish weighs 1,182 pounds and was caught in Chile in 1953.