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Maryland man reels in 301-pound swordfish after 8-hour struggle

Peter Schultz, second from left, earned a Maryland state record by reeling in a 301-pound swordfish. Photo courtesy of Big Fish Classic
Peter Schultz, second from left, earned a Maryland state record by reeling in a 301-pound swordfish. Photo courtesy of Big Fish Classic

July 30 (UPI) -- A Maryland man participating in a fishing tournament said it took him eight hours to reel in the 301-pound swordfish that earned him a state record.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources said Peter Schultz, 36, was participating in the Big Fish Classic Tournament in Ocean City when he hooked a swordfish on his line about 50 miles offshore at Washington Canyon.

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Schultz told the department that he reeled in the massive swordfish with help from fishing companions.

He said it was the "fish of a lifetime."

The agency said Schultz is the first record holder for catching a swordfish in the Atlantic division, one of the state's four divisions for sport fishing records.

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