July 23, 2012
Jessica Harvey lands record size catch off Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
Jessica Harvey, the 22-year-old daughter of marine icon Dr. Guy Harvey, showed that saltwater fishing skills is a family trait when she fought and landed a massive 600-plus pound swordfish—the largest caught on a rod and reel by a female angler in last 30 years and one of the largest ever on record.
The Guy Harvey Expeditions Team was 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, took a break from filming to do a little fishing, according to her father.
Under the guidance of Capt. Anthony Mendillo and the crew of Keen M Sportfishing, Ms. Harvey using a conventional rod and reel hooked into the swordfish in 1,550 feet of water some 15 miles offshore. She battled the fish for nearly three hours. The catch is a new record for Isla Mujeres.
The entire adventure was captured on film by award-winning filmmaker George Schellenger and Greg Jacoski of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.