When Ferdinand Lindmayer of Germany landed a 140-pound swordfish with a tag in it, he had no idea about the significance of the catch and wouldn't for a couple of weeks.
Peeples commented on Facebook that it was "one of the best fights out of swordfish I have seen, especially for his size" and that "this is the first tagged swordfish I have ever seen."
"It definitely made it even more special," Peeples added, though he really didn't know how much more special this swordfish was because of who caught the fish when it was tagged.
It was Lindmayer. He first landed the swordfish on April 19, 2014 while fishing with Capt. Tim Kline of Recess Fishing Charters. It was 30 pounds when it was tagged.
Lindmayer recaptured the same swordfish on May 30, 2017 in nearly the exact location, as confirmed in a letter from the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Cooperative Tagging Center about the tag.
"We hooked him within 100 yards of where he was caught as a pup," Peeples told GrindTV in an email. "I have never heard of a recapture like this. It's pretty unbelievable!"
Peeples sent GrindTV a photo of the letter sent by NOAA Fisheries detailing the tag number and coordinates of the catch.
"I would think the odds of this happening would be incredible for many reasons," Peeples told GrindTV. "There are very few people tagging swords in the Gulf of Mexico, with myself and Tim being two of the probably five-six captains that tag. Swordfish are highly migratory species. It would be cool to know where all that fish travelled before he came back to that area.
"It's the only recapture of a tagged swordfish in the Gulf of Mexico I have ever heard of."
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