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Tigers' Alex Avila caught a really, really, really big fish

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Like, really, really, really, really, really, really, really big.

Alex Avila, along with his father Al, his brother Alan, his uncle Ralph, and his son Nick snagged a 585-pound swordfish off the coast of the Port Everglades. Pretty impressive stuff:

Caught this slob #swordfish today off #fortlauderdale weighed in at 585. @offseasonfishingteam

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The fish was caught 20 miles off the coast at a depth of 1,700 feet, according to the Sun-Sentinel, using a skirted bonita belly as bait. The excursion lasted over three hours before finally hauling in the catch.

UPDATE: Bless You Boys caught up with Alex Avila on Thursday in Grand Rapids at the Whitecaps banquet, as part of the Tigers’ Caravan before TigerFest on Saturday — Avila was elected to the Whitecaps Hall of Fame that evening.

Avila agreed to share a short portion of video with BYB, from about two hours into the chase. As to the boat’s name — OFFSEASON — he said the idea for the name wasn’t his, but that of his wife, Kristina.