International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
59.0 kg. ,   130.0 lbs.
Snapper, Atlantic Cubera    Lutjanus cyanopterus
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: Luke Maillis
Date: 4/25/2018
Location: BAHAMAS

After I shot a Nassau grouper on a reef in 50 ft of water. I saw this Cubera snapper out on the sand. I immediately knew it was a world record fish. I watched him while breathing up, waiting to make my move. I noticed he was swimming towards a ledge, I waited until he swam under the ledge then immediately dived down and had my pole spear cocked and ready. I dropped down under the ledge and saw him face to face. He started to turn and run when I took aim and landed the shot right in the face. He took off running and peeling off line from my belt reel. I chased behind clearing the line from tangling on the reef and watched him run into a deep cave. I went back to the surface for air and started to play him on the belt reel. Letting out slack and pulling him back out of the cave. After 10 to 15 minutes of fighting him he finally swam out of the cave and I began to muscle him up to the surface. I was so scared going to grab him by the gills as he lunged towards my with his mouth open. I finally grabbed him by the gills and called the boat over. Got him in the boat and stood in awe of his majestic size.. the fish of a lifetime.

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