International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
10.2 kg. ,   22.5 lbs.
Grouper, Leopard    Mycteroperca rosacea
Record Category: Women Speargun

Diver: Lisa Ferrier Rafkin
Date: 3/16/2020
Location: MEXICO


I was swimming at the point near Punta Gorda. I was on a morning shore dive off Zacatitos, a community on the East Cape of Baja and had already speared 2 great jacks. I had been out all morning since 7:45 am and around 10:30, tired, I decided to go in and swim back the quarter mile to the arroyo where I entered the water. The swell was increasing significantly, and as I passed the point going north towards arroyo, there is an underwater area that is like a wall-type structure. I see out of a crack in this wall-like area this grouper swim out as the surge pulled out for the next wave. With a big dose of adrenalin, because I saw how big it was, I dropped and shot it broadside. The fish went to hole up in some rocks on the bottom immediately, and now I felt the surge of the coming swell was pushing me towards rocks!! I kicked out very, very hard staying underwater and with that, pulled it out of the hole. I ducked under next swell kicking out underwater, pulling it behind me to open water less precarious. I pulled it up and grabbed by the gills...happy I had not lost it in the mayhem. I was incredibly happy swimming it back as I have put in hours and hours at that point, and had never seen one even remotely close to being this big!

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