International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
14.1 kg. ,   31.0 lbs.
Grouper, Sawtail    Mycteroperca prionura
Record Category: Men Speargun

Diver: Jimmy Previti
Date: 9/25/2020
Location: MEXICO

On the first day of our Magdalena Bay trip, Chay Ochoa took me, Daniel Pocius, and Dam Nguyen to a reef buzzing with life just a couple of miles outside of the bay. Visibility was around 20-25ft and current was just right. Thanks to these favorable conditions, we were able to get on the correct zones for most of our drifts. On one dive, I found myself surrounded with all sorts of fish, from Almaco Jacks, to Cubera Snappers, to Sierra Mackerels. However, there was one fish that stood out from the rest. It wasn't as big as the Gulf or Broomtail Grouper hovering in the background, but it was one of a kind, a sawtail grouper. I lined up my shot and hit it just inches away from the sweet spot behind its eyes. Although it wasn't a stone shot, most of the fight was taken out of the fish. When I boated the fish, Chay, who was captaining the panga at the time, immediately remarked that it was an especially large sawtail. I couldn't believe my luck. It was an amazing moment I won't soon forget.

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