International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
11.1 kg. ,   24.4 lbs.
Grouper, Leopard    Mycteroperca rosacea
Record Category: Women Speargun

Diver: Lori R Nishimura
Date: 4/13/2020
Location: MEXICO

On the previous day we were diving this spot I saw a variety of fish. They were all pretty big but wouldn't come close enough for a shot. The next morning we went to the same spot and with resolve I began to work the ledge but it was the same as before; the fish wouldn't come in close enough. I must've did about 20 drops before one finally was curious enough to come close. I was down about 45 feet on top of a large rock and slightly hidden behind another one. It came straight at me and stared at me head on for a few seconds before it turned and slowly began to swim away. I hesitated a little thinking that it was a little too far but decided to go for it anyway. I gave a couple of slow kicks to close the gap and with my arms reaching as much as possible I took the shot. I hit it and it took off to my left and down behind me. I kicked for the surface making sure I put the brakes on the reel to prevent the fish from running in to the boulders. Fortunately, it barely ran around a small boulder and I was able to bring it in. I grabbed the tail as it was pretty gassed from the fight in. Hugging it close to my body I was able to get one hand in the gills and the other on my knife to brain it. I swam it back to the dinghy, threw my gun in, hopped in myself and with the slip tip still stuck in it, I pulled the fish in and called it a day.

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