International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
57.4 kg. ,   126.6 lbs.
Tuna, Pacific Bluefin    Thunnus orientalis
Record Category: Women Speargun

Diver: Lisa Ferrier Rafkin
Date: 7/18/2021
Location: UNITED STATES


I woke up Sunday early, after spearing a small 35 lb bluefin night before. I suited up and geared up and sat on the back of the boat with my bungee pulling my 2, 3 atm Riffe floats. We went out a mile from San Clemente Island and saw meter marks, but it was massive amounts of bait and no fish. After a bit, we decided to go shoot yellowtail until the afternoon. On the way in, we saw marks on the meter and I dropped in, missing my first shot. Back on boat, saw meter marks again and I punched a dive and waited...until I saw this one in the school. I shoot and it held and my 3 atm floats started to swim away! I swam my gun back to the boat and quickly swam back to the moving floats, both completely tombstoned! I spent a hour pulling up the fish, clipping off at the shooting line, getting my kill gun, loaded it, and dropped for a so-so kill shot. I was exhausted and saw the fish was done. I very carefully grabbed the tail and swam it straight to the swim step. With a tail rope, it took two of us to pull over the side, and we measured length and girth- knowing it was well over a hundred pounds!! We covered it and iced and went to the fuel dock for official video of IFGA weighing and measuring. I was so excited after setting the record three times before, to have it back for the 4th time!!!!!

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