International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
41.2 kg. ,   90.7 lbs.
Paddlefish, American    Polyodon spathula
Record Category: Men Speargun

Diver: Christopher Cantrell
Date: 9/3/2022

Early Saturday morning I went out with my dive buddies Andy Jeffries and Kalvin Cackler chasing larger stripers, my first two dives were mainly warm-up dives. We changed spots and on my third dive I was around twenty feet on my decent to thirty-five feet when I saw a large fish around six feet away. At first it appeared to be a gar but another kick I saw it was a paddlefish and I took the shot. When the shot was taken my gun was nearly taken out of my hand since its only a double wrap Robb Alen with a fifty foot float attached. I let go and held the float line on my way up, around ten minutes with multiple runs from the fish I managed to brain it with my dive knife and get it on the boat. When I was fighting the paddlefish Calvin got a nice eating size striper and Andy got some good photos.

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