International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
9.9 kg. ,   21.8 lbs.
Cobia    Rachycentron canadum
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: Charles L Domson II
Date: 8/7/2013

We ran the Captain Morgan out to an old shrimp boat wreck 30 miles in the Gulf of Mexico off Dunedin, called the Farmer's Daughter. The crew consisted of Ben Choi, Michael Schueler, Dennis Tonge and myself. Seas were 2-3' out of the east. The water was around 85 degrees. And the visibility was 40-50'. Depth was 75 feet. I was using an 8' Riffe Silent Hunter polespear with a Tahitian single flopper tip. This was attached to a 50' float line and 2 floats (RA hard float and a lifeguard buoy). After a minute or so in the water, several Dusky sharks appeared. On the surface, Ben Choi yelled "Cobia!". I made a quick descent to 20' and 3 Cobia swam in front of me. I shot the largest one with my polespear in the back. The Cobia made 2 runs towards the bottom. I slowly pulled him up, grabbed the polespear and swung both the fish and the polespear into the side dive door on my boat. Dennis was in the boat and pushed the Cobia into the in-deck fish box. I weighed the Cobia and got its measurements the next day with Michael Schueler.

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