International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
6.8 kg. ,   15.0 lbs.
Jack, Horse-Eye    Caranx latus
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: Craig Copik
Date: 8/20/2013
Location: BERMUDA

I went out that day reef fishing with Scott Amos on his boat. It was the last spot of the day that we planned to hit. We stopped at an area known as Kitchen Shoals (GPS POSN 32 deg 26.2n 064 deg 38`w) and started the hunt. Whilst checking some crevasses for Black Grouper a school of Bermuda Chub became interested in me and started to circle around the area, the school was about 70 or 80 strong and on closer inspection I discovered that one of them was in fact a Horse Eyed Jack. I dived to the bottom (around 25ft) without making eye contact with the fish. I turned my head to the left to see where the Jack was and it was approx 18 inches in front of my mask, head on to me. The fish slowly cruised past my face and was quickly dispatched with my Manny Puig pole spear and slip tip set up. The next day I took the now dry fish to the department of environment and got the chief fisheries scientist to confirm the identity of the fish with her fish identification books. Joanna Pitt confirmed it was a Horse Eyed Jack and then weighed the fish for me on the fisheries department certified scales, it weighed in at 15lbs and was also weighed in the company of John edmunds Chief Fisheries Warden (1441 5354615). The fish when caught (wet weighed 15.6lbs on my own electronic scales). The fish was filleted and made into curry Craig Copik

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