International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
10.8 kg. ,   23.8 lbs.
Snapper, Pacific Cubera    Lutjanus novemfasciatus
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: Manuel J. Menendez II
Date: 4/11/2014
Location: PANAMA

VERY BLESSED THAT DAY... Conditions were great and it was the last day of our annual WIDOWMAKER TRIP. I knew before the trip that i wanted to attempt to get a WR Cubera (and maybe blue trevally!). That morning the first few seamounts we checked had some nice cuberas and I speared a rocked up one that was 19.5 lbs. I was very happy to get him and got a great shot right under the left eye. We did the tape job, weighed it and photographed it and felt that we had a decent WR fish. An hour later diving on another spot I saw a cubera that appeared about the same size as the one from earlier fly into a hole. I dropped down and looked in and saw the Cubera facing me so i shot him just under the left eye. I was surprised as he swam up the spear towards me as he tried to flee the hole. I grabbed the spear around the midsection putting one hand on either side of the fish and started heading towards the surface. Despite having a spear through hs face the fish went nuts and snapped my spear. I grabbed him by the gills and through him into the boat. I pulled the one from earlier out and found that this fish was about 2 inches longer but a lot fatter. We weighed this guy and high fives all around. A BIGGER ONE. What a day diving with my buddies Raul, Manny, Octavio, and Santiago. Next Year I will raise this record if someone doesnt do it first... WIDOWMAKERS

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