International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
6.6 kg. ,   14.6 lbs.
Flounder, Summer    Paralichthys dentatus
Record Category: Men Speargun

Diver: Timothy Fiordaliso
Date: 7/27/2014

The dive was nearly over as Sam had to go to his kids birthday party. I had just spotted a borderline fluke on the previous dive, and decided to swim to the rocks to hold my position to check for more. The vis was great in the pocket I was diving. When I started to swim back out, about 10 feet out, I saw what I thought was a doormat lying on the bottom. It was by far the biggest fluke I'd ever seen while diving, and he stuck out like a sore thumb on the mussel bed. I swam slowly and carefully to him, gun aimed the entire time. I got about 5 feet over him and pointed long and carefully! Picked my spot and let 'er fly! Perfect hit, now just to get the flopper through to secure him! As soon as I grabbed the spear, he gets up and takes off! I proceed to swim as fast as I can to keep the spear in him and get the flopper all the way through and deployed! After a quick sprint, I was able to get the flopper through and the fish secured, though I was extremely close to never writing this story! Sam just happened to be walking down the rocks as I was swimming to the rocks and I yelled to him, "Yo Sam, look at this thing!" When I pulled it out of the water to show him, is when I realized holy cow, I think this thing is at least 10lbs! We celebrated on the rocks for a few minutes and started the long, but adrenaline rushed walk back!

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