International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
12.4 kg. ,   27.3 lbs.
Tripletail    Lobotes surinamensis
Record Category: Men Speargun

Diver: Lawrence Palmisano, III
Date: 9/25/2015

Lawrence Palmisano- World Record “Triple Tail” Fish I was competing in the 2015 SeaTiger Invitational Spearfishing Tournament, and in previous years I knew of a certain area that was holding an enormous supply of very large triple tail. So after shooting the limit on large Cobias, I headed to that particular area to check it out. We were spearfishing around some very small oil rigs with bad visibility of about 4 to 5 feet. I swam down, and looked up to shoot the shadows of the fish I was targeting. I dove a total of seven small rigs with absolutely no luck. I figured that they were just not going to be around that day. I told the guys on the boat, “I promise this is going to be my last dive of the day.” Everyone was ready to head in to weigh all of our catch. It had been a long day of spearfishing for everyone. So I headed down one last time about 20 feet and began to look towards the surface and something didn’t look right. There was an unusual shape, and it wasn’t the pipes of the rig blocking my view to the surface. I didn’t move. I aimed my spear gun at center mass until I could make out what the object was. As soon as I saw it move, and noticed its distinct shape, I pulled the trigger, and began to pull the fish out from the numerous pipes of the rig. I pulled the fish to the surface and upon reaching the boat, I yelled out, “ I have a MONSTER.”

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