International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
4.7 kg. ,   10.3 lbs.
Grouper, Tiger    Mycteroperca tigris
Record Category: Women Sling / Polespear

Diver: Sarah Geiger
Date: 5/8/2016
Location: BAHAMAS

On May 8th, I was spearing off the north end of Eleuthera with Ryan Myers and Chris Allard. I was hunting with my backup SeaStinger polespear, having broken my Headhunter Predator three days earlier spearing a world record 41.7 lb black grouoper. We were in 60’-70’ of water with low scattered coral heads. I saw a grouper and wasn’t sure what kind it was because the visibility was low. He was skittish, darting away as we passed overhead, but I followed him until he came to rest under the ledge of a small coral head in 68’ of water. I dove down down current from where he was, sneaking up on him from behind the coral head. Just as I closed in, peering under the ledge, he spooked and darted into a hole in a larger neighboring bit of reef. I chased him, saw him in the hole, so I loaded my spear and shot him mid body. It was a solid through-and-through and the cable held despite the grouper fighting deeper into the reef. I was able to pull him out and get to the surface, all in a single 1:05 dive. On the surface, I saw it was a Tiger grouper. I slung it in the dinghy and when we got back to the big boat, we weighed him, squeaking in at 10.3 lbs.

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