International Underwater Spearfishing Association
World Record  
7.8 kg. ,   17.2 lbs.
Jack, Almaco    Seriola rivoliana
Record Category: Women Sling / Polespear

Diver: Jessica Howell
Date: 6/15/2016
Location: BAHAMAS

This day was my first time back in the water since the birth of my 6 month old daughter. We were scouting for new dive spots in the Bahamas and came across beautiful bottom full of life at about 20 feet deep. It was the perfect set up for me, not having been diving in a while. At first I didn't think I had any chance with the Almaco Jack because I watched him slowly swim away as soon as I spotted it. My husband dove to the bottom to entice the other school masters and mangroves that were hanging on the bottom, and thats when I was given my chance. I saw the Almaco swim back in. I placed a low shot in the belly area. I wish I had kept my float line attached because this fish took me for a ride! My husband was hollering to me to gill the fish as my head bobbed above then below the surface several times. Just when I thought I was in the clear, the jack pulls off my slip tip. I was devastated! Thank goodness he was almost as tired as I was because he was hovering only 10 feet below me and I put another solid holding shot in his head.

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