International Underwater Spearfishing Association
WORLD RECORD
26.5 kg. ,   58.4 lbs.
Mulloway    Argyrosomus japonicus
Record Category: Women Speargun

Diver: Jennifer Budworth
Date: 9/4/2016
Location: AUSTRALIA


On 4th September 2016 I went for a shore dive with dive buddy Duncan Limpus at Black Rocks, Pottsville, Northern NSW Australia. It was a beautiful day and the water was calm and clear on the 150 m swim out to the patchy rock formation off the shore. As I swam midwater up a rocky trench I thought the structure and pebbly bottom looked like a good place for a mulloway. I noticed a large fish on the bottom swimming about 3 metres below me which for a moment I thought was a shark. It rolled slightly on its side and I saw the line of dots down the length of the fish. I immediately recognised it as a mulloway and swam down directly above it as it was swimming under me in the trench. I pulled the trigger and boned it directly in the spine just behind its head causing it to become instantly paralysed. I then swam down and picked it up off the bottom and swam it up to the surface. I didn’t realise how big the fish was until I got it on the shore and Duncan loaded it on my back to carry up to the car.

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