International Underwater Spearfishing Association
WORLD RECORD
12.6 kg. ,   27.8 lbs.
Jack, Horse-Eye    Caranx latus
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: James Adams
Date: 11/14/2016
Location: BERMUDA


We were diving the reef looking for grouper. The were a few small ones around so i shot a Margate out in the sand and started scraping it for chum to see if any larger ones were around and curious. I saw the Jack come cruising around the edge of the reef to check things out and I made a dive on the edge of the reef. I waited for about 30 seconds for it to come in closer and placed a shot in the back of the skull. The fish didn't even twitch so I assumed I had stoned it, but as I went to grab the fish it kicked and pulled off of the tip. It the circled frantically underneath me and I loaded and shot it again trough the top of the back. The fish then went crazy and I knew the shot would not hold so I tried to grab it, but the cable ripped threw its side and it escaped again. I then surfaced for air and luckily the visibility was good enough that I could keep an eye on the fish. I perused it around the reef for about 10 mins, making multiple dives, but it would not let me close enough to place a shot. Finally it swam under a large ledge and I could see where I though it would pop out so I made a quick dive to the corner of the reef and waited. The fish came out right where I had hoped and I placed a shot through its eye and out the jaw. Knowing that shot would hold I pressured the float line as I surfaced to stop it going through the reef again and risk losing. It continued to fight as i pressured floatline from surface and finally I got my hands on the fish and killed it with my knife.

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