International Underwater Spearfishing Association
WORLD RECORD
9.6 kg. ,   21.2 lbs.
Jack, Black    Caranx lugubris
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: Gregory Maillis
Date: 1/21/2017
Location: BAHAMAS


Saturday 21st January , It was a clear day, blue sky and sea. Around mid day I got in the water off the drop off for some spearfishing with my friend and camera-man Luke Hosty. I saw the black jack cruising around mid water column. I timed my approach based on its swimming pattern. Drifting onto the fish, i got close and placed a solid holding shot that stunned the fish. I pulled it to the surface quickly to avoid the sharks. I then swam it over to the boat, where I then threw it in. The capture was unassisted, compliant with IUSA rules and Luke took some footage of it. I am able to submit it as supplementary evidence as needed. I was using a polespear and float line. We weighed it on the dock using two non-certified scales; one showed 21.2lbs and the other showed 21.25lbs. After spending the night on ice, The following morning (Sunday 22 January) the Black Jack was weighed on a certified scale which read 21.2lbs. I hope the committee accepts this record. Bahamians have been spearing trophy fish without spearguns for decades, and I am excited for us to begin participating in the IUSA. Please contact me for any questions.

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