International Underwater Spearfishing Association
WORLD RECORD
16.8 kg. ,   37.1 lbs.
Jack, Crevalle    Caranx hippos
Record Category: Men Sling / Polespear

Diver: Lopaka Bounds
Date: 5/3/2017
Location: UNITED STATES


We set up for a drift by some nice vertical structure (pilings) in about 40-50ft of water and jumped in. After a quick breathe up I made a drop. As soon as I left the surface a small group of 3 Jacks came swimming in towards the pilings, I continued my slow descent and let them come into range, I lined up on the lead Jack and realized that if I hit him now he’ll run right into the pilings and make it a tough recovery. So, I held off and waited for them to turn but they didn’t, I gave a small kick to close the gap and ensure a solid shot since I knew it was about to get rough with the pilings beside me. The small kick ended up spooking the jacks and they turned away from the pilings and toward open ocean. I took a half second pause and released my headhunter piledriver pole spear into the lead jack and nailed him right behind the gill plate. He took off away from the pilings and starting ripping line off my belt reel. The ensuing fight was a battle made interesting with 2 sandbar sharks trying to get my fish as well. I finally wrap my legs around the jack and finish the fight with a knife to the brain. I dismount the jack and wrap my hands around him and into his gills, He sure looks bigger on the surface I said to myself as I swim him to the boat.

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