Hunt/Fish- Massive Mahi Speared

Written by Doug Giles on April 30, 2013

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While exploring another weed line, one of the guys spotted a large golden glow in the water. It was a gigantic mahi swimming near the surface, which appeared to have something in its mouth. The bull wouldn’t take any bait so David grabbed his speargun and dove in, determined to catch the monster. Captain Jeff circled the boat around to keep an eye on the fish.

A few moments later teammate Chris DeLeo was shouting and pointing towards David. I looked just as David speared the mahi perfectly and then joined in shouting “SHARK!” with the rest of the crew–an enormous brown shark was investigating the now bleeding mahi which David was holding. Time slowed down, the next few seconds were crucial.  The shark swam towards the speared mahi, and David’s head still underwater. All I can think was that we needed to get him back in the boat quick!


Larysa and Katie also caught their first-ever yellowfin tuna on the excursion.

Thankfully the Advanced Roofing team is more than capable, and Jeff quickly maneuvered the boat right to David. The team helped pull him out of the water and gaff the mahi before the shark could get to it.  It was an intense moment because if we were literally two to three seconds later, I’m pretty sure we would have had a different outcome. That shark was way too close for comfort for me and I’m glad we got to David and the mahi before the shark did!  Later at the scale the mahi weighed in at 69.5 lbs, a new spearfishing record. We also discovered what was in its mouth–another five-pound mahi!

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