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Local spear fisher pulled record Spoonbill Fish from Beaver Lake

Local spear fisher pulled record Spoonbill Fish from Beaver Lake

Chris Cantrell got the shock of his life while diving, encountering a 90-pound, record-shattering fish.



REPORTS FROM BEAVER LAKE AND WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH HIS HEAD WHILE FIGHTING THE MASSIVE FISH. <> CHRIS CANTRELL HAD ONLY BEEN SPEARFISHING FOR AROUND 2 AND A HALF MONTHS, BUT THIS PAST LABOR DAY WEEKEND WILL BE ONE HIM AND HIS FRIENDS WILL NEVER FORGET. <> “We were out there for Striper, I was on my third dive, my buddy Kalvin was on his second dive.” IT WAS A PRETTY NORMAL SET OF DIVES, AS THE THREE FISHERMAN WERE LOOKING FOR STRIPED BASS, WHICH ARE PLENTIFUL IN BEAVER LAKE, BUT AS CANTRELL WENT FOR HIS THIRD DIVE… <> “I saw a large fish, I thought it was agar at first, but a few more kicks I realized it was a paddle fish, took the shot, and almost got pulled down LUCKILY CANTRELL HAD A FLOATING MECHANISM ON THE HARPOON AND GRABBED IT WHEN HE RESURFACED, CALLING HIS FRIENDS. IT ON THE BOAT HAD BEGUN. <> “When I got to the surface, I told Andy to get over here, cause he was still on the boat he got over here, spent 10-15 minutes trying to get it up. IN THE END, THEY DID GET IT ON THE BOAT, AND THE LAST THING CANTRELL WAS THINKING ABOUT WAS THE RECORD, BUT AFTER A BUDDY STARTING DOING SOME DIGGING, THEY REALIZED THEY HAD SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. I TALKED WITH JON STEIN, THE BIOLOGIST THAT VERIFIED THE SPECIES OF FISH AND WAS SURPRISED TO FIND OUT IT WAS CAUGHT BY SPEARFISHING <> “I knew there were some pretty big paddlefish in Beaver Lake, but to get one with a speargun is pretty impressive .” <> IN TOTAL THE PADDLEFISH WEIGHED 90 POUNDS. I HAVE OBLITERATED THE OLD SPEARFISHING RECORD OF JUST OVER 70 POUNDS. CANTRELL ISN’T DONE YET EITHER, HIS NEXT GOAL IS TO PULL IN A RECORD STRIPED BASS

Local spear fisher pulled record Spoonbill Fish from Beaver Lake

Chris Cantrell got the shock of his life while diving, encountering a 90-pound, record-shattering fish.

Over Labor Day Weekend, Chris Cantrell and two friends were out spearfishing for striped bass. When Cantrell went down for his third dive, around 20 feet deep, he saw a large fish. He swam closer to get a look and saw it was a Spoonbill Fish, so he aimed and took his shot. After nearly 15 minutes of fighting to get the fish in the boat, he managed to pull it aboard. The fish ended up weighing over 90 pounds, and with the current record Spoonbill caught via spearfishing being 70 pounds, it shattered the world record. He has already submitted his paperwork to put himself in the record books, which may take close to a month to become official. He is already planning on hitting the lake again this weekend, with plans to fish out the world record Striped Bass as his next goal.

Over Labor Day Weekend, Chris Cantrell and two friends were out spearfishing for striped bass. When Cantrell went down for his third dive, around 20 feet deep, he saw a large fish. He swam closer to get a look and saw it was a Spoonbill Fish, so he aimed and took his shot.

After nearly 15 minutes of fighting to get the fish in the boat, I managed to pull it aboard. The fish ended up weighing over 90 pounds, and with the current record Spoonbill caught via spearfishing being 70 pounds, it shattered the world record.

He has already submitted his paperwork to put himself in the record books, which may take close to a month to become official.

He is already planning on hitting the lake again this weekend, with plans to fish out the world record Striped Bass as his next goal.

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