A freediving fisherman could have speared a state and world-record shattering fish off of the Texas Gulf coast throughout a latest fishing journey.
The spear fisherman, Braden Sherron, caught a 137-pound cubera snapper on June 3, Port Aransas Fisherman’s Wharf wrote in a June 10 social media publish.
Images shared by the wharf present Sherron hoisting the large orange and grey fish, and serving to test its weight again on the dock.
Sherron’s catch tipped the marina’s scale at 137 kilos, and if authorized by officers, would beat the state file set in 1983, by six kilos, in response to Texas Parks and Wildlife Division information.
It might additionally surpass the present all-tackle file for cubera snapper acknowledged by the Worldwide Recreation Fish Affiliation, which weighed 124 kilos and was caught in 2007 in Backyard Financial institution, Louisiana.
It isn’t clear why the IGFA doesn’t acknowledge the 131-pound catch in Texas.
“We’re so grateful he selected Port Aransas Fisherman’s Wharf to weigh and take photos of this monster of a Cubera Snapper!” the publish mentioned.
Cubera snappers are one of many largest species of snapper on this planet, making them “extremely prized by recreation fishermen and business fisheries all through the Caribbean and South Atlantic,” in response to the College of Florida.
Sherron has submitted paperwork to officers concerning his catch, however till it’s authorized, the present record-holders received’t be dethroned, the San Antonio Information-Specific reported. It may take as much as two weeks for a choice to be made.
Sherron additionally has a YouTube channel the place he paperwork his hunts, each on sea and land.