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Biggest Cubera Snapper ever speared

This week Luke Maillis used his Headhunter Spearfishing NOMAD polespear to shoot and land the largest Cubera Snapper on record. It is now a pending IUSA spearfishing world record for the polespear/sling division and is 8 pounds larger than the speargun record!! 

"Today I checked off one of my life goals, shooting This massive 130 lb Cubera Snapper. The most glorious pending World record reef fish in the Atlantic Ocean. Taken down with my Headhunter Nomad pole pear and belt reel. After I shot a Nassau grouper on a reef in 50 ft of water. I saw this Cubera snapper out on the sand. I immediately knew it was a world record fish. I watched him while breathing up, waiting to make my move. I noticed he was swimming towards a ledge, I waited until he swam under the ledge then immediately dived down and had my pole spear cocked and ready. I dropped down under the ledge and saw him face to face. He started to turn and run when I took aim and landed the shot right in the face. He took off running and peeling off line from my belt reel. I chased behind clearing the line from tangling on the reef and watched him run into a deep cave. I went back to the surface for air and started to play him on the belt reel. Letting out slack and pulling him back out of the cave. After 10 to 15 minutes of fighting him he finally swam out of the cave and I began to muscle him up to the surface. I was so scared going to grab him by the gills as he lunged towards me with his mouth open. I finally grabbed him by the gills and called the boat over. Got him in the boat and stood in awe of his majestic size.. the fish of a lifetime.

I'm very impressed with the Headhunter Nomad pole spear. It is the most durable spear I've used and I am in awe that it stood up to the giant Cubera after being bashed around in a reef. It's accuracy is on point and you really get your money's worth with this spear. Great job on making a spear that landed my fish of a lifetime.

- Luke Maillis(World Record Holder/8X freedive record holder/guide)


Two years ago we set out to engineer a robust spear that could handle any situation. The result is what we now call the NOMAD. This pole spear is extremely durable, lightening fast and hits like a bull. Made from a proprietary composite tubing and 17-4ph heat treated stainless steel fittings, this pole spear is ridiculously rugged. By combining the 3' front, 3' back and optional 2' and 3' mid sections, the spear can be configured as a 6', 8', 9', or 10' spear with an additional 18" injector rod and tip. Another great perk of this spear is that it breaks down to 38" for travel.

For more information, please don't hesitate giving us a call at (954) 745-0747 or shooting us an email at

FWC approves several changes to Gulf cobia management

December 07, 2017

At FWC's December meeting in Gainesville, they took final action to approve several changes to the management of cobia in state waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

These changes are based on stakeholder input and concerns from anglers, and will further promote sustainable management of this fishery.

Approved changes will go into effect Feb. 1, 2018, and include:

  • Creating a Gulf/Atlantic management boundary defining all state waters north of the Monroe-Collier county line as “Gulf state waters” for purposes of managing cobia.
  • Making the recreational and commercial bag limits for cobia in Gulf state waters the same by reducing the commercial limit from two to one fish per person.
  • Reducing the recreational and commercial vessel limit in Gulf state waters from six to two cobia per vessel, per day.

The current 33-inch minimum size limit will not change.

For more information or to view the presentations given at the Commission meeting, visit and select “Commission Meetings,” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”


A successful coral transplant gives scientists hope for the Great Barrier Reef

A man snorkels in an area called the "Coral Gardens" near Lady Elliot Island, on the Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Bundaberg town in Queensland, Australia, June 11, 2015.

Credit: David Gray/Reuters

Article written by: Agence France-Presse

Date Published: November 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM EST

Coral bred in one part of the Great Barrier Reef was successfully transplanted into another area, Australian scientists said Sunday, in a project they hope could restore damaged ecosystems around the world.

In a trial at the reef's Heron Island off Australia's east coast, the researchers collected large amounts of coral spawn and eggs late last year, grew them into larvae and then transplanted them into areas of damaged reef.

When they returned eight months later, they found juvenile coral that had survived and grown, aided by underwater mesh tanks.

"The success of this new research not only applies to the Great Barrier Reef but has potential global significance," lead researcher Peter Harrison of Southern Cross University said.

"It shows we can start to restore and repair damaged coral populations where the natural supply of coral larvae has been compromised."

Harrison said his mass larval-restoration approach contrasts with the current "coral gardening" method of breaking up healthy coral and sticking healthy branches on reefs in the hope they will regrow, or growing coral in nurseries before transplantation.

He was optimistic his approach, which was earlier successfully trialled in the Philippines in an area of reef highly degraded by blast fishing, could help reefs recover on a larger scale.

"The results are very promising and our work shows that adding higher densities of coral larvae leads to higher numbers of successful coral recruits," he added.

The Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure on Earth, is reeling from an unprecedented second-straight year of coral bleaching because of warming sea temperatures linked to climate change.

The chief scientist of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the government agency that manages the area, said there was a need for such efforts amid the accelerating impacts of climate change.

"The success of these first trials is encouraging — the next challenge is to build this into broader scale technology that is going to make a difference to the Reef as a whole," David Wachenfeld said.

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