World Record - Blue Lined Big Eye Emperor

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THE DAY STARTED AS A FILMING TRIP. WE DID SOME COOL FOOTAGE WITH TURTLES AND THEN DECIDED TO GO CHASE SOME FISH FOR DINNER. WE DROVE TO A SMALL PATCH OF REEF, 10 MILES FROM SHORE THAT COMES FROM 35 TO 29 METERS DEEP. THERE WASN’T A LOT OF FISH BUT I MANAGED TO SHOOT A DECENT JOB FISH. I DECIDED TO DO ONE LAST DIVE BEFORE GOING TO ANOTHER SPOT. AS I WAS GETTING CLOSE TO THE REEF I SAW A NEW SPECIES, THAT I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE, SWIMMING SLOWLY AWAY FROM ME. I CHASED HIM A BIT BUT HAD TO RISK A LONG SHOT. THE SHAFT GOT IN CLOSE TO THE TAIL AND POPPED BETWEEN THE FISH’S EYES. NICE STONE SHOT AND I SWIM BACK UP. ON THE WAY BACK I CALLED ERIC ALLARD, TOLD ME WHAT SPECIES OF FISH IT WAS. HE WAS ACTUALLY THE PREVIOUS RECORD HOLDER FOR THIS FISH. IN THE END OF THE DAY WE DID A NICE GRILL AND SHARED A COUPLE BEERS WITH GOOD FRIENDS.

David Ochoa