Jet Ski Freediver Spears World-Record Sheepshead

Jet Ski Freediver Spears World-Record Sheepshead
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Virginia freediver Todd Elder holds up a record-sized sheepshead. IUSA

The off-colored waters of Chesapeake Bay aren’t always the best place for spearfishermen looking to collect tasty fillets. But as veteran freediver Todd Elder proved earlier this month, the bay holds plenty of oversized, record-class sheepshead for those willing to swim down to their level.

On May 10, Elder speared a 17.4-pound sheepshead in the bay. The fish been officially accepted as a new world record for the species by the International Underwater Spearfishing Association, according to the Virginian Pilot.

Freediving from a jet ski near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, 38-year-old Elder was looking for fish to supply his seafood business, the Virginia Beach Seafood Company. He was hoping to find a few striped bass and tautog when he spotted a school of six sheepshead near a piling.

After taking a deep breath at the…

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