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Current Lionfish Records

Think you have a world, country or state record lionfish for largest lionfish caught by spear or on a fishing pole? We’re waiting for your submission!

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World Record – Largest Lionfish (Spear)

  • Jimmy Nelson – Florida, United States | 477mm


Capt. Jimmy Nelson of Extreme Adventures
with his record lionfish speared near
Islamorada, Fl in May of 2015

Aruba Record 

  • A.J. Tromp | 44cm | Spear

Bahamas Record 

  • Anonymous local fisherman | 44cm | Spear (submitted by researchers at Cape Eleuthera Institute)

Barbados Record 

  • Julian Walcott | 43cm | Spear

Belize Record 

  • Polly Alford | 44cm | Spear

Bermuda Record 

  • Andrew McLellan | 47cm | Spear

Bonaire Record

  • Michael Pement | 45cm | Spear

Cayman Islands Record

  • Chris Redlund | 44cm | Spear

Colombia Record

  • Juan Chavarriaga Molina | 41cm | Spear

Curaçao Record

  • Peter Deleu | 45cm | Spear

Dominica Record

  • Don Mitchell | 41cm | Spear

Dominican Republic Record

  • Pablo Santos | 44cm | Spear
  • Unknown fisherman| 45cm|Hook&Line (submitted by Saona Cafe, Bayahibe)

Honduras Record

  • Brian Forte | 44cm | Spear

Mexico Record

  • Scott Harrell | 45cm | Spear

Panama Record 

  • Gabriel Lopez Dupuis | 44cm | Spear

United States – Individual State Records 

  • ALABAMA- Alex Fogg | 40cm | Spear
  • FLORIDA – Bob “Cuda” Straney | 47cm (WR) | Spear
  • LOUISIANA – Wil DeMuth | 41cm | Spear
  • NORTH CAROLINA – Erin Burge | 45cm | Spear
  • MISSISSIPPI – Austin Powell | 39cm | Spear
  • SOUTH CAROLINA – Gary McCullough IV | 41cm | Spear
  • TEXAS – Paul Grammer | 43cm | Spear
Smallest Lionfish Ever Caught?

Smallest Lionfish Ever Caught?

Lionfish Hunters acknowledges that there might have been bigger, longer, larger lionfish caught and recorded by the scientific community or by other sportsmen prior to the establishment of the Lionfish Hunters Unified Records program. However, if we do not have a potential-record entry of the fish as outlined by our regulations defining record submission requirements it is not in the spirit of the program to formally acknowledge the catch.

About the Author:

L. Scott Harrell is the co-founder of the World Lionfish Hunters Association. He now owns Triple Sail Scuba in Cozumel, Mexico and offers expert PADI scuba instruction, diving tours and lionfish related education and consulting services.

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  1. Interesting site! Recently some friends organized a spearfishing competition of lionfish here in Venezuela in Chichiriviche de la Costa, we caught a total of 367 if i recall well. The largest one was 42,7cm. I’m getting in touch with one of the biologist who’s head of the lion fish investigations here because a friend who talked to him that day said that the largest one caught here was 52cm. I want to contact him, get the prove and send it to you guys.

  2. Ray says:

    Got a personal best lionfish today, 19 inches. That is 2 inches bigger than my
    old record. Shot in 90 feet of water west of Alligator light off of Islamorada, FL
    in the Keys.

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