Fathom 4 promoted the spearing of pelagic species “Big Game Spearfishing” as opposed to resident reef fish. We probably should have thought about the sparing of very large fish – the ones that produce the most offspring. That cause would fall on mostly deaf ears. We still get a thrill from catching ‘the very largest’ of any species. Trophies are awarded. Lists compiled. It will be a long while before everyone accepts that the biggest are best left alone to continue breeding.
This huge mulloway/jewfish weighed over 70 pounds. Filmed on 16mm movie film at Groper Island, Woolgoolga (Mid north coast of New South Wales) about 1974.