ONE THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY
1969 13 July
Spear fisherman Michael Bray, of Johnson Street, Peakhurst, holds a 23in long black bream which he caught in Sydney Harbour off Shark Island.
Michael arrived for the Metropolitan Skin Divers’ Club presentations with the catch last night.
“Now they will have to believe me” he said, nursing the deep-frozen bream weighing 8lb 1oz (3.657kg) and with a girth of 20 inches.
He saw the fish while swimming with a friend, Mr Mervyn Sheehan, of Sans Souci, on Friday.
“We both fired together: my spear hit him in the side – my friend’s spear missed.”
Michael said he used a rubber-powered gun for the catch.
Michael, a sculpture student at the East Sydney Technical College belongs to the St. George Skin Divers’ Club.
He said he would eat all of the fish himself tomorrow. “I’m very fond of fish.” He said.
The publisher of “Anglers Digest” said last night that Mr Bray’s catch was almost certainly a record for a speared fish.
He said an 8lb 4oz black bream had been caught with a line at Swansea in 1967, but previously spearfishermen had not caught one anywhere near that weight.
From: Sun Herald Sun 13 July 1969 pg. 2