Florida woman, 8 months pregnant, polespears fish for potential world record catch 

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a the mother She inspired women, fishing enthusiasts and others after she received a potential world fish while on release while she was eight months pregnant.

Julie Augustine, 40, from Destin, Floridanailed a 37.6-pound black cylinder with its nine-foot Bermuda glider head on October 1, 2022 – and now the catch awaits world record certification from the International Underwater Spearfishing Association.

Augustine told Fox News Digital in a phone interview, “I’ve been contacted by several individuals who get to know me, and will come and share how my story has inspired them and how it motivated them to get off the couch. And do something they wouldn’t normally have after reading what I was able to do during pregnancy.”

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“It’s one of the nicest things to get out of this,” she said.

Augustine Physician Assistant and Air Force veteranShe started free diving after taking a free dive safety training course in 2020 and earning her certification.

Julie Augustin (right) took her black-roller fishing to Destin Fishing Rodeo in Florida for weighing on October 1, 2022. Here, she catches the 37.6-pound, nine-foot-diameter fish as she poses with Miss Destin 2022 (left).
(Julie Augustine)

She said she eventually learned about multi-headed fishing from locals who praised the sport.

She didn’t have much outdoor background She grew up, but Augustine said she was open to exercise because she was looking for a water sport to help stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic, she said.

Augustine estimates that over the course of two years, she did four or fifteen free dives.

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During her pregnancy, she reduced snorkeling as a precaution against sharks.

“During the warmer months, as in August, it becomes very squashed,” said Augustine. “Bull sharks love to be around where people hunt.”

Julie Augustine picked up her potential world record black drum in Destin, Florida, while editing in Polissier style.

Julie Augustine picked up her potential world record black drum in Destin, Florida, while editing in Polissier style.
(Julie Augustine)

She said that the black drum she picked up on October 1 was the first time she had been back in the water since then The fifth month of pregnancy.

Augustine said she was grateful for learning how to free-dive and wave from experts who emphasized the importance of safety, including breath-holding and control, diving techniques, familiarization with equipment and problem-solving.

“I am very fortunate to live in one of the best places in the world, really, to be able to dive freely and spear,” said Augustine.

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when you go fishing tripsAugustine wears wetsuit, weight belt, set of fins, mask and diving. The equipment you use includes a hair trimmer, knife, and belt pulley.

Augustine noted that Polespearing is one of the “more primitive” and “unmaneuverable” spearfishing methods when compared to spearguns.

Julie Augustine, 40, chose to perform an underwater maternity photoshoot with her lumbar support before she picked up a world record black drum.

Julie Augustine, 40, chose to perform an underwater maternity photoshoot with her lumbar support before she picked up a world record black drum.
(John Ugga with Johnny Ocean Photography)

“[Polespears are] Exactly what you imagine [them] to be. “You have bands that are released with the trigger shaft,” Augustine said.

“In the pistol I use, you basically have the three components, which are the spear head, the shaft, and then the tape on the back,” she continued.

“The way you load it, you reach back, grab the bar with one hand, then pull up on the shaft as far as you can, and all of the ‘connection energy’ is stored within that range inside an arm.”

Augustine advises all fishing pioneers to dive with friends or crew who can look for marine wildlife or other dangers.

“You have to get very close to what are you hunting To try to get a good shot.”

Catching bipolar fish can attract sharks, which is why Augustine advises all spearfishers to dive with a friend or crew who can look for marine wildlife or other dangers.

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Augustine says that people who can dive 80 and 90 feet at the same time tend to reach for more fish.

She noted that identifying fish according to local laws and environmental guidelines is another underwater challenge.

Jolly Augustine's multi-headed fishing gear includes wetsuit, weight belt, fin set, mask, snorkel, knife and belt reel.

Jolly Augustine’s multi-headed fishing gear includes wetsuit, weight belt, fin set, mask, snorkel, knife and belt reel.
(John Ugga with Johnny Ocean Photography)

“You just have to be very familiar with the rules,” Augustine said.

“Some fish can look very similar, and some species are only available for fishing during a certain time of the year during a certain season.”

Although synthesis may require multitasking, Augustine said she looks at Sport as a form of self-care.

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“When you’re spear-throwing the fish, of course, there’s an adrenaline rush there. But, as far as liberation goes, you have to be in a semi-meditative state where you slow down your breathing, and you slow down,” said Augustine.

“One of the best things you can do during pregnancy is to de-stress and stay calm.”

Augustine said she’s happy that she was able to maintain a calm environment for her first child, which she is I listened to her body and the obstetrician.

The potentially universal black drum of Julie Augustine was captured on October 1, 2022. She was eight months pregnant at the time. "I'm so lucky to live in one of the best places in the world, really, to free scuba and Spearfish," She told Fox News Digital.

The potentially universal black drum of Julie Augustine was captured on October 1, 2022. She was eight months pregnant at the time. “I’m so fortunate to live in one of the best places in the world, really, to free scuba and Spearfish,” she told Fox News Digital.
(Julie Augustine)

“I’m very fortunate to have this very healthy pregnancy so far” – adding that she hopes “it will continue like this. I chose not to listen,” she said. [to] Or focus on any negativity.”

You will be open to dealing with it her future sonWhen he is old enough and interested in sports, she said, she will also support any other activity he wants to do.

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Augustine said she hopes that women who read her story realize that they don’t have to give up an opportunity or experience because of age or pregnancy.

The current world record for a black drum caught by a woman by means of a sling or dropper is 36.3 pounds, according to the International Underwater Spearfishing Association’s Current Record Database.

Black barrels are a saltwater fish that can be found in the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Black barrels are a saltwater fish that can be found in the waters of the Gulf and Atlantic Ocean, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.
(Julie Augustine)

Augustine said she recently submitted her papers for Consider the world record.

“You must have different pictures, different testimonies, and different witnesses,” Augustine explained.

“She puts together a package and then sends it online. Once submitted, it gets voted on by the board of directors. If they need any clarifying information, they’ll get back to contacting me,” she added.

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“I’m not sure how long this process will take,” she said. “It’s in their hands now.”

Fox News Digital has reached out to the International Underwater Spearfishing Association for comment.

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