The Big Blue Ocean Exploration

Spearfishing brothers simultaneously shoot fish of a lifetime

Matt and Brett Berry fend off sharks to retrieve white seabass weighing 51 and 43 pounds

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Two brothers. Two spearfishermen. Two simultaneous shots. Two huge white seabass.

The Berry brothers each produced what many might call fish of a lifetime. No doubt they’ll be telling this story for the rest of their lives.

Brett, 29, and Matt, 26, went freediving on a shore dive off a beach in San Diego and took along their spear guns, not expecting much.

But as they were underwater, the brothers took aim at separate white seabass and shot at the same time.

“I popped up first after I shot mine and I yelled for Matt,” Brett told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “I yelled, ‘Matt, help me out. I’ve got a fish,’ and he yelled back, ‘You have one, too?’ Turns out we shot our fish at the same time.”

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Next came the hard part: diving down 40 feet in the kelp to retrieve the fish while fighting off sevengill sharks. As you can see by the photo, they were successful in retrieving the fish.

Matt’s white seabass weighed a whopping 51 pounds. Brett’s weighed an equally impressive 43 pounds.

“My fish wasn’t as big as Matt’s,” Brett told the U-T, “but it was just cool to shoot a fish this size at the same time as my brother.”

Photo used by permission of the San Diego Union-Tribune.