Some people are really crazy. La gente esta muy loca. So is our friend Pablo (sorry amigo, but you really are, jaja). Pablo spearfished with me a couple of times before and we get along ´pretty well´. So in October he writes me an e-mail: “I will arrive by plane on Friday night and need to be back in the USA on Saturday night. Can you make it happen? We spearfish on Saturday, early departure so I have maximum spearfishing time with you?” FANTASTIC, I replied. Of course Pablo, let´s make it happen.
So last Saturday we went out together. We warmed up and ended up in a nice spot where I saw a lot of Snappers. I dove down but I was looking for something bigger. As soon as I reached the surface, Pablo dove down and it looked like a pretty persistent dive. He was going for something for sure and then there was his target. A triggerfish… but a triggerfish with a capital “T”. Woooow, I have never seen such a BIG Triggerfish.
Big Triggers are smart. You have to be calm to be able to get them. They are easier to hunt when you are on a reef, they might hide behind a rock. But in the open water like we were, they can’t hide anywhere so when you just dive down to get it,… forget it. Pablo did great. I saw him getting nearer and just when the Triggerfish thought this is not ok, Pablo pulled his trigger. Nice secure shot. Great catch. Pablo happy. Leo happy as well.
We continued swimming in the spot when I saw a couple of Snappers on the bottom and a big “Zapatero”. I remember Rodrigo always calling me Mr. Zapaterooooo. So I thought I should go for that one and send the picture to Rodrigo, but things went differently. I prepared my dive and went down. Half way I saw something moving towards me from the left. I just took a glimpse and thought it could be a barracuda. Then I went further down and was close to shooting the Zapatero when the shadow from the left was suddenly very close to me. I turned my face to the left and oooh. Uhhhh. No Baracuda, but a delicious Dog Snapper came out of nowhere to check me out. Well… that changed everything. In a moment I changed direction and in a second the Dog Snapper was on my spear. Wow, one spot and both Panblo and I ended up with a great fish. Provecho!!!! (Yes Pablo did make it on time to the airport after a great lunch with is own fresh fish).
Adventure in Playa del Carmen was last modified: November 2nd, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Leo is the founder of Spearfishing Today and also the official representative of the Mexican Spearfishing Association for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is FII certified, speaks English and Spanish and hunts comfortable up to 100ft. Leo is guiding spearfishing trips only on request in all Spearfishing Today locations in Mexico. He only hunts with a polespear and has a very inspiring opinion about freediving and spearfishing. Nickname: Chanoc. Most memorable catch: 27.99 kilo Cubera Snapper with polespear.
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