I think I have my own kind of “spearfishing midlife crisis” or maybe I am in the middle of my own spearfishing evolution. At the end of 2012, I received the Riffe pole spear and started to play with it. Some Snappers, barracuda, lobster and Triggerfish. It is really back to basics. Hunting pur sang. Compared to using a speargun, you have to be way closer to the fish. Wayyyyyyy closer. First, I thought I liked it so much because I liked the new challenge, but now I don’t wanna go back anymore…..
When I go out spearfishing by myself, I only bring my pole spear. When I go out on a trip with guests, I prefer to use my pole spear. It feels like when you switch from scuba diving to freediving. You simply don’t like that tank on your back anymore. So here I am in 2013. The man with his polespear.
I shot my first Permit (in Playa del Carmen) with the polespear with Fabio and his friend. We were out and there was no current at all. Underneath me I saw a couple of Horseye Jacks and Permits swimming and went down. With a speargun, I do everything without even thinking. I load it even with the eyes closed, but this polespear is new. When you dive deeper, how do you hold it? You don’t wanna make noise or make vibrations…
In any case I got in speargun shooting range of some Permits but too far away for the polespear though. Mmmmmm… Then I turned around and watched my back. Well well well… A permit close to me and then it happened. With my left hand, I pulled back the polespear while holding the band. The loaded polespear was there. I let go and got the Permit. Maybe not the perfect shot, but hey… dinner was great for the three of us.
Now I changed the tip into a slip tip and I´m ready for the first big Grouper, Snapper or Wahoo. While I am writing this, I am wondering what the next step will be… Just stabbing the fish? We’ll know in a couple of years….
Adventure with a Polespear was last modified: January 20th, 2013 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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