This morning the SpearfishingToday team had breakfast together and we spoke about writing a couple of words for you about choosing the right spearfishing charter; how to select the spearfishing charter that is good for you. “Hey, you are much more expensive than other fishing charters I found in your area,” is a question I get by email once and a while. It might not look easy choosing the right spearfishing charters, but actually it is…
In spearfishing land there are professional charters, cheap spearfishing charters and so called cowboys. Professional charters are safe, operate within the law and have thorough knowledge about the local area they service. Spearfishing cowboys on the contrary say they caught big fish yesterday and they will take you to the same place, just throw you in the water and if something goes wrong, you are on your own!
At any beach here in Mexico you are able to rent a boat with a captain cowboy, and you bring your own gear and go hunting. Or you can select your spearfishing charter purely based on price.
Spearfishing Cowboy Considerations:
You want the right spearfishing spots. Going out with a rod and reel does not mean you will get food on that spot using a speargun.
A spearfishing guide that shows you his territory, a guide that is with you to get you into fish, knows currents and assists you in what is a new area to you.
You want a safe operation. The boat and captain are key. Do you trust the captain? Does the radio on the boat really work?
In case of an emergency, you want be with a crew what knows what to do.
You want to be sure what you do is legal: species, permits, area.
Cheap Spearfishing Charter Considerations:
You get what you pay for… this is also true in spearfishing world. Ask yourself how it is possible at a considerable lower price. Are the guides certified? What kind of insurance does the charter have? What is the success rate of the clients? What about permits, are they really aboard? Etc.
How wonderful, the cheap charter is departing exactly where you are staying. Sure he is not hiring a cowboy?
At the end, whether you are a first time spearo or a die hard spearo you want three things. SAFETY. FISH. GOOD TIMES!
So when we get a question why our prices are high compared to spearfishing cowboys and cheap spearfishing charters, I can explain why we are more expensive. In a nutshell: SpearfishingToday is a TOP NOTCH quality spearfishing charter. Our vision and our team make that happen. Is it strange to say this from yourself? Maybe, but this morning during breakfast we fully agreed we are, so why not share it with you.
Besides the basics requirements a spearfishing charter should have, you will find in our team a lot of passion, I mean a LOT. Our vision about spearfishing, conservative fishing for food, differs considerably from others (bang bang shoot a fish). Our captains are trained for spearfishing. Our guides are FII certified. Our success factor, a chance YOU will shoot fish is high. And our gear is always in super shape.
Safety on spearfishing charters deserves some extra attention. Don’t let your mind fool you. You don’t hear a lot about when things go wrong….. We are in the Mexican waters a lot and see quite often things go terribly wrong. We pick up lost scuba divers. We pick up spearos that were on their way to Cuba with strong currents… and worse. The thing is that all can go well 1000 times, but when things go wrong during trip 1001, you will want to be in good hands. When we go out in the blue we bring a Nautilus Lifeline (http://www.nautiluslifeline.com/) for example. I bet a cowboy does not bring that on the trip…
It might not look easy choosing the right spearfishing charter, but actually it is…
The SpearfishingToday Team
P.S. High quality and having fun do go together, jeje.
Choosing The Right Spearfishing Charter was last modified: April 14th, 2015 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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