The spearfishing we normally do in pretty calm circumstances. It is great to spearfish in Cozumel, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Really, really, really enjoying it. But every now and then we wanna go a bit more extreme. Our latest location is Holbox island, about 2 .5 hours away from Cancun. Holboxtreme.
Spearfishing on Holbox means we travel by boat many miles away from the island into the blue. Of course we check circumstances before we leave, but you never know how is it in reality. This week we had a pretty extreme spearfishing adventure on Holbox. We drove to a site that has some parts of a shipwreck and we always see big fish there.
When we arrived the visibility was extremely poor and the current extremely strong. Real men find a solution. Without using epo, hihi. We threw out the anchor on one side of the shipwreck, and tied a rope to the end of our boat.
PLAN: Jump in the water, swim towards the point where the anchor is. Dive down, you´ll end up behind the boat for sure. Grab the rope, and use the rope to get back to the boat. Then do it again. Well, well well. When you dive like that you let the current take you and you fly when you are under water.
We did it a couple of times. The bottom is about 60ft. The first time, I swam ahead and dove down. When I reached 45 ft, I saw nothing, nada. Bad visibility and very tiring. The second time, I could not even see the parts of the shipwreck. It won’t be an easy dive. I went down and hardly made it to 55 ft. I could see the shipwreck pretty clear now and ooh my… it was full of fish. Permit, Snapper, Grouper, full and gooood sizes. I did not shoot anything. I just analyzed where the fish were hanging out and how the structures are situated.
Back on the boat I rested some and then moved on to Dive 3. Went again to 55 ft, on the way down I felt my legs getting super tired and I knew this is the last dive… I let myself fly over the shipwreck and shot a 18 pound Snapper. On the way up I felt something was happening. I looked backwards and saw this monster Cubera Snapper of at least 100 pounds following me. Wow. You know what. I´ll be back!
The picture is taken in Chiquilá, the harbor you leave from to reach Holbox island. We travel in Riffe style!
Extreme Spearfishing Adventure in Holbox was last modified: February 5th, 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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