As spearfishermen and women we all have our favorite fish and favorite spot, and the longer we spear the more conscious we fish. We all remember our first fishes and the funny thing is that we also remember exactly where we shot it. We remember the details of the whole dive and how we ate the fish. When you start spearfishing, you wanna get better and better and at a certain point you challenge yourself. You know you can shoot fish so you go for specific fish.
Earlier this week, I went out with Ilja. We did some trips in Cozumel and in Playa del Carmen. We are both very conscious spearfishermen. We told each other that we wanna focus on a good fish that tastes awesome on the bbq. We told each other not to go for easier fish. So this day in Playa del Carmen we went out early. We ran into at least 100 barracudas. Each time we dove they dove with us. We did not shoot one of them. We ran into many rainbowrunners. They joined us for a while. We did not shoot them. Underneath us many Triggerfishes said hello. Again we did not shoot any fish.
After 3 hours we took a break at the boat and we started to doubt… Did we make the right decision? We could have had nice fish already…. But we concluded we did right. A challenge in life is great and so it is in spearfishing. Let´s catch dinner the hard way. We went to an area that is between 50 and 80 feet of depth. It would be our last spot so we were reallllllllly focused on good fish. I thought I saw a big grouper underneath me. I dove down and got pretty disappointed. It turned out to be a huge parrotfish. Uhhhh am I really a guide? hahaha. Then Ilja dove down and saw a couple a good size Dog Snappers. But he had to go back up. It was my turn to dive again.
I did not see any fish from the surface, but prepared for a long dive. I went down and when I was at about 20ft of depth I noticed a Mutton Snapper. Ooooh… I quickly turned on my GoPro and made a decision how to get the Mutton Snapper. I decided to approach it from the front and let the current take me close to it without moving myself. I fully ignored the Snapper. That was really hard… the closer I got to it the bigger it turned out to be and I realized this could be a real trophy. I better not mess this one up. I ended at almost 60ft. The Mutton Snapper was in shooting range now. I waited till I could aim for the gills and shot. Oooooooh yeahhhhhhhh Got it Got it oooooh yeaaah Got it!!!!
When I reached the surface Ilja dove down. A Grouper was chasing my Snapper and Ilja wanted that Grouper. The Grouper was pretty smart so we ended up with ´just´the Mutton Snapper but oh la la. What a great catch and what a great memory. Some days this strategy does not work; you end up with no fish while you could have shot pretty decent and delicious fishes. But when it does work… well I don’t have to explain how I feel.
Fishing BIG Mutton Snapper with a Speargun was last modified: November 1st, 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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