My good friend Roman runs SpearoBlog.com. He asked me to write a little article about how to choose a Spearfishing Charter. I thought it might be interesting to post on our own website as well. Here we go:
Traveling around the world with a speargun in your hand used to be for the happy few. Nowadays more and more spearos choose their holiday destination based on spearfishing opportunities (and tell their partner how wonderful the local spa is).
How To Choose A Spearfishing Charter?
Before you hop on Google let’s identify what YOU want.
Know yourself – Look at your skills and abilities and make an honest assessment. At what depths do you dive comfortably?
What do you want to target? – Are you looking to shot the fish of a lifetime or just some tasty fish to enjoy with your family and friends on the beach somewhere? What is your dream fish?
Timeline – How much vacation time can you spend in the water? Are you looking for a one day trip or an epic multi-day, multi-location spearfishing odyssey?
Dates – Know what dates you plan on visiting. Some fish are not around all year.
Gear – Are you bringing your gear or will you need to borrow equipment?
Budget – How much are you able to spend?
Now you hop on Google and look for charters in the area you are visiting. Sure enough, some charters will pop up. Then what?
Start a list of the charters you found.
Do they accommodate your skill level? Do they offer dive spots that are within your limits?
Read the charter info to see what species of fish you can expect to see when you plan to visit.
Look at the pictures and reviews for the charters. Do you see pictures of happy satisfied customers with fish? Are the reviews positive?
Is it within your budget?
OK now you are ready to contact the charter(s)
Reach out to the charter and see if your dates match up. Are they available during your visit. Express what you want and see how the charter responds. Some charters are not more than a local fisherman – and you might want that. Others will take you out in a safer way, supply your permits, and a guide that will bring you to his secret spots and explain how to hunt each area. Quality companies have certified guides, insurance, a radio aboard, and a GPS on the float, just in case…
“The charter is as good as its last catches”
Key questions to ask:
Check with your charter about the fishing to make sure your target fish is in season. Will your dream fish be there?
What depths are needed for the fish you want?
What fish are there during your visit?
What are the latest catches?
Is a guide supplied?
Is gear supplied?
Is water or food supplied aboard?
Does the boat have a radio?
How long is a session – boat ride vs spearfishing time?
How many others on the trip?
Now that you have a clear understanding of what you want and what each charter can offer choose the best fit for you.
How To Choose A Spearfishing Charter? was last modified: June 19th, 2014 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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