Fishing with a speargun in these days is considered as something perverse, cruel and anti ecological. But, nothing is further from reality than these claims.
Less than 1% of harvested fish around the world is caught with a speargun. The capture rate is much lower compared to industrial fishing.
I swim in the ocean, hold my breath, and catch a fish. The fish I shoot is an animal being free in its own natural environment, selected by size, has already multiplied itself and does not suffer that much as being thought. Beef for example, mainly comes from a natural area that was cleared for this purpose. The animal has a controlled life, is not free, generates pollution, suffers much at death and is part of an endless chain.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
We human beings have great power; we have fishing nets, hooks and spearguns. I do spearfish! I choose what I catch by size (sexually mature), species (not endangered), behavior (not reproducing), time of year (season) and area (unprotected). I fish to share with our families, friends and guests. My greatest motivation is something very simple; since the beginning of time we have hunted for food, survived, and nothing more.
I respect protected species and protected areas. Last week I was lucky to see a school of big Tarpons very, very close to me. I fully enjoyed being in between them. Of course, I will not shoot this protected species. I love to freedive in Cozumel´s Marine Parc. It is beautiful! Of course, I leave my speargun home.
Spearfishing while using a scuba tank is in my opinion is having a wrong attitude and is not sustainable if we all start to do it. If you can not catch a fish on a single breath, then you do not fish.
I do not shoot fish for a great picture or to prove my manhood. I only spear the fish I like and that we’re going to eat.
I also do spear Lionfish. It benefits the area for sure and the meat is delicious, especially for ceviche.
Spearfishing is not just shooting every fish that is passing by. I think and then pull the trigger. Great power, great responsibility…
I Am Leo and I Spear Fish was last modified: August 2nd, 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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