I have been spearfishing for a while now and got attracted to the idea of spearing fish with a pole spear. With a pole spear, you need to be closer to the fish than with a speargun. Even more close? Yes., even more close. Haha.
Riffe´s new carbon fiber pole spear was inspired by Cameron Kirkconell. He is the Riffe Team manager and has a great knowledge of using pole spears. Together with Jay Riffe´s engineering background, they came up with a unique design capable of handling both average and record size fish. Earlier this week, I received the pole spear and could not wait to try it out.
I went out with a guest and Anibal. After put it all together, I found out that a pole spear of 8 ft is pretty impressive. It was all new; how to hold it when snorkeling., how to hold it when diving and of course how close do you really need to be? Today, I did not wanna be too picky on the type of fish and my first shot was at a Barracuda. What the… ? That was not even close Mr SpearfishingToday. My second shot at a Snapper got close, but still 2-0 for Los Pescados.
The third try went well. I went down and let a couple of fishes get closer to me. I focused on one barracuda. Not big at all, but decent size for ceviche for the crew. I pulled back the pole, aimed and yes… my “first pole spear fish”. Super cool. Back on the boat, I danced and could not hide my happiness. Pretty epic feeling like it was my fist fish. Our guest said I looked like a little boy.
Not even 15 minutes later, I repeated the first catch. At a depth of 45 ft, I rested on the sandy bottom. More than ten barracudas came towards me to check me out. One got too close and got speared by my pole spear as well.
Watch out for my pole spear adventures. I am very motivated to spear a big fish for Christmas with my new toy. I´ll be back….
Polespear or Pole Spear? Whatever. It´s back to basics. was last modified: December 12th, 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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