The summer rain we have been waiting for all these months finally arrived, time to plan another semi deep blue spearfishing adventure in Cozumel. We are experiencing sunshine during the morning and heavy showers at the end of the day. Happy grass, no more AC at night and Cozumel spearfishing out in the blue means: all or nothing.
We drive to a spearfishing spot we located in our GPS earlier in June. It’s one of our new secret spots for spearfishing in Cozumel. All depends on weather if we can go there or not. So as long as you’re out of there before the heavy showers begin, you’ll be perfectly fine.
Right before we are out in the deep blue, we gear up; the water is still warm enough to just wear shorts and a rashguard. Captain Luis dropped us a little bit before our spot and off we go. This spot itself is what we call “semi deep blue”. You can hardly see Cozumel island and spearfishing happens around a edge of an enormous pinnacle. So on one side depth is about 80 feet, the other side it goes steep to more than 1000 feet.
We work in a buddy system with our guests for today. Rodrigo is ahead of us with another guest. Drifting and diving along the ledge; current is “bastante fuerte”. Average depth we dive in is about 70-80 ft. We see Mutton Snapper, Grouper, Turtle, Nurse shark, Permit, Lobster and much more. Just no good opportunities to shoot anything of the size our guests are looking for. After doing 90% of the reef and not having shot even a single time, it happened, may the spearfishing adventure begin…
My guest dives down and reached the ledge; instead of focussing on the corals he was facing the blue. “Out of the blue” a huge Black Grouper, yeah! Ready to take the shot, but our guest got distracted by a massive Permit coming out of the deep. Right at that time of distraction the Grouper took off, while the Permit did the opposite. It approached our guest closer and closer, I tell you, I could almost hear his heartbeat while watching him at the surface. Then the shot came, the Permit was his!
Getting back to the surface was not that easy as the Permit gave a fight I have rarely seen. There was no other option then to drop the gun and get back to the surface and fight it from there (we were using floats and float lines attached to the speargun). That sounds good, but while going up… float 1 with bungie got dragged into the deep, followed by float 2 (see picture our guest took on the way up).
The current took us further away. Captain Luis picked us up and we tried to locate the fish, gun, float line and floats… But after 15 minutes searching we could not find it. Afterwards Rodrigo and I admitted to each other that we both already had thought that in a week or so we should check Craiglist, haha. Not necessary, after circling around in our search area for a little longer, suddenly the floats appeared on the surface.
All ended well, nothing was lost, from fish to floats; and this spearfishing adventure in Cozumel was followed by a delicious fresh fish lunch before the rain headed into our direction. Ready yourself for a semi deep blue spearfishing adventure in Cozumel? Check it out:
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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