On Cozumel, we have may spots to spearfish. Easy ones. Difficult ones. This month Grouper season opened again and we decided to go to a difficult spot. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is a 10+ spot. Very strong currents, amazing visibility, lots of hiding spots for the fishes. Simply said: this spot is a rush. Before you know it, you´re back on the boat and you had no time to digest what happened in the last 30 minutes. All went so fast. Groupers, Snappers, Turtles, Eagle Rays, you´ll see them all.
Then why is it so hard to get dinner then? Let me explain. The depth of the reef is about 60 to 75 feet. That means serious diving, with good intervals on the surface. Then the current can be 5 knots. Yes that is correct, 5 knots. You are not able to spot a fish and then dive. It is exactly the other way around. You dive and then you´ll spot a fish. On the bottom the current will take you, flying deep and then it´s up to you. Stay calm and ignore the fish you see.
So this week we went out with Anibal, Tim, Ted and myself. Underneath me I saw a whole school of Grunts and small Snappers. That means, there could be bigger fish as well. I went down, knowing that I would end up far away from them. But who knows… I reached 67 feet and relaxed. Another school of Grunts on an edge… Did not see anything interesting for tonight though. But then…. something moving on my right hand. Grouper. Black Grouper. In season? Check. Size? Check. Enough air? Check. Ted, my buddy watching me. Check. GoPro running? Check.
I moved one leg carefully so the current took me in the Groupers direction. Trick is not to move when approaching a Grouper. I got in shooting range. But when I would shoot it, for sure I would damage gear or even loose it. I decided to wait. The Grouper went in between two rock formations. I waited one more second, but the Grouper stayed in between the rocks. I had two options. Go back up to see Ted or stone the fish. It became stoning the fish.
You might say a lucky shot, but I prefer to think all was well planned, haha. On the picture, is the Grouper that came up after being stoned in between the rocks. Not the best quality, but it is to give you an idea how it looked like. Super happy. Great fish to eat.
Spear Fishing Grouper Cozumel was last modified: March 25th, 2013 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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