I love it that spearfishing is a very selective way of fishing. You choose what you wanna eat and do your utmost to get it. If you don’t get it, you buy yourself a pizza for dinner. Haha. The more you spearfish, the more “picky” you get. I’s a balance of your favorite taste and the challenge to get it. Lots of spearfishermen and women laugh that we shoot Triggerfish. I admit it is a relatively easy fish to shoot, though it is very tasty. Barracuda are the same. Ceviche made from barracuda is ricoooooo. Some days you challenge yourself, some days you just want a good meal of fish.
Last Sunday, I was spearfishing with Maria and her family. Great trip and the family improved their diving each minute. We all had already caught some fish when I saw a pretty big Barracuda cruising about 10 ft above the bottom. I myself had already counted on pizza that night, until that Barracuda came by. I prepared my dive and went slowly down to 60 ft. Around me were like 15 smaller Barracudas coming to check me out. I let myself go in a horizontal position to 66ft and then the big Barracuda finally could not resist. It wanted to see what I was. I made the shot. Oh yeah, got it. It did not move, so I thought easy way up Señor Leo. But at around 40ft, the Barracuda woke up and started to swim like crazy. I let go of the floatline and went back to the surface.
Maria’s dad and boyfriend were super excited. I grabbed my float and tried to get the Barracuda to the surface, but instead I got a free power snorkeling ride. While holding my float on the surface, the Barracuda pulled me against the current super fast. With my free hand, I waved to Captain Manuel while passing him pretty fast. You should have seen his face. Now I was going super fast against the current without moving, just holding my float and with my free hand I was waving to him like I was in a train that was leaving. Hihi.
Maria’s dad gave the Barracuda a firm second shot and on the boat this fish appeared to be 23kilos. That is 6.43 kilos under the 2005 world record. Our crew is great, lots of fun. Manuel told me for sure it was the new world record so far in the new Mayan time, hahahaha. Later he told me “next time we expect you to waterski on your fins.”
Spearfishing BIG Barracuda in Mexico was last modified: January 14th, 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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