Cobia is a very tasteful fish but is not that common in our area like other species. Spearfishing Cobia is a great adventure, Cobia is relatively easy to shoot, but will give you a nice fight.
This week we had to puzzle a little bit between our locations as some very strong South winds are here. Some parts of the ocean were really rough, others extremely calm. Very strong currents in most of the spots.
This week I went spearfishing close to Cancun. The majority of the spots there I knew and we would check out some new spots we’ve never been to as well. We left without expectations. Visibility should be bad. We tried different spots and at each spot I jumped in the water to check visibility. From the surface it did not look like clear blue water at all, but you never know when you dive down to the bottom if it clears a bit.
First spot, depth about 30 feet. I jumped in the water, dove down, dark, sand, could not see anything. Reached the bottom. This is for sure a no go. Came up and told the captain “negative”. We drove to a next spot. 50 feet of water. Looked greenish, but we wanna fish…. Same thing. Dove down. Reached the bottom. Negative again. Visibility of 1.5ft maximum. When we reached spot number 5 we did not talk anymore. We knew we should not give up, but something inside of me said “You stubborn men… you know better, right”. Anyhow, we reached spot 5, a new spot we’ve never been. Looked green as well, depth 72ft. I asked the captain “Shall I bring a gun?”. He just smiled; pretty sure he thought ” You crazy positive thinking Dutchman” . I dove down… Very strange for me to dive in such bad visibility, we are used to super clear waters. At about 50ft I heard a loud “zufff” sound. Meaning something big swam around me and I could not see anything. I felt my heart, it was speeding up and I heard it. When I reached 65ft I could see the bottom, still murky the water, but at least there was something in sight. I rested on the bottom and saw nice Cubera Snappers, some Zapateros and draw the conclusion “positive”. I went back into the dark and was happy that we found a spot to fish. Again around 50 ft I heard that “zuff” sound and saw a dark shadow, and another one, and another one. The sun came through for a split second and I recognized the shape. COBIAAAAAAA. I took a shot, a shot on a dark shadow. I hit it and went up to the surface. Screaming “positive. Got some dinner”. A great size Cobia, really delicious. Caught in tough circumstances. Great memories.
Spearfishing Cobia in Cancun was last modified: April 13th, 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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