After drinking wine for a while, you will start to get your favorites. Type of grape, region, age and method. The same works with hunting your own fish. When you have been spearfishing for a while and you become pretty good at it, then it is time to get picky on your fish. Meaning you can go for a specific fish and leaving all other fish in the ocean, even though you´re hungry and have a decent chance to shoot something. It is like going on vacation to Italy, looking for that specific wine you want. There is a lot of different wines around you; but not the one you were looking for.
This week, two guests and myself went for Cubera Snapper. Not a “regular bottle”. We wanted a “Magnum”.
The guests choose a specific gun setup and I took them to Cubera Paradise. Well… Now that is easy talking as there were a nice number of Cuberas around that day, jeje.
After an hour boat ride we prepared to get into the water. Depth: about 80ft to the bottom. Thermocline. Cubera to be expected in mid water (which is nice, so when you shoot a big boy like we wanted to, there is less chance your gear gets stuccoed in a cave.…).
During the first hour of diving and exploring, we saw many 15 to 20 kilo Cubera being curious. But no Cuberas that were on the wish list. We decided to take a break back on the boat. We did not shoot anything. As soon as you take a shot, whether you got the fish or not, big Cuberas will for sure disappear for a very very long time and your chances will be gone.
So, better be smart and be patient.
We drank water, discussed what we saw and agreed we would hang out more east of the spot we were diving before. There were Amberjacks, Rainbow Runners and various Snappers. We all had heard the sound of big Snappers. So stay in the same spot, though a different angle to approach the fishes.
Back in the water. I went down first and saw >35 kilo Cuberas at about 60ft. I positioned horizontally and they came very close to me. My thought: “Ok Leo… mission accomplished as a guide. I won´t shoot now. Let the guests get a chance for what they came for. If they miss, well, then I will give it a try, jeje).
When I came up to the surface it was clear that it was game on. I explained to them at what depth they should wait and to be patient and calm. The most eager guest went down (ciaooooo hihi) and I followed him with my GoPro.
1 minute later mission accomplished. A 35 kilo Cubera Snapper on the spear.
Cubera Snapper 2013 / 35 kilo / Mexico, Quintana Roo/ Goes well with….
Amazing to “picky spearfish”….
Spearfishing for Cubera Snapper was last modified: October 7th, 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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