Size does matter. It´s an enormous thrill to shoot a big fish. Though among spearos we know that big fish does not automatically mean it is more difficult. Actually the target is way bigger than a small fish, ha ha. I myself find spearfishing a small Grouper more difficult than shooting a big Wahoo. You have to dive deeper and the Grouper is not as curious as a Wahoo. Smaller fish like Schoolmasters are a real challenge.
For months I´ve been watching a Schoolmaster around a shipwreck in Playa del Carmen. In the reefs over here there are many title Schoolmasters and we leave them alone. Let scuba divers and snorkelers enjoy them and let them grow. This one is a very smart one. I never specifically went for this Schoolmaster as there were always other very delicious fish around. But on this day in April, the majority of the fishes were on vacation. Except the Schoolmaster. He stayed home.
Even the most silent hunter knows that Schoolmasters will hide as soon as they hear a tiny little noise. I noticed in these months that this one stayed out of the shipwreck. Kept watching me on every dive and went inside every time again on every single dive. Until today. No fish around and a couple of hungry guys on the boat. I took a breath, took out my snorkel and waited for 2 seconds. Schoolmaster still outside. I dove down, very sure I hardly made noise. Schoolmaster still outside. I dove deeper and deeper, in full vertical position, moving fins just a little bit. It took me almost a minute to go down to 22 meters. Schoolmaster suddenly went inside. “Don’t give up Leo. Think”.
I moved into horizontal position and lay on the deck of the shipwreck. I could not see the Schoolmaster. My strategy was to wait a bit and hope it would come out. Schoolmasters don’t do that usually, buy hey…. imagine today they do. I waited a bit and no Schoolmaster to be seen. I moved closer to the entrance of the shipwreck and saw its tail moving up against the ceiling. I did not hesitate for a second and took the shot. BANG. Got it. The shot was not perfect at all. So Jacob gave a secure shot and we shared the fish together. It was a nice adventure. Schoolmaster wise this is a catch to be proud of.
Spearfishing Playa del Carmen was last modified: April 15th, 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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