Besides being on the ocean, to hunt and to eat a lot of fresh fish, meeting new people and making new friends is as beautiful. Recently we went out in Playa del Carmen with Tommy from New York. Very memorable. Let me share his experience with you… The game was on!
“I was looking for a vacation spot and I had to pick from Punta Cana, La Paz and Cancun. I called everywhere and spoke to different operations. After reading the reviews and speaking with Leo, I knew I was gonna have fun in Cancun! I booked 3 trips with him. After explaining I had not got wet in over 8 years, he would tailor the trip and see how well I would do.
The day of the trip he meet me at the beach; it was just him and a crew of three. He told me we were going to this wreck that was in 80 feet of water and asked if I was game to try it. I said sure let go for it even though it sounded deeper that I could go. But I knew I did not have to go down that deep to get fish.
We got there the water was clear but the currents were fast. I could not make it past 20-25 feet, but the more I dove the longer I stayed down. I had to work myself back up to my old comfort depth of about 40-50 feet. I could only see the outline of the ship at first, but as I got comfortable I was able to go deeper and see more details of the sunken ship.
Then I saw a school of permits. I was running out of air but I relaxed and took a couple of slow kicks to get closer. They started to swim in front of me about 14 feet away. I had my gun raised at fish level. I quickly single one out but, some how he knew I picked him and broke from the school. At that moment, he showed me his side and I pulled the trigger. The school broke out is all directions! I was not sure if I hit the fish or not. My gun was very big and can shoot 20-25 feet with 30 feet of black 150 lb test mono line and another 75 feet of bungee float line attached to a buoy. As I followed my line with my eyes it was going straight down. As I was swimming up, I felt my line ripping though my hands as I raced for the surface!
The game was on! I turned to see my big float being pulled through the water very fast! I grab the back of it and went for a little ride that lasted about 5 second then the tug of war began. I still could not see the fish and I had to win back about 100 of line. So this give and take lasted about ten minutes, then I started to see color as I started to the silvery gleam getting bigger and bigger. I could now see my spear had gone right through the fish! It was a large permit.
I finally had it secure with my hand in the gills. I held it tightly and raised my hand to call back to the boat and within minutes they were over. I had drifted with the current about 500 feet off the wreck, but they knew exactly where I was. I handed the fish up to the crew, then gun and fins.
Leo and the other crew had shot 2 other Permits. I asked if my fish was bigger and they said hell yea! IT WAS HUGE! OK, that is all I wanted to know! I was happy my Permit was about 25-30 pounds. And they give a good fight and so did the currents. I was doing the Michael Jackson moon swim most of the time but it was worth it!
It’s not always about how many fish you shoot. It’s about the quality and the hunt. Just being free with out any tanks as they say in fishing “it’s called fishing not catching”.
My other trips were fun too. On the second trip, I saw some more big fish but I was over thinking and did not do the shots. I lost 3 chances to get some big fish but that on me. But I did touch the top of the sunken ship which made my day! It so amazing looking up from down below seeing the black outline of a another spearo so far up with the rays of light shining around him as you ascend toward the waves of white light and then you breath again.
Would I go do it again with this operation? Let me think…Hell yes!”
Spearfishing Playa del Carmen was last modified: July 31st, 2012 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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