In our area, we have a couple of shipwrecks. In Cozumel, we have several ones close to each other and in the Riviera Maya there are a few as well. Yesterday, I went out with three experienced spearos and we did a shipwreck not too far from Playa del Carmen. Shipwrecks attract divers and fortunately they attract fish as well. I find shipwrecks interesting. This one, the Mama Viña, was dropped here in the ocean to create an artificial reef. When I snorkel and freedive around it, I always fantasize about the 18th century pirates, high waves, gold, cannons and more. I love to dive to the bottom and watch the shipwreck from there, picturing myself with a sword and a pirate hat, instead of a speargun and a mask…
Uhh.. Where were we? So the four of us were hanging around the Mama Viña and making dives bewteen 30 and 80 ft. The current was not that strong so we could stay around the wreck. A bit west of the wreck, I noticed a big school of smaller fish behaving like they were being chased. Me and my buddy swam towards them. I prepared my dive and dove down about 40ft. I ended up in the middle of the school… and waited, and waited, and waited. Then all of a sudden, all the small fishes swam away in many directions and right in front of me appeared a really fat Rainbowrunner. Click… that one became my dinner. The dive lasted almost two minutes and it was very memorable.
Back above the Mama Viña, my buddy dove down and laid on the deck of the ship next to a turtle. Hilarious… like they were both hanging out in a bar. A Horse Eye Jack came to check them out and before I knew it, my buddy shot the Horse Eye Jack and secured his dinner as well. We ended up with a Permit and a Barracuda too. All four of us took home fish and we shared with the crew.
Spearfishing around a wreck is really different. Many unexpected things can happen and basically you can always find something to eat around them. We don’t use reels on our guns when we dive the shipwrecks and we only shoot a strong fish when we know it won’t bring us into danger. Some fish try to hide inside a wreck after being shot. So if you shoot a fish like that right in front of an opening in the wreck it can be very dangerous.
Spearfishing Shipwreck, Mama Viña was last modified: November 3rd, 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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