Memorable spearfishing day in Cozumel. I always say that spearfishing on Sunday is great. Feels like we have the complete ocean for ourselves. This Sunday in June we went out with Dave, another Dave and the crew. First period of rain was over us, but that did not stop us from going out. We did a couple of nice spots. Caught some nice appetizers and decided to go to a spot where we haven’t been for months.
Sandy bottom, some pieces of coral, some plants, and a little sunken boat upside down. Its an area with absolutely no current and normally not that interesting to even just snorkel. But at times, we do catch nice dinners over here. Nowadays, I am having so much fun with my pole spear, it was no different this Sunday.
We jump in the water and start swimming towards the “shipwreck”. Depth about 40ft. West of the shipwreck I see a nice Snapper moving away from us, moving towards the drop off. I thought you know what, let me dive down and see what happens. I breathed in and took out my snorkel before diving down. I went down and did not watch the Snapper at all. I found a spot next to a piece of coral and laid on the bottom, facing the direction of this nice Snapper. Guess what? It came back to check me out.
Pole spear in position, but it went away before it was in shooting range. I waited. Calm. There it came back again. “Oooh yes, stay calm Leo, stay calm”. It was in shooting range, if I would have had a gun, jaja. But.. still too far away with my pole spear. Definitely this fish was curious, but I did not expect it would come back for a third time. When I decided to go back to the surface, I saw it approaching me again. I just stared at the sand and watched its movements with an angle. It came close, real close and then… close enough. I had already figured out I had to stone this fish, or I would be following a fish for the rest of my Sunday.
I waited, carefully powered the polespear and shot it, the Snapper a perfect stone shot. So we went up together. Snapper, polespear and me. Niko came half way to escort me going back up. He had realized, I was down for a while… (Niko, gracias!!!)
Result. Snapper, 14 kilo. Divetime almost 2 minutes at 40ft. Reaction of Dave 2. “It´s National geographic, live”.
Spearfishing Snapper with Polespear was last modified: June 17th, 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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