It´s been a fishing week with some tears and sleepless nights. We are very fortunate to go spearfishing a lot. The area we live in is so beautiful. No reason to complain you would say. Both Anibal and I had a tough day this week. All is relative we know, but still this is what happened. We went spearfishing pretty far away from the island. The ocean was calm and visibility was great along with a comfortable current. The bottom had some coral heads and some ledges as well. The depth was between 35 and 90 ft. An interesting area at the least. I made eight dives without seeing any fish I wanted to have. But dive nine was different that day. I dove down to about 40ft; the bottom was around 55ft. Being in horizontal position I had a great overall view. A big fish comes up right in front of me from the bottom and was checking me out. When I got closer, I realized it was a enormous Black Grouper. 50lbs+ category for sure. What to do?
I could not help it but my heart began to beat faster. I felt the adrenaline in my legs. I decided to look the other way and not to dive towards the Grouper. Then from my left eye, I noticed it was at the same level as I was now and absolutely in shooting range. What an easy shot and I got it. The Grouper speed down to the bottom and I saw it going for a cave. I realized I had shot it against the current and my shot did not end up at the spot I wanted. I went down, but it turned out that I was Mr. Positive… no way I could get that Grouper out of a cave.
I went back to the surface and let the boat take me back a bit. I prepared a new dive to go down. On the way down, I saw that the spear was bent pretty bad. I started to pull and to pull. The Grouper did not move an inch. I decided to pull one more time with all the power I had and that cause the spear coming out of the Grouper but the Grouper was still in cave. We decided to leave it for what it is. Such a big fish won’t come easy out of a cave and we might damage a lot of coral as well by pulling it out. While I was writing this, I picture every second of what happened in my mind.
The same week, Anibal and Capi Daniel were spearfishing in one of our favorite spots. There were very strong currents. Anibal told me he saw some Wahoo cruising underneath him. He did not hesitate and dove down, but the current took him away from the Wahoos. A little later he saw them again.
” I dove down and waited calmly, one of the Wahoos approached me and I was able to take the shot. I see the spear hitting the BIG Wahoo. This is gonna be amazing I thought. What a rush… I remember the sound of the float speeding in the water. WOOOOOW. We let it go and the float kept floating but with great speed. I went back on the boat, followed the float, and then decided to start the real fight. The floatline is 100ft long and was completely vertically. I started to pull and that went pretty easy. I was very, very excited but then I made a mistake. The Wahoo started to run again and I kept pulling. The spear fell out of the Wahoo and it took off. I ended up empty handed and even now when I think about it. What a lesson learned. Oooooh nooooooooo. I wish I wish I wish….”
Leo & Anibal
Spearfishing Wahoo & Grouper on Cozumel was last modified: December 4th, 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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