Ciguatera….does anyone really know what they’re talking about?
Put a penny in the meat and if it gets tarnished…… then the fish has ciguatera.
Put some meat out and if the cat won’t eat it……. then the fish has ciguatera.
Leave the fish out and if the flies won’t land on it….. then the fish has ciguatera.
Eat a piece of the liver and if it tastes metallic-y……. then the fish has ciguatera.
Really, is this the best we can do? From what I can tell, there was one company which sold testing kits but it went of business so now all we have available are these urban myth type detection methods. They may work….but come on….
Another thing that seems odd is the species which people tend to pick on as carriers of ciguatera. Barracuda seems to be the biggest target. Well….my understanding is that ciguatera is caused by predator fish eating smaller fish who have lesser amounts of ciguatera and then the toxins build up in the larger fish. If that’s the case…then people shouldn’t pick on one specific type of fish….like barracuda….they should pick on any predator fish….
I love barracuda. I think it’s delicious. I don’t have some weird palate either…
Be on the look out for people talking about ciguatera…..they may just be spreading things they heard but don’t really know anything about….
Ciguatera…. was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by Tim
Hello dear friends of SpearfishingToday. I have been part of the SpearfishingToday team for a while now, and let me tell you, life is good. So many good things happen to me. Every week I have great freediving and spearfishing adventures. Since I have been trained well by FII instructors Maca and Alfredo, I have been able to dive considerably better, deeper, longer and safer (jaja thank you Alfredo). In the last week, we ate Triggerfish, Snapper, Horse Eye Jack, Cobia and… Barracuda.
As you can see on the picture, I shot this Barracuda very close to the head. I had been following it around a reef for 20 minutes together with our guests. Every time it moved faster than we did. I felt the excitement growing in us every second. At a certain point, we were close enough and it was time to take a breath and go down to get dinner. After I shot it, it did not move anymore, we call that “stoning the fish”. It did not give me a fight at all. But chasing it and being patient is quite adventurous. SMILE!
Come and join us for a great spearfishing adventure. See you soon in Cozumel!
Adventure on Cozumel was last modified: September 9th, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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I love it that spearfishing is a very selective way of fishing. You choose what you wanna eat and do your utmost to get it. If you don’t get it, you buy yourself a pizza for dinner. Haha. The more you spearfish, the more “picky” you get. I’s a balance of your favorite taste and the challenge to get it. Lots of spearfishermen and women laugh that we shoot Triggerfish. I admit it is a relatively easy fish to shoot, though it is very tasty. Barracuda are the same. Ceviche made from barracuda is ricoooooo. Some days you challenge yourself, some days you just want a good meal of fish.
Last Sunday, I was spearfishing with Maria and her family. Great trip and the family improved their diving each minute. We all had already caught some fish when I saw a pretty big Barracuda cruising about 10 ft above the bottom. I myself had already counted on pizza that night, until that Barracuda came by. I prepared my dive and went slowly down to 60 ft. Around me were like 15 smaller Barracudas coming to check me out. I let myself go in a horizontal position to 66ft and then the big Barracuda finally could not resist. It wanted to see what I was. I made the shot. Oh yeah, got it. It did not move, so I thought easy way up Señor Leo. But at around 40ft, the Barracuda woke up and started to swim like crazy. I let go of the floatline and went back to the surface.
Maria’s dad and boyfriend were super excited. I grabbed my float and tried to get the Barracuda to the surface, but instead I got a free power snorkeling ride. While holding my float on the surface, the Barracuda pulled me against the current super fast. With my free hand, I waved to Captain Manuel while passing him pretty fast. You should have seen his face. Now I was going super fast against the current without moving, just holding my float and with my free hand I was waving to him like I was in a train that was leaving. Hihi.
Maria’s dad gave the Barracuda a firm second shot and on the boat this fish appeared to be 23kilos. That is 6.43 kilos under the 2005 world record. Our crew is great, lots of fun. Manuel told me for sure it was the new world record so far in the new Mayan time, hahahaha. Later he told me “next time we expect you to waterski on your fins.”
Spearfishing BIG Barracuda in Mexico was last modified: January 14th, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Hola everybody! Some latest news from Anibal with our good friend Jeff of Thelodgeman.com. We decided to giveaway some free trips to the winners of the “Staying Cool in Camo Contest.” Not a contest for real men in full wetsuits. No, this was all about pictures of ladies that hunt in bikinis. The rules were simple; stay cool and wearing camo.
One of the winners was Brad and his family came spearfishing with us last week. Brad and his family do hunt and fish, but never spearfished before and I had the honor of teaching them. The day we went out was cloudy and rainy, but I always say its better to be spearfishing when it is raining than sitting inside of your hotel room (ha ha). It became another memorable trip with lots of fun and full of adventure and surprises. The guests of today really got the hang of it. We were hunting a great size Pargo Lunar, but that one got away. We ended up with Triggerfish, Barracuda and Snapper. We took many GREAT pictures but Leo told me I can only choose one.
Hope to see you soon!
Spearfishing for Winners in Cozumel was last modified: October 12th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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