We are in the middle of closed Grouper Spearfishing Season here in Mexico, in Spanish called “veda”. I am writing this because, without any exception, everybody in our spearfishing team has a stomach ache over what happened earlier this week.
But first things first. Why is there a season you can not fish for Grouper? Grouper in our area spawns each year around March at predictable times and in predictable places. So the Mexican Government decided to have a fixed annual closed Grouper season. That is only one month a year and in 2015 it lasts until March 15th.
We think that is great! Grouper can be left to reproduce. In other words, nice for Grouper itself. Nice for snorkelers and scuba divers. And nice for fishermen; so that we can have fish for the future.
Always good to talk to fellow spearos. We appreciate it a lot when spearos bring their own gear all the way to our locations. Even though you can use our gear, we fully understand you want to use the gear you are used to.
In Cozumel we went out two days and hunting for Grouper.
Grouper found. Hanging out on a kind of a drop off. Pretty deep, but visible from the surface.
Your wish is our…
Grouper it was for dinner
That is great, all that extra luggage for a good, good reason.
Spearfishing Grouper in Cozumel was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
While diving in Playa del Carmen, I ran into a big Black Grouper. In one hand my polespear and in the other hand my camera. These days we were not allowed to shoot Grouper, so I thought let’s see how close I can get to it.
The water temperature was 27c and I was wearing a 2mm top, 1 kilo of weight. I turned on my camera and dove down to 20 meters. The Grouper was just hanging there in the sand. I was completely focussed on getting close to it and controlled the way to the Grouper and my buoyancy with my legs. The eye of the Grouper moved. It spotted me. I approached it closer without moving any body part. My speed was under control and I was picturing it was April, so I could take the shot, haha.
I ended up in the sand 3 feet away from the Grouper. My estimate is that it was a >25 kilo fish. I kept filming, amazing.
After the trip, it was time to watch the footage. I could not wait. Then it appeared that…. I had been holding the camera wrong. The back to the front and the front to the back… I filmed myself instead of the Grouper. So stupid. Grrrrrrrr.
When I quickly went through the footage I discovered an interesting image though. I post it it here. This is the pure image, no photoshop, nada.
Watch my eyes…. predator…. Hunting eyes of a spearo. Never seen that before……
Try it yourself, could be interesting!
Hunting Eyes of a Spearo was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Black Grouper is a favorite fish to hunt for many people. And a favorite fish to eat as well. When not being stoned, Black Grouper can give a big fight, even though it is not a running fish. In our Mexican locations we find many Grouper around shipwrecks, in reefs, in the sand and on rocky bottoms.
This week, Anibal shot a nice size Black Grouper in a reef full of coral heads. It gave a bit of a fight, bent another spear, but dinner was delicious.
Well done Cressi Boy!
Mero Negrillo Grouper was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
This day in January it was not the best day to stay on the beach, better to be in the water spearfishing with us. Some people think that it is better to be inside the hotel when there is some rain. But the opposite is true. Like today, some wind, some rain, but… excellent spearfishing.
It became a special day. I went spearfishing with Chris and his girl. For one moment, we ourselves as well thought the weather might become too bad. When we found out what the day had in mind for us, well… good we did not give up, jeje.
In a beautiful ledge, I was freediving with the current when this Grouper did not see me. When it did see me, it made the typical Grouper movement, like a quick movement to go from laying still into 100km/hora in a second. I was able to give a good shot, the Grouper ended up being upside down and there it was on the boat.
>16 kilos fresh fish and a fantastic adventure for Chris.
Spearfishing Grouper Mexico was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by lisarae
I LOVE GROUPER. I love to hunt it. I love to shoot it. And I love to eat it. Yeah Yeah… I love to be in a picture with it as well.
I just shot this one. A super delicious fish I shared with my family and friends.
Hunting Grouper is not easy. It is a super smart fish. You might be lucky and finding one in a cave. Easy. Though when a Grouper is in the open in combination with our visibility (today >150ft) you need to have some skills (and luck hihi) to get a Grouper in a picture.
So today this Grouper made me happy. We speared it in about 40 ft of water. After I shot it, it had the chance to hide in a cave and I had to dive down again to get it out. Fortunately the current was not that strong. When I came down to the cave I pulled out the Grouper and a spear that got pretty bended. But worth it (your own words Leo… hihi).
All the best from Cozumel paradise.
Spearfishing Grouper Mexico was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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