My name is Andrew Petch. I am 24 years old and live in London (England). I went to see Leo in Cozumel with my family in 2009 and had an amazing time, so amazing that I came all the way from England to go out with Leo again. This time in Playa del Carmen.
In 2009, I went out with my family and my mother fell in love with Leo, and this past trip in August 2012 it was my girlfriend’s turn. He was a real gentleman to her. Being usually scared of open water, she was now happily free diving into the water and watching turtles swim underneath her. She also loved watching me dive and spear.
All was unreal. I mean we departed from a great beach, white sand and palm trees. The color of the water is more than lovely I would say. We went to some amazing locations; shot some fantastic mackerel. Diving for some lunch, addicting it is… oooooh my.
My personal experience was that Leo pushed me just the right amount. We spent the day with a man who can swim more than a 100 meters to the bottom of the sea, no tank just his lungs. I will never forget these days and it was worth every penny and more.
An Amazing Time In Playa del Carmen was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Fishing with a speargun in these days is considered as something perverse, cruel and anti ecological. But, nothing is further from reality than these claims.
Less than 1% of harvested fish around the world is caught with a speargun. The capture rate is much lower compared to industrial fishing.
I swim in the ocean, hold my breath, and catch a fish. The fish I shoot is an animal being free in its own natural environment, selected by size, has already multiplied itself and does not suffer that much as being thought. Beef for example, mainly comes from a natural area that was cleared for this purpose. The animal has a controlled life, is not free, generates pollution, suffers much at death and is part of an endless chain.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
We human beings have great power; we have fishing nets, hooks and spearguns. I do spearfish! I choose what I catch by size (sexually mature), species (not endangered), behavior (not reproducing), time of year (season) and area (unprotected). I fish to share with our families, friends and guests. My greatest motivation is something very simple; since the beginning of time we have hunted for food, survived, and nothing more.
I respect protected species and protected areas. Last week I was lucky to see a school of big Tarpons very, very close to me. I fully enjoyed being in between them. Of course, I will not shoot this protected species. I love to freedive in Cozumel´s Marine Parc. It is beautiful! Of course, I leave my speargun home.
Spearfishing while using a scuba tank is in my opinion is having a wrong attitude and is not sustainable if we all start to do it. If you can not catch a fish on a single breath, then you do not fish.
I do not shoot fish for a great picture or to prove my manhood. I only spear the fish I like and that we’re going to eat.
I also do spear Lionfish. It benefits the area for sure and the meat is delicious, especially for ceviche.
Spearfishing is not just shooting every fish that is passing by. I think and then pull the trigger. Great power, great responsibility…
I Am Leo and I Spear Fish was last modified: August 2nd, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
January, out of Mahi Mahi (Dorado) season. We are spearfishing with the 4 J´s, the 2 R´s and myself. A boat full of testosterone. The captain saw some Dorados earlier that morning and we started to dream to get one…. That appeared to become “we got 3″…. This story all happened in less then a minute… But the feeling is that 1 hour of excitement is pumped in that minute…. We all jumped in and while we did not even load our guns I heard someone screaming.. Mahi Mahiiiiiiiiiiiiii…. And at the same time the first J, Junior… loaded a band on his gun and shot a Mahi Mahi… He did not even have to dive for it… Never ever seen a man with such a great positive energy… But no time to think about that… The view of the fishes is fantastic. I load just 1 band and dive down to about 15ft… YEAHHHHHHH….. Got it YEAHHHHHHH. And then while Junior and I were fighting our great catches… 1 of the spears broke… But luckily the spear worked like a slip tip, we wont loose the fish. The second J, JS, shot the 3rd Dorado… Compliments!!! All men extremely excited…. A second spear broke…. these fishes are strong…. woooooow….. Back on the boat… Screaming, dancing and picturetime… Spearing Mahi Mahi on Cozumel is a pretty tough job to do. So days like this are unforgettable. In situations like this it is good we always work with a buddy system. We had to “disappoint” 2 J´s and 2R´s that they were not able to dive at the time the Mahi´s passed by… But all understood what could have happened when all of us dove at the same time with a gun… Safety first….
Mahi Mahi The Mexican Way was last modified: January 31st, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
A nameless spot. But very interesting. No coral, but nice fishes. Drifting with the current for about half an hour without seeing anything interesting…. Until I see something moving on the right. “Nice snapper”…. that would be great for tonight…. It swims so fast that I lost it…. But then I see a school of smaller fishes on the bottom close to a rock… I decide to check it out, I mean…. there might be a chance that this Snapper likes this spot as well hihi. Later Rodrigo told me that while I dove down he saw the Snapper close behind me and he had hoped I would have turned around. When almost at the bottom, 51ft/17mtrs, I see the Snapper on my right and swimming in a circle away from me. A long shot this would be, but I give it a try. YEAHHHHHH. Got it. But immediately it swims into a cave. As the shot was from far I was afraid the spear got out of the Snapper. So Rodrigo came down and shot it again. Right on time. My spear indeed got out. Appeared that the snapper swam several times around a rock in the cave. Hard to get out. On the surface we see the Snapper being aggressive towards other fishes and we decide to go for a kill shot. We disconnected the guns from the lines and in that way we were able to release the Snapper and the lines. It took us both 4 dives to get it done. But the reward was great. A delicious dinner and again adrenaline enough for the whole day…. Go to the video section of our website and watch all in the video Spearfishing Snapper Cozumel.
Snapper Spearfishing was last modified: December 13th, 2011 by Leo | Founder & Guide
We’re in the water for more than an hour in a nice area… parts were 25 ft, parts were 80 ft. Some nice fishes, but specifically we were hunting for Snapper and Grouper. I decided to make a last dive before going back on the boat. On the way down I see some nice Grey Snappers on the bottom, but mmmm…. still not exactly what we’re looking for. They are curious and approach me. I just enjoy. Time to go back up… and just at that moment I see left of me, close to the drop off, a very nice Grouper. I change direction, not going up, but going to the left, haha. Going a bit deeper. I hold on to a rock, my watch says 71 ft. The Grouper notices me. Checking me out, but did not realize giving me the right angle at the same time; pulled the trigger. NICEEEEEEEEE. Got it. The way up was a fight. My shot was firm, but not good enough to go back to the surface easily. Grant from Australia is freediving with us and does not hesitate. He dives down and makes a nice shot that allowed me an easy exit to the surface. I scream out loud on the surface. Spearfishing never gets boring, wow what a feeling! Adrenaline rush…… siiiiiiiiiiiiiii The words “Grouper” and “awesome” pronounced by Grant will remind me forever “Gróoóóper”, “óoóóówsóóóóm”, hahaha.
Tired But What a Feeling was last modified: November 22nd, 2011 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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