Can you tell the difference between Permit, Palometa and Pompano? Fish Identification is important. Actually it is pretty easy and fun as well, to be able to identify fish.
Important it is to spearfish within the rules of the area you are in. Rules are there for a good reason, so respect them. Here in Mexico when we spearfish a Permit, local fisherman call it a “nice Palometa” or “buen Pompano”. Now… that is not correct.
The water is clear, the sun is out and a good day of spearfishing in Cancun is ahead of us. We start this intermediate trip underwater hunting with a 10-15m area of reef to dive in and Diego brings up a nice 6kg mutton snapper. He was only in the water 5 seconds. I think he can talk to the fish or something.
A few Mackerel and Horse Eye Jack appear but soon vanish into the blue. Diego also lost the fight with big Barracuda too. Lots of fish, good spearos, a good spearfishing guide and a good boat. We have all we need for a day spearfishing Cancun.
We decide to change our location in Cancun. We head to our first shipwreck at around 20m where I watch Diego and Pablo dive down and I see a permit move across me, the bystander is called into action!! VIEW THE FULL STORY
A Good Day Spearfishing Cancun was last modified: September 12th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about if wearing a camouflage wetsuit will help you spearing more fish. Interesting respond we got. We are an official Riffe reseller, so I should ab-so-lu-te-ly talk you into a Digitek wetsuit or rash guard. I wear it, use it and am very happy with it and do catch great fish with it.
My friend Houston thought he was funny. He read my writing and sent me yellow shorts with some blue cartoon and a red silly cup. Message: let´s see if you can catch some fish with these shorts old man….
I like a challenge. For people that don’t know me, I always wear black tops and black or white shorts. Ooh and I have one pair of jeans. So seeing me wearing this yellow short is sooooo “not Leo”. Bueno… here we go… I put it on, grabbed my bag and left for the trip. Niko: “Man… did you just turn 40 or what?”. Diego: “still wearing your pijamas?”. Captain Manuel “Fuiste al feria?”. So you get it… making fun of me.
It was a pretty tough trip. Not the best visibility. Strong currents. We saw a lot of gooood fish, but no one could get one on the boat. One was wearing digitek. The other some kind of who know what for camouflage (Nikoooooo hahaha) and we had a tiger print in the water. I hate coming back without fish and focused. We saw a big school of Permits in the open, the camouflage boys dove down and spooked the group. I waited till the gentlemen were up and dove down myself. Bottom about 90ft. My dive around 40ft. I calmed down and saw a single Permit coming straight to me. Kept being calm. The Permit kept getting closer. And there it was. Close enough to get it. So I did. Nice shot, easy fight. Back to the surface. Back on the boat the result was clear. Camouflage versus Sponge Bob. 0-1.
Do I need to say more?
Camouflage Spearfishing was last modified: June 21st, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Shooting a fish and getting it on the boat is not that hard, haha. The hardest part is to decide who will prepare the fish. When, in what way and with who you wanna eat it. Life ain’t easy. Some fish taste best the same day, like Snapper and Grouper. Others like Jacks, you better to eat a day later. Try it, the meat is softer and tastier. Unless… you like Sashimi.
This week we enjoyed a raw fresh Permit cut into slices straight after the trip. A good sauce with it and the Permit tasted excellent. I like shooting fresh fish, but I don’t like cooking it often though. But this way it is super fast, super fresh, super easy and super delicious.
Spearfishing for Sashimi was last modified: February 12th, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Comments Off on No More Spearing Trachinotus Falcatus (Permit) in Cozumel
We agreed with the the director of ecology of Cozumel, Rafael Chacón that we will not be spearfishing Trachinotus Falcatus (Permit) anymore in Cozumel. The law says spearfishing a Permit is legal. So you would ask yourself “Sooooooo? Why stop spearing it? It´s a great fish to hunt for and it tasts great.” Well, let me explain.
Permits (locally called Palometas) are being marked on Cozumel. Rafael as a marine biologist is highly involved in this. “Marking the Permits gives us the opportunity to obtain information. We are interested to know more about movement and migration patterns. We are studying why the Permits are in certain part of a bay and in other times of the year in other parts of that bay. Why is that? Are those Permits the same Permits? Or did they come from another bay nearby? How old does a Permit get. And more.”
When Rafael told me passionately about his project, I could not make another decision than “no más Palometa en Cozumel”, we will not shoot Permits anymore in Cozumel.
A true spearfisher(wo)man understands my reaction. It is great Rafael is doing this interesting project. Who are we that after he marks a Permit that we might shoot it to have it for dinner. There is plenty of other fish in Cozumel that is great spearing and has a great taste.
Spearfishintoday.com stands for an ecological way of fishing. You will never see us coming back with food for the whole island for the whole year. We go way further than staying within the law. This is one of the reasons Leo recently got appointed as representative for the state of Quintana Roo for the official Mexican Spearfishing Association, the AMPS (Asociacion Mexicana de Pesca Submarina, A.C.). The association copies Leo´s decision. All members do not shoot Permit in the Cozumel waters.
No More Spearing Trachinotus Falcatus (Permit) in Cozumel was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Besides being on the ocean, to hunt and to eat a lot of fresh fish, meeting new people and making new friends is as beautiful. Recently we went out in Playa del Carmen with Tommy from New York. Very memorable. Let me share his experience with you… The game was on!
“I was looking for a vacation spot and I had to pick from Punta Cana, La Paz and Cancun. I called everywhere and spoke to different operations. After reading the reviews and speaking with Leo, I knew I was gonna have fun in Cancun! I booked 3 trips with him. After explaining I had not got wet in over 8 years, he would tailor the trip and see how well I would do.
The day of the trip he meet me at the beach; it was just him and a crew of three. He told me we were going to this wreck that was in 80 feet of water and asked if I was game to try it. I said sure let go for it even though it sounded deeper that I could go. But I knew I did not have to go down that deep to get fish.
We got there the water was clear but the currents were fast. I could not make it past 20-25 feet, but the more I dove the longer I stayed down. I had to work myself back up to my old comfort depth of about 40-50 feet. I could only see the outline of the ship at first, but as I got comfortable I was able to go deeper and see more details of the sunken ship.
Then I saw a school of permits. I was running out of air but I relaxed and took a couple of slow kicks to get closer. They started to swim in front of me about 14 feet away. I had my gun raised at fish level. I quickly single one out but, some how he knew I picked him and broke from the school. At that moment, he showed me his side and I pulled the trigger. The school broke out is all directions! I was not sure if I hit the fish or not. My gun was very big and can shoot 20-25 feet with 30 feet of black 150 lb test mono line and another 75 feet of bungee float line attached to a buoy. As I followed my line with my eyes it was going straight down. As I was swimming up, I felt my line ripping though my hands as I raced for the surface!
The game was on! I turned to see my big float being pulled through the water very fast! I grab the back of it and went for a little ride that lasted about 5 second then the tug of war began. I still could not see the fish and I had to win back about 100 of line. So this give and take lasted about ten minutes, then I started to see color as I started to the silvery gleam getting bigger and bigger. I could now see my spear had gone right through the fish! It was a large permit.
I finally had it secure with my hand in the gills. I held it tightly and raised my hand to call back to the boat and within minutes they were over. I had drifted with the current about 500 feet off the wreck, but they knew exactly where I was. I handed the fish up to the crew, then gun and fins.
Leo and the other crew had shot 2 other Permits. I asked if my fish was bigger and they said hell yea! IT WAS HUGE! OK, that is all I wanted to know! I was happy my Permit was about 25-30 pounds. And they give a good fight and so did the currents. I was doing the Michael Jackson moon swim most of the time but it was worth it!
It’s not always about how many fish you shoot. It’s about the quality and the hunt. Just being free with out any tanks as they say in fishing “it’s called fishing not catching”.
My other trips were fun too. On the second trip, I saw some more big fish but I was over thinking and did not do the shots. I lost 3 chances to get some big fish but that on me. But I did touch the top of the sunken ship which made my day! It so amazing looking up from down below seeing the black outline of a another spearo so far up with the rays of light shining around him as you ascend toward the waves of white light and then you breath again.
Would I go do it again with this operation? Let me think…Hell yes!”
Spearfishing Playa del Carmen was last modified: July 31st, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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