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
While diving in the 50ft zone, I ended up in a school of Amberjack. Instead of shooting one, I just enjoyed being in between them to see how close they would really approach me. The feeling is so great: “hanging in there” while you can almost touch the fish. When something inside of me told me it is time to get some air again, I decided to shoot myself some dinner; should have thought of that before.
For many seconds I had great chances to let go of my pole spear, 100% guaranteed fish.
The Amberjacks were still super close to me, but did not give me the right angle anymore. Some in the school noticed a difference in my energy and started to move away. More followed, I had to act quick now. I pulled back my polespear to load it and knew I had to shoot in a couple of seconds or would have to buy myself dinner instead.
The fish that stayed the closest moved a bit, enough to take a shot. I let go of my polespear and hit the fish. The tip went in the Amberjack, but did not penetrate the fish completely. The angle was not good enough. My buddy did not have a gun for a secure shot, so…. we let the fish get tired. We lost it though. The one that got away.
All was left was a piece of meat on the tip of my polespear for one bite of sashimi. Oooh and the footage….
Spearfishing… The One That Got Away was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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Grouper: delicious. Snapper: delicious. Both fishes are one of my favorites to eat and one of my favorites to catch. As you know by now, you wont find me a lot in the water with a speargun anymore. I like using a Pole spearing so much nowadays. I started with easier and smaller fish. Now, I am so happy that also with a pole spear I am able to get some decent dinner on the table.
Mexico. Caribbean part of Mexico…. This day we went out a little further to an area with many caves and holes in the ground. After exploring the reef one time, we went back to the beginning. On the shopping list, I put Snapper and Grouper. We snorkeled some and then I saw an interesting spot. Big sandy spot next to a coral formation. I went down to about 40 ft and relaxed in the sand. Super fast this Mutton Snapper came to check me out. Literally out of nowhere. I had not seen it while diving down. I got distracted by some movements in the sand. Small creatures in the sand moving around. Very enjoyable. I did not even notice the Snapper getting close to me. Uff…
Here I was with a Snapper very close, but my pole spear unloaded. I turned away from the Snapper and loaded my pole spear. That was a smart move. because when I turned back to it, it was still there. As you can see on the picture…. The shot was good and grilled snapper in my mind.
We continued the reef but the waves started picking up. Visibility changed from excellent to bad (for us) in 10 minutes. Different circumstances. Love it. Did a couple of dives to get used to the new visibility. That was about 80ft. Now it was about 10ft. When I went down I heard a lot of fish, but did not see much worth shooting. Then…. while snorkeling I saw little barjacks swimming fast and i decided to go down. Expecting some good running fish, but I made the mistake by going down to the bottom instead of hanging around in half water.
Well…. On the bottom at about 50ft I ended up resting around a hole in the ground. I saw a shadow moving. When it came closer, I saw it was a nice size Grouper. It approached me but I did not shoot my pole spear. I wanted to see how long we could play this game. Eye to eye with it for at least 20 seconds…. When the Grouper wanted to move, I let go of my pole spear and ended up with it. A great memory. A great training.
Grouper and Snapper PoleSpear Fishing was last modified: July 8th, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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