Rodrigo, our Cozumel spearfishing guide, has left the island of Cozumel for a while to enjoy the winter back home in Argentina. This video shows how it all begun in 2008 when he started spearfishing with Leo and how his spearfishing career will end.
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After a couple of months without being able to shoot lobster…. it finally became July again. We were craving for some fresh lobster! Our guest Noah wrote con mucho gusto about his spearfishing adventure with us on Cozumel.
“If you haven’t tried spearfishing, don’t be afraid. My girlfriend and I did a half day with Spearfishingtoday.com while we were in Cozumel. We as a group got the largest lobster I have ever seen and 5 Trigger fish which are awesome to eat. Simply put, it was amazing and so much fun. Our guide/teacher was Rodrigo. He was knowledgeable and a very good teacher. Not to mention an amazing spearfisher. It was enjoyable to just watch him do his thing. My girlfriend was shorter than the spear itself in height and even though she was very much intimidated at first she absolutely loved it. The owner Leo was amazing to work with all the way up to the trip and since after. Very much so wish I had the chance to meet him. But you will be happy if it’s Leo or Rodrigo taking you out I have no doubt. Don’t skip this if you are going to Cozumel or Playa del Carmen. These guys truly have a dream job and it’s something I would have never imagined I would enjoy so much but I did. As they say I’m hooked on spearfishing now. Thank Leo and Rodrigo. You guys are awesome! We love lobster!!!!!”
Lobster in Cozumel was last modified: August 1st, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
After spearfishing for a while Leo decided to explore a new spot close to the drop off north of Playa del Carmen….sounds good to me! Let’s do it! We arrived, threw the buoy and jumped in! ready to explore new horizons with that adventurous spirit/ feeling that runs through our bodies and feed our souls…(wow that was deep haha)
We made numerous dives, saw a lot of fish… Big Snappers in schools, nice Permits and Groupers on the bottom…finally, the magic happens, I can see it, yes, it is right there lying at the bottom a couple of feet into my left, it’s a Black Grouper looks like a nice size and I believe I’m on time to get it calculating the depth and current so I move quickly swim towards him take a deep breath and go! Diving down now…10, 30, 40 feet, I can feel the current is taking me out of range little by little but I keep kicking hard trying to maintain my ascent straight, 45 feet… I’m getting closer, it already saw me by now and decides to make a left turn in his attempt to swim away from me…Im fighting against the current and I get to the critical moment/seconds of “what should I do?” get closer? Take my shot? Am I to far away? Will the spear go all the way through?
It just made his (final) left turn and I made my decision, Im shooting right NOW BAM! To be honest I thought I missed it, it was a really uncomfortable and long distance shot… Luckily I immediately felt it strongly pulls out of my hands my speargun with an amazing strength, Yesssss!!!!! I hit it! not a good shot though, I hit it in the lower body part… I started going back up and I can see Leo swimming fast toward the float which is underwater! He retrieved it and started pulling up the rope… Im now back at the surface and I tell Leo I’m afraid we might lose it because it wasn’t a clean shot so I ask him to give a second shot ASAP! So he dives down and gives a perfect and clean second shot right into the head! Excellent job we now officially GOT IT!!!!!!!! OOOOH YEAHHHH!!!!!! I notice that captain Manuel and our assistant Negro cant wait to see our catch… Leo brings it up to the surface WOW! I just cant believe how BIG IS THAT THING!!!! I never realized how huge was that Grouper when I was down there, its amazing, a BEAST! Just take a look of the picture I’m speechless! That was definitely one of our biggest Grouper ever and of course one of those days we will never ever forget! Picture time (our Playa crew) and fresh grouper for everyone!!! Oh Yeah!
Rodrigo Ro”mero” hihi
BIG Grouper Playa del Carmen was last modified: May 14th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
A morning trip with Leo, guest Max and I…Checking out our first spot today a super nice ship wreck. I really like this spot, its always very promising…Barracudas, Permits, Grouper, Horse Eye Jack it could be anything, you just need to be patient and wait for the BIG school to show up. Current was ok…not too strong, we stayed on top of wreck for a while, suddenly it seemed that a big school of Permit was coming to check the ship and I see Leo going down but who knows why (jajajaja they must know him) they just turned back and went into the blue to disappear… from the surface I was able to see a couple of Cudas so I thought why not? Dove down…picked one and bam got it! mid size cuda perfect to warm up!
Max also shot at something but missed… He saw a huge school of Jacks nearby the wreck so we agreed with Leo to move on with the current a little bit north/east since we noticed a lot of fish was hanging out around the wreck area, first permits and now jacks… We started to swim…and not even 5 minutes later we see this amazing, incredible, huge and beautiful school of Horse Eye Jack! Hundreds of them! At first they were at the bottom (about 70 feet?) but as soon as we dove down they came up right at us, hard to focus on one but finally picked it and shot it! at the same time I see Leo shooting another big one! Excellent, beautiful feeling and view as well! We just got two very nice Jacks for lunch! And this, this was only the beginning of the day… to be continued….
Spearfishing a Jack was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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The last month of April, Queens day in Holland. Kids day in Mexico. And simply a great spearfishing day for us. I went out with Kaj in Playa del Carmen. We rescheduled the trip to the afternoon as in the morning the visibility was not that great. And ooh my… we did that for a reason apparently… Kaj and I had a great talk and and it was a ´lovely´afternoon. When we hit the waters it was pleasant to find out that there was hardly any current. We shot a Barracuda. Dinner was there, so highest pressure gone, hihi. Then we shot a nice Permit, but on the way up to the surface uff… the tip of the spear did not hold the fight and we lost the wounded fish. It happens once and a while but it is always hard… We decided to take a break. Have a water and eat a banana. Yes ladies and gentlemen. We do have bananas on the boat. We are fishermen of a new generation. Haha. And even with bananas on the boat we are able to get gooooood fish. So here we are.. full of energy. Ready for the next spot. And that became a memorable one…
I see underneath me a small yellow reef fish moving nervously… not normal behavior at all… so i prepare for a dive to check it out… At about 20ft I was able to see what was going on. 2 big Permits relaxing and the yellow reef fish above them swimming fast in circles…. When I came closer I decided to go for the bigger one of the 2. Why not, hahaha. I ended straight on top of them and had no angle to shoot. I did not wanna move myself to avoid scaring them… So while hanging on top of them and waiting for the right moment I realized that when I hit the big one I should be ready for a big fight… as well being ready for no sleep tonight… it all went fast. The 2 Permits started to move. I turned sideways to my left and pulled the trigger. Woooooooooow I got it I got I got it. The Permit went up to the surface like a madman.. So I thought.. easy. But I was so wrong. After going up it went down to the bottom dragging down happy Leo with it… jajaja. Not exactly “fly me to the moon”.. I tried fighting against it…. but lost. I let go of my gun and decided to go back to the surface. I did use my float line though…. the Permit went into a space on the bottom and went out on the other side. So at that moment the forecast was…. making dives to 85ft to get my gear and hopefully the fish… Though we got lucky… The Permit swam back the way it entered end ended up in the open water like us. YEAH! You need to have some luck now and then hihi. On the boat Manuel (our captain), Negro (our assistant) and I discussed we might have a record fish here. So we called our head office and got transferred to Rodrigo. He checked. the record is 47.5 pounds… Our catch turned out to be 44 pounds… So basically I should have waited until the Permit had finished its lunch… Back on land ´some´people came to check out our catch. Negro took the opportunity to impress las chicas with our catch. Boys will be boy, will be boys…. GREAT afternoon!
Kaj, Negro, Manuel and Rodrigo: gracias!!!!
World Record Spearfishing… Almost… was last modified: May 1st, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
It was a beautiful morning in Cozumel. I found my self spearfishing with my very good friend Bill and 3 more guests. First spot, we got a few triggers…nice fish to warm up a little bit I would say. We later moved on to our second spot of the day drifting with a quite strong current, visibility was really nice though…saw a couple of snappers swimming through the ledge but they wouldn’t give us the chance to get close enough for a shot so we just appreciate their presence and think “I’ll see you soon don’t worry hihi…”
So we keep on going, Bill who was buddying up with me at that moment took a long dive, then on the way back up he sees a HUGE barracuda lying on the sand and start pointing it at me, I rapidly take the gun and immediately dive down trying to make it on time considering the strong current…in conditions like that you wanna dive down a couple of feet before the target so on your way to the fish you can end up before or on top of it, never behind though swimming against the current is not an option. I’m now going down as fast as I can so I can “freeze my self” the last feet when getting closer to the Barracuda and not make any brusque movement that could scare the fish away…it’s a big one and I’m on time! bam! excellent shot to the head but I guess the spear eluded the brain or as Bill said they must have a very tiny brain because she started to give a hard fight and being really aggressive, even so, I start pulling up the line to bring the fish to the surface when she starts swimming in circles and coming straight at me with a big OPEN mouth! aiming to my face, looking pretty much like a Pac Man, I can see those big teeth wanting to get a piece of my nose so I push the spear away from me before I need plastic surgery for a facial reconstruction haha. Finally she calms down a little bit and I’m now able to grab it from the tail and the spear to get it on the boat…wow I have to admit it my heart beat strongly… and that, was quite interesting…next time I’ll wait a little until I bring it up to the surface hihi See you soon fellows!! On the picture you see Bill imitating my barracuda… miss you my friend!!!
BARRACUDA was last modified: April 16th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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