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
A beautiful day in February. Hardly any wind and hardly any waves. We went spearfishing in Cozumel in good company. The great circumstances made it possible to go to one of our favorite reefs that is about a 30 minute boat ride north of Cozumel island. We always get some fish there, but not today… This spot has a depth of about 30 to 45 feet and nice Snappers and Groupers are swimming there. Many times we see King Crab, Spotted Eagle Rays and Turtles in this spot (not to shoot of course!). So today the hunting here was different. We saw many smaller Snappers, a school of Barracudas and some turtles. Very, very enjoyable. But nothing worth to hunt for.
We moved on to the second spot. And it looked the same over here. More smaller fish than normal, but all very enjoyable. And then… out of nowhere a school of Greater Amberjacks. They were moving fast and I decided to go down. When I reached 30ft the group of fish turned around and came up towards me. I made the decision not to dive deeper, but to wait here and let the fish come to me. All went very fast. The school approached me but stayed out of shooting range. They started to circle around me. And when they moved from my back into my sight again it was possible to shoot 1. And so I did.
The shot was good, not much of a fight at all. And we were able to get it on the boat pretty easy.
AmberJack over here is not uncommon but usually stays in deeper colder areas. So with a rod/reel they are being caught regularly over here. With a speargun not that often.
It is intriguing. At night I kept on thinking. What was different this day than other days? Wind? Rain? Moon? Tide?
Spear Fishing Jack Cozumel was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Spearfishing and freediving are serious activities. Dangerous? Can be… If you don’t know what you are doing and if you do not control yourself. This week I went out with Craig. He went out with us before and we had a fantastic time. Love my job. I eat fresh fish a lot, jeje. Meeting wonderful people is another great part of my job as well. So Craig and I went along very well. And we caught good dinner for all of us.
Freediving safely is very important. Every free diver/hunter has to develop a comfort zone and then dive by the rules. I personally never dive on “automatic pilot”. Every dive is a serious dive. Though that does not mean we don´t smile, jeje.
Actually the team is always teasing me that when I get too old to be a spearo, I could work in toothpaste advertising. Spearfishing with a smile. YEAHHHHH!
In my right hand by the way I am holding a (very delicious) Rainbow Runner. That is such a great fish to hunt for. We do not have them a lot here. And you only have 1 chance if you see one. It´s a curious fish. It approaches you, but 1 movement too much and adios. It is a running fish, so it won´t stay at the same spot.
Spearfishing with a Smile was last modified: June 19th, 2014 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Spearfishing around thermoclines is so interesting….
While freediving you notice a thermocline without a doubt. Comfortably going down, but then suddenly UFF. A cold smack in the face.
A thermocline is an abrupt change in the temperature of water within a small depth. As warm water has a lower density than cold water, it creates a thin layer. That layer is called the thermocline, which separates the hot and cold water.
Most of the times in our areas the color of the water is different as well. Blue is warmer water. Green is colder water.
In general, fishes can´t cope with sudden temperature changes so they can´t really move between layers.
When spearfishing around thermoclines, it feels like you are hunting in the twilight zone…. Soooo interesting. Above you in the warm water there is different fish than underneath you in the cold water. And as a bonus, some fishes that like to hunt around the thermoclines.
This picture I took a couple of days ago. Some Horse Eye Jacks that prefer the warm water. Underneath them the greener colder water.
Enjoy the thermoclines!
Thermocline Spear Fishing was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by Leo | Founder & Guide
Comments Off on NEW: Our second location in Puerto Rico!
Not too long ago Tim put the SpearfishingToday flag in the sand of Puerto Rico and he is doing very well. YEAH! Tim has Puerto Rico in his veins and the people that went out with him spearfishing are raving about him! We are thrilled to announce the opening of another location in Puerto Rico! And we really mean thrilled….like really thrilled!
“Being able to offer Culebra as a location means that we can give guests the opportunity to see more of what Puerto Rico has to offer….and there is so much fun here to be had! Culebra is an absolutely beautiful island with many white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and most importantly…..lots of fish! Fortunately, Culebra is still just difficult enough to get to that the majority of tourists don’t make the journey, but with our help, you get to skip the hard parts and just enjoy the benefits.
So please…book a Culebra trip also when you book a trip to Fajardo…..I want to go back again and again!!”
More to come too…..you’re going to like this 🙂
Tim & Leo
NEW: Our second location in Puerto Rico! was last modified: September 17th, 2013 by Tim
It´s been a fishing week with some tears and sleepless nights. We are very fortunate to go spearfishing a lot. The area we live in is so beautiful. No reason to complain you would say. Both Anibal and I had a tough day this week. All is relative we know, but still this is what happened. We went spearfishing pretty far away from the island. The ocean was calm and visibility was great along with a comfortable current. The bottom had some coral heads and some ledges as well. The depth was between 35 and 90 ft. An interesting area at the least. I made eight dives without seeing any fish I wanted to have. But dive nine was different that day. I dove down to about 40ft; the bottom was around 55ft. Being in horizontal position I had a great overall view. A big fish comes up right in front of me from the bottom and was checking me out. When I got closer, I realized it was a enormous Black Grouper. 50lbs+ category for sure. What to do?
I could not help it but my heart began to beat faster. I felt the adrenaline in my legs. I decided to look the other way and not to dive towards the Grouper. Then from my left eye, I noticed it was at the same level as I was now and absolutely in shooting range. What an easy shot and I got it. The Grouper speed down to the bottom and I saw it going for a cave. I realized I had shot it against the current and my shot did not end up at the spot I wanted. I went down, but it turned out that I was Mr. Positive… no way I could get that Grouper out of a cave.
I went back to the surface and let the boat take me back a bit. I prepared a new dive to go down. On the way down, I saw that the spear was bent pretty bad. I started to pull and to pull. The Grouper did not move an inch. I decided to pull one more time with all the power I had and that cause the spear coming out of the Grouper but the Grouper was still in cave. We decided to leave it for what it is. Such a big fish won’t come easy out of a cave and we might damage a lot of coral as well by pulling it out. While I was writing this, I picture every second of what happened in my mind.
The same week, Anibal and Capi Daniel were spearfishing in one of our favorite spots. There were very strong currents. Anibal told me he saw some Wahoo cruising underneath him. He did not hesitate and dove down, but the current took him away from the Wahoos. A little later he saw them again.
” I dove down and waited calmly, one of the Wahoos approached me and I was able to take the shot. I see the spear hitting the BIG Wahoo. This is gonna be amazing I thought. What a rush… I remember the sound of the float speeding in the water. WOOOOOW. We let it go and the float kept floating but with great speed. I went back on the boat, followed the float, and then decided to start the real fight. The floatline is 100ft long and was completely vertically. I started to pull and that went pretty easy. I was very, very excited but then I made a mistake. The Wahoo started to run again and I kept pulling. The spear fell out of the Wahoo and it took off. I ended up empty handed and even now when I think about it. What a lesson learned. Oooooh nooooooooo. I wish I wish I wish….”
Leo & Anibal
Spearfishing Wahoo & Grouper on Cozumel was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by Leo | Founder & Guide
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