Spearfishing is an ancient method of fishing that has played a vital role in the survival of the humans in the past. This method of fishing involves hurling sharpened spears at fishes in the rivers or lakes, thereby killing them almost instantly. As years passed by, it has emerged as a fun-giving sport while some people still use it for hunting. Recent days have witnessed spearfishing transform itself owing to the developed world. It is now done through snorkeling or scuba diving under water and uses tools like slings or pneumatic-powered guns that launch the spears. Aficionados reckon it to be the most lively and demanding type of hunting as the stage is perfectly set for man and beast to face off each other in the wild.
Tempted to go Spear Fishing? Here are a few places recommended by Cameron Kirkconnell; a thirteen-time world record holder in spear fishing.
New York-Block Island-Rhode Island:
As the waters just start to heat up and the Striped Bass fish start to gather together, these Islands provide a wonderful opportunity for divers to hunt fish. Divers who are brave enough to wander through the fast-drifting currents of the New York are rewarded with one of the most famous fish, just a short ride from Big Apple. It will take a 50-pound Striper to attract attention here as the ones weighing 40 pounds are taken by divers regularly.
On May 1, starts the season for Groupers – which also coincides with the Mahi Mahi run so you can plan of hunting down plenty of Red and Black Groupers that are swept offshore. There are a few characteristic signs that can aid you in the process. Frigate birds, Sargasso weeds, and Cuban Rafts or for that matter any other debris are note-worthy signals to be sure the Mahi are crashing. Hunting down a 50-pound Dolphin or a 50-pound Black Grouper makes you a macho, but practically speaking, any fish weighing over 20 pounds is a win.
A 20-pound Hogfish or a 10-pound Lobster are common out here, but there is also a chance to catch fish like the Amberjacks, Cobia, and the African Pompano. This is the where I hold my record of catching a 21-pound hogfish. But I guess there is a lot that North Carolina has to offer ranging from the 40-pound African to the 100-pound Amberjack.
An unmatched El Nino from the last year has brought in tropical game fish like Bluefin Tuna, Mahi Mahi and also Wahoo in addition to the spectacular diving for WSB and Yellowtail located in the Kelp Forests.
Palm Beach, Florida:
Florida is a spectacular spot for spearing, but the best part of this location is shooting down the Cobia fish that follow the Bull Sharks. It is truly a scary endeavor and only a few other sports can match this. A 100-pound Cobia is a trophy, but a 70-pound fish also make you the man. And that is only possible if you are quicker and agile than the sharks and hunt the Cobia down before the Sharks do.