With the calmness of summer, the waters filled with boaters in most places. With the added population comes added pressure to the resources.
In some places it’s summer all the time but when the true summer season comes so do a lot of people. So it’s a perfect time to go beyond your normal boundaries to explore places you haven’t gone before.
With Experience Comes Growth
As a beginner, my experiences and boundaries grew as did I. I remember my mentor limiting me to about a square-mile in front of a popular Beach. At some point, I grew and started to make it to out into deeper water then to other spots. At the time it was like going to Indonesia on a dive trip — coral formations I had never seen and depths I had never encountered.
It’s comedic to me now but, the fact remains: The more you go, the more you grow. I relive this feeling now through new beginning spearos. Traveling beyond your comfort zone can be nerve-racking but when you’re looking at new underwater geography, lots of learning happens.
Summer Patterns and Eco-friends
Summer weather patterns often mean many days of flat, clear water. On days such as this, I like to spend half my day diving and half my day searching for new spots and areas. Having these extra spots really helps lift the pressure off the ones that you count on throughout the year.
Many fishermen practice this method as well. Overfishing is a problem in all corners of the world and managing it correctly is the key to the future. Finding these new spots will make you glad to have more tricks in your bag.
I try not to go back to a spot more than once in two weeks. Although fish migration has something to do with choosing a spot, most the fish targeted by spearfishermen aren’t quite as migratory. Plus, watch the size of the fish, only taking what you need, and only take the males.
As your underwater experience grows, you become keen to the areas in which fish live as well as their habits. Expanding your viewpoint list not only gives you the opportunity to find fish at other spots but also lets you encounter new bottom topography in which to hunt.
Each type of bottom suggests a different type of fish or a different type of reaction to you by the fish. Only going out and seeing it with your own eyes will give you the knowledge in which to know whether to go straight down on top of the fish or to approach it in some other fashion.
I would most often go to the bottom and approach a fish on its own level. But sometimes like the black grouper is in a position to swim away quickly. In this case, I use a method called “Dive Bombing” on the fish.
Sometimes I have to swim away to approach it from another direction without spooking it or swim straight down. When “Dive Bombing” the fish, the spearfisherman presents a much smaller silhouette than when he or she is lying parallel to the surface.
No Instant Learning
There is no way to coach someone on how to interpret each fish’s reaction to a spearfisherman’s presence. This is where the experience comes into play. Expanding your knowledge of the reef system and the fish that inhabit it will drastically expand your ability to get close to them.
Keeping a log can also help you. When I go out, I write what spot I went to, what I got, and anything else I can remember about the experience along with the date.
It all comes down to taking home an awesome dinner and using a formula to protect our environment for the future.