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 Posted: Sat Aug 2nd, 2008 12:10 am
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Hi everyone. I am new to the sport of Spearfishing. I have been doing it for years in freshwater but I am going to San Carlos and would love to try it in the ocean. Does anyone in here have any good advice as to where I could go, or if there are charters that take groups out?  Last year I got a 20 lb pargo on the tip of the Island that is next to what used to be Club Med. I got it with my hawaiin sling. I now have a speargun and have been getting bass and lake trout. So i have some practice. I will be there 10th thru 15th of Aug.  Please let me know if you have any contacts or if you are welcoming new-comers into your group. Thanks :D

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You will probably find the Pargo and alot of the other good eating reef fish, down deep in the cooler water this time of year.

If you have access to a boat, diving at the Island, San Pedro, can be good, but again, fish may be deep.

Mainly what I do this time of year, is jump flotsum out in blue water.

Flotsum can be anything that's been floating a while. Generally looking for Dorado swimming around it.

 

For a boat to charter, your best bet is probably Vince at Sonora Sports Center.

Think his contact info is linked on this site.

 

 

Good luck! 

 

 

 

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We used to make our own flotsam with PVC pipe and a cheap plastic tarp. We would set it up and then kick back. In time there would be a selection of  fish enjoying the sombre.

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I am going to be down there next week  10th thru the 15th of Aug.  It would sure be nice to go with some people with ocean spearfishing experience. Does Vince at Ocean Sports take groups out? I would like to sign up. Im sure I could charter a boat, but the key for me is to go with others who are already experienced.

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Vince ownes Sonora Sports Center.

The e-mail I have for him is: vradice@gmail.com

I'm guessing he's on a sail boat chater right now, as he normally monitors this forum and would have chimed in by now.

He's probably your best bet, with this short notice.

In addition, the charter boat, El Duque, runs several free diving spearfishing trips each year.

Can find them at: divecortez.com

But nothing going till Dec.

Steve Calbert, of Catch 22, which is linked from the fishing forum, will no doubt charter you a boat and have a guy take you out to go fishing and allow you to jump in on flotsum.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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Wow... thanks for the info!  I was also thinking of taking a day to spearfish from the shore. I have been looking on Googel Earth and seems like there are a lot of accesible areas that you can drive to.  Or, at least get to on a jet ski (we have two).  Are there any places that any of you could recomend?  And, what kind of fish could I expect to see, and what are good eating? Thanks for all replys.

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There's some beach access close to San Antonio point, water round there can drop off pretty quick and can produce fish.

Would look for Cabrilla, Pargo and Yellowtail are common there, but again, prefer the cooler waters of the Oct - May.

But certainly worth a try and who knows, you may get lucky.

 

Take a float, so you don't get run down and have fun.

The other beach access areas I'm aware of, I think are too shallow for this time of year.

You want to work the depths of your comfort zone on the outside edge of the reef, with hopes that something comes up from the cooler deeper waters, to check you out.

 

 

 

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PS - You may want to rent a kayak, to give you better range from what beach you enter at and rest up on should you get tired.

If it's not too windy, you can attach your float line directly to it and use that as your marker.

If you're from Phoenix area, El Mar Diving center offer spearfishing courses. Their next free diving one is Sept 6 th.

 

 

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ACWAMAN, thanks for the good info. I looked up the place you told me. Seems like its right by the "MIRADOR" San Carlos. I will definitely try it out.  You know its always something that most divers never see but its always in the back of my mind but I was just wondering what kind of sharks are most likely to show up if any?  Or what do most people see in San Carlos as far as Sharks? 

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If I told you they didn't exist, I'd be lying.

That being said, the sharks in the Sea of Cortez, have almost been fished to the brink of extinction and I rarely see any.

It is a shame.

I've never seen anything around SC to be too concerned with, the occasional Dusky out in blue water or reef shark close in. Do hear of the odd Mako being caught by the fishing boats and the occasional White shark getting tangled up in the shrimp nets, usually further north in the Gulf.

Would suggest you follow basic safety protocol when sharks might be around and not keep dead fish attached to your waist.

Problem is then, the Sea Lions will take the fish and those guys, I see a lot of! Mainly at the Island.

When diving the Island, I always throw the fish in the boat or risk losing them to the dogs.

Along shore, I tow them behind or throw them in the kayak, assuming I have one.

 

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Hey Acwaman, you live in San Carlos?  I would love to hook up some time so you could show me the ropes.  What kind of guns do you have and use? Its a shame about the sharks. I love sharks. Especially GW's but I do NOT want to see one!!! HA HA.  I saw a pretty big lemon shark in Vallarta while scuba diving about 5 yrs ago. But thats it.  I have never seen one since. When are you going to be spearfishing again? Who in San Carlos spearfishes that I could go with? So far no one has emailed me back. The only one that has emailed me is Dakota Dave. He sounds good, but in order to go with him I need to get some more people, so it wont be so expensive. Sounds like a nice guy though.

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Forgot about Dekota Dave, he is a great guy and has a shark story of his own, but will let him tell that one!

Has a nice boat also, but tough to cover the cost if alone.

Afraid I do not line in SC and will not be down there until some time in September.

You are more than welcome to contact me directly at:

acwaman@aol.com

Save us boring the hell out of the people reading the threads, that are not into spearfishing.

 

 

 

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one hopes that anyone who opens a thread entitled "spearfishing" in the diving forum wouldn't find the subject of spearfishing boring :cool:

appreciate the info everyone has posted!

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Great reading everyone's comments! I'm considering a move to Mexico... or, long term visit. I spent 14 years on N. Shore of Oahu (now landlocked on the mainland) and am really missing the ocean. Would love to have input on freediving & spearo in Mexico... websites, great locations, stories, etc. Looking at San Carlos as one possibility. I've got three young kids and wife to "negotiate" with as far as location. Appreciate any and all thoughts! Mark

Ps. Have been spearfishing many years in Hawaii and some in New Zealand.

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If you're able, go down for a few weeks and experience it.

As with anywhere, has it's pros and cons, but feel the pros far out weigh the latter.

I'd live there an a heart beat, but couldn't afford the divorce.

I feel the proximity to the US has it's definate advantages, as in being able to get personal belonging down easily and driving back to the US for the various things that the US can offer that can be compromised in Mexico.

If you think about an extended visit or move, happy to answer any questions you have, to the best of my ability.

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Regards

 

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Well I had lots of fun last year. I am planning to go this month again. I am very excited. Is there anyone that spearfishes there that I could go with?  Even if I have to pay, I wouldnt mind. I would just love to meet some of you who Freedive/spearfish and go out with you.  Its funner when you have buddies to do it with. Well if any of you know of anyone then PLEASE let me know. Thanks ya'll.

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Contact Vince Radice, Sonora Sports Center, you can find the contact info on the home page.

Good luck!

 

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Seamus I shot some big yellow tail at the north point of the island last weekend, they were pretty nice and for sure would have placed in the tournament!!!!

Polarosoman, just drop me a line when you guys are in town and If I can I will take you out. We are putting our documentary on mexican national t.v. around the end of the month so will be on a promotional tour to raise awareness of the problem but If I am around would love to go out.

We are gonna do quite of bit of blue water hunting this summer as well so Seamus when you come back let me know and we will go out to the blue water for some sperm whale footage and a dorado or two, or three!!

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Great to hear they're still running shallow enough to spear, what's the water temp at the Island?

Love to hook up for some BW action, shoot me an e-mail directly when it comes time.

PS - I dropped off a catalog at the store last week, trust you got it?

 

Regards

 

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It was still nippy, the first 10 feet was low viz and warm, after that clear & cold, but things should be warming up soon!!

got the catalog, drop me a line when your coming back down

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