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Originally posted by defofthecrown
To this point I have avoided the debates on freediving v. scuba. But come on... Just look at the smiling faces in that picture. An accomplishment, like anything else is relative. I'm sure that Rene Rojas and Jack Prodonavich would scoff at the 8lb tautog I bring up from 25' while freediving if they didn't start somewhere to.
It's not just about starting... it's taking things as far or short as you feel like. Being in the water and seeing huge skates and hearing shrimp popping on a reef are just as gratifying as bringing home fish. I know my first striped bass caught on spear was a great experience. I remember every detail, like reliveing high school sports triumphs, as if it were yesterday. It doesn't matter that it was the smallest one I've ever caught, but that 8lb fish means more to me that the 30lbs we catch 'at will' after years of practice and experimenation. The first time is when something unknown and uncalculated comes to fruition. That anticpation is what you can never get back after you've succeded too many times.
Don't chastise someone for fishing w/ live bait instead of a $12 Japanese lure, or using 30lb test when 8lbs will do. Don't condem the kid for trount fishing w/ worms on spinning tackle instead of using a 4 weight sage fly rod.
You know, the thing that makes spearfishing special is that it's a small group of people that do it. You hear the same names and see the same pictures of the same people. You know the hand full of guys who practice spearfishig in your area and you get to know them. It's old fashioned. Now I'm 25 but when I say old fashioned I mean in a community sense. People know you and you have a reputation and accountability. Beyond that you have a special bond with the sea and you cherish the oppurtunity to share that w/ others who 'know-first hand' what you talking about.
God forbid I'm in a bar and I meet somene else who spearfishes. Were going to close the place down talking about secert spots and stalking techinques and gear. Spearfishing is an integrating factor in a world of wal-marts and mcdonalds.
I mean were on a worldwide forum so we can divide into smaller groups of scuba v. free, american v. euro, euro. v. rail, but... if you met each other in the grocery store you'd have a special bond. I've met people from New Jersey to NorCal to Puerto Rico through spearfishing and I enjoy the time I spend w/ all of them regardless of wether there shooting carp or hunting tuna.