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My lament

the Big Mao

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Where I live, in North central Washington (U.S.), we do have a "local dive shop", but the nearest salt water's over 120 miles away, so the place is devoted to diving in the local-and exceptionally boring-lakes with scuba gear. They don't carry anything related to freediving or spearfishing, since that's not legal for freshwater fish here. So, there's no place for us to "hang out" and inhale the scent of neoprene; no place to swap lies about the one we missed, and nothing we could even purchase. In the land of 7 millimeter suits, shops that cater to freedivers and spearos are few and far between! However, I'll sing the praises of Blue Tuna Spearfishing, in Ventura, CA! That's my "LDS" and Matt and Lizzy are great people, with great equipment. Too bad they're over a thousand miles away!!
 

7BDiver

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People in the northwest just don't know what they are missing, I am quite fond of the less than polluted and refreshing northwest lakes. Most of the year the water is cold and my brother and and I can enjoy a very calm quiet clean lakes in the winter months without boats roaring up and down the shore over our buoy. Sure, non game fishes are limited but at least there is great hunting in the mountains to make up for it. If more people were getting into the sport it would really take off, diving Lake Crescent this summer drew a small crowd at the Devils Punch Bowl and people wanted to know where to rent suits. The interest is out there, people just don't know what they are missing. I don't think even many divers know one can be as happy as a seal out in the icy waters if the right gear is used.
 
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