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So . . . how deep do I have to go to get the fish?

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WelfareXmas

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Hello. My name is Jason and I'm interested in learning more about spearfishing.

I have no experience whatsoever and so, would like to pose the
following question to the spearos:

How deep do I have to go to catch decent-sized fish?

I ask because the idea of going much past 50 or 60 feet gives me the willies. I believe that range would be well within my abilities and that attempting much more than that would be assuming a level of risk that I can't justify. So . . can I find decent fish above 50 or 60 feet?

While I'm on the topic, what kind of depth would I need to engage in the classic blue-water hunting i.e. going after tuna and wahoo off the California coast? I understand that's a more advanced form of the game.

Thanks for your time.

--Jason
 

ivan

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Jan 26, 2002
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hi

Welcome to Db

Who says that you have to dive deep to get good fish. Wahoo are often speared only 10ft below the surface, my biggest fish was 73lbs Wrasse taken in 8ft of water. Im not familar with your waters but here if you have the 100ft plus freedive ability you will get the biggest fish.

Its not necessary to dive deep to get good fish, but to me there is no more rewarding experience then to shoot a fish at the deep depth for your own abilities.

In the med some spearos are fishing beyond 150ft

cheers
 

Shadowkiller

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90% of fish are shot in the top 15m of water.. so 50ft puts you right in the zone.

The european spearos have to dive that deep because most fish life has been wiped out.:(

Here in Australia we rarely have to dive deeper than 10m to get quality fish.
 

ivan

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hi

Yep shadow too true, most of my Mackerals have all been less than 10m.

The only fish in my waters that rarely come above 100ft are the Red emperor's, and Large and small mouth nannygai.

cheers

Ps oh yeah and those mongrel Doggies rarely appear above 100ft
 

nickolas

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Jul 24, 2003
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Hi

It's quite true that you don't need to dive that deep to get a descent fish.

Here in Greece, even for the best of fish, depths vary from zero to 60-70 feet most of the times.

...........diving deeper is for our own pleasure I think
 

ivan

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hi

Welcome to the forums nickolas, good to see some more med spearos here. Where in greece are you fishing.

cheers
 

nickolas

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Jul 24, 2003
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Hello Ivan

I live in Athens but whenever I can I leave for the weekends.

I'm fishing all over Greece.

Excuse my bad english pls
 

Murat

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Welcome nickolas,

Where do you hunt? Aegean sea? I heard that there are some very good sized groupers, even at 40-50 feet of water.
 
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nickolas

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Good morning

I hunt all over Greece (Ionian, Aegean e.t.c.). The number of groupers has fallen rapidly. But knowing the correct conditions and time you can still find some good ones.

My most recent good one was 10 days ago. 18 Kg grouper from 26m of depth (78 ft I think?).

But these are exceptions of the rule.

Where are you murat?
 

Murat

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Hi nickolas,

I live in Famagusta.

While surfing on the net i encounter with speargun brand Teak-Sea. The manufacturer is greek guy. http://www.teak-sea.com/index_an.html

They produced very big guns up to 196cm 6*16mm power bands 11mm shaft. I am wondering why is this for? Do you have any idea?
 

nickolas

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Jul 24, 2003
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Hello again

These guns are used for blue-water hunting (tunas e.t.c.)
In the rescent years more and more people are into this type of hunting.

But I'm sure that Cyprus has more fish than here. Reliable friends that have gone there tell me so.

I think you'd find very interesting places in Turkey opossite the greek islands of the aegean. Every time I travel I watch the coastline and I see very interesting places. A friend who dove there has very interesting stories.
 

ivan

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Originally posted by nickolas
Good morning

I hunt all over Greece (Ionian, Aegean e.t.c.). The number of groupers has fallen rapidly. But knowing the correct conditions and time you can still find some good ones.

My most recent good one was 10 days ago. 18 Kg grouper from 26m of depth (78 ft I think?).

But these are exceptions of the rule.

Where are you murat?

hi

26m depth impressive :cool:

cheers

ps I think thats more like 86-87ft
 

nickolas

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Jul 24, 2003
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Hi Ivan

Thank you very much.

I just saw you're in northern Australia...........I envy you my friend.

It's my dream to dive there. Especially in the Great barrier reef...dream of life
 

kenten

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i live opposite the greek islands khios and samos
yes there are really good places to dive here.
strangely we see more groupers at less depth recently . it seems recent strickt limitations and controls on fishing have some effects here

i think north of khios have good diving points
it seems so looking from this coast :)
 

nickolas

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Jul 24, 2003
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Never been there my friend

I lived in Lesvos for 5 years though.....going again next weekend for 17 days
 

defofthecrown

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depth...

Jason if your in the Northeastern US your not going to have to dive that deep at all. What you want to do is find some structure like a stone jetty or shipwreck. The fish will all congregate there. The main game fish here is the Striped bass.

What you want to do is drop down to the botttom (15' is plenty deep enough). Then keep your eyes up the stripers will be above you or at your level. They cruise over the rocks, they won't be in the cracks.

Where ever your spearing try to get to an exposed point on the jetty/breakwater/wreck etc. and drift with the current. This is where the big stripers normally hang out.

The only other thing is to be quite. Don't hit your fins on the rocks or splash them on the surface. Also when you see that 20 lb striper come out of the murk don't swing the gun on him too fast. Stay calm and take your time.

Best of luck, and again whatever depth your comfortable with will work find if you can find structure at that level.
 

ivan

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Originally posted by nickolas
Hi Ivan

Thank you very much.

I just saw you're in northern Australia...........I envy you my friend.

It's my dream to dive there. Especially in the Great barrier reef...dream of life

hi

So you want to be here and I want to be there, in the not so near future I may see you in the Med, Im super keen to dive it and it is the top of my list for places to dive.

cheers
 
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