I couldn't watch it all yet, but I really liked a lot what I could watch so far. A great job.
Until a few years ago, I used to get a bit annoyed when somebody, watching a spearfishing video showing a good catch of a nice fish shot at short range, or a large school of fish, commented :"In such an Aquarium there's nothing difficult about catching some fish. If where I fish were like that, my string would be always full.....". Forgetting to ask where was that scene taken, and maybe failing to discover that it was exactly one of his spots. It's now a long time I overcome this phase, and now, when I am in such a situation, I pity the poor commenter, who is not, and most likely will never be, a spearfisherman.
He will never become one, because instead of following the only path that leads to some success, the path of commitment, of determination, of a strong will for an improvement, he chose to walk the cutoff to failure, the one of excuses. A skilled spearfisherman can, and usually does, catch nice fish where other do not even see one. And not because of a miracle or sheer good luck. Or because he's six legged or four lunged. Admitting this means that one can improve if he wants to. Ascribing other spear's catches to good luck or heavenly spots unknown to other, means giving up any improvement.
If you want to become a good spearfisherman, be curious! Watch carefully everything that's happening around you. When you clean out a fish after a catch, check what it ate. Take mental notice of all the details of the catch that can be meaningful, the water temperature, the time of the year, the time of the day, the current, the tide. When at the port, look at what professional fishermen have caught inside their gill nets, check if bait fix is swimming everywhere or if it's not present at all.. Try to build relations between the things you observed, like the movement of bait fish when the predatore was approaching, the kind of rock that fish eventually slipped below after discarding a dozen of similar ones.... When the time is right, some of the odds will narrow, and everything will look clearer, even if only for a while, due to the ever changing nature of a world made of living creatures, due to the law of constant change.
A spearfisherman who's not curious is bound to be left behind, or to never become a real spearfisherman at all.
I just came back home from my wonderful fishing trip to the Isla do Sal, Cabo Verde. I had an opportunity to follow with my camcorder Riccardo Andreoli, great giant fish chaser and BWH expert, besides being a very nice person. Even if the conditions were quite difficult, with strong wind, murky water, scarce fish presence for the place, and very high chlorophyll levels, Riccardo landed a few Wahoos, beautiful fish, deadly predators with scissors-like jaws and razor-like teeth. On the occasion, I was lucky enough to meet more great people like his wife Federica, Fabrizio and Romina from Cabo Verde Diving , and Tommaso, who saved one shallow water fishing day with a great African Pompano in a nightmarish fishing day for me. Two episodes of the "The spearfishing wanderers" series should have come out from the trip. I hope I can go back there next year, possibly with better viz and water temperature conditions, and one of my own spearguns for those shallow water fishing days.... :-)
Today morning I tried some fishing close to the shoreline, in a rocky area called Cabo Leao, looking for a big fish. It was great, and my friend Tommaso and I met three Carangidaes of different species. They are very powerful and beautiful fish, and also good to eat.
My friend Riccardo Andreoli, great blu water hunter, got some more nice ones today. I am following him with my UW camcorder, trying to learn as much as I can about this spearfishing technique I know little about. What surprised me most is the sudden change of rhythm in this type of fishing. After long time laps with no fish, not even bait fish, in sightduring which I sometimes find myself yawning, mesmerized by the absence of visual reference points, all of a sudden everything changes when the large fish enter the scene. Only quick intense moments, charged with adrenaline, to place a shot on distant, fast moving fish. Then the fight.
Tomorrow we will hunt near the coast, in shallow water. Riccardo and I will swap speargun and camcorder. There should be no large fish there, only average Mediterranean Sea sized fish, maybe plenty of them, but tomorrow we'll see....
Today I saw my first Wahoos. Wonderful fish. A saw a school of three or four large ones, then this one, caught by a local spearfisher man. One of the most beautiful fish I have ever seen. In the next days I'll momentarily trade my camcorder for a speargun and try to catch one....
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Many passionate spearfishermen use a GoPro to film their catches, fitting the small action camera on their spearguns. One of the weak points of the cam is that the lens has been designed for shooting other extreme sports, and has a very wide field of view, that makes fish look very far and small in the frame. The camera setting that narrows the FOV does not work on the optics, so the same effect could maybe be achieved zooming the clip in in any editing software. New lenses with different focal lengths that should allow for a narrow FOV without loosing definition are now available. It sounds interesting. You can check it here.
Not a big fish, but a nice catch for a very complicated day. Very cold water below three or four meters of depth only, a dull spot I would have skipped calling up my boat man to pick me up and get away. Instead, persisting and being confident in a catch, I could land the fish. I was a bit lucky, but it's important to stay into the water as long as possible and search all over, concentrated and determined. Sometimes the nicest spots are not the right ones.
July 6th 2014