Where to Go Spearfishing Right Now

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MICK-CURLEY_RLZ_HIGH-RES-0554300Spearfishing is a very ancient method of catching fish that has been used by humans for survival and sport. Modern spearfishing – done while free-diving, snorkeling, or scuba diving underwater – makes use of tools like elastic-powered spearguns and slings, or compressed gas pneumatic-powered spearguns – a far cry from ancient spears. Aficionados consider it to be the most honest and demanding type of sport hunting, with man and beast facing off in a very physically-demanding setting.

Thirteen-time spearfishing world record-holder Cameron Kirkconnell lists a few places you’d be smart to hunt this season:

New York-Rhode Island-Block Island

“As the water warms and the Striped Bass start to congregate, divers brave enough to venture into the fast-moving waters of the NE are rewarded with one of the best eating fish just a short ride from the Big Apple. It’s going to take a 50-pound Striper to turn heads here, as 40-pound ones are regularly taken by divers in the know each season.”

Florida Keys

“Grouper season begins May 1, which coincides with the Mahi Mahi run so you’ll get a lot of Black and Red Groupers that run offshore. Look for telltale signs such as frigate birds, Cuban Rafts (or other debris) and Sargasso weeds, all of which hold bait the Mahi are sure to be crashing. Landing a 50-pound Black Grouper or 50-pound Dolphin would make you the man, but any fish over 20 pounds is a trophy.”

North Carolina

“Ten-pound Lobster and twenty-pound Hogfish are a staple out here, but there’s a big chance to grab pelagic fish like Cobia, African Pompano, and Amberjacks. This is where I caught a record 21-pound Hogfish, but there’s a chance to spear 40-pound African, 100-pound Amberjack, and 50-pound Cobia all in the same day.”

California

“An unprecedented El Nino last year brought tropical game fish like Mahi Mahi, Bluefin Tuna, and even Wahoo as far north as the Waters off LA, adding to the already-spectacular diving for Yellowtail and WSB [white sea bass] found in the Kelp Forests.”

Palm Beach, Florida

“Florida offers a lot of spearing, but the biggest thrill is shooting the cobia that trail bull sharks. It’s one of the scariest endeavors in all the sport. One hundred-pound Cobia is the Holy Grail, but 70-pound specimens will also make you a man. That is, if the sharks don’t take them first.”

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