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Old 01-07-2018, 10:42 AM   #1
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2018 Lessons Learned Dive Safe

This is why I prefer #FREEDIVING over #Scuda while #Spearfishing we had to tank up the Amberjack were 100-130í and deeper!. So sometimes you have to do both! And classic me I was using a reel on my speargun (still in freedive mode) (should have used a riding rig) I was Diving with a Buddy! While taking my shot as soon as I hit him the fish took off! I head shot him and he was like a tornado swimming circles around me! I spun with him trying to keep control, then line snagged my tank behind me and damn fish took me down to 170í ripped my regulator out my mouth twice. Was able to use backup regulator. Finally was able to inflate BC get regulator in my mouth and do a slow ascent to the surface. 12mins insanity

I am posting this so you learn even with proper gear things can turn for the worse quick! How did I manage through this? Well simple! I stayed calm! Step # 1! I immediately reached for backup air! Then I immediately grabbed and started to slowly inflate BC!!!! Slowly! Didnít want to rocket to the surface and have lungs in my lap! While continuing to try to Manage the fish! Why could I not cut him free? My upper body was tied up! When my dive buddy got involved he got a little tied up as well. We both had fish to deal with. This is reality no matter how much gear you have, backup systems, dive buddy! Everything can change in life within seconds!

Even #freediving I have had floatline and reelline snag my ankle, my dive knife on calf, Snorkel and mask! It happens!

Just stay calm!!! Work your way through by the steps!! Always dive with a buddy!!!

At the end of the day it was a fish I have shot probably 100 or more of! And just must understand every fish I shoot is a new adventure! So Spearfishing is nothing like any other hunt you will do in your life!!!!

As 2018 continues I pray for all #watermen all #freedivers and #scubadivers ! All #Spearfishing men, women, and children! Stay safe DONT DIVE ALONE! Stay calm when things get crazy!!!

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Old 01-07-2018, 11:36 AM   #2
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Re: 2018 Lessons Learned Dive Safe

Anyone else have any 2018 Lessons
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Old 04-06-2018, 10:48 PM   #3
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I have to get in better shape #1 so I can fit in my suit if needed. #2 build up my lungs again. #3 get in the water .
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Old 04-09-2018, 07:56 AM   #4
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Re: 2018 Lessons Learned Dive Safe

This is an old one but a great reminder for any new divers.

NEVER DIVE WITHOUT A SHARP DIVE KNIFE

I dive as much as possible when clear at the jetties and I can list about 5 times I could’ve been in serious trouble if it wasn’t for my knife. Just last month I took a small dive shot a good sheepshead. The sheepshead came up with about 30 ft of 40lbish braid....turned south really quick as swell and fish combined wrapped the whole mess around both legs and torso tight. Took a couple of good hits on the rocks as I was pushed into them. I was able to grab my knife and start cutting for more freedom of movement and gain control of the situation.

Even simple jetty dives can turn dangerous in a heartbeat. Be geared up properly. Dive with a buddy. The prerequisite for any diving should also be a solid comfort level. Never panic...always rely on your training and tools.

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Old 04-16-2018, 04:50 AM   #5
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Re: 2018 Lessons Learned Dive Safe

Amen, if I didn’t stay calm I would have been done for! Unfortunately I was so gift wrapped by my fish I couldn’t grab my knife. Nothing worse then getting snagged up at the jetty’s! Sad seeing all the Dead Sea turtles in old line....
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Old 04-19-2018, 10:14 PM   #6
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Thanks HOLDFAST, that is one scary story. What kind of fish was it lol?
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:27 AM   #8
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tips for 2018 - Use a riding rig for big fish while on scuba at the rigs and don't try to subdue a green AJ. Tie them off on a rig leg or cross member, leave them there while you go up to 20 feet to conserve air, or back to the boat to get a fresh tank. Let the AJ wear itself pulling against the rig for 15-20 minutes then go get him. Shank in the brain while he is still tied to the rig.
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:34 PM   #9
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I just won't shoot an amberjack lol
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Finally was able to inflate BC get regulator in my mouth and do a slow ascent to the surface.
What is a BC?
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What is a BC?
Bouyency compensator ...its vest you can inflate to compensate for bouyancy when scuba diving
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