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Upper Gulfcoast This is the area for spearfishermen in Panama City, Destin/Ft. Walton, Pensacola, Alabama, Miss., and Louisiana.

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Old 06-25-2018, 03:28 AM   #1
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Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Hello, new spearfisherman here just logging in and trying to learn the ropes of spearfishing. Pretty much a total noob with only 2 trips to the gulf with a speargun. I have to say I am absolutely HOOKED. Since my dive buddy and I got into spearing fish we managed to get 2 trips out of it and ive already bought a condo ( so the wife doesn't complain about being left in Tuscaloosa all the time lol) and my dive partner snagged us a 26ft Sea Fox so were well on our way into the spearfishing world. any how just wanted to say hello to the fellow Gulf of Mexico (and Alabama .....Roll Tide) Spearos... if you happen to drop into this thread and read through this rambling please don't be a stranger and say Hello ill have plenty of questions for the forum in good time im sure and cant wait to make some connections here.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:04 PM   #2
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Welcome. Freedive or Scuba?
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

We are doing the scuba route for now... I'm not opposed to learning to free dive as well in the future. I'm a go with the flow kinda dude lol.
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Old 06-26-2018, 07:52 AM   #4
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Hey man! Welcome! I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa. Live in GA now and have condos in Destin. Closet full of scuba gear but have been bitten hard by the freediving/spearfishing bug. Where along the upper Gulf coast are you?
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:59 PM   #5
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Current home is tuscaloosa but condo is in gulf shores... usually drop in one of the public access on perdido bay and take the pass out to the gulf.....
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:05 PM   #6
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Current home is tuscaloosa but condo is in gulf shores... usually drop in one of the public access on perdido bay and take the pass out to the gulf.....
Iím going to be near GS July 4-8 or so. M-I-L just moved to a little town called Silverhill. Would be interested in doing some shallow stuff inshore!
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:05 PM   #7
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Oh, wait...you’re going out on open water stuff, aren’t you?
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:07 PM   #8
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

I can do the scuba stuff deep right now but am still working on the freediving past 40-ish or so.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:12 PM   #9
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Never tried the freediving myself. My uncle got me into it and hes a scuba guy so that's the way I am learning. Unfortuanately with my job 4th of July shut down is a very busy time and I'll be nowhere near the coast. I'll def send you a PM in the future when trying to get out again.
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:19 PM   #10
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Sounds good! I'm in for whatever share of expenses and beer!
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Never tried the freediving myself. My uncle got me into it and hes a scuba guy so that's the way I am learning. Unfortuanately with my job 4th of July shut down is a very busy time and I'll be nowhere near the coast. I'll def send you a PM in the future when trying to get out again.
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:52 PM   #11
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

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I can do the scuba stuff deep right now but am still working on the freediving past 40-ish or so.
Best thing you could do (for freediving) is take the level 1 class.
Benthic in Destin is an FII facility. The instructor is world class. The class is a great place to meet future dive/spearfishing buddies. Easy drive over and an excellent shop to get geared up in.

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Old 06-26-2018, 04:59 PM   #12
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

The free dive stuff seems awesome as well. I'm pretty well invested in the scuba but there's always more to learn.
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:16 PM   #13
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

Here's a big Grouper my Uncle Snagged at about 180ft
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:20 PM   #14
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Re: Hello to all fellow Gulf Spearos..... New Spearfisherman here

My first ever trip to the bottom in the gulf... 90ft on I-10 Bridge Rubble.... I was able to get 2 trigger stuck and on the stringer before I sucked an 80cuft tank low and a bull shark showed up looking interested so I headed up.

This is when I learned why they told me to go through the gills and mouth of a trigger and NOT THE EYES.... the first one I shot managed to latch on the the back of my thigh like a rabies ridden pit bull while I was pulling the other guy to me lol... triggers are no joke and when they bite... they dont let go.. next time gills and mouth
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