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Technical Spearfishing Technical Scuba diving is generally defined as going deeper than 130 feet. You must have the proper training for this extreme aspect of spearfishing.

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Old 03-29-2006, 05:39 AM   #1
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Cobia Adventure

Technical spearfishing is a brand new section of Spearboard. The idea came to me after a great cobia spearing experience I wanted to share with you.

This past weekend, I went spearing beneath the waterline on the shipwreck Ande which lies in 200 feet of water just outside the Palm Beach Inlet in Florida.

I sometimes wonder why certain people like me want to go deeper than the recreational diving limit of 130 feet. After all, this activity is indeed dangerous! Maybe it is the bigger fish to be speared sometimes. Maybe it is the isolated wrecks to be explored. Maybe it is the nitrogen narcosis that feels like six beers. Or maybe, it is that famous mountain-climbing explanation: "because it is there."

The profiles and statistics of the dives from my Cochran dive computer for the Saturday and Sunday technical dives are as follows:
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:45 AM   #2
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Re: Cobia Adventure

I have created a video called “Cobia Adventure” for you at the following link:

PLAY VIDEO HERE:

http://www.spearfishingmagazine.com/v1.html

A few frames from the video follow below.

Also, check out the Technical instruction thread I started at:

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=27438
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:57 AM   #3
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Awesome, Tony!

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Old 03-29-2006, 06:06 AM   #4
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Awesome, Tony!
Thanks John, I knew you would like it.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:12 AM   #5
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Re: Cobia Adventure

Very Very cool.!
Great stuff.!
I always go past that wreck to get to some of the other ones out that way looks like I need to stop and dive that one.!


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Old 03-29-2006, 06:15 AM   #6
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Congratulations Tony. I think it is great the way you are getting your photo's. I am also surprised at the vis.
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Nice video. AJ's are soo stoopid :P (Edit: the ones swimming around a speared fish always crack me up)

Get an IcePick tip, many fewer bent shafts and no broken tips...

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Old 03-29-2006, 06:45 AM   #8
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Great video Tony!
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:00 AM   #9
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Excellent video Tony, and now I can see why you like that wreck so much... it's loaded with big fish!

With all that structure it certainly makes fish retrieval pretty challenging. A second shaft would have been so sweet to bring a quick end to the struggle. One more piece of gear can't be too bad, right?

I'm looking forward to diving the Ande with you.
Good job!

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Great video, Cobia are hard to stone aren't they.
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Great video, Cobia are hard to stone aren't they.

Yes Griswold! Cobia must have a brain the size of a pea. In the rod and reel fishing world, they are known for being "green" and coming back to life on deck and smashing everything. In spearing, I have found them to be extremely strong. Just when you think they are subdued they come back thrashing as hard as the initial reaction to being shafted. They are not that hard to spear, but they are a challenging fight!
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wow, what a tearjerker!! sniff, sniff

Gotta be hard spiking a cobe when your the cam shooter. nice vid, ,thanks!!
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:33 AM   #13
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Very cool video Tony! How much line do you have on your gun......looks to be around 15 or so feet.
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Very cool video Tony! How much line do you have on your gun......looks to be around 15 or so feet.
I have three wraps of the 400 pound monofilament which is 6 gun lengths and approximately 150 feet of kite line on the reel. Cobias are definitely not fish you want to freeshaft! (unless you are Chad Carney LOL)
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