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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, 03:14 PM   #31
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Re: Cobia Adventure

Nice video lesson there Tony. I'd have to second Chad's advice on the spare shaft, or at the very least, a Ray Odor kill spike. I like the kill spike on a strong, struggling fish, because you can stab it from a distance, avoiding the mask/reg knock off!
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:24 PM   #32
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Nice video lesson there Tony. I'd have to second Chad's advice on the spare shaft, or at the very least, a Ray Odor kill spike. I like the kill spike on a strong, struggling fish, because you can stab it from a distance, avoiding the mask/reg knock off!
Rick, I think you are right. You can see from the video I already use Chad Carney's great "Quiver" flashlight holder. I am going to call my good friend Ray Odor and order a kill spike! Thanks, Tony
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Old 03-29-2006, 07:49 PM   #33
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Tony: On that first cob, does the video show you tying off your gun to the wreck so that you could approach the struggling fish with less danger of entanglement with that long shooting line? I do that on the rigs and it also saves me air not having to physically struggle with a large fish at depth. I can let the fish fight itself out against the structure and then approach and kill the tired fish from the far side.
John, I did not tie off my gun. I usually do that deep dive without a float ball and reel because the current is usually ragibg out there. I spend 20 minutes down there and blow a maker buoy on a reel when I start to come up and leave the wreck. The boat knows exactly where to wait. I was solo on that dive on Saturday. Danny came with me on Sunday. When solo, I am super careful to avoid entanglement with all those cables, wires fishing lines, etc. all over that wreck.
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Old 03-29-2006, 08:35 PM   #34
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. The boat knows exactly where to wait.
Yeh but sometimes the crew doesn't.
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Old 03-29-2006, 09:49 PM   #35
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Tony, that's incredible video, and I like the new section you added. I've been wanting to learn more about this stuff since Dan shot that big grouper at 400 ft last year.
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Tony, that's incredible video, and I like the new section you added. I've been wanting to learn more about this stuff since Dan shot that big grouper at 400 ft last year.

Yes, Dan's deep work is inspiring. The reception to this new section has been exceptionally positive. The more we all learn about every aspect of diving from freediving to technical diving, the better. Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:55 PM   #37
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Remarkable video!

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You did it! And thanks for sharing it.
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AMAZING!!! What a astonishing video. Tony, you da man!
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:43 PM   #40
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Great idea for the new section. I love it. Thedecostop is a good forum for tech diving but does not include much about spearfishing. It will be nice to see threads combining the two subjects.
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Old 03-30-2006, 03:57 PM   #41
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Awesome video.... I got busted at work hypnotized by the struggling fish what can I say I am an addict
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:06 PM   #42
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that was awesome........I'll take a bent shaft for a cobia like that anyday. Keep those videos coming.
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Old 03-31-2006, 08:31 AM   #43
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Damm those cable tips. That same thing happens to me every time I convince myself to use that type of hardware and get a really good fish.
Kind of surprised you lost that cobe so late in the fight. He looked like he lost about a 2 gallons of green fish juice.
GREAT video , graphics and story!
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Damm those cable tips. That same thing happens to me every time I convince myself to use that type of hardware and get a really good fish. Kind of surprised you lost that cobe so late in the fight. He looked like he lost about a 2 gallons of green fish juice.
GREAT video , graphics and story!

The real story is that I have had amazing success with the JBL Rock-tip Break away tip. Never had that kind of problem. I love that tip for long shots, shhoting rocky holes and angles where you just can't get a stone shot. That morning of the Cobia Adventure I went to my local dive shop to get a new shaft to replace that bent one. I also bought a no-name brand break-away tip because they were out of my favorite JBL. At the time, I noticed that the steel cable was thinner than the JBL and should have realized it was inferior. So this was a true example of spearfshing equipment failure causing the loss of a fish that I am sure helped the food chain and made a bull shark happy!
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Old 03-31-2006, 12:50 PM   #45
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The normal cause of cable tip failure is lack of maintennce. Changing the cable regularly and a thorough fresh water soak after the dive makes them very unlikely too fail. Of course I replace mine with cable from kinked shooting lines off my riding rig, so the cable is about 30% heavier than even what comes on the JBL rock tip. Deburring the tip cable socket a bit helps too.

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