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Old 01-03-2017, 03:06 PM   #1
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Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

So I have an opportunity that i'd like to share with some like minded spear fishermen. I live aboard a 40 foot sailboat and regularly cruise the beautiful waters of the Bahamas. At the moment the boat is moored in Abaco Bahamas. I would like to offer up some space aboard the boat. A cost share type experience. As some of you know owning a boat is somewhat expensive so i'm not trying to make a profit off of this just want to share some time spearfishing and diving with some like minded divers. A cost share is a really great opportunity for anyone wanting to dive some sick waters. 100.00 per night per person and you pay any fuel we burn in the 17 foot center console with a 115 2 stoke Yamaha. I can run the boat to the Hopetown reef and back for 15 dollars. Take a look at these photos. I know the waters and have been diving here for years. If anyone is interested don't hesitate to contact me via PM or U.S. phone of 850-612-7025 and i will answer any qustions you may have. Flight from Ft Lauderdal, Atlanta, Miami, and West Palm Bch. Cheers Matty The international airport is MHH


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Old 01-03-2017, 03:18 PM   #2
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Re: Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

This is a GREAT way for guys without access to large center console boat to dive some of the best water the bahamas has to offer. I have been diving with Capt Matt before and he knows how to run a boat and knows how to locate the best sections of the reef.*
If you want to do the bahamas but haven't had a plan figured out due to the logistics issues found when traveling to remote area to dive then I suggest you find a friend or 2 and make this happen.*

I joined on a few similar trips before I had built up a network of guys with boats and I can attest that these cost sharing trips not only grant you access to virgin waters you also make friends with locals that will welcome you back time and again.*

I do about 7-10 bahamas trips a year for the last several years and can help with gear tips and planning needs if anyone want a to PM while looking to set up a trip. CAPT MATT is a wealth of bahamas knowledge that I rely on too so shoot him a message and plan that 2017 trip.
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Old 01-04-2017, 11:03 AM   #3
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Re: Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

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Old 01-04-2017, 12:27 PM   #4
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Re: Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

You have any dates or times in mind?
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:14 PM   #5
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You have any dates or times in mind?
It's all open right now. The boat is sitting in a marina in Marsh Habour. The skiff tied alongside. I will be back aboard the first week of February. Give me a ring if you'd like to talk. And thanks fort he response.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:10 AM   #6
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Re: Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

here is a short vid of a nice hog i shot a few weeks ago. This is about 40 feet of water. These places are just amazing. The structures are out of this world. Its like a dream land down there.


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Old 01-11-2017, 09:34 PM   #7
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Re: Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

MATT, the other thread was Deleted? Should have an admin MERGE the two... Here is the reply I was making to the pelagic guy.

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That must have been awesome. I'm heading to Bermuda in June and like Bahamas, yes, no guns. The unfortunate part about my Bermuda trip (and correct me if I'm wrong) is that spearfishing is restricted to residents only so it looks like I'll be snorkeling the whole time.
Correcting you. https://www.bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_000309.htm

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However there are several restrictions of Spearfishing in Bermuda.

1) One needs a license from Bermuda's Department of Environment Protection

2) One can not use scuba diving gears or any other breathing apparatus while diving for spearfishing in Bermuda waters. So it is important that the divers have ability to free-dive without any gears and hold the breath for several minutes under the water. Many local divers of Bermuda have undergone diving skills training from representatives of Freediving International. Several of them are able to now dive to a depth of 100 feet in one breath.

However there are also major risks associated with free diving. One can collapse if one is trying to hold the breath for too long. Copik, the record holder of Spearfishing from Bermuda has been able to dive up to 116 feet and hold his breath for about 5 minutes.

3) It is illegal to spearfish within one mile of Bermuda's shoreline or a protected water area such as the North Rock Reefs.

4) Spear guns are not allowed in Bermuda. Poles are allowed but with certain restrictions. For example, one can catch only one rock fish per boat per day.
No, you CAN spearfish./ just no guns.

I seriously think that there should be some legislature or process that we as a community of responsible spear fishermen should be able to get such laws repealed or have special licensing for it. I'm proficient with a pole spear and Hawaiian sling. But building our guns and using them is our passion.

SO in other words, make arrangements a find a place to buy your pole spear or sling/ I use one of the JBL CF 6' pole spears right now and have the 7' attachment on standby. Bermudians are friendly enough, you might not need to buy anything but gas! Lots are willing to loan out gear. I would still get intel on the local spots to buy spear fishing gear. Imagine, a whole island where NO SCUBA when taking fish
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Old 01-12-2017, 01:56 PM   #8
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Re: Cheap Bahamas Spearfishing Opportunity

I thought that too, until I tried to go see how to get a license and found this sentence on the site below:
"Spearfishing licenses will be issued only to Bermuda residents"

Check it out:

https://www.gov.bm/online-services/a...ishing-licence


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Old 01-13-2017, 03:42 AM   #9
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Mark Laboccetta from http://www.Maverick-America.com and I had a conversation a year or so ago when he got back from Bermuda. He was definitely spearfishing and the conversation touched on the no guns policy eluding to the use of pole spears and Hawaiian slings.

I'll inquire again as to the real process in the morning

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I'm really interested in this. Decided to ditch this stupid car hobby and start traveling to dive different parts of the world. I'll have to keep this in mind.

When are the popular diving months?
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I'm really interested in this. Decided to ditch this stupid car hobby and start traveling to dive different parts of the world. I'll have to keep this in mind.

When are the popular diving months?
sent you a PM. feel free to call that cell number you will get me.
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