Friday, July 18, 2008

Success in Spearfishing Part 3 of 9

Last post on Success in Spearfishing I added bottom time (B) to availability of fish(A). Piet van Rooyens legendary equation describing spearfishing now requires that we multiply bottom time by times down (C).

S = A + B x C + D + E + F + G

According to Piet C is times down which depends on:
1. water temperature, and
2. fitness

Water temperature is in my opinion one of the single greatest determining factors of a spearo’s success. There are many factors that influence water temperature and if you are not aware of these then you are undoubtedly disadvantaged.
The factors include wind strength and direction, current strength, topography and direction, season, air temperature, and in shallow areas swell size(mixing thermocline and upper layers) and tide.
Cold water slows up your work rate and even your mental processes if you loose heat.
Fitness obviously affects your dive rate.
From my experience there are numerous other factors that heavily influence times down include – current, depth and swell and species of fish being hunted. For some species one dives to the bottom and must wait for 40 seconds while with others one may shoot while still descending.
We can add to that the use of devices and techniques to attract fish:
chumming(burley), sound, body language,flashers, vibrators (Rodger Rabbit finds use in spearfishing!)

So am tempted to expand the equation to include factors that worked for me - more on that to come Success in Spearfishing post 9 of 9

I will end this post with an quote of what I consider to be of supreme importance to field of endeavour such as fishing or spearfishing where many factors all interact and play together to give a final result that depends heavily on them:

Enjoy the little things for one day you may look back and realize they were in fact the big things.
Robert Brault


Think of something you really like doing - something that lights your flame. What teeny little seemingly insignificant actions can have a great impact?

Here is an experiment I am trying:
Every night I tell my 4.5 year old son Zephyr some stories - the little sh1t drags about 3 or 4 more out of me after I have told the last one. One of my hobbies is property investment and I want my son to own a few units before he leaves school - something I did not have. So I tell him property stories, or related investment type stories at least three times a week. The other day he walked with me across the road to our latest investment property that we "own"(banks for now we just control). He points to the one next to it that was on the market for 2 million and says to his cousin - "Hey Kieran, that's going to be my property!"
Perhaps he will have more options that I had at the age of say 20 years.

Try this with your young kid - when they hurt themselves by say falling and bumping their head on the floor - say firmly:
"Hey Zephyr(use your kids name); If you break that floor with your head I am going to be cross!
Shame! Poor Poor Floor!"
This tends to reduce or eliminate crying altogether - it's a little thing that makes a big difference....

Now can you make a fish approaching you feel like it is the one that will scare you?

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