Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Spearfishing and Underwater Hunting Technique Part 2

A couple of posts ago I spoke of a follow-up post on underwater hunting technique. Often us spearos, being strong willed as we are, tend to relearn by trial and error what others teach or offered to us at some stage - I was one of those - often knew better but eventually saw the light. It is not always bad though we sometime contribute to overall knowledge of spearos by making new discoveries because we did not listen to others.
In ware we would have been buried long ago or perhaps have been the freak few soldier that accomplished "the impossible".

In the prior post I gave some of what I re-learned about spearfishing technique, here is more - another excerpt of Lesson 14 of my online spearfishing mentorship program.

There are two key approaches to getting close to the fish to take the shot and combinations of these are also used.

In this lesson we will investigate the chase where the predator pursues the game and gets close enough to contact it – we will make such contact with our spear – an unexpected trick that fish are not aware of. (OK, except some poenskop)

The Chase
Four potential scenarios precede “the chase”.
• A diver may be on the surface looking down and see a fish;
• He may be in mid-water looking around;
• He may be busy swimming to the bottom or returning to the surface;
• The diver may be on the bottom when he observes his intended quarry.

The chase involves swimming after the fish to try and get within range, then aim and shoot, all in one integrated motion.

Some fish will permit a thunderous charge toward them and not flee. This is occasionally true for many species but more often one must pursue the fish more gracefully and rapidly read changes in the fish’s behavior, and alter your own - showing fake timidity.

A normal fish has a blind spot in its vision, which is directly behind it. When chasing a fish if you can get into in this zone you should accelerate toward the fish to get within range. Kicking too hard may spook the fish if you set up vibrations, or bubbles shift in your suit. [no baked beans on a dive, unless you seek to spook the frenchies!)

Should the fish turn toward its side to look at you there are two options:

1. Slow your approach and if the fish shies away; you should try to move back toward its blind spot and swim rapidly when it cannot see you and take the shot as the fish turns presenting a wider target. When you are directly behind it presents a small target and a difficult one to get the spear through. Shooting strait from behind is often unsuccessful. Rather wait for it to turn.

2. Maintain your pace but veer away parallel to the fish, or even slightly away and look away briefly – this look away generally gives the fish confidence as you are the one backing off – well, at least pretending to back off. Your feigned fear may give the fish the confidence to come in a little closer, or at least turn side-on for a look. If the fish has approached while you looked away it may be in range for a shot. If not, you may need to try continuing breaking eye contact, and/or swimming away at a more divergent angle.

There are some fish that sense your intention and will not turn somewhat to get a better look – there is not much you can do except continue the chase if your breath allows. One option is to change completely to another mode of hunting altogether.
There are two other option and a few advanced techniques that can be used in event of the chase failing.

That's all for now.

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