Friday, September 16, 2011

How will you fare this spearfishing season? Part 3

Last post on How will you fare this spearfishing season? 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. I am presently busy in my sparse spare time writing a course on training, bioenergetics and physiological performance for freediving and spearfishing - I hope to have it done by the end of this year.

From my experience there are numerous other factors that heavily influence times down, these 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?

To end let me ask a question:
How can you make a fish approaching you feel like it is the one that will scare you?

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