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SPEARFISHING DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Are you thinking of going fishing while on your next vacation? Find out more about the top spots for spearfishing around the world.

Spearfishing is an old and powerful tradition.

People have been using spears in the pursuit of fish from before the beginning of humankind. The oldest known record dates to the year 16,000 and is located in Cosquer Cave in France, which has artwork of Harpooned seals.

THE FLORIDA KEYS

Each year, the season of grouper begins the first week of May. This draws people who love spearfishing from all over the world. This is also the prime season to go fishing for mahi-mahi or dolphinfish. So the oceans are filled with life. The Keys are a great place for any experience level, with plenty of shallower areas to explore, and more secluded locations to test your expertise. No matter whether you’d like to free dive in, snorkel, or scuba there’s something for everyone to do in this area of Florida Keys. Nothing beats eating a piece of key lime pie to celebrate the best catch. Florida has some rules concerning what you can or cannot catch so make sure you be aware of them prior to your trip.

BALI, INDONESIA

Bali is currently the second most sought-after tourist destination in Indonesia. With its ancient temples that are surrounded by clear emerald waters and crystal clear waters, it’s difficult to find another place on earth like it. The dogtooth tuna is a big draw, along with sailfish, dolphinfish, Spanish mackerel, as well as the huge trevally. Dogtooth tuna can grow as big as 250+ pounds, while huge trevally is known to reach 175. A trip to Bali means you’ll be swimming with a variety of monster fish in an awe-inspiring and stunning environment. In the depths, you can take a look at other marine life, like hawksbill turtles, gigantic moray eels sharks, and giant manta rays.

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

The Pacific halibut that live all across the coastline of California is a fishing enthusiast’s dream. Being the biggest flatfish in the globe, they can be your private Moby Dick. In 2014, a spearfisher caught a Pacific Halibut that was 482 pounds while using only freediving gear. (And it wasn’t an error, it was 482 pounds. This is two Brett Favres, plus some.) There are plenty of these monsters up and down the entire coast. But in the event that you have to pick just one area, San Diego is known for being a fisherman’s paradise. To reap such a huge reward, you might have put in some more effort, however. Pacific Halibut is famous for its ability to put up a tough fight when they’re caught, so you might want to bring a friend along for this particular trip. You’ll also find plenty of other fish species in the Golden State, including halibut white and striped marine bass, red snapper sheepshead, and barracuda. and Bonita.

JAPAN

A large portion of the species of giant fish swimming through the waters around Bali is also available in Japan. Additionally, there are Bonito, Japanese yellowtail, amberjack, and snapper mackerel, along with a diverse variety of other marine life. Japan is a place where people have mastered fish, and have an experience in sushi going back many centuries. In spite of being a tiny island, Japan makes up 15 percent of the world’s fish catch. The coastline that runs between Okinawa, as well as Zamami Island, are both prime spots for fishing. Freediving and spearfishing have an interesting history in Japan. In fact, there is a well-known tradition of female divers, called Ama. They have been freediving for abalones, lobsters, and sea urchins from the 1800s. Despite threats to the environment from overfishing, Ama is still at it even today.

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