Spear Fishing

By: Beach Farmer
1/26/2021 8:16 AM

It's been a while but I used to spear fish quite a bit back in the early 90s down in Florida around some southern inlets and some fairly deep water coral. What a great time! I'm a PADI certified diver but after my regular diving buddy died from the bends I lost my enthusiasm. I would definitely need to get recertified and buy some new equipment to go below 40 ft but since the sea floor seems to be pretty uniform out to the shelf between 50 and 60 feet I figure I could get away with a good snorkel set up on some structures. Just wondering if anyone has been out in the OBX with a gun or a bang stick (power head) and if so where and when do the wahoo roam? Never got one so it's on my bucket list. Apparently hunting wahoo comes with sharks...but hey nothin like adrenaline....sept maybe a heart attack! lol AM I too old for this? If the good lord wants me I would prefer a death at sea. Great video in the link below...

vimeo.com/87442481

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By: OceanBlue
1/26/2021 8:29 AM

It's been a while but I used to spear fish quite a bit back in the early 90s down in Florida around some southern inlets and some fairly deep water coral. What a great time! I'm a PADI certified diver but after my regular diving buddy died from the bends I lost my enthusiasm. I would definitely need to get recertified and buy some new equipment to go below 40 ft but since the sea floor seems to be pretty uniform out to the shelf between 50 and 60 feet I figure I could get away with a good snorkel set up on some structures. Just wondering if anyone has been out in the OBX with a gun or a bang stick (power head) and if so where and when do the wahoo roam? Never got one so it's on my bucket list. Apparently hunting wahoo comes with sharks...but hey nothin like adrenaline....sept maybe a heart attack! lol AM I too old for this? If the good lord wants me I would prefer a death at sea. Great video in the link below...

Beach Farmer


wait...you don't hunt w tanks do ya? :( Bummer about your diving partner. Yes, there are some spots w structures that will yield some good quarry, but w snorkel ;)

Oh, and the "old" stuff (well maintained equipment) is still plenty good; I still love double hose regs.

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By: smlobx
1/26/2021 8:52 AM

The challenge with diving offshore OBX is the currents and visibility. It’s not nearly as nice as Florida in most circumstances. I have scuba dived in many places around the western world and there are many better options...just saying. (PADI Master Diver and former commercial diver).

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By: Beach Farmer
1/26/2021 8:56 AM

It's been a while but I used to spear fish quite a bit back in the early 90s down in Florida around some southern inlets and some fairly deep water coral. What a great time! I'm a PADI certified diver but after my regular diving buddy died from the bends I lost my enthusiasm. I would definitely need to get recertified and buy some new equipment to go below 40 ft but since the sea floor seems to be pretty uniform out to the shelf between 50 and 60 feet I figure I could get away with a good snorkel set up on some structures. Just wondering if anyone has been out in the OBX with a gun or a bang stick (power head) and if so where and when do the wahoo roam? Never got one so it's on my bucket list. Apparently hunting wahoo comes with sharks...but hey nothin like adrenaline....sept maybe a heart attack! lol AM I too old for this? If the good lord wants me I would prefer a death at sea. Great video in the link below...

Beach Farmer


wait...you don't hunt w tanks do ya? :( Bummer about your diving partner. Yes, there are some spots w structures that will yield some good quarry, but w snorkel ;)

Oh, and the "old" stuff (well maintained equipment) is still plenty good; I still love double hose regs.

OceanBlue


So youre callin me out on the tanks huh? Well then looks like I'll be needin some tanks! LOL yeah, my buddy was a "no limits" kinda dude since we were kids. He never let a life threatening situation get in the way of a good time., ya know? He would go out alone at 350ft. One day the coast guard found him in a ball on the deck of his boat float'in around for 2-3 days with his tanks and gear still on.. Probably got Nit-Narc and lost track of time and then freaked out on the way up. I never liked that kind of deep diving. Broke my ear drum once after a cold and couldn't clear my estuation tube. Too much to keep track of , cold, high risk, etc. He just liked it because there was a chance of death...he was a fearless dude..but a little fear is appropriate sometimes. I just wanted to catch some dinner.

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By: Buck Island Chuck
1/26/2021 9:04 AM

I remember a couple years back some dude (maybe mid 20's) spear fishing in the surf (Southern Shores). Spear gun, we suit, the whole get-up. I remember they guy walking into the water and i was thinking REALLY? How can one aim when one can't see a target 6" in front of their face?

That said, deeper water spear fishing sounds pretty cool, though my only experience with it is pretty much from various James Bond movies, where no one seemed to be able to hit anything.

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By: Beach Farmer
1/26/2021 9:16 AM

The challenge with diving offshore OBX is the currents and visibility. It’s not nearly as nice as Florida in most circumstances. I have scuba dived in many places around the western world and there are many better options...just saying. (PADI Master Diver and former commercial diver).

smlobx



Wow, commercial diving ain't for fancy lads, huh? I met a guy who was a deep water welder once, says he had to spend two weeks in a chamber before going down to some of the sites he worked. He told me he's seen some creatures he straight up could not identify that scared the **** out of him. Anyways, my house and boats are all here on the OBX so I figured I'd make the best of it. Visibility isn't as good as Florida thats for sure but it's seems to be better than most points North since we're already out beyond the silt that most coastal areas contend with. I found a video of some guys hunting Wahoo out here, looks great. Link below.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=n...

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By: OceanBlue
1/26/2021 9:27 AM


So youre callin me out on the tanks huh? Well then looks like I'll be needin some tanks! LOL yeah, my buddy was a "no limits" kinda dude since we were kids. He never let a life threatening situation get in the way of a good time., ya know? He would go out alone at 350ft. One day the coast guard found him in a ball on the deck of his boat float'in around for 2-3 days with his tanks and gear still on.. Probably got Nit-Narc and lost track of time and then freaked out on the way up. I never liked that kind of deep diving. Broke my ear drum once after a cold and couldn't clear my estuation tube. Too much to keep track of , cold, high risk, etc. He just liked it because there was a chance of death...he was a fearless dude..but a little fear is appropriate sometimes. I just wanted to catch some dinner.

Beach Farmer


Nah, not calling you out, you know what's the right thing to do. Jeez (your bud)...350? Really? That's a bunch of water..and "solo"? that's, like you say, a death wish...horrible way to go.

But @smlobx called it, way better options elsewhere. If has to be OBX, my opinion, you are better off kayak/SUPing out into the sound, where it starts to get deep, then snorkel from there - better yet, the west side of Gull Island at the drop off.

Sorta off subject, but diving related, as posted elsewhere, the Netflix documentary "Last Breath" is definitely worth a watch

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By: Buck Island Chuck
1/26/2021 9:33 AM

Wow........ok........that is pretty awesome. That guy was his own drag when he ran out of line.......really cool to watch. Water looks surprisingly clear.

That said, the only drawback is you can't drink beer while doing this.

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By: Pickle
1/26/2021 9:41 AM

As a Charter boat Captain, I can only speak to Wahoo. The Outer Banks has no Coral Reefs, only Shipwrecks and 4 Navy Towers. Wahoo are Offshore and not really found on any wrecks and rarely on a tower. Your quarry is basically Amberjack and Barracuda. From a Charter Boat standpoint Wahoo are an incidental catch while trolling for Tuna, Dolphin and Billfish. Wahoo are generally only a target species when conditions are right. Inshore Wrecks 60 to 80 feet can get you Jacks, Sheepshead, and Tog.

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By: Beach Farmer
1/26/2021 9:41 AM


So youre callin me out on the tanks huh? Well then looks like I'll be needin some tanks! LOL yeah, my buddy was a "no limits" kinda dude since we were kids. He never let a life threatening situation get in the way of a good time., ya know? He would go out alone at 350ft. One day the coast guard found him in a ball on the deck of his boat float'in around for 2-3 days with his tanks and gear still on.. Probably got Nit-Narc and lost track of time and then freaked out on the way up. I never liked that kind of deep diving. Broke my ear drum once after a cold and couldn't clear my estuation tube. Too much to keep track of , cold, high risk, etc. He just liked it because there was a chance of death...he was a fearless dude..but a little fear is appropriate sometimes. I just wanted to catch some dinner.

Beach Farmer


Nah, not calling you out, you know what's the right thing to do. Jeez (your bud)...350? Really? That's a bunch of water..and "solo"? that's, like you say, a death wish...horrible way to go.

But @smlobx called it, way better options elsewhere. If has to be OBX, my opinion, you are better off kayak/SUPing out into the sound, where it starts to get deep, then snorkel from there - better yet, the west side of Gull Island at the drop off.

Sorta off subject, but diving related, as posted elsewhere, the Netflix documentary "Last Breath" is definitely worth a watch

OceanBlue


You must be talk'in about those crazy free diving bastards ....that is truly some amazing stuff. Thanks I'm gonna watch it right now, got an Ice storm brewing outside here on the Farm in PA. Logs on the fire..Perfect. Thanks!

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By: Beach Farmer
1/26/2021 9:44 AM

As a Charter boat Captain, I can only speak to Wahoo. The Outer Banks has no Coral Reefs, only Shipwrecks and 4 Navy Towers. Wahoo are Offshore and not really found on any wrecks and rarely on a tower. Your quarry is basically Amberjack and Barracuda. From a Charter Boat standpoint Wahoo are an incidental catch while trolling for Tuna, Dolphin and Billfish. Wahoo are generally only a target species when conditions are right. Inshore Wrecks 60 to 80 feet can get you Jacks, Sheepshead, and Tog.

Pickle


I was wondering how those guys found the Wahoo...in the comments on the 2nd video I posted they say they go out 10 to 50 miles in deep water with no structure.

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By: OceanBlue
1/26/2021 9:49 AM

As a Charter boat Captain, I can only speak to Wahoo. The Outer Banks has no Coral Reefs, only Shipwrecks and 4 Navy Towers. Wahoo are Offshore and not really found on any wrecks and rarely on a tower. Your quarry is basically Amberjack and Barracuda. From a Charter Boat standpoint Wahoo are an incidental catch while trolling for Tuna, Dolphin and Billfish. Wahoo are generally only a target species when conditions are right. Inshore Wrecks 60 to 80 feet can get you Jacks, Sheepshead, and Tog.

Pickle


@ Beachfarmer, Pickle just reminded me of something you could try (not wahoo but cobia)...couple summers ago went fishing for cobia...caught our limit at the first marker buoy coming out of OI, didn't even need to "cast". So just hang w your gun on the buoy line maybe?

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By: Tim-OBX
1/26/2021 11:09 AM

The challenge with diving offshore OBX is the currents and visibility. It’s not nearly as nice as Florida in most circumstances. I have scuba dived in many places around the western world and there are many better options...just saying. (PADI Master Diver and former commercial diver).

smlobx


Very true. Now and then the water is clear and you can see a long way but mostly I have heard it is just awful.

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By: Squid Pro Quo
1/26/2021 11:59 AM

I know some folks that used to float around the sea buoys chains at Hatteras Inlet. They would spear big Cobia and hang on for the ride!
I suggest you look up Gary Gentile's Popular Dive Series books and purchase his two books for diving ship wrecks in the OBX There are so many wrecks out there he had to divide up the books between north, and south. I met Gary once at a presentation he did at my dive shop, super knowledgeable guy. He has first hand experience on the wrecks he writes about. Some of his books are available on Amazon. I've probably read the Hatteras books 4 times each. He talks about currents, water clarity and fish species for each site.
Oh, get yourself a wet suit, things are a bit chillier up here unless you're on the stream. And those stream wrecks are a bit deeper than I would like to dive unless I were using mixed gas fills. (Which I've lost interest in myself too)

www.ggentile.com/

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By: OceanBlue
1/26/2021 12:08 PM

I know some folks that used to float around the sea buoys chains at Hatteras Inlet. They would spear big Cobia and hang on for the ride!
I suggest you look up Gary Gentile's Popular Dive Series books and purchase his two books for diving ship wrecks in the OBX There are so many wrecks out there he had to divide up the books between north, and south. I met Gary once at a presentation he did at my dive shop, super knowledgeable guy. He has first hand experience on the wrecks he writes about. Some of his books are available on Amazon. I've probably read the Hatteras books 4 times each. He talks about currents, water clarity and fish species for each site.
Oh, get yourself a wet suit, things are a bit chillier up here unless you're on the stream. And those stream wrecks are a bit deeper than I would like to dive unless I were using mixed gas fills. (Which I've lost interest in myself too)

Squid Pro Quo


OMG, I know of Gentile! Met him through some old school divers, Stan Waterman and Peter Gimbal, up in Massachusetts in the early '70's.

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By: John Bull
1/27/2021 10:53 AM

May not be what you're looking to do, but I commonly see snorkelers spearfishing near the jetties in Buxton. Swim out with the gun and then come back in a few minutes later with sheepshead.

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By: Beach Farmer
1/27/2021 11:25 AM

I know some folks that used to float around the sea buoys chains at Hatteras Inlet. They would spear big Cobia and hang on for the ride!
I suggest you look up Gary Gentile's Popular Dive Series books and purchase his two books for diving ship wrecks in the OBX There are so many wrecks out there he had to divide up the books between north, and south. I met Gary once at a presentation he did at my dive shop, super knowledgeable guy. He has first hand experience on the wrecks he writes about. Some of his books are available on Amazon. I've probably read the Hatteras books 4 times each. He talks about currents, water clarity and fish species for each site.
Oh, get yourself a wet suit, things are a bit chillier up here unless you're on the stream. And those stream wrecks are a bit deeper than I would like to dive unless I were using mixed gas fills. (Which I've lost interest in myself too)

Squid Pro Quo


OMG, I know of Gentile! Met him through some old school divers, Stan Waterman and Peter Gimbal, up in Massachusetts in the early '70's.

OceanBlue



Holt Sheet...That film Last Breath freak'in had me bro....Good call!

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By: Squid Pro Quo
1/27/2021 11:40 AM

May not be what you're looking to do, but I commonly see snorkelers spearfishing near the jetties in Buxton. Swim out with the gun and then come back in a few minutes later with sheepshead.

John Bull


Here's a handy guide for your reference:

spearoscout.com/north-car...

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By: Alexy
1/27/2021 4:30 PM

Watched 3 guys spearfishing behind Hatteras Harbor Marina one evening 2 years ago . They were hoping to use the cast offs from fish cleaning to draw in some fish.
It lasted about 5 minutes and they were all out of the water fast and all 3 of them kept talking about all the bull sharks all over the place.

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By: Beach Farmer
1/29/2021 3:52 AM

May not be what you're looking to do, but I commonly see snorkelers spearfishing near the jetties in Buxton. Swim out with the gun and then come back in a few minutes later with sheepshead.

John Bull


Here's a handy guide for your reference:

Squid Pro Quo


That's pretty much what I'm used to doing. In Florida the water was so much clearer though. It beat the hell outta pole fishing. I don't think I ever went home without dinner spear fishing. I guess if they are doing it there must be something to it. You CAN get closer to fish in low visibility but you still need at least 6-10ft visibility.

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By: Beach Farmer
1/29/2021 3:54 AM

Watched 3 guys spearfishing behind Hatteras Harbor Marina one evening 2 years ago . They were hoping to use the cast offs from fish cleaning to draw in some fish.
It lasted about 5 minutes and they were all out of the water fast and all 3 of them kept talking about all the bull sharks all over the place.

Alexy


Yeah, chum isn't a good idea when spear fishing ...lol

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By: OceanBlue
3/14/2021 1:41 PM

Long time dive bud sent me this....you folks that dive know just how insane a depth 400 feet is ...all on a single puff of air...

Click to follow link...

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By: jfalba
3/14/2021 7:33 PM

The challenge with diving offshore OBX is the currents and visibility. It’s not nearly as nice as Florida in most circumstances. I have scuba dived in many places around the western world and there are many better options...just saying. (PADI Master Diver and former commercial diver).

smlobx



Wow, commercial diving ain't for fancy lads, huh? I met a guy who was a deep water welder once, says he had to spend two weeks in a chamber before going down to some of the sites he worked. He told me he's seen some creatures he straight up could not identify that scared the **** out of him. Anyways, my house and boats are all here on the OBX so I figured I'd make the best of it. Visibility isn't as good as Florida thats for sure but it's seems to be better than most points North since we're already out beyond the silt that most coastal areas contend with. I found a video of some guys hunting Wahoo out here, looks great. Link below.

Beach Farmer

Any more detail on sea creatures that he could not identify???

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