Today is the 2019 National Spearfishing Championship. This year the championship is being held on beautiful Lake Mead with targets being mostly carp and striper with maybe a few tilapia thrown in. My girlfriend, Sam Mase, is my teammate and Eric Shearouse has flown in to help us scout, rig, and captain our boat. We are Team Florida Freedivers and we intend to win. This is how.
Nationals for me starts months in advance by talking to locals, watching YouTube, and hunting for boats and accommodations. I constantly look at a combination of Google Earth and Navionics to begin planning my trip. Before even arriving I’ve got a solid list of questions I want to answer to begin developing my game day plan. This year striper are worth 3 points and carp are worth 1. There is no bonus for weight so any size fish goes. There are a lot more carp than striper but obviously each striper is worth three carp. Thus the dilemma of the tournament and undoubtedly what will determine the winner.
A new year means we get to plan new trips. We can target new species and visit new waters. The lucky ones will be doing lots of spearfishing and the even luckier ones will be planning these trips for exotic destinations around the world. Seems the guides know this too. If your Instagram looks at all like mine it’s become a full on spearfishing trip advertising competition. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as for the first time in history you’ve got options. I threw together some tips to help you navigate these options and make sure your dream trip doesn’t end in disaster. I’ve also included some tried and true guides that I believe are some of the best in the world.
Let’s start with a few questions that should always be asked of your guides before sending in that deposit.
What’s included in the all inclusive?
Many adventures are to remote areas where all inclusive trips just make sense. There are no restaurants, bars, or accommodation options available except what your host has organ...