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Behslayer wrote:Any post that starts with 'way drunk on Whiskey' is alright by me, and Donzi Paul you have my ultimate respect. But it's a slippery slope you are speaking from here.
I always bring a Polespear out with me, and my first intention is to shoot some baitfish and use them as throw flashers. Sometimes I get some. They pulse... But, I do use these Homemade Throw Flashers all the time. They are very effective. I use them mostly for Blind Drops. Meaning I haven't seen a fish yet. I do use them in the Blue, but often I use them on the reef where there is 100% recovery. Throw one, and let it sink down to 100' on the reef, then swim down and pick it up and use it to bang on some rocks. The idea is not to lose your throw flasher. It does happen, but it's not the goal. I lose way less throw flashers than for example Spoons which are often a one use item. Have I left a few in the ocean, yes. Maybe 6?
I've also left three polespears, several masks, a few fins, many gloves, a couple weight belts, countless knives, 3 go pros, 2 better cameras, 1 watch, Flashers, many shafts, and more than one speargun, including one with a 150b Big Eye Tuna attached to it in the ocean, more than a few parts of surfboards, several gaffs, 3 fishing poles, kayak paddles, countless fishing lures, hooks, and weights, a few FADS, couple of anchors. But....... you are older than me, so I imagine you have parted with more into our sweet liquid mistress than I have. To my credit.. I have removed much much more junk from the ocean than I have deposited. Not just Taiwanese Fishing boats foundered on beautiful reefs, but literally 100,000+ plastic bottles from our beaches and reefs. The programs I started and funded myself for a decade have thankfully been taken over by Patagonia and other corporations.
95% of my diving is shore diving. Think about that next time you're filling up your gas tanks for your boat. But it's a slippery slope.. we all add to the garbage pile, both in the Ocean, on land, and in the air. Old Wetsuits, broken fins, old bands, bent shafts, piles of old mono, leaky masks, broken guns, lost throw flashers, broken engines, old trailers, flat tires, old boats. We are consumers and we are using modern manufactured gear. Divers losing an occasional Throw flasher in 400-1200' of water is really the tiniest drop in the bucket.. The bottom line for me is that I'm diving for food. It's not easy to get a fish over here in Hawaii and especially shore diving. We use fishing Lures. Just like in fishing. Sometimes you lose your lure.
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