Alright, well I'm back from the DVH hosted by Sea Sniper and Sea Sniper Baja. What a freakin trip. Sea Sniper Baja has everything so dialed in I really could not have expected more. Chay and Linda have a breathtaking property that is super comfortable and 100% set-up for spearfishing. Even for 20 guys (which I'm sure is more than a normal trip they intend to handle).
I'll give my experience quickly, show my photos, and hope Dam makes a thread or I will later so he can add on.
Diving, for me, was very tough. I did not do very well all week. I arrived with a little virus, blisters in my mouth, stolen glands in my neck. Day 1 I shot a 14# cabrilla and thats it. Day 2 I was sick, body aches, headache, tired as can be. I hit a few pargo caves but couldn't get the timing as they went in and out. Didn't see any AJ's. Day 3 I dove with some guys in shallower waters and there wasn't much there. Went out to the blue water and I whiffed on a wahoo that was not very big, maybe 25#, so it didn't break my heart.
Then we had a rest day. Which I needed desperately. We sat around in a big group drinking beer and tequila telling stories with a view most people dream of. Right off our balcony was a 100 yard beach that gazed onto Ceralvo. We slept in the next day and had a big breakfast. We sat around on the beach, drank beer, went in the water, walked down to the restaurant for lunch. We had a great time.
Day 4 I dove with Harry for the first time of the trip (we were playing musical boats). We went south in search of pargo. I don't mean to be rude, but chasing AJ's that kinda swim right up to you, isn't what I wanted to do in Baja. I would like to shoot a giant one but I wanted to hunt fish I don't have here. That is pargo and marlin for the most part. I ended up shooting a nice sized fish pretty early. Harry and I were battling about 4 knots of current though with the float on the reel line it was hard to get dives. After a few dives each a big pull and only the shaft came out. Harry said he tried to stab the fish again but couldn't get it. I tried a few times but couldn't see in the cave after the viz got worse. Harry ended up shooting it's twin, right in front of me as I went in to look for the injured fish again. I never got another shot.
Day 5, last day. I was over diving to be honest. Had no luck whatsoever and now couldn't shoot or land anything when I did. It was back to the original teams which was me and Stevie, my friend from Key West. We found the pargos again but they were here and there. Hard to target and moving really fast. I saw the really big one I had found the day before. After about an hour I headed into the channel leading to the cave and it came across and I hit right behind the pec fin. This thing went crazy and kicked and pulled as hard as I possible could. It was definitely a monster fish and I can see I had it out of the cave. It did a few violent circles and got back under just enough to wrap the cable. It completed about 3 more circles wrapping the cable with impressive power until it ripped itself off my bent shaft. I couldn't believe what I just witnessed. Another chance come and gone. I was done. Done done.
Stevie goes down and lands another that came out to the cave entrance and it comes right out. No digging necessary.
I told Stevie I was done with Baja this trip and he stayed in for another drift. I stayed with him for safety with no gun but I was about 50' away just looking into nothing in frustration. He yells at me asking if I had just seen "that." I didn't care about "that" or anything else at this point. He said he just saw over 20 fish go into the caves we had been hunting.
Okay, it's only 9:30am or so. I asked the pangero for mi pistola. The current died in a quickness and went it did these fish started going in and out and swimming all over. Stevie did a dive and said he saw a big one in the back entrance of a cave. I went down and there was a nice one just hanging under the lip of the ledge. Every other of the 100 fish i'd hunted had ran deep into the cave in what seemed like milliseconds. I took the shot as quick as possible, right behind the head. Tugged like a maniac on the way up. It came out, then got jammed in a small crevice that I could tell would not leave too much difficulty to get out. I could see the shaft. One dive and he came right out and finally I landed my fish. I couldn't tell if I was happy or pissed to be happy because I don't want to be. I was bitter and now, I wanted another.
We jumped back in and the fish were still there, swimming in and out in the slack current. I saw a few outside and watched were they went. I dove on another back entrance and another fish was hiding under the edge, not in the cave. Took a shot the went through behind the pec fin. Problem is I was too close and couldn't swim away fast enough with the cable to gain ground. It went into a cave and was stuck, good. I found it around a corner after following the cable. I told stevie where the fish was and that I could see the shaft. He took a dive and went inside and worked the fish out. It came out and wrapped on the edge of the next rock but 3/4 out and I could see it on the bottom. The cable was still wrapped through the cave though. I took Stevies gun, went down, shot the fish and then unclipped my shaft line so we didn't have to go back in the cave. It pulled right out as the fish came to the surface.
Holy shit, another nice fish. I had finally figured it out and had the circumstances to match my bitter persistence. It was 11 am and those 2 fish made me take 52 dives to 60'. Stevie had brought a bottle of tequila. We celebrated on a flat panga ride back to the ramp. We could weigh three fish, we had three fish. We were having a blast but we were tired. We had both cramped pulling the last fish up.
All of this fails in comparison to the people I met on this trip. The guys that were part of this adventure were all stellar people. I have made what I'm sure will end up being life long friends. Of course, after 7 bottles of tequila and 20 cases of beer, the bromance was thick. Haha. I am lucky to be on this trip and meet all these great people. Here are some of pick's of my top pics and edits.