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chris oak wrote:Which brings up another thought. There are two thoughts when we are spearfishing, attaching a fish to a buoy or attaching it to your waist. When I'm hunting calicos or reefies I'll string several fish on my waist using a simple mono stringer. When Im hunting yellowtail or white seabass I rarely use a stringer unless I'm shore diving and if I do then I swim right back to the boat or shore after getting my fish. A lot of this is due to sea lions going after bigger pelagics, they will show no hesitation on grabbing your fish and dragging you to the bottom. We don't have to worry about sharks grabbing our fish YET but that might change over the next few years.
When my buddies are swimming back to the boat, if there is a sea lion harassing them I always go right to them to chase it off and I would do whatever it takes to make sure they were safe.
Bill McIntyre wrote:A good alternative may be to orally inflate your Carter float and attach the fish to it..
John Hughes wrote:Bill McIntyre wrote:A good alternative may be to orally inflate your Carter float and attach the fish to it..
Just make sure you've brained the fish and it is dead when you do this. I attached my popper to a fish deep a few years ago in stiff current. It was so tangled below 50' that it went absolutely nowhere with the float. I lost my knife on my second dive on it so I had to rip it out by hand. By the time I got it to the surface it had been over an hour and I was completely shook. I was floating on the surface and just put my head in the water, closed my eyes and tried to recover. Well, while I was doing that apparently the fish recovered as well. I had never brained it having no knife and when I looked up it had swam about 75 yrds down current. It took me a while to catch it as it had a head start.
NaClAddict wrote:Chris, I had a friend have a halibut shredded off his waist stringer by a 7 gill. I heard that shark was harvested for becoming too aggressive. There was a pic floating around Facebook of it. This was probably 10 years ago. The damage the shark did to the fish was scary. Especially considering how close it was to his nuts.
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