Spearfishing is essentially bow hunting underwater. It is neither easy to master or cheap to get into….. and its more addictive than crack. It also has its share of controversy as it is illegal to do on scuba in many European and Caribbean nations but not in the USA. So there are essentially two schools of spearfishing; freediving (breath-hold) and scuba diving. There are different guns, styles and techniques used in each. Panama City Beach has many vibrant fisheries so there is a target species to spearfish through out the year. Philosophically we are a pro-spearing dive shop as an ethical spearfisherman has near zero by-catch, whereas a traditional angler will accidentally catch some undersize or undesirable species that have to be thrown back. A significant percentage of which die as a result of the stress or from waiting dolphins, barracudas, Goliath groupers and sharks. In fisheries management this is known as “discard mortality.” This is unavoidable in hook and line fishing but easily avoided while spearfishing. One thing diving hunters do have to deal with that traditional fishermen will seldom appreciate in its entirety, is that once you shoot a fish… you still have to keep it away from the other predators! Spearing is hunting in its most basic form, it is extreme when you are head to head with a bull shark (or 3) over who owns the fish on your stringer! So spearfishing is not for the feint of heart.
Please be aware of the changing seasons on the fish you would like to target. If you don't know its legal don't shoot it. This charter is not for people who are inexperienced divers or lack the ability to rapidly free descend and safely free ascend, likely with sharks accompanying them.