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Doug and the Giant Pargo

by Chris Chaput What do you get when you combine experience, skill, luck, and total idiocy? This story! Doug Jones and I literally have 1,000 hours apiece of blue water hunting under our belts. And when I say “literally,” I don’t mean it like a 13 to 17-year-old girl means it. “Like, OMG I literally can’t even manage to wear anything other than my (****ing obnoxious) pajamas to the airport to travel for the second time EVER in my life!” Seriously, 1,000 hours is not an exaggeration. At the very least, we’ve floated around for enough time to realize when we’re on a slow trip. This story is about one such trip. And, of course, idiocy. A few years back, we were on the fifth day of a five day tuna hunting trip to our favorite fickle stomping grounds outside of Puerta Vallarta. Desperate for some action, Doug and I decided to ditch our 100′ bungee, three-float tuna rigs in exchange for a 75′ hard line with one 35l inflatable. Our intent was to finally to “tag team” the big pargo (cubera) we’d been seeing for years as we drifted past the ridge at Corbatena. We had our plan: one gun, two guys. One up, one down. The guy on the bottom shoots the fish, while the guy above limits the damage by pulling up the float line as...

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Why Take a Class

Everything in this article is something I’ve heard from spearfishing students before they went through my program or things I’ve read on the forums. Rick is a 38-year-old spearo from the Northeastern United States and has been shooting fish for 2 years. “I can spearfish around 25 feet, but once I get down there I get a pain in my ear that gets worse and worse throughout the day. It’s always my right ear and my ENT says I need surgery to get it fixed. I know it’s not because of bad equalizing because my left ear is fine. My buddy said if I took a freediving class they could teach me how to Frenzel which would solve the issue. I thought about that, but then I read a post on a forum where SpearoMasterBlaster said he puts a mixture of alcohol and eucalyptus oil in his ears and takes Sudafed with coconut water before every dive and that fixes everything. I’ll probably try that next. If that doesn’t work, I could use the money I was gonna spend on a class and just upgrade to a gun with three bands for more range and get those carbon fiber fins everyone is talking about. I could totally whack a fish at 35-40 feet while I’m at 25 feet.” Bill is 28 from South Florida and has been spearfishing for...

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