US Spearfishing Team harvests the reef off Marathon

Captain’s Blog – December 17, 2009 – Marathon Florida Keys – I was honored to host the US Spearfishing Team as they filmed an episode for Spear Divers TV.

The team of five hails from all corners of the States, and none had ever fished off Marathon.  I took them to some of my favorite fishing reefs, and they did not disappoint us.  They boys shot all sorts of grouper, snapper and numerous other species. 

The bull sharks proved to be formidable opponents.  The pull of the spear gun trigger acted like a dinner bell in summoning the sharks.  The divers were victorious in that they lost not a single fish to the sharks.  However, they would most likely have captured more fish had they not spent so much of their time on the look-out for the marauding bulls.

In total, the guys shot 2 black grouper, 1 gag grouper, 1 red grouper, 12 rock hinds, mangrove, mutton and dog snapper, countless hogfish, cero mackerel and triggerfish.

The final segment of each episode of Spear Divers TV features cook-the-catch.  Show hosts, Joe Francine and Kevin Suthard, invited me to join them for dinner the evening of their trip.  Joe is a great cook!  Tune in to their show to see all the various ways he prepared our fish. 

The US Spearfishing Team consists of John Modica from Pomfret Center CT, Sean Moreschi from Charlestown RI, Dan Silveira from Half Moon Bay CA, Justin Allen from Pembroke MA and Team Captain Brian Lee from Hypoloxo FL.   Follow the Team’s adventures on their way to the 2010 World Spearfishing Championship in Croatia.

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