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Panama Tuna Trips 2014

Panama Tuna Trips 2014

This is why we do it.   If you are like most Spearfisherman, Yellowfin Tuna are at the top of Bucket List of fish that you need to hunt before your last dive. No matter how good your boat Captain, guide, or gun, it is up to you to pull the trigger. All I can promise is that you will have the best opportunity to be in the right spot to make it happen so come prepared. This past trip was on fire. Lucas from Brazil’s biggest fish...

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Suunto D4 Battery Change How To

Suunto D4 Battery Change How To

  A good watch allows you to time your dives to perform at your maximum while safely diving day after day. This is one of the most helpful videos I’ve taken from the Internet in a while. Save your $$ sending your watch in to get it fixed and do it yourself. Be patient and make sure everything is aligned when you are doing it and that the oring is intact and doesn’t have any build up or debris/grease etc on it. Check it...

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Yellowfin Tuna Trips June/July

Yellowfin Tuna Trips June/July

Its no secret that all the fisheries around the world are cyclical. There will be 2-3 years of phenomenal diving and fishing followed by a lull of 1-8 years. The key to success is knowing when and where to go and timing those cycles to be consistently successful is what our team has spent the last 15 years doing world wide . We’ve had to look further to keep our passion for 200+lb Yellowfin Tunas alive,  and personally, I’ve...

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Freediving Class with Cameron 2014

Freediving Class with Cameron 2014

The stoke is contagious. Take a Freedive Class with me and lets take your diving to the next level   If you are a spearfisherman and a Freediver, you owe it to yourself to take a Freediving Class. More so than any piece of gear you will ever purchase, knowing your body, gaining a deep understanding of Freediving and most of all knowing the safety techniques to full embrace your potential on a single breath of air is the best investment...

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Bahamas Flashbacks

Bahamas Flashbacks

I spent a few months in the Bahamas this past year and the diving was as spectacular as ever.  There are so many options for diving and such a wide area to hit is impossible to cover in even a 10 day trip which was the longest we did. As many areas as we covered, I still believe the ones we dive the most hold some of the best Spearfishing opportunities in the world and for South Florida Divers, there is nothing like a summer Bahamas...

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Happy Holidays and look ahead to 2014

Happy Holidays and look ahead to 2014

I hope all of you had a great year and are spending the holidays with your family. 2013 has been incredible and I’m blessed to have met so many of you and lived my dreams diving the best spots in the world. This coming year I have one trip planned per month with small groups to some more exotic locations to focus on getting off the beaten track and getting back to the hard core trips that I love doing. Most trips are already full and...

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Fall Update: FreeSPEARdiving

Fall Update: FreeSPEARdiving

It’s been a whirlwind of a year with a lot of traveling, Freediving and Spearfishing in some incredible places.  In this sport, meeting new people and diving with them is always the highlight. If you’ve been following on instagram @camkirkconnell then you’ve been privy to the daily pics and videos of our adventures and maybe even been in a few of them. Heres a few samples: Warsaw Grouper, inside State Waters. As much as a...

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Freediving Course Schedule

Freediving Course Schedule

Dive deeper, Stay down longer, Live to dive another day. Get training with the best and reach your full potential   This year I’ve taken the time in between running these adventures around the world hunting World Records and taking people on the trip of their lives, to actually train and teach the basis of Freediving to bring divers even closer to their full potential. I’ve put together a course schedule for the coming...

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Chopped my fingertip off

Chopped my fingertip off

It has been a long last few days made easier by friends and family. If you haven’t already seen the instagram @camkirkconnell photo of my finger or heard the rumors of what happened here it goes. I’m ok, it could have been a lot worse and I’m just glad it was not one of the kids on the boat or any worse. It was 100% avoidable as are most accidents and happened in the blink of an eye. I’ve spent my life on the...

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Red Snapper Season 2013 Opens Atlantic Florida

Red Snapper Season 2013 Opens Atlantic Florida

Its about time! Follow the Link HERE to see the new Regulations for 2013 Snapper SEASON While we who dive and fish know the true state of the red snapper population on the East Coast of the SE USA, the lawmakers have decided that the fish are in trouble and limited us to this one weekend for 2013 to make the most of it and land ONE FISH per person per day. We will take anything we can get. The Red Snappers are there, they are bigger than...

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Video: Mackerel attacked by Sharks

If you haven’t already subscribed to his page you should. Every other week Taka who is one of the funniest and best divers I’ve met around the world. He puts out great videos and smashes some amazing fish. Check it out.

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Free Magazine Subscription

Free Magazine Subscription

If you haven’t noticed already, this has been the summer of the Pole Spear. Guys are shooting Wahoo, Cobia, Groupers to 100lbs and crushing the stereotype that they are only used for shooting 10lb Hogfish in the Bahamas. There will be an article in Hawaii Skin Diver Magazine coming up and we’d love to hear what you say. Why a Pole Spear? Simple as that. My favorite response will not only be printed in the Magazine but will get ...

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Bahamas Class and Expedition

Bahamas Class and Expedition

This was amazing. Our group hadn’t done much diving over 18-20ft prior to this week so first things first we set out for our FII Level one freediving course and they all performed spectacularly matching the maximums for the course with smiles on their faces and ready to push off and use their new skills to attack some fish. Traveling in style we heading south and spent the last few days in utter solitude on what may be the nicest...

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New Caledonia Video

I love watching videos in clear water. No matter what you are hunting it is just awesome to have 100′ water clarity and see dinner far off and coming your way. When I watch these videos I have my fingers crossed and teeth clenched hoping they close the distance and get the shot. Luckily our boys down there always deliver Great...

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Busy Summer

Busy Summer

Its been fun. If you haven’t been following on Instagram, check @camkirkconnell for more up to date photos daily from our travels. Here is a quick review in photos of the last couple of weeks. These have all been private charters looking for specific species, World Records, Personal Bests, and the time of their lives. Some are looking to go deeper, shoot better, hunt smarter, smash records, master the pole spear, get killer photos...

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Bimini Cruise Ship Terminal Petition

Bimini Cruise Ship Terminal Petition

Bimini needs your help. There is a proposed cruise ship terminal that will do damage to the islands present allure and I know that part of the “escape” to the Bahamas is, well, escape. Bimini is one of the the best spots and nearest for Floridian fisherman and Spearfisherman running across to enjoy the beautiful clear waters, great fishing, swimming with dolphins and cold Kalik. By clicking the link below you can have a part...

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Jobfish Video with Shark issues

Jobfish Video with Shark issues

Seriously this is how it is so often now that we chum and the sharks are damn near out of control everywhere in the world. Awesome to see but keeps you on your toes. Thanks Michael Takach and Jessie for delivering video all the time these two crush it around the world and put together these great Vids for us stuck at our computers. Subscribe to get more goodness Don't mind the creepy mustache he's a...

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Blue Marlin Palm Beach Video

Blue Marlin Palm Beach Video

Palm Beach Blue Marlin 6-4-13 from Paul Dabill on Vimeo. Paul Dabill today out of Palm Beach jumped in with Ryan Poole and friends on a weedline looking for a few Dolphin and ran into one of the rarer fish on our coast. An Atlantic Blue Marlin! Yes they are closed for spearing here but seeing one is about as cool as it gets. Thanks for the video guys! Mahi...

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Bahamas Boats

Bahamas Boats

Still decompressing a bit after the trip. We had two back to back missions and covered from Matanilla through the Berry Islands all the way down to Great Exuma. Pretty much anywhere you go in the world you can find fish. It just takes a bit of looking and putting together the right conditions to create that “recipe” for success. On our first trip, first day the guys from Russia knocked down fish that would have been the...

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Bahamas update

Bahamas update

This has been a great trip from the Berry Islands through to the Exumas. We have mixed it up with some deep reefs and pretty much stayed in 60′+ to challenge ourselves. The boys hadn’t used pole spears much and rigged with float lines and buoys even in the rough water we were able to keep close track of both pairs of divers without issues. Using the float lines also makes a big difference when hunting pelagic fish and even...

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Bahamas big two

Bahamas big two

There is some incredible diving to be had in the Bahamas and I’ve been stoked to put our guys from around the world on some of the fish of their lives. First day last trip we had two trophy fish on the pole spear that would have made anyones trip in the Bahamas. Its awesome to see the tips and techniques develop so quickly and even without ever having used pole spears they were shooting like pros within a few hours. Some...

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Kimi Werner Great White Shark Ride Video

Kimi Werner Great White Shark Ride Video

Photo/Video courtesy of Patagonia Anyone who has ever met, heard of, or seen photos and video of instantly is drawn to an incredible woman who has a special place in the ocean and connection with everything there. She is an artist, chef, badass spearfisherwoman and on of the coolest chick you’ll ever meet. Before she went on this trip last year we talked at length about what to expect and put together all the knowledge of our other...

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Mexico Tuna Mayhem Video

This summer I’m committed to some private missions to the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and a few other choice spots enjoying life and training divers and guiding spearfisherman to some incredible locales to land some personal bests and hopefully break some world records at some of my favorite spots. If you are interested in getting out there, take a Freediving class as all trips require a Freediver Level I certification as a minimum. The...

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117 lb Cobia OneFish Video

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Trip II Indo begins

Trip II Indo begins

Vis sucks and it looks rough. Lets turn back now Heading out in the morning for the next mission. Weather report Tuesday-Sunday Morning Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell. Seas: SW 0.5 meters at 11 seconds Winds: ESE 2 to 2 knots Afternoon Light and variable winds with smooth seas. Small long period swell. Seas: SW 0.5 meters at 11 seconds Winds: SE 4 to 5 knots So it being too rough is not an excuse. Three...

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Pile o’ Doggies and huge Mackerel

Pile o’ Doggies and huge Mackerel

Doggie per diver on a new spot that has likely never been dove. Priceless Plenty more Doggies and its great to see all the guys using restraint and waiting for the really incredible ones. We have enough fish for dinner each night and we’ve all got a good fish 80+lbs under our belt so its great to see these guys from all over the USA holding back and just enjoying seeing 5-50 Tunas on a dive and letting them pass. The current is...

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Mexico 3

Mexico 3

Spearing Roosterfish is about as controversial as shooting sailfish. If you are going to eat them, then no one has any room to say anything to save your breath. There is no difference between one of them and any other kind of jack, some are better tasting than others and some are prettier. The guys that were shooting fish in Mexico ate all them, even in ceviche and as sashimi. Nothing goes to waste. They are powerful and beautiful and a...

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First Day Doggies for All

First Day Doggies for All

First day hunting Doggies. Untouched Indo, walls of Doggies. So good to see. Each of us took one and was good to have the guys who have never seen one land them. Matthew Deischel landed the fish of the day and of a lifetime. 138lb Dogtooth Tuna. Fish were shot from 40-101ft. Amazing place This is what it looks like down belowDogggieeeessss!!!! That one up front is a shooter. You can tell the big ones by the lower Jaw. Matt's was all...

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Indo Trip 1 Update

Indo Trip 1 Update

Here’s what you’ve been missing. Heading out again today for 10 days. Next trip starts on the 15th of April. There is no more productive time than the last minute remember that! Dove with Pedro Carbonell 3 times World Champion and had a good time with him and the Russian national Team. In addition, 10 oilfish caught on hook and line in 2 hours of fishing from 70-110lbs. Chance for a World Record is definitely here. More...

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Mexico Photos 3

Mexico Photos 3

CLICK HERE for YELLOWFIN TUNA TRIPS this year The Mexico trip in February came together after the guys on the Yellowfin Tuna trips got fired up seeing the big snappers that were hanging down deep. So… we came back down and the hunt was on. Instead of spending hours in the blue we hit the dozens of reefs and islands in everything from 10′ of visibility on rocky beaches and little pinnacles that are all over the place. Every where...

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Mexico photos 2

Mexico photos 2

To book your Mexico Tuna Yellowfin Trip with Cameron click HERE and see you in Sept-Nov this year! While they aren’t usually the biggest, I had a few dives this trip with multiple Pargo Amarillo in the 12-14lb range but it was always at 100+ ft and there were also big Cubera or Huachinangos there so I held off shooting what would have surely been a world record…. Next time. CK Great vis on a fantastic stretch of bottom where we...

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Mexico Photos

Mexico Photos

Want your own Yellowfin Tuna story? Click here and get on one of the Tuna Trips with Cameron this year. Still sorting through so many great shots and wanted to share some over the next few weeks so you have something to check out while I work on shooting some huge Dogtooth Tuna in Indonesia. Check it out, If you are interested in shooting some of these guys in between Yellowfin tuna check in the UPCOMING TRIPS section and see you in Mexico...

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Who’s your Man?

Who’s your Man?

“Friend”, “brother” and “buddy” should be synonymous. You look out for them, they look out for you. There is a reason some people don’t get invited back. If it is you, take a good look at why no one wants to be on the boat/in the water with you. The more experienced you get, the more of a team sport you’ll realize Freediving and Spearfishing are. Keep an eye on your buddies. It could mean your...

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Dogtooth Video

Dogtooth Video

This movie has been removed by request of the videographers. You can still find it on youtube somewhere… I’ll insert one of my own This is why I love Doggies. There is nothing like seeing one in the water shoulder in from thin air and then punish your gear and then get massed attacked by sharks. To get near these fish is an accomplishment in itself, whether it is a 30lb or 200lb one, they are the most challenging fish to land...

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Indo Gear up {Part I: Fins)

Indo Gear up {Part I: Fins)

Having just got back from Mexico, then the Blue Wild, and only had a few days at home, today is the first chance I’ve had to check out my gear to prepare for our big Indonesia trip in April. What to gun, floatline, bungey, fin blades, masks, wetsuits, flashers, clothes, cameras, safety gear, medical gear, how much $$$, and the list goes on and on. While everyone may not think they are ready to pack up and cross two oceans to reach a...

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Best Spearfishing Video of 2013

I put my vote in for this one. Pretty amazing footage and editing by Nolan Sadorf from a number of our trips this past year. This makes me want to do it all again. This is a video entry for the Blue Wild in 2013 video contest. CK

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Cobia and Permit Illegal to Spearfish

Get on this ASAP or we are going to lose yet another species. Where ever you are from in the world you have experienced these type of closures so your input and responses to help stop this injustice is important. Thank you for your help CK Tomorrow is a big day for fishermen who like to eat what they catch. At stake The FWC commission is trying to pass legislative to create a mechanism that grants them the ability to close a fishery to...

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New WR Kingfish (Yellowtail)

New WR Kingfish (Yellowtail)

Nick Boulgaris with his New Zealand record Kingfish 49.8. The old record of 47kg has stood for way too many years and while this record is differentiated from the North American Yellowtail one it is a very similar fish to the California Yellowtail. Amazing catch! Fish was taken off the North Island of...

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168lb Wahoo caught

168lb Wahoo caught

168lb Wahoo Bimini yesterday Words cannot describe what it would be like to see this fish in person underwater. I am looking forward to my chance some day… 168lb Wahoo caught by Jimmy David off the Bahamas this...

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Freediving Instructor Cameron Kirkconnell

Freediving Instructor Cameron Kirkconnell

As of today I’m officially an FII (Freedive Instructors International) Level One instructor after 10 days of training with 12 time world record holder Martin Stepanek. Myself and Jason Teal took the course in Cayman Brac and as you can see the conditions were really gorgeous on some of the days and we were lucky to have the weather cooperate most of the time. I’ve learned so much in ten days of diving and already improved my...

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Marco and Sharreiff: Wetsuits Saved our Lives

Marco and Sharreiff: Wetsuits Saved our Lives

These guys were lucky, no doubt about it. When the weather turns you have to be ready for anything and when things went south, and escalated quickly, MArco and Sharreiff were lucky enough to have their wetsuits on which helped them in their fight to survive the next 6 hours in open water. Their strong will and determination is what is going to help you the most but staying warm and having that extra bit of flotation helps immensely...

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Sharreiff’s Survival Story

This is from Sharreiff yesterday after he had a chance to rest and gather his wits from having to swim in and almost dying offshore when a front came through and sank their boat in the Florida Keys. Check it out. If you want to donate gear to Sharreiff and Marco, you can PM them on Facebook or email me and I will get it to them. Here’s his story: Just another day on the water turned into a life changing event. My buddy Marco Vestich...

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Help Sharreiff and Marco!

Help Sharreiff and Marco!

In an amazing story of survival (and overall just being a Boss) yesterday Marco Vestich and Sharreiff vincent beat the odds and swam ashore after their boat capsized and sank 5 miles offshore the Florida Keys. It is amazing these guys are alive and their story is one that will hopefully motivate all of us to have the same drive if we are put through the same in our lives. These guys lost all their dive gear, boat, etc and I’d like...

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Sharreif and Marco Missing

Sharreif and Marco Missing

Sharreif Vincent and Marco Vestich went missing yesterday afternoon in the Florida Keys while diving off Big Pine. The Coast Guard and all their friends went out looking but it became dark quickly as night fell and made searching more difficult. The two were out spearfishing when a front came through and changed the weather for the worse. I just heard that the boys are back on shore safe and sound and I’ll let you know soon the full...

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Opinion needed: Video Spearing and Bull Sharks

Opinion needed: Video Spearing and Bull Sharks

Of late, it has become common practice to entice Bull Sharks off Palm Beach Florida to approach divers in hopes that the Cobia that swim with them come in as well. Anyone who has dove in the SE USA has noticed the ten fold increase in Shark numbers and on most dive spots as soon as you pull the trigger, whether you hit a fish or not, there are 1-20 bull sharks rocketing straight to you for a free meal. I have my opinion on this but want...

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Video: Freediving on CBS tonight

William Trubridge tonight on 60 Minutes. If you didn’t watch it you can check it out online. Good show but I’m still frustrated with the details of Competition. I appreciate both the hard work that he put in and also the structure needed to maintain “records” but… Whats your take on this dive and the result? CK To check out Williams Records on your Iphone, download My Personal Best App on the Itunes store and...

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Riffe Pole Spear Bluewater how to Video

Riffe Pole Spear Bluewater how to Video

Heres a video to show you how to set up your pole spear with a few of the different Riffe Tips to be ready for blue water fish or hunting in deep water where you want to use a float line. Check it out photo Brian...

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Aussie Grouper in Florida Waters

Aussie Grouper in Florida Waters

What the hell! From the Miami Herald: Fishermen surprised by humpback grouper A humpback grouper was caught in Florida waters far from home, and experts fear it could be the next big invasive species. Greg Caterino of Tavernier holds a 15-pound humpback grouper that he speared Dec. 23 off Pacific Reef Light between Miami and the Upper Keys. The fish is one of only a handful of the exotic Indo-Pacific groupers spotted in Florida...

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Speargun confiscated by TSA

Speargun confiscated by TSA

http://blog.tsa.gov/2012/12/tsa-week-in-review-speargun-grenades.html   My buddy Conner sent me this one. Pretty funny. When I was a kid I can remember though traveling to and from the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico with my Riffe Hawaiian and I’d carry it on and put it in the coat closet on the plane. I must have been 16 or so the last time I did that. Amazing how times have changed. I’ve had my checked bags picked through...

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Nolan 2012

Nolan 2012

This year I spent a lot of time with good friends and Nolan Sadorf was on more trips than I could have ever hoped for. He is a good guy to travel with and always has a smile on his face and is game for what is coming up next. Together we found the school of all schools of Tarpon off the West Coast of Florida and got some spectacular video and photos: Tarpon ...

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Freedivers Safety Vest Test

Freedivers Safety Vest Test

Freedivers Safety Vest Got to try the FSV out today. I was skeptical but it feels like you aren’t even wearing it. Settings make it easy to designate your limits, and if you have a SWB it will bring you to the surface. When I exceeded my depth today it rocketed me up and laid me on my back perfectly. Thank you Terry Maas for putting the time into making this happen. What do you think about it? Any questions or concerns about the FRV?...

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New Yellowfin Tuna World Record 427lbs Approved

New Yellowfin Tuna World Record 427lbs Approved

From IGFA today: photo courtesy IGFA   ” The IGFA has officially approved the record application for the 193.68 kg (427 lb) yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) caught by Guy Yocom on September 28, 2012 while fishing aboard his boat, El Suertudo (“The Lucky One”). The boat was captained by Greg DiStefano, who put Yocom on the fish approximately 100 miles off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Yocom and another angler were...

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Pargo World Record Trip

Pargo World Record Trip

If you have been waiting for the next trip, February 8-10, 12-14, 16-18th we will be in Mexico hunting Pargos. We have some insane spots that you’ll be diving and hanging out in the  5-star villas is a far cry better than camping on a beach or staying in a thatch hut on the beach. Everyone from the last group had  blast and shot some great fish but the draw of the Pargos is going to take us back down there before the Bluewater...

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Wahoo: Reel? Bungey? Float? Slip tip?

Wahoo: Reel? Bungey? Float? Slip tip?

Ryan Poole with a 50lb Wahoo. Photo: Cameron Kirkconnell   Hopefully, you’ve been there. Heart pounding.   Trying to make a quiet dive and not look directly at them. Waiting until your are twice as close as you think you should be because the blue water is deceiving your trigger finger. By chance we come upon wahoo on the reef and edge of the abyss but when you  are seriously hunting Wahoo, you have your gear dialed in and are...

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445lb Yellowfin Tuna

445lb Yellowfin Tuna

They just keep getting bigger. This is really starting to affect my sleep schedule. I’ve heard rumors of the commercial boats getting some giants but with two fish over 400 this year already, my hope of seeing a spearfisherman take one grows ever stronger. This is a 445 lb Yellowfin was taken by the Excel Long Range Boat and I can only guess where it came from…. Congrats to these guys! When is your next YFT trip? CK photo credit...

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Video : Grouper and Giant Lobster on one dive

Video : Grouper and Giant Lobster on one dive

8lb Lobster and 19lb Red Grouper on a single breath This was a hell of a day on the East Coast of Florida. I’ve been watching these stud Red Grouper all through the closed season waiting for them to open them so I can get my chance. I knew there were plenty of World Record size fish and it was only a matter of time… (unfortunately while I was waiting for the water to get clear enough to video it, we found another spot in the...

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Shark Shield Test: Big Bulls

Shark Shield Test: Big Bulls

Nice fins. Thats the Shark Shield on your ankle and when you swim it turns and is streamlined down “Ryan, now is the time to turn that thing on!” This is the second time I’ve had major shark problems in the past couple of weeks and both times I had with me a Shark Shield. With 7 Bull Sharks rushing to the surface from 150′ and a “I’m gonna eat ya!” look on all of their faces, it was the high time...

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More Closures in Florida. HELP!

More Closures in Florida. HELP!

Like shooting permit in Florida? Too bad. Take 1 minute and write an email and keep this fish on the Spearfishermans list of species before they shut everything down!Closure of Permit in Florida Waters. YOU need to fight this! Send your emails ASAP. Florida Today News Article: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/…ules-could-way Please send your comments to the Commissioners...

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Riffe Digitech Rashguard Video: Hole Shot

Riffe Digitech Rashguard Video: Hole Shot

Old Shoe Last day in the Cayman Islands I took the paddle board out in some choppy seas and checked out some reefs on the south side of Cayman Brac I haven’t seen in years. So many fish and activity its just awesome to get in the water and relax and dive. I’m always hunting even if it is with the camera. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO by clickingVIDEO CLICK HERE Just a cool spot. Thought I’d share....

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Cameron Kirkconnell will steal your stuff

Cameron Kirkconnell will steal your stuff

This guy will gank your gear. Mark it or lose it If you haven’t already, mark all your gear. When you are on trips like the Blue water one we just returned from, there are 3-12 guys all with the same stuff, 100′ bungey, 2 atm floats, etc and it all looks the same. For my gear, I mark them with a white tie wrap somewhere on them and when there are only 4 of us we each mark our own with a different color to keep track of it. For...

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Tuna Trip complete

Tuna Trip complete

Its over, or I guess, more accurately, its just begun. The trip was an overwhelming success with a new breed of Blue Water hunters born and baptized in waters teeming with epic fish. I like to offer that there are plenty spots next year, but to a man, all are returning for a full week after having such a bang up trip we are all frothing for more. Pargos, Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin, Milkfish, Rainbow Runners to 20lbs, and of course, the star of...

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Tuna Trip Day 4/5

Tuna Trip Day 4/5

“Day 4 of freediving in Mexico. The damn tuna broke my heart today. So damn close! It was going off today. Tuna jumping everywhere. Saw some over 100 pounds and some that had to be near 200 pounds. saw a huge school at 100′ under the chum. Hit one about 60 only to have the shaft pull out! Hard to hold your breath with monster tuna all around.” Rob Harding Group 1… and then extended to group two…. I don’t...

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Tuna Trip update

Tuna Trip update

AJay with his first Pacific Cubera This week the diving has steadily picked up with some incredible fish seen and lots of Monster Yellowfins with sickles all the way back to their tails on some drifts. (Which means they are gigantic!) The guys yesterday had one of the best trips so far but frustrating as well with some really good ones seen and...

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Tuna Trip with CK

When I pack for a Yellowfin Tuna trip, I usually bring: my big gun (Mach 5 or Bluewater Elite), 100′ Bungey and 2x 25′ bungey two 2 Atm floats and enough spare gear to supply a dive store. One of the good things about our Tuna trip is that all the gear you need is already here. We have had one guy who the airline lost his dive gear, and another who lost some to a big Tuna and...

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Video: Pole Spear Meet Record Smashed!

Video: Pole Spear Meet Record Smashed!

Ryan Moore this weekend broke the long standing record for the largest stringer and largest fish at the Charlie Sturgill Pole Spear Meet in California. Badass. Riffe Pole Spear does the trick taking down the competition as well as the big fish when it counts. Congrats to Ryan...

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Lifesaving Award photo

Lifesaving Award photo

One of the few times I've worn a suit in recent years. The follow up to the story about Steve Bennett above is that two years later the US Coast Guard honored the rescue by presenting their second highest award for Lifesaving. I was just cleaning out photos on my computer and found this one. The Rear Admiral of the USCG that presented the award said it was only the second time in his career that he had actually seen the award given...

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Big Uku Spearing Video

Big Uku Spearing Video

Taka is on it. Whether he is wrestling dead eels to scare the Tourists in Sydney or taking 18 hour bus rides through Latin America to get on the spot, he is always keen to be in the water and blow our minds with video of incredible scenes from below when he surfaces again. This school of Uku (Jobfish) is the stuff that makes me hate the guy. But he is too damn funny and keeps producing these insane videos so I’ll just stay jealous...

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Wahoo or Dolphin?

Wahoo or Dolphin?

Wahoo on the left, Dolphin on the right.... What to do? I posted this photo on Facebook posing the question what do you do in this situation? You’re drifting in the blue water and as your watching a nice 40+ lb wahoo come past a Dolphin in the 20lb range approaches on the surface presenting an easy shot at a guns length away. The Wahoo is already out of range and swimming up current. Do you take the sure thing? Or gamble and hold out...

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Tuna ass kicking video

This is one of my favorite videos that keeps me humble and inspires me to take some risks every once in awhile in my gear. The table turns though when you are holding someone elses pride and joy in your hands and the shot presents itself and you have to make a decision that may affect your friendship… I was recently humbled while I was looking for a small fish to shoot for chum. I dove down to about 65′ but the school of small...

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Dolphin photo

Dolphin photo

Dollie I’ve seen a couple of cool photos like this on the internet but it was really fun this past week in the blue while we were spearfishing to put the gun down for a second and see how close I could really get to some of the freeswimming fish. Most of the pics you see on the net these days have been manipulated in some way, multiple images put together to make a single shot or “school” of fish, Hooked fish photographed...

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Spectator Spearfishing Solution

Spectator Spearfishing Solution

Cameron, I hope this finds you well after a great day of diving. My name is Kevin Scott and my closest friend has recently introduced me to the world of spearfishing, well under water hunting really. I grew up in Baltimore, MD and at a very young age was introduced to the outdoors. Whether it was shooting whitetails with my bow in the hardwoods of the Eastern Shore or catching blue marlin on the rod and reel in Ocean City, I loved, and...

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Whale and sharks video

Anyone up for a surf? While this might be a bit disturbing to some, it brings back memories of finding whales floating in the middle of the ocean. These create a massive foodsource and one of the most incredible schools of dolphin and tuna I saw off the coast of Sri Lanka on the way from Indonesia to the Persian Gulf. The water was slick calm and then you could see ripples everywhere for the 1/2 mile around the floating whale and there...

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New WR Yellowfin Tuna

New WR Yellowfin Tuna

If you didn’t get the memo… this is why the Tuna Trip with Cameron Kirkconnell filled up so fast. This fish was taken last week and pulled the scales to 427lbs. I’ve been frothing to get on the elusive 300lb one but with this evolution in the YFT mix… I think the guys on the trip are setting their sights a bit higher. If you are interested in receiving invites for future spearfishing trips subscribe to in the upper...

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How not to get a World Record

How not to get a World Record

You see that fish floating that is all white and half digested? That is a black seabass that has been sitting in the belly of a chunky Red Grouper I shot the opening weekend of Lobster Season this year in Florida. I’d found the area the year before when season was closed for grouper and promised all my friends dismemberment if they mentioned it or stole it from me or even thought of shooting them before I got the chance. When I...

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Potential WR Red Snapper

Potential WR Red Snapper

I’ve been waiting for them to re-open the season here on the East Coast of Florida for far too long. Last week was a total blowout with the weather and this weekend it was packed with boats and the bottom vis and current were all working against us. I lucked out and landed the Snapper of my dreams. I was patient and actually had the video camera in one hand while I made the dive and took the shot and was gutted when I got to the...

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Tuna trip with Cameron

Tuna trip with Cameron

This is not an April Fools joke. Mark it on your Calendars and if you are interested email Cameron at Blueh2oboy@gmail.com for the Bluewater Trip of a lifetime! You have the choice of 3 or 6 days of diving some of the richest waters of the world when the big boys are in and I’ll share my bluewater hunting secrets to get you on the fish. I’ve had a lot of requests over the years to join me on our adventures and by acting as your...

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Tarpon Underwater Loop Current Video

Tarpon Underwater Loop Current Video

Rumor has it the Tarpon Run offshore and spawn in the Loop Current off West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. There has been a lot of time and money spent trying to document what they really do out there and as far as I know this is the only footage out there of Tarpon breeding in the Bluewater. One of the most amazing sights in the purple blue. The feeling as they passed was mesmerizing and the terror that gripped me when they were nearly...

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Kirk Kirkconnell, my father RIP

Kirk Kirkconnell, my father RIP

I’ve been a bit out of the loop in the past few months. Sneaking away every once in a while at my fathers insistence that I leave his side and get out on the water so he can see what we come home with. The proudest I've ever been of a fish. Dad's first Wahoo. GR filmed it and did nearly a 3 minute dive to capture it. This was the most incredible day diving with him and returning the favor of all that he had taught me from...

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Justin Bustin Fish Video

Justin Baker has been on a rage this past year and I wish I had recorded the phone call with him on his way down to the Keys this year as we tried to put him together with some of the usual suspects down there. Having met only a few of the guys before he made instant friends and the energy that emanates from the guy is enviable. The ride home he called me and was just on fire. So happy and just blown away by the hospitality of the Keys...

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Boat Crash Video

If you are the one running the boat it is your job to take care of everyones lives that are there with you. Likewise, it is your responsibility if they get hurt so you need to make good decisions and not be a freaking idiot. This guy, despite his injuries from the boat, likely got his ass kicked by all the rest of them as soon as he recovered. Be safe on the water. It is your duty to learn as much about all aspects of being on the water,...

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Red Snapper Season OPEN!!!! Atlantic

Red Snapper Season OPEN!!!! Atlantic

For the first time in way too many years, Red Snapper is going to be open in the Atlantic. I for one, will be out there ready to take part and after watching so many big ones swim right up to me in the past couple years they are not going to know what hit them. Good luck of you and stay off my spots. Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic Atlantic Red Snapper Season Min. Size limit Remarks State...

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Keys Spearing Video Wahoo, Snapper, ala Jeremy Foell and Friends

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Rob Murphy: Freediver

Rob Murphy: Freediver

Rob Murphy with a stud Kingfish If you’ve never met him then you are missing out on a really cool guy who has truly shown what “manning up” is all about. Next time you have a papercut or are worried about something at work or school, remember to make the most of the situation and move on. I don’t know how he does it but Rob Murphy has become a legend in the Spearfishing World by continuously pushing himself to new...

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Surf Expo Mark Healey Seminar Freediving/Spearfishing/Surviving

Surf Expo Mark Healey Seminar Freediving/Spearfishing/Surviving

Healey in Fiji with his Big Dogtooth If you are a surfer, then you know the name Mark Healey is synonymous with Big Waves and setting the bar for how far inside and deeper anyone in their right mind would sit to wait for the wave of the century. If you are spearfisherman, you’ve seen his videos with big tunas at the ends of the earth and riding on the dorsal of Great Whites or like the above, just pure awesomeness. What you may not...

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Spear to the Head Video

Spear to the Head Video

click here to read: Boy shoots himself in head with Speargun VIDEO Something doesn't feel right? Does my hair look ok? photo Jackson Memorial Hospital This was big news when it first happened and the argument for not loading a gun out of the water has been beaten into the ground but still we see it every day around the world. There is also another group that is against Pneumatic style guns and while I do not use them I have no say...

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Marklar and Big King Mackerel Spearfishing

Marklar and Big King Mackerel Spearfishing

This past week we did some more filming for my show Underwater Adventures that will be on Sunsports this Winter and had some great times with sharks, Wahoo, and most notably Big King Mackerel which we targeted in deep water off Louisiana. The only thing more dangerous than a great white shark? Two Great White Shark hats. Photo fashion faux pas Our Captain is one of the best Tuna Fisherman in Venice and he put us where the fish were but...

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Lobster Ledge from Heaven

Lobster Ledge from Heaven

This is what a Lobster looks like. Not to be confused with the little guys you bought for $30 a lb at Red Lobster. This one went 11 lbs and had legs as long as your arms.”][/caption] This past week it was a mad dash up and down the coast of Florida to get in the water and get your lobsters. Sadly the visibility wasn’t the best and some guys and girls, myself included, found 3′ visibility and water temps in the 50′s...

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Bahamas review

The Bahamas is awesome. No way around it. This summer has had some great stretches of calm days and I’ve been lucky enough to take advantage of it and run our 27ft boat across from Stuart and Ft. Pierce to stay at Rosies Place for a few days on Grand Cay and dive the surrounding areas. Even if it is only 10′ of water, there are fish. Big Groupers seem to be everywhere this year and despite not having any GPS points or even...

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2012 National Spearfishing Champion

2012 National Spearfishing Champion

Dan Silvera does it again in the cold Northwest of California taking the title with an impressive stringer of fish topped off with a new world record Lingcod of 37lbs! Well done Dan! I’m looking forward to hearing the stories from the day Dan Silvera 2012 USA Spearfishing Nationals Champion with new pending WR Lingcod...

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Is the USA Spearfishing Nationals Dying?

Is the USA Spearfishing Nationals Dying?

Did you know this was going on today? Do you know where Albion, California is? Can you name two of the last 5 National Champions? Click Here for more info on the 2012 USA Spearfishing Nationals I’ve caught some flack over the years for not being involved in more Tournaments, State and or Nationals as have many of this new breed of Spearfisherman. In decades past, the legends of the sport made their names by participating in these...

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Riffe Digitech Suit hits Australia

Riffe Digitech Suit hits Australia

The Australians have gotten a hold of the new Riffe Camo and it looks like its working. The guys down under have been frothing for some new suits and designs and the technology behind this new Riffe one is blowing minds. If you haven’t gotten yours contact your Riffe Dealer Taka Tailor Digi Death Jewie Digi double The dog was barking his head off, someone at the door perhaps? It was the Fed-ex guy, with him a giant box covered with...

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Lobster Season Danger: Eel Bite

Lobster Season Danger: Eel Bite

You only do this once... hopefully that is. How many of you have been bitten by a moray or had a friend bitten? Yep, you are in deep $#!t if you reach into a hole in Florida for a lobster and didn’t look in there first. I have had some close calls and most of my friends and family have either been sent to the hospital by them or had the crap scared out of them. My dad reached into hole when I was about 16 years old in the Keys to help...

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Hawaii State Record Yellowfin Tuna !?

Hawaii State Record Yellowfin Tuna !?

Click here for the story of Moku Colons’ 197lb Ahi Wendell Ko 188lb Hawaii Ahi This past week, well known and respected Spearfisherman Wendell Ko from Hawaii shot and landed a 188lb Yellowfin Tuna off the Islands. Although some news reports touted it as a State Record the title was taken recently by Moku Colon with a 197 lb fish off Kona. Or Was it? There is still some confusion so maybe you all can confirm one way or the...

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Cheap Gear! Tight Ass Tuesdays

Cheap Gear!  Tight Ass Tuesdays

Thought you’d enjoy a chance to get some cheap gear and know about any deals I’d heard about. Check this one at Adreno Cheap Gear sounds good to...

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Fiji Dream Trip Opening

Fiji Dream Trip Opening

Just got this in from Joe Marra who after talking with me last year about our epic trip to Fiji signed up again for this year, I’m checking my schedule to see if I can join in before the boat fills up but it is an incredible trip. There is a link below to sign up if you can swing it. You will not go home without some broken gear and a smile that will remain until you can get back there again. The sight of 200lb Doggies and 100lb...

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Video: Two Great White Sharks this week

On opposite ends of the earth. One right here in Florida where people don’t expect to see them (yet every year a few are sighted up and down the coast) and the other in Australia. More and more GWS are showing up as the fish stocks rise and the restrictions on Longlining, netting, and killing sharks tighten. We have been lucky that no one has been attacked and these guys while I’m sure it tightened them up a bit, had the...

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Balta Mexico PB Amberjack

Balta Mexico PB Amberjack

Just in from Richard Balta who is one of the strongest divers on the West Coast off USA who dominates the contests there over the past ten years. He is a monster of a guy at around 6’5″ and 230 lbs but one of the nicest guys you’ll ever encounter. He is one of the most knowledgeable divers over there and a lot of fun to be out on the boat with. He’s made more trips to Mexico than I can count and always seems to be in...

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Low Volume Mask Measurement?

Low Volume Mask Measurement?

Cruising the internet you’ll hear a lot about low volume masks and how that is the only way to go for freediving. True, if you want to increase your breath hold, you’ll switch to a mask that reduces the amount of air that you have to take from your lungs and instead waste equalizing your mask to keep it from popping your eyes out of your face. Well, what is the best way to measure the volume of a mask? I am not sure but on the...

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Bahamas Summer 2012: 14lb Hogfish

Bahamas Summer 2012: 14lb Hogfish

13 years old, 14lbs William Scott in 55ft of Water Great week in the Bahamas with my cousins Aaron and William. This was Aaron’s last blast before starting indoctrination at the US Merchant Marine Academy in Long Island New York where he will be for the next 4 years working towards a BS in Marine Transportation, unlimited Tonnage Third Officers License, and commission into the Armed Forces of his choice as an Officer as well. I could...

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Fisherman Article About fishing with Divers in the Water…

How many times have you rolled up to a spot where there were fisherman already there and heard them bitch and moan about you ruining the day by getting in the water and scaring all the fish? Well for once there is a positive article from a Captain on the West Coast of the USA who has been taking both fisherman and Spearos out in harmony. I’ve done the same throughout the world and the results are varied depending on what you are...

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