BEAT THE COLD AND HAVE A SUCCESSFUL WINTER SPEARFISHING TRIP
Winter isn’t every anglers favourite time to fish. From the cold weather that can be unforgiving to climbing into a cold wetsuit, winter spearfishing isn’t as appealing as some think. However, winter can also be an enjoyable time to spearfish. The cold temperature leads to algae dying off, giving you better visibility. Winter is still a good time to catch more fish because, during the colder months, fish tend to be sluggish. To beat the biting cold, there are effective ways to have a successful winter spearfishing spree.
The key to enjoying winter spearfishing is to stay warm. The best way to do this is to wear an adequate diving suit. There are suggested wetsuit thickness depending on the temperature. If you get the right neoprene level, you won’t feel cold. A good wetsuit will conveniently protect the most sensitive areas of your body, such as the head, neck, stomach and kidneys.
To be adequately protected from the cold, here’s an essential guide on the diving suit you’ll need:
• 3mm during the summer
• 5mm during the intermediate seasons
• 7mm for harsh winters
• 9mm in regions with particularly cold waters
Winter spearfishing may not always allow you to fish the whole day conveniently. So once you get there, maximise your time well. Using ground baits is an effective method to get you closer to more fish. This is the perfect way to send big food signals.
FIND THE HOT SPOTS
A likely hotspot for winter spearfishing is deep water. Big fish won’t usually swim in shallow water to get your bait. They feel much safer in the deep. So, make sure to hunt near the deep waters to give fish a false sense of security.
Finding the right rock is just the same as finding a hotspot. When looking for the right rock, make sure it can provide you with enough cover from below. This will help you shoot down fish successfully. An ideal sniping position is no more than three or four metres from the bottom.
The depth is also a factor to consider. It needs to be deep enough, so you can lie down in the water when aiming but shallow enough, so you won’t struggle when going up for air.
The last factor when finding a hotspot is the sun angle. Make sure the sun is behind you. This will help you see clearly when approaching the target, while the fish stays blinded by the sunlight.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONDITIONS
The next effective way to a successful winter spearfishing trip is choosing the right conditions. Even the most skilled of spearfishers will agree that bad visibility conditions make diving extra hard.
Learning the right weather conditions for your dive sites is crucial when it comes to winter spearfishing. The easiest way to do this is by judging wind conditions. Calmer conditions will work better for you than windy days as fish will be encouraged to come up in the shallows. Offshore winds are fine but inshore winds aren’t. High winds can ruin a good spearfishing trip.
COME PREPARED AND STAY PATIENT
Any activity done during winter needs thorough preparation and careful planning. Winter spearfishing isn’t for the careless and the stubborn. For a harsh weather condition as winter, make sure to come prepared physically and mentally as well as with the right gear and equipment. The wind and the cold can make spearfishing difficult, so take your time and wait for the right opportunity to shoot. Your patience will go a long way.
Winter spearfishing has its share of advantages and disadvantages, but it can work well for you if you follow helpful tips and steps. Dive with a group of friends and maximise your time while there aren’t too many others spearfishing around. With enough research, proper gear and the right spots, the cold and the wind will not hinder you that much from a successful winter spearfishing outing. I am a big fan of spearfishing in winter despite the challenges. The cold water certainly gets the adrenaline pumping.
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