There is always great spearfishing that can be found throughout the world. But if you are looking to set world records or want to experience a different fishery you might want to consider the below destinations.
David is close to two of Panama’s premiere spearfishing zones, The Gulf of Chiriqui and Hannibal Banks. There’s world-class spearing around the dozens of little islands that dot the gulf. You’ll find rocky shorelines, reefs, bluewater pinnacles and great blue water further offshore. The area is beyond gorgeous, and the waters are teeming with action for any spear from expert to beginner. The waters remain in the 70 to 85 degree Fahrenheit range all year long making for very pleasant time when you are in the water for a long period of time. You can usually fish at depths of 5 to 15 feet, but the outer waters can be up to 100 feet deep. The varied habitats makes for varied quarry, including monster tuna and wahoo in the deep waters and king mackerel, parrotfish, snook and rooster fish inshore. Near the outer islands, you can take massive sized grouper, barracuda, amberjack and mahi-mahi.
Southern Baja, Mexico
Baja is a very slender peninsula south of California separated from the Mexican mainland by the Sea of Cortez, which is also called the Gulf of California. It is home to more native fish species than any place in the world. The best spearfishing is on the southeast Pacific coast, near La Paz. The water is almost always between 72 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit with 20 to 100 feet visibility. Depths at the pinnacles and high spot reefs range from 15 to 60 feet. Every summer, ten FADS (fish attracting devices) are set to establish more spearing zones. Newbies can take reef species in the shallows. Experts can fill their creel in the blue waters with amberjack, wahoo, yellow fin tuna, blue marlin, and several types of grouper. Many world records of trophy sized fish have come from these waters.
Nosara, Costa Rica
Nosara is another pristine Pacific Coast spearfishing destination with terrific reef, pinnacle and bluewater action. Temperatures are between 79 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Visibility is 50 to 150 feet offshore, and inshore visibility is 30 to 100 feet. Most fish are speared between 10 and 20 feet, but there are workable spots that are 100 feet deep. There’s even a sunken steam ship that attracts all types of fish. Once again, this site is perfect for spearos of any skill level. Experts can spear tuna and billfish in the deep waters. Newcomers can take advantage of easy species in the shallows. Snook, lobster, mackerel and roosterfish are near the coast. Grouper, barracuda, sailfish, wahoo and mahi-mahi can be taken in the pinnacles.