March 21, 2019

Species hunting guides

HomeSpecies hunting guides

Here you’ll find guides to the different species of fish you can hunt when spearfishing. Each tuition guide is crammed full of tips, photographs from our trips out and useful, actionable advice. We hope you enjoy them, and we hope they help you!


Spearfishing yellowfin tuna

yellow150The yellowfin tuna is one of the most formidable species to target. They are extremely fast, strong beyond belief, and wary of divers.

A 60 pound yellowfin is easily capable of drowning a diver, should he or she become caught in the floatline.


How to spearfish Wahoo

wahoo150Definitely one of the top 5 big game, the wahoo is an inhabitant of warm, clear water. Crafty and intelligent gamefish with huge power and razor sharp teeth, wahoo are a challenging fish to catch. Wahoo grow to in excess of 120 pounds but most specimens are under 70. It is hard to think of a more 'tactical' fish than a wahoo, and capturing them requires timing, accuracy and dedication.


How to spearfish red mullet

red150The Red Mullet is one of the less commonly caught fish. They tend to live near the seabed in small shoals and are easily disturbed. Hunting Red Mullet is a fairly opportunistic affair, there are only a few places where they can be routinely caught. Red Mullet are small fish, and do not grow to any great size, but are highly prized nonetheless.


How to spearfish pollock

pollockThe pollock is a more common member of the Cod family and is a beautiful fish, brownish copper above, with gold and silver sides. Easily recognised by their protruding lower jaw and moody appearance, pollock offer a strong fight and a definite challenge to spearfishermen when they reach larger sizes. Pollock can exceed 20lbs but most fish caught are under 4 pounds.


How to spearfish sailfish

sailfish150The sailfish is amongst the fastest of all fish, possibly the fastest. Clocked at speeds of up to 70mph and inhabiting the deepest blue water, the sailfish poses a challenge for any diver. We must stress that the sailfish is dangerous to divers once speared and should not be hunted unless you are prepared for a potentially lethal counterattack.


How to catch lobster

lobsterI'll make no apologies for what I am about to say. The British lobster is superior to its cousins abroad. We may not have Wahoo or Snappers but our local blue lobster hammers the Maine Lobster and the Cray into the scampi league.

North Atlantic Lobsters living in the cold murky water around the UK are a true prize. A freediver catching a lobster over a couple of pounds has achieved a serious feat. For these are feisty, wary and inaccessible critters.


How to spearfish flatfish

flatfishWe have several species of flatfish in the UK and most behave in a similar way so we will deal with them in one section. The flatfish of interest to the UK spearfishermen are:

  • Flounder
  • Turbot
  • Brill
  • Plaice
  • Sole
  • Skates and Rays
  • Flounder

How to spearfish conger

congerThe conger is often seen as a bit of a bogeyman underwater, leaving divers fearful of holes under ledges or in wrecks where a conger may lurk. In reality, conger are not aggressive fish, so you have little to fear if you're just searching for bass or lobsters in holes. They will back away from you usually.


How to spearfish a grey mullet

greymulletThe mullet is a great sporting fish and for most of us represents the first 'silver' fish we capture. Plentiful and predictable, mullet grow to a good size and offer a lot of fun spearfishing, being much more numerous (and somewhat less paranoid) than the more elusive bass. Grey mullet come in three main varieties.


How to spearfish Gilthead bream

gilthead-breamThe Gilthead. NOT guilthead! Named for the gold stripe on the forehead hence 'gilt'. An infrequent visitor to our waters with an obsessive spearfishing following. Sometimes called the 'Golden One' this is perhaps out most prized target and many spearos strive to encounter one of these elusive fish.


How to spearfish cod

codCod are making a huge comeback. They are more and more common off Portland. Time was when one diver in the club would get one every few years. Nowadays we seem to end up with one on the boat on most trips. In 2011 a good number of double figure cod were landed and it is only a matter of time before the ancient British Record falls!


Bluefin tuna spearfishing

bluefintunaBluefin tuna have been infrequent visitors to our waters for many years in the same way as Gilthead Bream. Only one diver has managed to spear one but several have seen one. The current British Record is 36 pounds and thought these fish grow to over 1000lbs we do not anticipate the record being broken anytime soon. Though commercially vulnerable the capture of one or two bluefin by spearfishermen is sustainable.


Spearfishing for Black Bream

black-breamAlthough it does not grow to any great size, the black bream is generally regarded as a particularly tricky and prized fish to catch. The current British record is 2.24Kg. Black bream are not generally a concern to conservationists and they can be found in huge shoals throughout much of the year. They are vulnerable to fishing during their spawning period from March - April and should not be targeted when nesting.


Bass spearfishing guide

bassThe Bass! Few fish attract such controversy or such an avid following amongst anglers and spearfishermen alike. Even the name provokes controversy with the term Seabass being used in culinary circles and the term European Sea Bass being used to differentiate the species from the various other types of bass (including freshwater bass) across the world. We will refer to them as bass.


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