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Are you considering going fishing while on your next vacation? Spearfishing is an old and powerful art.

It is believed that spears have been used to catch fish since the beginning of humankind. The oldest known record dates back to 16,000 years ago. Cosquer Cave in France has paintings of harpooned seals.

There is something special about techniques for hunting that were in use for in the past for thousands of years and are still used today.

The Scottish novelist John Buchan once said, “The charm of fishing is that it is the pursuit of what is elusive but attainable, a perpetual series of occasions for hope.”

That “charm” that Buchan talks about can be felt ten times when you step out from the norm of fishing and decide to go fishing with the spear.

People who have tried the sport once often fall in love with it and the “spearo” identity becomes a part of who they are.

Grab your freediving gear and head on to read our list of the top places you should visit to enjoy the pleasures of spearfishing.

THE FLORIDA KEYS Each year, the season of grouper begins the first week of May. This draws anglers from all over the globe. This is also the prime time to catch some mahi-mahi, aka dolphinfish, so the seas are ablaze with life. The Keys are the perfect location for all levels of experience, there are plenty of shallower locations to explore, or deeper locations to test your expertise. If you’re looking to dive free or snorkel, or even scuba there’s something for all throughout Keys of the Florida Keys. And there’s nothing like a slice of key lime pie in celebration of the best catch. Florida does have some rules regarding what you can and should not catch be caught, so ensure you study the rules before heading out.

BALI, INDONESIA Bali is the largest and most loved tourist destination in Indonesia. With its ancient temples, surrounded by clear emerald waters you’ll be hard-pressed to find a place in the world like it. A dogtooth tuna is an enormous attraction, as are sailfish, dolphinfish, Spanish mackerel, and the giant Trevally. Dogtooth tuna is at least 250pounds or more. gigantic trevally has been reported to reach 175. Going to Bali is a chance to swim with some huge fish in surreal and breathtaking surroundings. When you’re in the deeps, take a look at other marine creatures, such as the hawksbill turtle, massive moray eels and hammerhead sharks, and giant manta ray.

JAPAN Many of the species of giant fish found in the waters around Bali can also be found in Japan. In addition, you’ll also see Bonito, Japanese yellowtail, amberjack, and snapper mackerel, along with a diverse array of sea creatures. Japanese individuals are experts in fish, with their understanding of sushi dating back thousands of years. For a tiny island, Japan makes up 15 percent of the world’s catch of fish. The coastline in Okinawa and Zamami Island are both prime fishing spots for spearfishing. Spearfishing and freediving have a long-standing history in Japan. In fact, there is a well-known tradition of women divers, known as Ama. They have been freediving to catch abalone, lobster, and sea urchins, since the early 1700s. Despite threats to the environment due to overfishing, Ama is still at it and continues to do so.

HAWAII Another location with deep traditional and traditional spearfishing ties is on the islands of Hawaii. If you’ve seen or heard of the Hawaiian kind of spear, (also known as the pole spear), it’s likely that you have an idea of how passionate spearos from Hawaii are. Traditionally, Lawai’a were the most revered spearfishers within the community. They would pass their knowledge to the younger Generation of lawai’a. The sport of spearfishing is active and alive today. There is plenty of Mahi or ono, ahi, billfish, and barracuda that swim in the Hawaiian seas. This is why the restaurants of Hawaii serve the best seafood available. Although spearfishing scuba isn’t allowed in the western islands of Hawaii, there are still many amazing spots to explore. There are eight different islands that form Hawaii and there are plenty of choices to choose from.

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