From Spear to Table #1 – Care for your catch

Welcome to “From Spear to Table”, a new series about what happens after the shot. Under this head line I will share tips, tricks and recipes helping you bring the fish from the spear to the table in the best possible way. In this first post we start from the beginning with how to properly “care for your catch”.
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Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know #4: Equipment

In this the 4th episode of “Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know” series we are  looking into the equipment aspects of spearfishing in our waters and get familiar with the most popular equipment set ups being used here. Continue reading “Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know #4: Equipment”

Some days everything seems to go wrong…

Gear in bags, motivation pumping and the cold November morning air in the face as I exit my building. It couldn’t be better. I’m heading out spearfishing with a new crew to a new spot this morning. We meet up in Pollença town before the sun is up, hook up the boat trailer to the car and hit the road. Continue reading “Some days everything seems to go wrong…”

Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know #2: Dive Conditions

Freediving and spearfishing in the Balearic Islands is stunningly beautiful. The water is crystal clear and the underwater landscapes dramatic and changing. The Balearics are like massive chunks of Swiss cheese thrown into the sea with hundreds if not thousands of holes, caves and caverns lining the coasts. Continue reading “Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know #2: Dive Conditions”

Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know #1: Laws and regulations

Episode #1 of the “Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know” series. This first episode deals with the laws and regulations around spearfishing in the Balearic islands.

Welcome to the Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know series!

Every spearfishing destination is unique in terms of dive conditions, available species, species behaviour, common practices, sustainability concerns and last but not least – regulations. Continue reading “Spearfishing in Mallorca – What you need to know #1: Laws and regulations”

With tourist season gone spearfishing season is on

As the temperatures are dropping restaurants and hotels are closing one by one. While boats and luxury yachts are being lifted out of the water and parasols cleared from the beaches a slow and peaceful atmosphere is embracing our little town. It’s a blessed feeling when work is finished for the year, when the high season stress is being replaced by peace and quiet and time with colleagues and clients give way for time with family and friends. Continue reading “With tourist season gone spearfishing season is on”

Springtime diving in the Mediterranean

All seasons come with their pros and cons. In summer the water is warm and beautifully clear, but also full of people and boats that scare the fish away, as well posing an actual threat of running you over. In spring, the water is cold, but on the other hand you have it more or less for yourself. There’s plenty of fish around too, and that we all like, freedivers and spearfishermen alike.

Diving in colder waters takes a little more preparations. But if you do it right it’s truly enjoyable. First of all you need to make sure you have a suitable wet suit to keep the cold out for the full time in the water that you have planned for. Ideally you dive with a two piece open cell suit to maximize thermal efficiency without needing too much neoprene, which would require a lot of extra weights in turn. Long John pants is a good way to get extra warmth around the torso without adding too much neoprene.

Personally I’m diving in a 5mm open cell suit in April and May where temperatures range from 14°C early April to about 19°C late May. Come June and the temperature climbs above 20°C I switch to 3mm which is good throughout summer and fall till the end of October. Earlier than April I prefer 7mm if I’m planning for more than an hour in the water.

Make sure you wear warm enough dive gloves and socks to keep your extremities warm and functional.

But apart from bringing the right gear, keeping warm on the way to the dive site and while you’re getting into your suit also has a big impact on your dive experience. Especially on boat trips it’s important to protect yourself from cold air and winds with a warm jacket and a hat. Equally important is to make sure that you keep fingers and toes warm during transport. They won’t warm up as you get in the water, quite the opposite.

A big bottle of warm soapy water is gold worth for donning an open cell suit without cooling down in the process. Bring enough and keep it warm if the transport is long.

After diving get out of your suit and into warm dry clothes as soon as possible to avoid getting cold down by winds and cold air.

Do it right and spring offers some of the best dive experiences of the year.

How to pick a pair of freediving bi-fins – A buying guide

Ok, you need a pair of long blade freediving fins. You know that much. But how do you move on from here? How do you chose the perfect pair? This guide is a good place to start. Continue reading “How to pick a pair of freediving bi-fins – A buying guide”