Want to spearfish outside of Socal? Try the Florida Keys!

Florida is the only state to have a coral reef ecosystem that is alive (besides Hawaii of course)! With these amazing reefs comes amazing spearfishing. One great spot to try is called middle keys. Unfortunately a lot of the other places are protected areas that do not allow spearfishing. Remember that you may need to boat out to some of these reefs because they are not always so close to the shore. If you do find shallow reefs however lookout for some yellowtail snapper that is hiding out.

Spearfisher in Middle Keys
Spearfisher in Middle Keys

In the summer time when the water temperature is considerably higher, the large fish tend to swim out to cooler waters. Sometimes you may have to travel as far as six miles out to find these big fish. Some of the popular fish that are out there include grouper and snapper: mutton, yellowtail, gray or mangrove, and hogfish.

If this sounds like something you are interested in I have included some contact information below to get you started.

Above and Below Extreme Ocean Sports at (305) 743-1880.

To join a Club Spear excursion, visit www.hallsdiving.com or call (800) 331-HALL.

Spearfishing Video Game to Be Released for Xbox Live Arcade

The video game developer Biart (A Russian company) has made it public that they will be releasing a game based on the sport of spearfishing. The title of the game will be called Spearfishing, yes very original, and is to be released on the Xbox Live Arcade, XBLA, and also on PC. Biart says they are attempting to create an authentic aquatic hunting experience.

The game will start off with a training session where players will learn to stab fish. They will slowly work their way from amateur to professional competitions. These competition tournaments will take place in some of the worlds most exotic and extraordinary locations.

Below are some screenshots of what the game is going to look like. You can also download the trailer here.

Joe Diver Pro Ear Dive Snorkel Mask

Girl Modeling the Pro Ear 2000
Girl Modeling the Pro Ear 2000

After stumbling across this product on the internet I thought I would compile some information regarding the “The Pro Ear 2000.” This mask is a completely new concept that tackles the difficulties that your ears face during a dive. There are many benefits to the new mask. It improves the overall comfort and safety of the ear underwater. It also improves the hearing and sense of direction of the diver and simplifies the task of equalizing your ears under water. It is great for use in cold water or where you do not dirty water to get into your ear canal.

Aside from being a standard mask, the ear cups on the strap keep the ears dry and protect them from the pollution and cold water. The mask is made from high -grade black silicone with tempered glass lenses. The mask also fits a wide variety of faces such as narrow and wide.

Closeup of the Pro Ear 2000
Closeup of the Pro Ear 2000

The ear cups work by covering the entire ear to form a water tight seal. The website explains that they must be properly positioned and all of the hair must be out of the way. (This seems like it could be a challenge?) The air in the ear cups comes from air exhaled through the nose that travels through the small tubes that run along the mask. The air passes through a non return valve allowing the air of the ear cup to equalize according to ambient pressure.

Girl Wearing Pro Ear Mask
Girl Wearing Pro Ear Mask

The ear cups also serve to filter the ambient water pressure from the sea, and the tubes that channel air from the goggles mimic Eustachian tubes which allow for easier pressure equalization before reaching the ear drum. The swimmer simply blows lightly out of his or her nose to keep the ambient pressure into the ear cups. The ears can equalize in two separate steps as opposed to the harsh equalization that occurs in the water. Blowing hard out of the nose can clear the goggles and the ear cups from water that may have seeped in.

Overall these are a great pair of goggles and they could even protect against ear infections and calcium deposits. And finally because the ears are not surrounded by water, you can finally get a sense of direction as to where sounds are coming from. This can be especially useful in loud ocean conditions. As always, if you have any thoughts about this product please comment below.

Underwater View of the Pro Ear 2000
Underwater View of the Pro Ear 2000

Riffe Frameless Mask

Frameless Snorkel Mask by Riffe SpearfishingThe Riffe Frameless Mask is a personal favorite of mine. It can be found for purchase at about $50. The glass comes in either clear of amber. I have found that it makes a really nice seal on my face even with facial hair. My one concern however is the latching of the strap to the mask. Occasionally if I am adjusting my snorkel vigorously then the tab will come off. It is easy to put back in, but can sometimes be a pain.

Point Dume State Beach

Point Dume Arial Shot
Point Dume Arial Shot

Point Dume in Malibu is a great location for many different types of fish. There are calico bass, white sea bass, halibut, lobster and many other sea creatures. Also from about December to March grey whales can be seem migrating. It is quite an awesome sight if you happen to catch it.

Access is available on Cliffside Drive, but parking is very limited. Police are known to patrol the area so I advise not to park illegally.  The beach is protected by the Lifeguard unit of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Parking is also available on the street of Grasswood, a short walk away.

Hours
Sunrise to Sunset

Location/Directions
From Santa Monica follow Pacific Coast Highway 18-miles west to Westward Beach Road. Turn toward the ocean, go beyond the fee collection station to the very end of the road.

From the 101-Freeway, exit at Kanan Road, follow it south 12-miles to Pacific Coast Highway, then turn right. Westward Beach Road is over the rise, at the foot of the hill.