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Old 06-04-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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I am looking to get started in spearfishing, but I was wondering how you guys know for sure the fish are in slot. Do you just make sure it looks really big? Also I seem to have a hard time identifying fish since they all seem to look pretty gray after about 20ft. Just wondering if you guys have a method.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:02 AM   #2
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Practice practice practice. Not many divers gonna tell you they never shot a short fish. Whether a trigger jack or snapper or anything else for that matter. Just takes dives. Once you get it figured out, you just know.
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Thanks what about lobster anyone have tips on those?
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:04 PM   #4
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+1 for what Country said. Also, you can measure the length of you fins. If you know how long it is from you heel to the tip of your fin, It will give you a little bit of a reference when you are at depth.
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I use a black sharpie and put a mark at 20" on my gun and pole. I just adjust from there.
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:02 PM   #6
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Practice practice practice. Not many divers gonna tell you they never shot a short fish. Whether a trigger jack or snapper or anything else for that matter. Just takes dives. Once you get it figured out, you just know.
I've never shot an undersized snapper, jack or grouper, but please don't ask me about undersized triggerfish

I still have trouble differentiating between red snapper and mangroves, but I don't like to shoot unless I'm sure, which means I miss out on a lot of mangroves, but they're easier to tell apart once they get to a decent size anyway.

I always look for what I think is a legal fish, then look for all the fish bigger than that guy. For some reason, this doesn't work for triggerfish??? No one wants to be the guy bringing back undersized fish.

Lobster are easy, as the law requires you to have a gauge on your person if you are harvesting lobster (spiny anyway). I measure every lobster, every time, even if it is ridiculously oversized. I check for eggs while I'm doing this. Even though slipper aren't regulated, I check them for eggs too. The eggs are more valuable than the single lobster, because you can't make more lobsters without eggs.
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If you get in a school of questionable AJ, don't just pick out the biggest one. He's not going to be big enough, just like his friends.
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