Το ψαροτούφεκο στο Σαρωνικό κόλπο, ειδικότερα στα κοντινά της Αθήνας, έχει γίνει πλέον δύσκολη υπόθεση. Τα κλασικά είδη του κόλπου, στήρες και σφυρίδες, έχουν τραβηχτεί πολύ βαθιά. Ακόμη και εκεί είναι δυσπρόσιτα και καχύποπτα και στην πρώτη ευκαιρία καταλήγουν σε απροσπέλαστα θαλάμια. H καλύτερη τεχνική να ψαρευτούν είναι βέβαια το agguato που κατά κανόνα τα ηρεμεί δίνοντας την ευκαιρία στον κυνηγό για μια εντυπωσιακή βολή στο ανοιχτό νερό. Κάποτε όμως τα πράγματα δεν πάνε όπως θα έπρεπε, ειδικά όταν πρόκειται για τη βασίλισσα των αλλοπρόσαλλων και καχύποτων ψαριών, τη σφυρίδα. Έτσι έγινε και στην περίπτωση που καταγράψαμε στην ταινία που ακολουθεί.
Spearfishing the nearby Athens spots of Saronic Gulf is indeed a very challenging case. It has been some time since the gulf classic species, golden and white grouper, had chosen to move into the deeper zone. Even there they keep a safe distance and a totally unpredictable behavior against the diver, rushing for their safe shelters at the first sign of danger. The best and only technique for them is "agguato" (crawling on the bottom). This excellent and sportish technique usually gives the spearo the chance for a shot in the open water.We are referring to the most elusive species ever though, the white and the golden grouper; nothing is for granted! This is what has recently happened to us, as it was documented in our cameras.
After a long agguato at 36m I got in the range for a 4k wandering white and let my shaft fly. The skittish fish rapidly moved aside though, and I only managed to scratch him. Bummer! Good thing was I saw where his hole was, so I left my shaft on the bottom pointing the spot. My buddy Demosthenes was waiting to assist me and soon I was recovering, breathing on the surface.
We decided to give it one more try, this time with a short, hole spearing gun. Just to make it safer and more comfortable, I decided to dive on variable, releasing my weightbelt on the bottom. Breathe, go... We had already had a good warm up and I was feeling great, enjoying every single moment of the dive -a feeling only deep freediving provides... I quietly landed on the 38m bottom and saw the distinctive shape of a grouper hiding in the shadow of his cave. I instantly lined up and let my shaft fly. Grabbed the line and in a couple of seconds the golden grouper was out. Wait a minute! Golden? Where is my white? I was wondering on the way up...
Well, white or golden, the footage my buddy took came out great. As for the fish, he had all this divine taste that drives us to so persistently chase them.
Enjoy the video and don't forget to always breath properly before and after the dive. This and a dive buddy are the credits for a same and entertaining dive!