|Patrice Etlin 72kg Metundo Dog Tooth Tuna|
Vamizi Island and its surrounds are actually a reserve and no spearfishing or fishing is allowed. So all the spearfishing took place off the adjacent island called Metundo. Here is the infamous Metundo Canyon and again I called on the expertise of Eric Allard of Extreme Blue Water Spearfishing to help with the organising, boats and local knowledge.
|One of the unspoilt tropical beach's of Vamizi Island|
I don't usually take large groups of guys so I got Richard 'Snoek' Leonard and Robin 'Gumby' to help as guides in the water and also document the spearfishing for Patrice. Rich is also probably the best producer of spearfishing films so to have his expertise on the trip was awesome. So between Rich, Robin and myself we had the water covered and Eric and his team had the boats and logistics covered.
|Mario, Patrice and Geraldo Metundo Island|
|Rich, Patrice and Myself all smiles|
What was more amazing is that we were at the end of the drift in deep water, and the fish approached us at less than 15m! Patrice had been nailing some crazy long shots with the 1400 over the previous days and did not make any mistakes nailing the shot at the perfect time. The giant Doggie disappeared with a 35l Rob Allen Remora float and a 11l foam filled float. I thought that that was that and that it was the last we would see of all the gear and fish.
Back on the boat the guys had spotted the float come back up, and it was game back on. Patrice had a mammoth fight on his hands with the fished swim bladder being burst so he had to pull up the full dead weight of the fish. It was hard even once the fish had given up, and it was impossible to even hold on the surface once he had subdued the fish.
|The beginning of much celebration.|
P.S look out for the video on line .. should be up next week.