WHAT IS SPEARFISHING?
A: The simple definition of spearfishing is fishing with a spear. If you are new to the sport, you may be picturing yourself in a loin cloth with a throw spear in your hand... don't worry thats not how we do it at South Maui Spearfishing. Modern spearfishing has all the commodities to keep you warm, safe and aiming steady. Wetsuits, snorkels and masks make your time in the water comfortable and sustaining. Spearguns are almost weightless in the water and are equipped with shooting line and a barbed shaft to help bring in your catch. South Maui Spearfishing defines and teaches spearfishing in Maui as underwater hunting. Mastering technique, studying your target fish and diving safe should be the focus of all spearos seeking success.
HOW DOES SPEARFISHING
HELP THE ECO SYSTEM?
In the 1950's, 15 species of invasive fish were introduced to Hawaii, with the hopes they would enhance the states fisheries. Unfortunately without native predators the invasive fish began to overpopulate the reef, causing an imbalance. A popular example is the Roi (Peacock Grouper). Not only did it lack predators in it's new Hawaiian waters, but it began to retain Ciguitara, which is toxic when ingested in large dosages. Without being harvested for food, the Roi multiplied and began damaging our fragile ecobalance. Spearfishing is one of the only methods to remove dangerous invasive species like the Roi. For every one Roi removed from the reef, 150 other reef fish are saved.
Spearfishing is also the most selective method of fishing. Each shot brings in just one fish.
And each fish was specifically selected by the diver who studied the size and type of fish before even considering the shot. Net fishing often catches an abundant amount of fish and sometimes the wrong kind and size. Pole fishing also lacks the ability to see the catch before hooking it.
Spearfishing helps protect fish that are too small and targets specific species that can be consumed. We believe every shot should be purposeful, to protect the reef and feed your ohana. Check out our recipe page for tasty tips for cooking your catch!
CAN ANYONE LEARN TO SPEARFISH?
If you can swim and snorkel, you can learn to spearfish! South Maui Spearfishing excursions focus on education first. Fish conservation and state regulations are an important part of the sport as well as dive locations, currents and ocean conditions. At South Maui Spearfishing, we will give you the tools to become a successful Hawaiian spearo. Read what other guest have to say about South Maui Spearfishing excursions on Facebook and TripAdvisor.
Spearfish in Maui FAQ
CAN I RENT SPEARFISHING EQUIPMENT?
Although renting spearfishing equipment may seem like the simple route to learning spearfishing, it can increase unnecessary risk for you. To give you the best spearfishing experience, we recommend going on an excursion with us. We teach safe freediving techniques, gun handling and also the correct fish to target. Don't miss out, book an excursion today!
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY SPEARFISHING EXCURSION?
Once you start hunting underwater, fishing will never be the same! Expect to spend hours in the water learning about
Hawaii's uniques ocean life and the art of the spearo. Hawaiian spearfishing is challenging, selective and fun! Best of all, you can choose exactly what you catch. Just aim, fire and pull in your catch. South Maui Spearfishing excursions are built to equip, educate and get you in Maui's water, hunting successfully.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO THE EXCURSION?
You're going to be in the sun and water so bring the following:
• Swim suit
• Clean shaven face
(guys, it keeps the mask from leaking).
• Snack and H2O
South Maui Spearfishing provides:
• Snorkel and mask
• Weight belt and weights
• Experienced spearfishing guide