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GROWING, GROWING GROWN

The US Freshwater Nationals have grown over the last 17 years to now include international teams, and helps host the WFSC, World Freshwater Spearfishing Championship May of 2017. Aug 26th saw the Freshwater Nationals in one of our Nations most beautiful lakes, Lake McConaughy. Big Mac as the locals call it, is the largest Reservoir in a 3 state region and when full is 20 mile long by 4 miles wide. Its well know for its record walleye and wipers. Over half of its north shore is covered by beautiful blazing white sand dunes that drop into the water and makes for some excellent camping right along the water. The sand reminds me of being on a beautiful Hawaiian beach, but only during the summer months.

This years Spearfishing Nationals saw 50 top divers from around the nation and a few from different nations. It also allowed scuba divers to compete, and is one of the few areas in the Nation that super strong scuba divers have figured out a way to beat freedivers. Most of the diving was in the top 40’ of water with many fish taken right on the surface in the early morning hours. We were allowed to dive the dam for some very beautiful clear water, but for the most part divers stuck to the sand looking for small drop offs or thermoclines that might hold more fish. The competition was very intense right down to the last hour, as divers scraped for those final fish.

Carp were the main go to species, however wipers, and walleye were legal as well. In that last hour, 2 individuals figured out that the carp had come up to the surface and mid water to feed, and they got into 30-40 extra fish. At the weigh in, it looked clear the Scuba Boys were in full control of the meet again, as one after another huge collection of carp would roll in. But…. at the very end, Super Man, Mike Ban of the RMSA pulled out the single best catch ever seen on the lake, moving him to an easy first place individual. 2nd place
went to a long time champ of this lake, Mark Wiezorek Scuba Boy supreme.

Top 3 women’s divers were Shelby Peterson #1 from Ut, she also beat her husband. #2 the “ROCKSTAR”, Texi Herrick from Wy. and #3 in her first freshwater event from Hawaii…..Donell Palmer.
Top teams went to:
Mens: #1Mark Wiezorek and T. Kelly.
2nd Mike Ban, and Duke Spackman.
3rd Casey Sack and KC Merrihew.

Mixed:
#1 Calvin Lai and Donell Palmer,
2nd Shelby and Ryan Peterson, 3rd to Savanah and Kelston McGuire

2018 Freshwater Nationals is planned for Wahweap, Lake Powell, Ut. June 8-9
This will be a great diving location for 2 days of beautiful water and red rock scenery, a huge change from Lake McConaughey. Day one will include 5 species of game fish and day 2 will be carp and shad. Watch the RMSA web site for details: www.rockymountainspearfishing.org

The 2017 and 2018 Freshwater Nationals will pick our best teams for Mens, Womens, Masters, and Mixed to go to the WFSC in New Zealand March of 2019.

A huge Mahalo to all our Sponsors and HSD for promoting the fast growing events in the nation.
Get involved, DIVE FRESH

Cold Colorado Pike Hunting

There are a bunch of small lakes here in Colorado. On this day we went up to a small town with an even smaller lake with a freezing temperature. There were four of us in our car, my dad, my brother and our good friend Danny. Once getting to the lake we unpacked, my brother realized he left all his gear at home (a 45 minute drive) so he had to go back. I didn’t want to go in because i knew the water would be cold, but seeing that the car was gone and i had no where to sit I decided to get in. Thank goodness for WETTIES 5mil wetsuits, that water was cold! The lake was pretty small so I followed my Dad around. The viability was about 6’ and not a single fish. After 45mins i was ready to get out, but my brother was still not back and my towel was in the car. So my dad and I found some cups and did some practice shots, finally we decided to swim in. In about 6’ of water pretty bored, i was messing with the moss. I looked down and saw some pretty colors, my first thought was “those are cool rocks” so I started poking “them” with my gun. To my surprise those “rocks” started moving and out came my pike! At first i was so surprised that I didn’t think to shoot till i saw it slowly moving away. I reached my Rob Allen 80cm snapper and shot it near the belly as it swam away. At first I thought I had missed it, so I pulled in my shaft and saw the this monster on the end! I pulled and grabbed the fish tight afraid at any moment he would wiggly free, I came to the surface and showed off my prize, screaming for joy and help 🙂
Savanah Mc Guire
16.66 pounds Northern Pike pending world record.

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Marlin Story

Darren Shields shared this with us:
After several days trying for a marlin by towing teasers, I changed techniques to live baiting. This method worked by catching a skip jack tuna and tethering it to the boat on a 10mt line then drifting and waiting. I shot and lost one over 300lbs then half an hour later shot this fish which was 298lbs. Unfortunately the breakaway on my gun failed and I lost the gun and two Go Pro cameras attached because the gun broke away down deep. I managed after a battle to land the marlin. It towed me for 1.6 nautical miles.

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Pictures from Flaming Gorge Meet – August 2015

 

Aug 22 Flaming Gorge 2015
We had about 16 divers
Water was cool 66 degrees,  vis 5-15
Carp were slim but the bass were great and a salmon and trout were shot too.
Our first novice took the over all meet beating the top pro by .76 lbs
A BIG THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR ALL THE GREAT PRIZES.
Next year we hope to see a meet in Az or Nv  and one in Deer Creek.
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Walleye x6

After Starvation we cleaned a lot of walleye and some bass.
I love fish best fresh so we decided to cook it 6 fun different ways.
and a week later now we are still enjoying the last of it.
Not in any order:
1 BBQ, use nice steaks and sprinkle with Hawaiian sea salt and paprika , add olvie oil let sit for an hour in the refer and BBQ so it just flakes. Great on most fish.

2 ceviche. perfect for all those small pieces or small flits chop equal amounts of vegetables and fish. soak fish in fresh lime juice then add the vegetables equal amounts of tomato, red onion, and cucumber , mix in a jar of cocktail sauce t
taste
3 Sushi take best top sections of larger fish with out bones, slick thin and serve with Soy and wasabi or soy with 4 drops of doterra lime juice.

4 Baked Hawaiian style, full filet with ginger and oyster fish sauce, 1 “ = 450 degrees for 10 minutes cover with cabbage leaves to keep moist.

5 Fried, to spice up your best badder add a little lemon pepper and Hawaiian sea salt. For a great easy dipping sauce they 1/2 ketchup, 1/2 organic Mayo, and add 2-5 drops of doterra Lemon oil to flavor.

6 Poached. I used all the rib cage areas with the bones in, so as not to waste any fish. Boil 1” of water in lg flat pan, stick in fish for 5-8 minutes covered, until cooked and drain off water, ad butter, lemon pepper … to taste.

We did all 6 in the week after our starvation meet and ate like kings
Eat that fish fresh, its so much better
MM

Recap – 2014 Fresh Water Nationals – Pierre South Dakota

Recap – 2014 Fresh Water Nationals – Pierre South Dakota
WHERE THE BUFFALO SWIM
2014 FRESH WATER
NATIONALS
Fort Pierre South Dakota was the most significant fur trade/military fort on
the western American frontier. SD is also know for mount Rushmore, the
Sioux Indian Nation, and large herds of free roaming buffalo,that can
weight over 2000 pounds. Ever spear a 2000 pound buffalo? Better bring a
big gun.
South Dakota has the Missouri river running down through the middle
of the state and with it, lots of dams creating very large lakes.
These water ways are know for there sports fish: Salmon, walleye, trout,
paddle fish, sturgeon, striped bass, large & small mouth bass, catfish,
crappie…
This area is also known for its large abundance of of rough fish, non
indigenous fish, that devour most of the food source of the lake. Buffalo,
carp, drum and suckers to name a few.
For this Nationals teams came in from around the Nation: Hi, Ca, Co, Mo,
Wy, Ut, Kn,…. Most scouted for 2-4 days but the Hawaiian’s really stepped
it up again and with a few extra days of scouting taught even the locals
some lessons. 15 teams with 2 divers per team, dove for 2 long days to
claim this championship. But after the first day it appear the meet was over.
The Hawaiian team of Calvin and Hana had shot so many fish, and many
were big Buffalo, that they had to bring them to the weight in table with a
tractors bucket. Many great scores were registered this first day, but
shooting a hundred pounds in fish was not going win this meet. Day #2 was
much more even and Team Fishlips with Mike and Don from Mo got a
much needed jump on Team Hawaii. But in the end it was all Hawaii as
they held on to win 1030 points to 850 points. Top individual was Calvin
with 604 points and big fish for the meet a 30 pound buffalo, Team fishlips
from Missouri, Don and Mike got second place team. Team Imersion Mike
and Kelston McGuire of Colorado took 3rd and got large game fish 7.4
Catfish, and 4th went to a Father Daughter team, Lucas and Texi Herrick
from Wyoming. They also won the most species award. This was there first
nationals hunting together.
For many of us just getting a chance to dive with our kids and share such
a great sport is well worth the long drive. I invite everyone this next year to
get a friend involved in our sport and help keep it alive. Everyone is
welcome to dive in our fresh water meets all summer long. Each year we
try to pick a new fun unique place to host the next Fresh Water Nationals
Meet. These different parts of our beautiful country give you a chance to
experience new divers, fish and water unlike anywhere else. And the giant
Buffalo Carp of South Dakota are a great example. New divers thrive in
these conditions as they will shoot more fish in a day then they could in a
years worth of diving in most places. So get those new friends and family
involved this next and dive, the fresh.
No Salt, No Surf, No Sharks, come dive for fun in the fresh water.
DIVE FRESH
A big thanks to all our sponsors and Steamboat Skin & Scuba for another
great Nationals.
2015 Fresh Water Nationals are planned for Keyhole Wyoming June 5-6
2016 is planned for Beaver Lake, Arkansa
Watch the RMSA web page for details: www.rockymountainspearfishing.org
MM

Colorado Northern Pike

It was a beautiful fall day in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and I was going spearfishing! We recently moved to Western Colorado from Hawaii, were I was an avid diver, so I jumped at the opportunity to dig out my dive gear and get wet. Our group that day was made up of local kids and some awesome mainland divers. We packed up the trucks and headed up the mountain to a small lake at an elevation of 6,500 feet, where the water is a chilly 54 degrees. We were here to hunt the Northern Pike.
After the shock of frigid water turned our bodies numb, and we swam past all the old-timer fisherman on the bank laughing at us, it was time to find this fresh water barracuda. We had about a 10 to 15 foot visibility in the murky blue-green water, the bottom was silt inches deep, and there was water grass in slimy green clumps. There in between the grass sat a big Northern Pike. Taking a solid breath I drifted down, lined up a shot, and pulled the trigger. There was a cloud of silt and a strong pull at the end of the line. The short swim to the surface included me squealing, “I got one! I got one!” This was my first fresh water fish, and now I was the first female to have speared a Northern Pike. After my first fish the killing was on! It was not long until my friend Shantel shot another Pike and had bested my record with an 11 pound fish. We were on a roll!
A few hours later our group met back up to share our huge catches. The old-timer fishermen who where once mocking us from shore were now standing around us mouths agape, asking us to take pictures with the biggest fish they had ever seen. We went home that night with 10 monstrous Northern Pikes, 3 three new Pike records, and new stories to share. A huge thanks to Mike, Jacob, and Kelston for taking Shantel, Ryan, and I on a new Rocky Mountain Adventure!

Aloha From the Rocky Mountains! Jessica Evans

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