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!
2014 US Fresh Water Nationals was won with 1000 pounds of fish
Held in Lake Sharp and Lake Oahe SD this was a big count meet.
15 teams came from around the Nation to dive for the 2 day meet.
At the end of the first day the Hawaiians had mounted a major lead, and despite a great come back the MO team still came up a little short of a come back.
Here are a few of the fun pictures, but for more go to : http://dalesanders.zenfolio.com/ more final pictures to be posted after Sept 5th
Watch for the article in Hawaiian Skin Diver and plan to hunt next years Nationals in the Az region if all goes well.
Glendo went well
Wild weather but good vis and good fish.
7 from Co and 7 from Wy
Great food and prizes—-thanks to all who helped.
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My name is Texi Herrick. I am 14 years old girl who loves to spearfish. I just got done with my first spearfishing competition at Glendo Wy. I placed first in novas, and I also won the biggest game fish! My dad Lucas Herrick swam with me the whole competition so he could help me just in case I shot a big fish because big fish put up a big fight!
At the start of the competition (9:00am) I was searching every cove I came to for any fish I find. Finally I found the right cove, for my first fish I shot a carp, put it on my stringer, re-cocked the speargun, and repeated that 12 more times!
We went and checked more coves and didn’t see anything so my dad and I got in the truck and drove to another spot in mean time we had the heater on in the truck full blast because the water was 60 degrees and I was wearing a 3mm shorty wetsuit! Brrrr! We got back in the water and went to the willows were I shot my 2 walleye and got 2 more carp! As I was swimming and scanning for more fish and wishing I had some hot cocoa I came across the right willow, I dove down next to a tree while my dad followed, I looked up into the willows and saw a big black figure in the middle. I took aim at the fish through the willows trying to get the perfect shot while holding very still I pulled the trigger and was out of breath so I shot up for air and dove right back down, I looked and saw that my dad had the catfish penned in his arms making sure he didn’t get away. While my dad held the catfish I grabbed the stringer and strung it through his mouth and out his gills. My dad let go and he trailed behind me along with my other fish! When it came time get out of the water and weigh up our fish, I had 53.02lb. of fish and my catfish weighed 13.68lb. The speargun I hunted with was a JBL Explorer, and I won a New JBL Woody speargun!
I want to send a Big thank you to Mike McGuire and Jeromy Herrick for putting the spearfishing competition on.
Danny Raff getting some winter diving in down at Willow Beach.
Water temp 55 , air temp 70 degrees, vis 40-60’, kayak diving 2 miles up or down stream.
Record to beat for fresh water stripers is Les A. Sage at 35.5 lbs, biggest striper taken out of this region is 76 lbs, get to it.
The story on Alcova is lots of trout, scarce walleye, and more suckers than you can count. The carp are big and unafraid as well. Make sure you have your WY aquatic invasive species stamp, fishing license, and follow the laws, because the rangers will check you.
The RMSA wants to recognize The Monterey Bay Triton’s a freedive spearfishing club located in, Monterey Bay, California. If your headed that way make sure to look them up. For more information please check out their website by clicking on their logo here: