Naples Offshore Sept-Dec. Spearfishing Pics/Reports

I will start doing a better job on keeping up with posting trip reports. The spearfishing has been good to me and my crew this year, as this was the first year we have really got into spearfishing. Most of the dives are in the 65-75ft range and some going to 125ft and my most recent trip was in 45ft. My goal for the boat this year was to limit out on hog fish on one of my trips. We accomplished that goal Dec. 15th in 45ft of water. I also shot a lion fish on that trip. Scary that they are that close in. My buddys friends also caught a lion fish just off the beach in front of the Ritz in Naples, couple hundred yards offshore. Well anyway here are some pics from my trips. I will do a better job at posting in the future.

Tight Lines and Shoot Straight!

Kyle

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  • nuclearfishnnuclearfishn Posts: 8,356 Admiral
    Man! Love them hog snappers !
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,618 Moderator
    I have caught a few hog fish from time to time mostly on shrimp when we have a heavy chum slick going out..What kind of bottom do you find most of them.
    thanks for the report..
    larrywitt
  • Slopps08Slopps08 Posts: 1,038 Officer
    Very nice!

    Tight lines to everybody!
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Great pics, nice work out there
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  • IdahojoeIdahojoe Posts: 51 Deckhand
    Nice job!
  • GatorInPISoundGatorInPISound Posts: 543 Officer
    some serious eats there.....nice.
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  • chicochico Punta Gorda and PennsylvaniaPosts: 534 Officer
    Nice!! Also wondering what kind of bottom you find the hogs on??
  • Naples SpearoNaples Spearo Posts: 112 Officer
    i find my hog fish on ledges.... just cruising down the ledge or coming to it off of the live bottom....
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    All you are missing in the pics is the guy who always has a huge chew in his lip!
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  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    How was the vis? Those are some nice hogs!
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  • Naples SpearoNaples Spearo Posts: 112 Officer
    yea a few of the hogs in the pics were good size.... as far as vis goes, it just depends.... I have had days that in 75/80ft of water that when i jump in and look down i can see the bottom..... but also in that depth it has been bad at times.... it all depends...... my last trip when we limited out in 45ft the vis was prob 15ft..... when it rains a lot the vis gets bad all over until you get out deeper like 90 or so....
  • dcheek2112dcheek2112 Posts: 70 Greenhorn
    RMD I think you are talking about me. I am currently in NJ and will be back in the next couples months. I know its still months away but I cant wait for 20lb ars and 40+lb gags. July cant come soon enough.
  • VeikxVeikx Posts: 611 Officer
    We sent two divers down on the Fantastico, they took a little bit of go pro footage.

    http://youtu.be/oppDJV2reJE

    Vis wasn't too bad, fairly decent. However, we have seen the 80' on occasion.
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  • Naples SpearoNaples Spearo Posts: 112 Officer
    RMD wrote: »
    All you are missing in the pics is the guy who always has a huge chew in his lip!

    LOL yea thats my buddy Dan (dcheek2112). He is my main buddy when it comes to the hook and line, havent got him into the diving yet but he is interested.....We WILL have some pictures this summer with some 40+lb gags/blacks and the guy with a fat dip will be in the picture..... count on it...lol
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Thats funny. Yeah I am a reformed dipper, almost 10 years clean. All of my buddies still dip which totally kills me when I hang out with them. Started chewing Copenhagen at age 14... thats what happens when you grow up in Ohio.

    Where did you guys get scuba certified? I'd love to have that in my arsenal but just haven't taken the leap yet. Hogfish is one of my favorite fish to eat so it would be awesome to get certified. I have a boat down there and I have some great guys I fish with, but I don't know anyone who is scuba certified that I could go with.

    Ryan
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  • Aquaman13Aquaman13 Posts: 84 Deckhand
    larrywitt, almost any hard bottom in our area holds hogs, and ledges are best. Obviously they are easier to spear than hook and line. I learned that when I took my son and a friend to an inshore ledge (33') that we never caught much of anything other than Gags. The first three times the kid left the surface (he was free diving) he came back with 4 lb. plus hogs. When I tried to target them with chum and shrimp, we slayed the grunts, which seem to be a lot more aggresive than the hogs. I guess we'll just have to dive more this spring when were not allowed to catch grouper.

    Nice work Spearo!
  • jetson256jetson256 Posts: 2 Greenhorn
    Good catch fellas! I'll be doing a few out of Wiggins this spring!
  • jjimenez1jjimenez1 Posts: 129 Officer
    Larry,

    Regarding the hogs, maybe trying some of the tactics the guys in the Florida Keys use could help. I think there was an article on the Florida Sportsman magazine in October or November on it...might be helpful.
  • Naples SpearoNaples Spearo Posts: 112 Officer
    Here are a few more pics. I think i got you guys pretty well up to date....Hope everyone enjoyed!

    Tight Lines and Shoot Straight!
  • hookset81hookset81 Posts: 118 Deckhand
    Man that looks awesome!! Good catches! Can't wait to start getting into it more!!
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