Barry M. and I went spearfishing in lake pontchartrain this morning and couldn't have asked for much better conditions. The water was so calm, no wind, sunny and warm. Most importantly, we found water clean enough to spear in. Barry was the man, attacking those causeway pilings like he had done it hundreds of times! It was his first time spearfishing!
When we found clean enough water I told him "you never thought you'd be happy finding 4 feet of visibility huh?" That was all it took to start putting sheeps in the boat. We shot 5. I passed a few up to save some for Barry, and I also didn't want to clean a bunch of sheepshead this afternoon. I was getting triggerhappy and skewered a mullet with my jbl 38 special. The gun is really shooting good now. I think I finally have it rigged up right for the lake.
Check out this calm water-
One more before we headed in and we left with 5 ugly sheepshead.
I find the cleaner water usually starts about 5-10 miles out. You want to swim up to a piling (if you're freediving), then dive down to the base of the piling; then, depending on your breathold ability swim to the other two pilings while your down. I find most of the sheepshead around the base of the pilings. You gotta keep moving, and be ready to shoot, try to keep your gun pointed in the direction you are looking that will help. Just move down the bridge until you find fish.
The bridge sections with the most pilings are the best. The bottom isn't too great along the causeway. The trestles are better. Keep an eye on the wind to help find clean water. With all the wind we've had this weekend, the lake is going to be worthless for a while.
Dude, if you're really interested in spearfishing and want to meet some more guys who do it, come by one of our club meetings. I'm in the New Orleans Aqua Aces. We meet again next tuesday 10/24/06, 8pm, at New Orleans Hamburger on Vets. near Oaklawn. Email me and I'll give you my cell number. firstname.lastname@example.org