HOW TO HUNT CALIFORNIA HALIBUT
By Waterman Magazine ...First published in Spearfishing Magazine ( see www.freedivingfilms.com)
Trophies can be hunted and trophies can be married. Most divers who are underwater hunters have the problem that the trophies we are blessed enough to land on land and beneath the sea seem to get into shoving matches back home around the mantel. I got that suffocating feeling again (like you need to come up for air) when she looked up at me. She sat on the couch doing her nails. No matter how hard I scrubbed and washed the fish scent from my fingers, the scratch-n-sniff still came up fish positive. Her gaze turned into a lance. Some of my friends may criticize me as I slide toward middle age- about my dedication to my job; the fact I’m not as skinny as I used to be in my mid thirties. Angelyne doesn’t seem to think so; or, so I imagine.
I keep seeing her in the AM-PM in Malibu at four in the morning. She keeps smiling at me. Hell, maybe she smiles at everybody. We’re both hunting after something it seems, but as I sip my coffee and zap my pre-dive burrito I realize that my quarry is much easier to get at. They’re neatly tucked under the sand, only two or three hundred feet off the nearby beach. I have been diving Malibu Colony since I was 17. She’s assaulting the mounds and mountains of Hollywood. We all have our illusions of grandeur. Like a lot of Hollywood Types, I hunt to kill. Still I live a simpler life- Deer Creek Reef, County Line Reef, Harrison’s Reef, Latigo.. I hunt halibut. I film them too.
Now my wife is Brazilian and like all great women she sends me out into the jungle every morning to procure sustenance for my tribe, and is pleased when the fridge is full. She prefers Brazilian barbecue, famous for giant spits of carved beef, but I never come home with ducks or venison. I like slippery things that stack well in a ninety gallon cooler. If I let you in on a few of my secrets, you will promise to keep your sources to yourself. You will be successful; and, if you end up sleeping on the couch because you show up at midnight smelling like fish slime, urine, and sweat, then you will know my council has aided your underwater life, if damning your terrestrial one
Halibut hunting takes a lot of time to develop because it’s more about being on a mission for that one species. It’s also all about your eyes. You have to see through their chameleon-like defenses. You have to pay some dues. It’s about being able to see... keep reading on reddit ➡
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