Spearfishing in the Bahamas, Florida Keys
The Bahamian government allows spearfishing on breath-hold only and no trigger-operated spears. That means snorkeling, spotting a fish, diving down and on one breath shooting a moving fish without a spear gun. We use spears with elastic tubing to sling-shot the spear at our target. All of this gives the fish a fighting chance – and makes your meal taste that much better since you had to work so hard for it! If you’re up for a challenge, find a crew member or the captain and be a hunter!
In the Florida Keys, in select non-park areas, spearfishing is allowed on scuba for certain types of fish with the use of spear guns or pole spears. The rules are strictly enforced and very detailed – if you’re interested in spearfishing on a Florida Keys trip, ask the crew to let you know when spearfishing is allowed! Juliet only supplies pole-spears – if you want to try your hand at a spear gun please bring one with you!
Regulations are very strict in the US Virgin Islands – check with your crew members for details. There are strict no-take laws in the BVIs – no spear fishing or taking of anything on SCUBA is allowed!
Don’t worry, we don’t rely on your spearfishing skills alone to feed all of our guests. We always have a back up plan.
In the Bahamas and parts of the Florida Keys feel free to toss a line off the back of the boat and cross your fingers! We are outfitted with fishing poles, an assortment of lures, rod holders and even out-riggers! You might find yourself hauling in a huge barracuda, a bright green tasty mahi-mahi, a couple mackerel or even a wahoo! There are lots of big fish out there – who knows what you will catch.