Originally Posted by Bash
legalities aside, within the diving
community at large spearfishing on scuba
is not considered to be sporting. We all did it thirty years ago, but these days we know better.
Like so many here, I'm an old timey scuba
instructor as well, starting in CA in the late 50s while in high school
. The ocean truly was an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet back then.
I'm still employed at a big dive shop here on the banks while refitting. We run 3 boats. While 99% of our divers are here to observe, there is a small contingent of spearfishermen on scuba. I have yet to hear any grumbling about sportsmanship. We have a growing cadre of free divers here but the group has a macho aspect to it, and they may well feel as Bash notes tho I haven't heard it myself.
However, having slept on it, I am changing my view. As Pblais notes above, we as a species have mastered fishing
. As a kid at the movies, there was always a news segment, and it always seemed to have a clip of tuna fishermen pole fishing fish
. This was back when men
and didn't wax their backs. Now, of course, tuna boats are netters guided by spotter airplanes. So while I still think the real problems are based on the big commercial
enterprises, I agree that scuba makes it too easy.
I have seen some egregious examples of real "slayers" right on our docks.
We have a spearfishing tourney scheduled for May 7th I believe.