It may not be the most popular fishing in Pattaya or Thailand.
But the centuries-old sport of hunting, spearing fish, and catching food is a favorite activity for some adventure seekers.
Spearfishing is usually done while free diving, skin diving, or snorkeling.
However, I have seen some divers in scuba gear with a mechanical spear gun in their hands chasing the big fish around the Pattaya coral islands.
This extreme sport receives highly sensitive reviews in some areas and it is illegal in many countries. General informative reports about spearing fish in Thailand suggest that the kill is selective, environmentally friendly, and produces relatively zero by-catch.
Spearfishing trips in Pattaya is meant to be a fun activity and if you decide to shoot a fish, make sure that you get full tuition by a local expert guide with you.
It is important to review the safety rules and get up-to-date information on what can animals be killed and what should not. You will learn to use top quality spear guns such as Beauchat and Cressi-sub. You will also need snorkeling gear, fins, and a weight system.
The weather and sea conditions of the day will determine the diving destination for the spearfishing trip.
Most trips head out reefs around the islands or further south near to Samae San and Sattahip.
You can expect to spear some of the biggest fish around the reefs, such as Trevally, Grouper, Snapper, Jacks, and Barracuda. Other smaller local favorite fish for supper include Coral Trout, Sweetlips, Rabbit Fish, and Fusiliers.
Spearfishing Trips: Price starts around 3,000 THB
Traditional spearfishing requires an extensive combination of patience and concentration. The art of spearing a fish results from adhering to safe practices and employing the correct technique, especially if you intend to eat your catch afterwards. Our guide suggests three best tips of how to spear a fish.
Be sure to check the local regulations and laws about spearing fish, free diving, and the equipment you are using. Spearfishing can be a dangerous activity.
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