Wish You Were Here: Spearfishing Wahoo and Dodging Sharks off Texas Oil Rigs

by Owen James Burke

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Spearfishing big game around oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico has become popular with the more adventuresome, sporty crowd, and it’s easy to see why. Make no mistake though; this is not for the faint of heart.

The divers have to submerge below and ahead of the wahoo and, wearing camouflage, hide beneath them for a few moments until they’re presented with an opportunity. In the meantime, their holding their breaths in so as to not let a single bubble of air out. That would spook any fish and ruin the chance of a shot.

Then there are the sharks, which I wouldn’t mind, if I weren’t tethered to a bleeding and convulsing wahoo. If you’d like to give a try, or just take a tour, give Texas Bluewater Safaris a call.

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