Week of the flounder

Atlantic cod and European plaice

Flounder

The last two dives been awesome! Not the greatest catch but the water is getting and it’s more enjoyably.

First dive i was filming with the gopro hopefully getting out a small video soon.
Got a cod 2,5 and a plaice 1,55. (edit: Here is the video on youtube)

Second dive was with a good friend an he got his first fish spearfishing! In total we got 3 plaice and 6 European flounders.

Short update on my spearfishing. How is your hunting going?
Pleas comment below ūüôā

 

Nudibranch in Norway

Freediving spot norway
Grunnasundet

Discovering the small things

Tidel currents are good spots for spearfishing and is were i do most diving.
Out on the hunt for cod and pollock i opened my eyes for something new.
Diving down to 10 meters lying aspetto on a legde looking for fish.
This is when i discover som small creatures in front of me.

Nudibranch
Nudibrach

After getting som air and finding my camera i dove down for the photo above.
This is the first time i see nudibraches in Norway. Amazing and fascinating creatures whit small cool details. Tok one up to get some photos in the light and the red colors came out!

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Nudibrach in norway

The temperatur is up to 11 Celsius and there is life everywhere under water. Unfortunately i did not see any big fish. A few small cod got to live and i found two dinner size pollock (2,5kg and 2,64kg)

Freediving in Norway
Spearfishing in Norway

My equitment: Speargun

Frivannsliv senior 90

Frivannsliv senior 90 speargun

Frivannsliv senior 90 speargun is my first speargun.
The spear is 130cm and 6,5mm. Two 16mm bands.

In the start it was hard to load it. Tok some time to learn the technique.
Now i used it for one year and are happy with the results. perfect all around speargun.

The time has come to look for a bigger speargun with more power.
What speargun are you using? Pleas comment below

My equipment 1

Wetsuit

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Frivansliv optimal evo 7mm wetsuit

I use Frivannsliv optimale evo 7mm. As you can see i am thin as a match and the suit fits good. The suit is made for the Norway. Instead of nylon on it got superlycra on the outside of the suit. Superlycra is very flexible and got low water resistance compared to nylon. on other ting that is tailor made for Norwegian conditions is the hood, it got a nice fit to cover so you got les skinn touching the cold water. As you can see on the picture most of the forehead and chin is covered.

I have tried a few wetsuits that is not made for freediving before i got this one and always was cold. I was nervous buying this wetsuit one year ago in may 2016. Freediving got a big startup cost and i was scared i would not use the equipment if it was cold to dive. First dive and i was sold! And my underwater adventure started!

The day of the flat fish

New spot

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New freediving spot

This weekend i tried out two new spots with grate results. This area also got a strong tidal current. Nice shallow water. some of the deep spots were 11-12 meter.

Saw a few cod and ballan wrasse. The cod was around 2-4 kg and very jumpy so did not get close enough for a shot.

The flat fish was a drifterent matter. The habitat was amazing for flat fish. Strong current, shallow and nice sandy patches.  Found the biggest european plaice i ever seen! Was recovering from a dive and snorkeling like a fat tourist over a sandy area about 5-6 m deep. I see it strait away form my high point, to big to hide! The speargun is ready as i dive, the plan is to take spear it on the speargun without shooting the speargun.
Even if the plan is only to stab it i am ready to shoot if it makes a run/swim for it ūüôā
Get a perfect stab and it is stuck to my speargun stoned.

I also met som angry locals that told me i was stupid to dive in that area because of boats. I calmly told him i only seen two boats in the almost 2 hours i been there and if we showed som consideration we could all be happy. Was yelled at some more before they sailed off. When i dive i always keep an aye on boat traffic and dive outside de boat lanes.

On the way back i find a nice turbot to end the day with ūüôā

Total catch:
1 European plaice 3,5kg
1 Turbot 1,9kg
2 Lemon sole

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Turbot 1,9kg and European plaice 3,5kg

New personal best!

Amazing weekend!

Tried a new spot this weekend. Good strong tidal current and the area looks promising. It’s been sunny for a few days som its a big blossom of plankton and zooplankton in the surface and the visibility gets better the deeper you go.

Blue dot is were i enter the water. Red dot is were i got the cod

It’s a fun time to dive in Norway in the spring. Every time you dive its more life popping up. After about 10 dives i like the¬†area but dont see any big fish.

After swimming down a steep rock side i notice something gliding parallel to me on the left side. I notice it at the point when i was about to turn. At this point it dont look som big, turning slowly and trying to get a little closer. The shot is good. The spear gets in the head, diagonally from behind and out close to the mouth and this is when i see the size compared to the spear and it only get’s 10cm through. My speargun is connected to my float and i swim to the surface.

Taking it easy pulling the cod up, just realizing how big it is when i get it in my hands. The head is massive! And the scale stops on 9,88kg!

My last personal best was the wolffish on 8,5kg from 2 weeks ago. This is turning out to be an awesome year!

Cod 9,88kg spearfising freediving
Cod 9,88kg spearfising