July 19, 2021
Years Diving– 20
Diving background, when you started. What moved you to spearfish?My dad used to take me fishing (with hooks) and I was crazy for it, but always wondered how the world would be underwater. I dove for the first time at eight years old with a mask and snorkel. That day changed my life and my attraction to the sea. Today, this sport is my life.
Top 5 fish you’ve landed.Yellowfin Tuna – 258lb/117kg (Panamá), Mutton Snapper 30lb/13,5kg (Búzios, Brazil), Dusky Grouper 75lb/34kg (Búzios, Brazil), Cobia 117lb/53kg (Búzios, Brazil), Red Grouper 26lb/11,650kg (Búzios. Brazil), Yellow Tail 69lb/31,5kg (Búzios, Brazil)
Biggest fish you’ve seen and haven’t been able to land or most impressive fish you’ve seen in the water. A Blue Marlin +- 500kg. disappeared with two buoys in 10 seconds. I’m looking for the buoys til this day
Favorite place to dive. Why? Describe one memorable hunt.Búzios, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. There’s fishing every day all year. One day I discovered a school of groupers. hundreds of giant fish on a rock 10 feet long. I captured only one to eat and then watched the spectacular show.
Favorite fish to hunt. Why?Tunas in Brazil which are extremely skittish. My dream is to land a big one here. I’ve encountered many, used all the techniques, but never can get close enough.
Scariest thing you’ve seen while diving?A killer whale coming towards me with his mouth open. He was just curious, but I almost had a heart attack!
What’s the most rewarding part of spearfishing for you?The deep connection with nature, utilizing the mind and body together and being able to provide a fresh and healthy meal for dinner at home.