Spearfishing Lesson


The Basics of Spearfishing Spearfishing is a popular activity in many parts of the world, and is used for a variety of purposes. Some spearfish for sport, others for food. Spearfishing has been around for centuries, During way back to early civilization, back then sharpened sticks were used to spear, whereas now there are elastic and high powered spearguns available.  

We offer a skindiving class for the beginners that are unfamiliar with free diving. We recommend taking it before spearfishing. This class covers the basics of free diving safely and efficiently. We also offer packages that cover both courses.

Modern spearguns all have safety switches, and after learning the basics of the speargun it will be much safe for everyone.

How to catch? Is that easy?

No, its not easy. 
Spearfishing is something that takes time. This is one of those things you cant rush. Taking your time to feel and understand this sport is the way to go. There are three types of spearfishing methods. Cave shooting, Dive bomb, and Bottom hunt. We normally have beginners start from cave shooting. When their skill level goes up we work on the next step.

About Sharks
*Fish and shark behaves are different depending on what region 
*This is about the sharks behavior in the Marianas.

We often get the question....Is there any sharks? Are they OK? 
Yes, Sharks are everywhere. If there is no shark... no fish either... "Jaws" which is a Great white shark. This shark lives in cold waters, so they don't come around Marianas waters.To see a tiger shark's very very rare. Only the expert classes are in the area where they could show up. Till this day there has been no recorded shark attack here in the Marianas
*The only sharks we encounter are the White tip shark, Black tip shark and sometimes gray reef sharks. Black and White tips shark often come to the shallows. black tips lives in shallow water,
* I'm a certified Shark feeder in Grand Bahamas about ten years ago. I've hand feed over ten foot sharks and also made them fall asleep. to make them fall asleep you must learn how to calm yourself down in the beginning.

to convey the feeling. one leg touch her body same time one hand rubs the tip of the nose where the nerves are concentrated. If you are not calm enough the shark wont fall asleep or behave.then they will just swims away. If you succeed the shark will becomes straight and heavy like a log all of a sudden. the shark will sleep comfortable for about a minute. 

the Shark feeding program and experience of spearfishing in the northern islands like Pagan leads me to believe that sharks are like dogs. if your scared they will come up to you. if your willing to stand your ground they will leave. they can sense your fear. so try not to be scared. that's the most important rule. if they come to close poke them with the tip of your shaft so they keep there distance and leave. sharks are attracted to the vibration of a fish when shot and struggling. blood is one of the reasons they follow. Its not you the shark is following its the dead fish on your stringer. taking your time and placing a kill shot will avoid the shark knowing what just happened. they never even come. if you succeed with a kill shot. shark wont attempt to get the fish even if the shark is next to it. in our case we go get the fish before the shark has a chance to take it. if the shark happens to get the fish let him have it. most cases they only take the fish. but in reality with our experience you better worry about not catching anything then a shark. about 50% of participant will have no catch. the other half will have really small of a fish which a shark doesn't pay attention to. many people believe urine attracts the sharks which is BS. Sharks have a very powerful sense of smell. there is no shark that I've ever seen attracted to my urine. Urine equals food to some fish. even if you don't urinate they will sometimes come.
*Sharks, Rays. and Turtles are protected in the Marianas.
*sharks "means white tip and black tip sharks here. we have a few gray reef sharks. tiger sharks are rarely seen. the chances of seeing these sharks are only in the middle and upper levels lessons.

*In Micronesia, "when you say lets go fishing! "Fishing" means spearfishing. That's how common Spearfishing is for the island life.
The angling fishing is called "Rod and Reel".
people enjoy to rod & reel consists of bottom fishing, trolling, cliff fishing,and even beach casting. throwing net are also common but only spearfishing is in the category of Micronesian Olympic Games.


【Spearfishing Gear】

 1. Mask & Snorkel:A good spearfishing mask for the experts will be low Profile for deep dives. If you’re fishing shallow then almost any mask with Good vision works. choose a snorkel with no purge. Simple is good.
2. wetsuits come in different thickness. Choosing the right one Depends on the water where your fishing. 1.8 to 3.5 is whats Recommended for our waters
3. Fins: fins are very important. using long fins are good for deep dives or just swimming in strong currents. when diving deep the oxygen compresses and your weight stays the same. this means the deeper you go the heavier you get.. which makes it harder to paddle up.
4. Float:having a float is important in lots of ways. you will be easy to Find and also you will have something to hold on to in case anything happens.you will have a place to put your fish.
5. Speargun:using the right size speargun is key to having successful spearfishing Day. If your gun is to long you can’t maneuver in cracks or holes. If your Gun is to short then you can’t make long shots at big fish. This all depends On how you plan to fish。
6. Gloves:this is a very helpful piece of gear. Glove helps to load the Bands mush easier. Holding on to fish and rocks will be safer.
7. Weight belt:It is very important that you use the right amount weights. When at the surface you should be naturally floating. when you reach thirty feet you should be neutral(not floating not sinking) once you pass thirty You should slowly sink the dipper you go. The deeper you go the faster You will fall so please know your limit.
8. Boots:sock booties or shoe booties? Both are good to use. Sock booties Are more for the shore diver who don’t step on much rock and for boats. Shoe booties are good for walking or the reef and using almost anywhere.


  【The target fish】

Food Fish of the CNMI


【Potentially Hazardous Fish】


Potentially Hazardous Fish of the CNMI

How to kill the fish...Ikejime 
Ikejime is a method of paralyzing fish to maintain its quality. The technique originated in Japan, but is now in widespread use. It involves the insertion of a spike quickly and directly into the brain, thereby causing immediate brain death. A fish brain is usually located slightly behind and above the eye. When spiked correctly, the fish fins flare and the fish relaxes, immediately dies for a more humane death.. Destroying the brain and the spinal cord of the fish will prevent reflex action from happening. Movement of the muscle consumes Adenoid triphosphate(ATP) in the muscle acid is produced, thereby making the fish sour. The blood contained in the fish flesh retracts to the gut cavity, which produces a better colored and flavored fillet. This method is considered to be the fastest and most humane method of killing fish.


In reef Course 
This is good course for the beginners. This is for those who want to just try it for the first time. You can start where you can stand. This is a great activity for families or a group for friends.

②Outer-reef Course
This is a good course for the more advanced snorkeler or free diver because it takes you to some deeper waters found outside of the reef.
You can keep only what you like or you can keep all of the fish you catch! There are some local restaurants here, Sally's(BBQ & Local), Umi-bozu(Japanese), and Furusato(Japanese) Restaurant, that they will prepare your fresh catch for you!

③Half day Boat Course
This is a great course for those who have experienced spearfishing. We will take you to some of best spots which fits your level. The boat depart 2pm and coming back by 5pm.

④All day Boat Charter
This course is recommended for advanced spearfishers only because it takes you to the back of the island of Saipan. Though this area is known for rougher surf and strong currents, the spearfishing sites are pristine and mostly untouched.

-The use of a scuba unit while spearfishing is strictly prohibited in the CNMI.
-We cannot offer courses to certain popularly requested areas as they are marine conservation areas and any fishing is strictly prohibited. These areas include the Grotto, Bird Island, Managaha Island, and other sites that are restricted to access by boat. 
-We practice sustainable fishing habits by catching only fish that are suitable for eating or selling to vendors. This means that we only intentionally aim at and intend to catch fish of a certain kind and size. 
-For your own safety, please listen carefully and follow all and suggestions given to you by our Instructor, or Captain. 
When contacting us or making reservations, please include the following information:
- Your Name
- Hotel
- Room number
- The number of participants
- Desired dates and course
-Skill lever/or how deep is your Max.
 Royce Gumabay
Spearfishing Instructor

Born and raised in Saipan.
Started spearfishing in 2015.

<Felix Sasamoto>
 Felix T. Sasamoto Jr.
Spearfishing Instructor

Born and raised in Saipan.
Over 40 years of spearfishing experience.
He knowns as a champion Spearfisherman in the Marianas.

You can learn a lot from his top-ranking mentality and skills, he has become a living legend in spearfishing.

'07,'08,'09 Guam Tourney, CNMI Rep. for Micronesian Olympic Game '02(Tahiti),'06(Saipan),'10(Palau)
2-Times Gold medalist in Micro Game(Saipan) on '06 
"Sasamoto - Asai Team" won 1st place in category fish in Guam tourney on '08'
"Sasamoto - Asai Team"  won 2nd place team category in Guam on '09

☆Social Contribution Activities 
◉2006-12' Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club(M.A.S.C) Founding Vise-President
◉2012-14' NPO Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club(M.A.S.C)President
◉2007-14' 1st- 7th Annual Spearfishing Tournament Organizer
◉2008 Spearfishing Lecture at Elementary / Jr. High / High School
<Morito Asai>

 Morito Asai
Spearfishing Instructor / General Manager

Born and raised in Osaka, Japan.

Spent more than half of his life in the Ocean

Started scuba dive and worked as dive master in Cairns, Australia. 
By age of 20, came to Saipan and certified 1854 scuba divers, guided over 10,000 divers in 16 years of scuba instructor experience without a single accident. 
Started spearfishing in 2005.

☆Social Contribution Activities 
◉2006-12', 2016-18' Marianas Apnea Spearfishing Club(M.A.S.C) President
◉2007-12' 1st- 6th Annual Spearfishing Tournament Organizer
◉2008 Spearfishing Lecture at Elementary / Jr. High / High School
◉2009 Skindiving Lessons for Tinian Students Summer Camp
◉2017-18 Free Spearfishing Rescue Training for youth divers

☆Record of Awards
◉2010 1st Place Team (Total Weight) ◉2010 Micronesian Game(Palau) CNMI rep.
◉2014 1st Place individual (Heaviest Tournament Fish) 
◉2017 1st Place Team (Heaviest Tournament Fish)
◉2018 1st Place Team (Heaviest Tournament Fish)
◉2018 1st Place Team (Overall Champion)


* No Scuba fishing
* No Fishing in MPA(Marine Protected Area)
* No shooting for prohibited species(Rays, Sharks, Turtles, and some more fish)


  1. I don’t even know where to start?

You can start by taking a skindiving course. After that you will know weather you going to continue or not

  1. What is Aquasmith?

Aquasmith is a spearfishing Store/School( we do not do scuba)

  1. Where can I find all the gears?

Aquasmith sells everything a spearfisherman needs and more. If your looking for top of the line Spearguns come visit Aquasmith

  1. How do I know when its good to fish?

Check the weather channel for wind direction. Normally you want to go fishing at the other end of the island where the wind is not coming from

  1. Whats the difference of night fishing and day fishing?
During night fishing the fish are in rocks an or around them. You can get really close at night. Catching them is much easier. Using a pole spear is much more efficient when fishing at night. Daytime requires

more effort and skill. Long guns are used for long shots cause unlike night time the fish keep there distance

  1.  Are long fins necessary?

Long fins are not necessary unless diving deep or moving in strong currents. Long fins can be used freediving, spearfishing, and even just snorkeling. diving depths of 30 feet or greater will require the diver to kick hard at first when descending and ascending. This is what the main reason for long fins are.

  1. What a good speargun for beginners?

Normally shorter guns are for beginners or smaller fish. I would recommend a 75cm or a 90cm size speargun for first timers.why?

  1. Do wet suits help?

Yes wetsuits help in more then one way. The suit is made to keep you warm and comfortable while fishing long hours. The camo on them also help conceal the fisherman. This way fish come even closer for the shot.

  1.  I smoke and was wondering if I can do it?

  Even smokers can do this. Its not a big deal unless you trying to become a competitive diver     

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Charges ( p/p )

Reservations cancelled less than thirty days before the date of arrival will require you to pay the following charges

20% of Course fee

Three days in advance

50% of Course fee

 No show or same day  100% of Course fee

Our location: Garapan, Saipan

e-mail. aquasmith111@gmail.com

Our store is located on Garapan street 2nd floor of the M2M building. AQUASMITH is the largest spearfishing store in the Micronesia. 

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