New limits: As of Jan. 1, only two gag and two red grouper in state waters per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The same for federal waters except it has yet to add the second red grouper.
Top five spearfishing gifts: Speargun bands; like underwear, are always needed. Long fins; all the spearos are wearing them, nearly 3-footers for speed and efficiency. Dive computer watch; new models pack scuba, nitrox and freediving modes into good-looking watches. Additional training; refreshers for rusty divers; or specialty courses such as freediving, advanced nitrox, digital photography or videography. Tickets to the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Seminar & Expo on Feb. 7 and 8 at the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame in Dania Beach. See deep freediver Pepin and legendary spearfishermen Art Pinder, Terry Maas and more. Authors such as Steven Callahan, New York Times bestselling author of Adrift. Freedive trainer Kirk Krack, tech diver Tom Mount, sportfisherman Bouncer Smith, diving and spearfishing gear by Zeagle, Mares, Omer, Daryl Wong, Riffe and Biller. For more information, go to seethebluewild.com.
Capt. Chad Carney teaches scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing and can be reached at (727) 423-7775 or e-mail from www.floridaskindiver.com.