Best bet: After the cold front last weekend produced 15-foot seas, divers should check reefs and wrecks along the 10 Fathom Line because 50-70 foot depths are usually clearer than deep or shallow water. South of Tampa Bay is often clearest because of the steep drop in the Florida shelf. Marginal-visibility diving is always a good time to use a pole spear, and hogfish and mangrove snapper are prime targets. Divers crawling the bottom with lights can find spiny lobster — March is the last month of spiny lobster season.
What's new: Art Pinder, King of Sling, written by Sheri Daye, is a new biography about the legendary skin diver and spearfisherman. From the late '40s, Pinder used a primitive undersea slingshot called a Hawaiian sling to spear creatures such as a 7-foot sailfish and a 10-foot tiger shark. He was one of the first two divers inducted into the Spearfishing Hall of Fame. The book will be available at the Tampa Bay Boat Show on Friday-March 15 in St. Petersburg.
Chad Carney teaches diving and spearfishing in the Tampa Bay area. Call (727) 423-7775 or visit his Web site at floridaskindiver.com.