|Spearfishing with Phillippe Vigili from France|
Philippe Virgili is a French/ Italian born diver. A native from the French Riviera. He did his first steps in spearfishing as a little boy in the Mediterranean Sea . He has been hunting the coasts of South of France, Italy, Corsica and Sicily on and off for several years... It's well known that one needs a good understanding of fish behaviour if you plan to catch fish there, which is usually deep, clever and distrustful . His favorite Mediterranean capture is the Gilthead Seabream, a pretty tasty fish which needs patience and cunning during a long hunt.
Philippe has also been making regular trips to the United States of America which has an incredible variety of coasts spanning three oceans. Philippe has been hunting in Maine, North Carolina, Rhodes island, Florida and California. The most amazing place he dived was Palos Verde, definitively one of the best Los Angeles spots for seabass hunting.
Philippe has also been doing about 3 trips a year to Costa Rica during the dry season. Philippe recons the best spot to spearfish is located off the Pacific Coast in the Nicoya province . There you can find billfish in abundance and magnificent blue-water fish like Dorado and Wahoo. In 2009 Philippe organized a Costa Rican Blue Water Hunting Open which had divers coming from many countries, they joined the guest divers Sheri Daye from Florida and Roberto Reyes from Puerto Rico. Just after this competition Philippe caught an amazing 55,8 kg Pacific sailfish.
For the last two years Philippe has been pioneering Atlantic bluefin hunting off the Morocco Atlantic coast and in the Gibraltar Straight. He'll be there again in spring 2011. Philippe has been freediving since 2006 among Atlantic giant bluefin tuna, the toughest of all big game fish to fight and land, off the East Coast of Canada. The action usually takes place far off the coast, if you spot by chance a "herring" run at the time tuna are hunting fiercely close to the surface in the school. Freediving very close to these massive fish in the open sea is a thrilling experience.
Spearfishing all over the blue Planet gives you the opportunity to freedive with different sea mammals. Philippe's best adventure took place in 2004 off the New Zealand coast, back from a spearfishing trip to Three King Islands. They got to freedive for about an hour with a killer whale pack and had incredible interactions with these apex predators. An unbelievable and exceptional meeting Philippe will never forget.
Phillippe is also an avid underwater vidiographer and runs his own production company called www.SpearFishingMotion.com