Divers from other areas
who are not familiar with Louisiana's waters should be aware that
there are some differences here that make our spearfishing more
dangerous than it is in other places.
Oil platforms, where
fish congregate, can be hostile environments. The beams that
support the platforms are covered with sharp barnacles, coral,
sea urchins and other nasty stuff. It is important to wear
gloves and some form of protective layer of clothing or wetsuit.
Large, heavy objects
have been known to fall from oil platforms, and in rare
circumstances, divers have been hit by them. It is important to
be very aware of your surroundings and in the vicinity of other
Divers have died
from ascending and hitting their head on a crossbeam. Always put
a gloved hand up above your head while ascending underneath an
At times our
currents can be very strong. Make sure to use a tow line behind
your boat, and don't dive in currents that you're not
comfortable in. Divers have been lost due to strong current.
If you're not used
to diving here, a competitive spearfishing tournament is not the
best way to learn. If you decide to anyway, make sure you go
with someone experienced in the area.
Safety equipment to
bring: cable cutters (in case of entanglement), sea sausage,
Divers should only
shoot fish they know they can handle.
Check out equipment
prior to dive, service regulators, replace dive computer
2011 Aqua Aces Rodeo Benefiting Children's
2011 Aqua Aces Rodeo
King: Steve Hartley (ST) Queen: Christy Stone (AA) King Skindiver: Steve Hartley (ST) Best Boat: Knot Satisfied Best Club: Sea Tigers
2010 Aqua Aces Rodeo Benefiting Children's
2009 Aqua Aces Rodeo Benefiting Children's
King Spearfisherman: Jason Gitreaux (Get Em) Queen Spearfisherman: Christy Stone (Aqua Aces) King Skindiver: Jered King (Aqua Aces) Junior King: Dillon Breaux (Get Em) Best Boat: Heavy Metal Best Club: Helldivers
congratulations goes to Christy Stone who shot a new women's state
record Amberjack that weighed in at 78 lbs. !!!
2008 Aqua Aces Rodeo Benefiting Children's
This Year's Winners: King Spearfisherman:
George Ansardi - Hell Divers Queen Spearfisherman: Abby Donaldson - Get 'Em King Skindiver: Chris Hartwell - Aqua Aces #2 Skindiver: Joe Wegman - Hell Divers #3 Skindiver: Don Scott - Frogmen Best Club: Hell Divers Best Boat: Heavy Metal
This year, the Aqua Aces made their
annual donation to Children's Hospital before the rodeo so that it
could be done during the annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon.
Click Here or on the image
below to see the video:
2007 Aqua Aces Rodeo Benefiting Children's
The New Orleans Aqua
Aces would like to send out thanks to all of our
sponsors from this
- Stan Smith (Helldivers) Queen Spearfisher - Juliette Schmidt (Aqua Aces) King Skindiver - Greg Matherne (Bayou Bandits) Best Club - Helldivers Best Boat - Heavy Metal