Spearfishermen

Cameron Kirkconnell begins his hunting dive near an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. (D.J. Struntz)
Cameron Kirkconnell begins his hunting dive near an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cameron Kirkconnell begins his hunting dive near an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The diver lines up for a shot.

The diver lines up for a shot.
(D.J. Struntz)


Kirkconnell nears the end of a fight with a large bull mahi mahi.

Kirkconnell nears the end of a fight with a large bull mahi mahi.
(D.J. Struntz)


A hungry silky shark takes advantage of free handouts as Kirkconnell chums for tuna.

A hungry silky shark takes advantage of free handouts as Kirkconnell chums for tuna.
(D.J. Struntz)


Kirkconnell swims alongside a nine-foot silky shark. He said the animal seemed completely at peace after the encounter, which left him a little awestruck. That night we learned that Kirkconnell's grandfather, a guiding figure in his life, passed away at the same time he was swimming with the silky.

Kirkconnell swims alongside a nine-foot silky shark. He said the animal seemed completely at peace after the encounter, which left him a little awestruck. That night we learned that Kirkconnell's grandfather, a guiding figure in his life, passed away
(D.J. Struntz)


Craig Clasen hunts from the dark side of a weedline. Large game fish frequently lurk in just such a position while ambushing baitfish.

Craig Clasen hunts from the dark side of a weedline. Large game fish frequently lurk in just such a position while ambushing baitfish.
(D.J. Struntz)


Clasen and a 12-foot tiger shark at the conclusion of a two-hour-long battle that began when the shark rushed a videographer. "I want to be very clear," said Clasen. "That was not a proud kill for me, but I didn't have a choice. She was just being a shark."

Clasen and a 12-foot tiger shark at the conclusion of a two-hour-long battle that began when the shark rushed a videographer.
(D.J. Struntz)


Clasen swims beside a juvenile sea turtle in a sargassum patch.

Clasen swims beside a juvenile sea turtle in a sargassum patch.
(D.J. Struntz)

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