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First time spearfishing tournament will come to the Bay

ALPENA, Mich. — Perfect boating weather has finally arrived and anglers will take their skills out of the boat this weekend. One of the fastest growing aquatic sports is coming to the sunrise side.

Unlike line fishing, a first of its kind tournament in Alpena will take your spearfishing experience to lower levels underwater.

“Spearfishing is basically hunting,” said Nick Myers, owner of Great Lakes Divers. He said murky water is like camouflage. If you can’t see the fish, they won’t notice you taking aim “and searching for dinner.”

The Michigan Spearfishing Association is coming to Alpena for the very first time on Saturday, June 29. Myers said, “it’s just like any fishing tournament.”

You don’t have to be an experienced diver, but “you do need to be able to swim and be comfortable in the water,” said the shop owner.

Spearfishing and free diving are the fastest growing aquatic sports in the world. “I like the peacefulness of being in the water,” said Myers.

You can register at the Great Lakes Divers shop next to the National Marine Sanctuary. Fans can head to the Thunder Bay Shores Marina for fish weigh–ins starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday.