Git-em Dive Team History
The beginning of the Git-em Dive Team begins back in the late 1950s when Harry Barbay and his best friend Sonny Ourso began fishing.
In the 1960s and into the 1970s, Harry and wife Carolyn purchased a 22' Larson with twin inboard/outboard engines. The first name of the new big boat was called the Git-em. With his new boat they were able to venture as far as 30 miles offshore to the oil platforms to seek larger fish. Harry soon began fishing in the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo. He formed a fishing team called the Git-em Fishing Team.
In the early 1980's Chad Barbay and his father, Harry, were soon introduced to the wonderful underwater world of scuba diving, while each on vacations in Hawaii. Shortly after, they received their NAUI Scuba Diver certification from Keith Sliman of Seven Seas in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Friend Phil Cohagan (The owner of Seven Seas and avid spear fisherman) began diving with the Barbays and taught them some of the tricks of spear fishing. They quickly honed their spear fishing skills and many friends began to get certified so they could join on the dives. They began to enter the Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, The Golden Meadow Rodeo and, the Houma Terrebone Sportsman League rodeo's spear fishing divisions. At this time we began the Git-em Dive Team.
The original Git-em Dive Team consisted of Harry Barbay, Mike St. Angelo, Warren Ashcraft, Ricky Juban, Phil Cohagan and Chad Barbay. In the early days Harry and Phil took the bulk of the trophies for the team. Phil began a spearfishing team called Seven Seas Dive Club. Soon after Seven Seas became their own team, Harry purchased his biggest boat, the new Git-em; a 26' x 11' Semi V Dusky.
In 1983 they incorporated the Git-em Dive Club as a not-for- profit club in the State of Louisiana. As diving became more popular along the coast of Louisiana new friends were made and these new friends were excited to join our dive team.
In 1984 Chad Barbay became a NAUI Instructor and began teaching in Baton Rouge. Through his teaching he met his new best friend Toby Rabalais; who would soon become the new president of Git Em Dive Team.
There were many memorable trips in those beginning days of diving. Chad was the first to shoot a 118lb Amberjack, followed by Mike St Angelo who shot a 120lb Amberjack. Other big fish shot by the early team was Chad's 53lb Jack Creville, a 93lb Black Grouper, and a 53lb Barracuda. Toby shot an 87lb Amberjack and many large cobias. They were also the first to find spiny lobster on the oil rigs! Git-em won over 150 trophies in their first 5 years.
In 1986 The Git-em dive team split into multiple groups. As the fall of 1986 came around the Louisiana economy was taken a nose dive. Harry sold the Git-em and he and wife Carol moved to Atlanta in September of 1986. Chad Barbay moved to Orlando Florida in November of 1986. At this time Toby Rabalais became the president of the Git-em Dive team and kept the level of success going!
Git-em Dive Team has had much success and continues to dive the Louisiana coastal waters. We compete in spearfishing rodeos such as the Helldiver Rodeo, Aqua Aces Rodeo, Terrebone Sportsman League, Louisiana Council Rodeo and others. We are currently 17 members strong and are always interested in adding new members.