There can be some fun things to do while scuba diving and one of them is spearfishing. Spearfishing is a way of fishing in which you have some gear that spears the fish to capture it.
It can be a fun way to catch fish but it does take some skill. You need to be
know the rules and regulations for what you are after. Which includes size and limits of the fish you plan on taking.
You also have to be licensed and qualified to fish and scuba dive.
There are several creatures in the deep that you can spearfish for. A few that come to mind are rock fish, lingcod, and lobsters. Not only are they fun to catch but they taste a lot better when they are fresh!
Spearfishing can be done in more ways than one. You do not have to scuba dive to capture all your fish. You can do it by free diving as well.
I have done both and I think that scuba diving is easier to spearfish because you do not have to keep resurfacing to get a breath. Also, you can see things a bit more clearly the deeper you do (usually).
When you are spearfishing while scuba diving you have to be careful as always. You need to have the right equipment and know what you are doing.
When I say you need to know what you are doing I mean you need to know the rules and regulations for what you are after. Such as BUT not limited to; legal size to be taken, limits, catch cards, time of day.
All of these factors play into your spearfishing experience. If you do not have all your ducks in a row you could be caught with your pants down by a Ranger or Wildlife Services.
Getting caught when you are not following the rules can lead to some hefty penalties, which you do not want to incur.
There are lots of creatures that you can capture on your spear fishing adventures, not to mention the things that you could see that are not on the menu for spearfishing.
Having the Appropriate Gear
Whether you are scuba diving or free diving while spearfishing you need to make sure you have the right gear with you. Obviously you need your basics to scuba dive or free dive but you will need a few more items.
To spearfish you must have a spearfishing device of some sorts. There a few different kinds of spearfishing devices with the most common and probably the cheapest being a Hawaiian Sling.
A Hawaiian sling is a pole with spears at one end and a large rubber band at the other. To use it, you stretch the rubber band the length of the pole while holding the pole near the spear tips. Once you find your target you simply release your hand and off it shoots.
The downside is that you have to chase after it. You might have to chase down your dinner too if you are not careful.
There are more expensive spear guns out there as well. By spear gun mean just that. It is a gun that can shoot a spear out of it toward your intended target.
This is what I mean by a spearfishing gun. They take the work of the Hawaiian sling out of it for you and put it all in trigger form.
Again, this is just a basic model. There are more advanced ones out there that have double bands, reels attached to your spear and so on.
If you want to try spear fishing out I would suggest starting with something that is not going to break your bank and know how to work it.
Now that you have stuck your target. What are you going to do with it? There are such things called a catch bag.
These are mesh bags that have a small clasp at the top to keep your catch secured. You can have them trailing off you or have your dive buddy hold the bag for you.
There are also metal stringers that you can hook your catch to. They maybe a little easier to use than the bag especially if you get a large fish that will not fit into a bag.
Extra weights would be required when you are free diving and spearfishing. This will help you get down to the fishes level without having to struggle so much.
You do not want to weigh yourself down to the point that you can not float at all. This would be counter-productive and a waste of your time and energy.
You will need to find a balance between what you need for weights and what it is going to take you to easily dive to spear a fish.
When you free dive while spearfishing, you probably won’t go to very deep water. You can find rock fish in 10 – 20 feet of water, obviously among a rocky area.
So you are not going to need a lot of extra weight, if any at all.
My Experience Spearfishing
As I had previously mentioned, I have been scuba diving and free diving while spearfishing. Sometimes you will be successful other times you will not be.
I have had the fortune and misfortune of both experiences. While free diving off the coast of Whidbey Island, Washington me and a group of co-workers were able to collect a pretty good hull of rock fish.
They were not easy to spot but one of the guys had a very sharp eye and was able to pick them out easily. It was a fun experience for my first time spearfishing.
After we got done we cleaned and cooked them up and ate them for dinner that very night.
Another time I went scuba diving off the coast of Whidbey Island with some friends to spearfish for lingcod. This was a difficult dive for me as I was having trouble catching my breath on descent.
We did see some lingcod but we did not spear any on that trip.
Those are my two short stories about spearfishing. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The experience is what really matters though.
When you go spearfishing, you can have a lot of fun and that should be one of your main goals. No matter if you scuba or free dive spearfishing is something almost anyone can do.
Be sure you are properly equipped for what you are spear fishing for. You do not want to get stuck with a huge fish and miss the chance of bagging him because you have no where to store it.
Also make sure you know your rules and regulations. This will prevent you from getting in trouble by having the wrong fish or size or too many.
Make sure you are properly weighted when free diving it will help you swim down when attempting to spear a fish.
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As always happy diving.