A former infantry team leader for the United States Marine Corps, Christopher Dabney is a senior finance major at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business Administration. In his free time, Christopher Dabney enjoys staying active through a variety of sports, including spearfishing.
Unlike regular fishing, spearfishing is a much more interactive experience that brings spearfishers up close and personal to they fish they are trying to catch. There are several essential items that spearfishers need, including the following:
–Wetsuit. Spearfishing involves being in the water, so a wetsuit is essential for keeping spearfishers warm. Wearing a wetsuit also protects against certain dangers found in the ocean, such as jellyfish, spiny fish, and abrasive reefs.
–Speargun or polespear. Most spearfishers fire their spears rather than throwing them. There are two types of trigger mechanisms that fishers can choose from: pneumatic and rubber band systems. As a simpler option, spearfishers may prefer using a polespear rather than a speargun.
–Weight belt. Staying underwater can be difficult given the buoyancy of both the body and many wetsuits, so a weight belt is often needed to neutralize any natural buoyancy. Weight belts are also a great place for tying a fish stringer to hold the catch.