A Beginner’s Guide to Spearfishing

 

Spearfishing pic
Spearfishing
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Christopher Dabney recently graduated with a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Florida. Away form his studies and internships, Christopher Dabney enjoys spearfishing.

Spearfishing is a form of hunting humans have been practicing for thousands of years. Cave paintings, ancient texts, and critical archaeological dig sites all point to spearfishing as a sport, art, and means of obtaining sustenance well before the dawn of recorded history.

Today, the practice has gained popularity and attraction as an exhilarating sport. As such, it’s important for beginners to understand a few facts about how best to prepare for a spearfishing expedition.

First, make sure to obtain all the appropriate fishing licensure from you state and county officials. Regulations and seasons vary from state to state, so be sure to check up on the particularities of your state’s regulatory statutes. Secondly, the speargun itself. It’s advisable for beginners to curb the temptation to purchase the biggest and most powerful speargun and start spearfishing with a smaller, more controllable speargun. And finally, a wetsuit and some swimming and snorkeling gear is essential. Spearfishers spend much their sport in water, which can quickly lead to hypothermia or other conditions without properly insulated gear.

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