A Beginner’s Guide to 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.


Essential Spearfishing Equipment

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Spearfishing Equipment
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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.