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What do I need to start spearfishing?
When you're spearfishing, it's important to have the right equipment. After all, it can be the difference between a successful trip and coming home empty handed. For a start, you'll need a snorkel and mask, and a wetsuit - then of course, you'll need a speargun or fishing spear. Here's a breakdown of what you'll need and why.
Spearguns or pole spears are obviously a fundamental part of any spearfishing set up. There are two main types of spearguns (band and pneumatic) and the best one for you depends on what kind of fishing you're planning on doing. Alternatively, hand spears are a great first step if you're just thinking about getting into spearfishing and want to give it a go.
Fins and pockets are what you put on your feet to propel you through the water. Fins come in soft, medium or hard depending on your preference. Many spearfishers opt for soft fins as these produce fewer vibrations in the water.
Snorkels and masks should fit comfortably and securely. Visibility is also key, so ensure you have good peripheral vision so you can fully enjoy all the wonderful underwater landscapes you'll be swimming through.
Wetsuits are an important part of your spearfishing setup for several reasons. They keep you warm, protect your skin against minor cuts and scrapes that can be caused by rocks and the like and they'll also protect you from sunburn.
Gloves will protect your hands from rocks etc. as well as when handling fish. They'll also help to keep your hands warm.
Dive knives are an essential piece of spearfishing equipment. Not only can they be used for killing fish as quickly and humanely as possible but can be used to cut yourself free should you become tangled in your line.
Float lines and stringers are used to hold your catch as you continue to hunt for more fish. These attach to the float, which sits on top of the water.
Weight belts enable spearfishers to dive faster and deeper. The human body's natural buoyancy can make it difficult to move around in deep water without additional weight.
Spearfishing tips for beginners
Spearfishing is an exciting adventure sport but if you're unprepared it can get very dangerous, very quickly. You need to consider dangers such as boat traffic, waves pushing you onto rocks and sharks - just to name a few. Before you head out on your spearfishing adventure, make sure you've done adequate research and have a good understanding of what you need to be aware of.
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