Author: Spearing

Spearfishing Reel or Float? Why not both?

By John Paul Castro You need not be involved in spearfishing for more than 10 minutes to find out there are two groups of hunters: those who use gun reels and those who use float lines. When I started, just like everyone else, I sought out knowledge from every outlet I could. Every person had a different reason for what they chose. The reel gives the diver the most freedom, the float line the highest feeling of safety. The reel can be useful when many divers are present or when there are obstacles in the water, whereas the float line and float can help with fighting bigger fish or making the diver more visible. Whatever method you chose, and for whatever reason you chose it, conditions and diving situations are always changing. Sometimes they change from one country to another, sometimes from one day to another, and in some locations they change from one dive to the next. This simple way of rigging your shooting line will allow you to choose to either clip on your reel or float line with any shaft rigged in this manner. This means you can go on a trip not knowing with certainty the diving conditions and be ready for all of them. First, you need a small section of tubing. This tubing can be just about anything, similar to a muzzle bungee....

Read More

Product Review: Gill Gun

Words by Chris Okamoto The surest way to start a fight with a group of spearos is to step into a crowded room and ask them, “hey what’s the best speargun?” If you should be brave enough to ask that then as soon as the last word leaves your lips you probably want to dive for cover while covering your genitals (and any other susceptible area that is prone to injury by your peers) as no one will agree on this. For sure there are special guns for special situations. I love my Mori 65” enclosed teak for big wary yellowtail. 80 cm Rabitech pipe gun for halibut. 55” Wong carbon hybrid for shore diving white seabass. But for all around pelagics mixed with calicos? Hmm read on brother… As I learned the ropes I went from pipe guns, to hybrids, to customs and all around again. I’ve owned guns from many different makers; you might say I am a recovering gun whore. Somewhere around 2009 I started hearing guys talk about a gun made by Gilbert Gacula who used to own Spear-Diver spearguns. Gil used a cnc mill so each gun was to his exact specifications. I chatted with Gil for a while, as I wanted a new go to local gun. I wanted something with range and punch, something that could sling a 5/16” shaft accurately. I...

Read More

Doug and the Giant Pargo

by Chris Chaput What do you get when you combine experience, skill, luck, and total idiocy? This story! Doug Jones and I literally have 1,000 hours apiece of blue water hunting under our belts. And when I say “literally,” I don’t mean it like a 13 to 17-year-old girl means it. “Like, OMG I literally can’t even manage to wear anything other than my (****ing obnoxious) pajamas to the airport to travel for the second time EVER in my life!” Seriously, 1,000 hours is not an exaggeration. At the very least, we’ve floated around for enough time to realize when we’re on a slow trip. This story is about one such trip. And, of course, idiocy. A few years back, we were on the fifth day of a five day tuna hunting trip to our favorite fickle stomping grounds outside of Puerta Vallarta. Desperate for some action, Doug and I decided to ditch our 100′ bungee, three-float tuna rigs in exchange for a 75′ hard line with one 35l inflatable. Our intent was to finally to “tag team” the big pargo (cubera) we’d been seeing for years as we drifted past the ridge at Corbatena. We had our plan: one gun, two guys. One up, one down. The guy on the bottom shoots the fish, while the guy above limits the damage by pulling up the float line as...

Read More

Why Take a Class

Everything in this article is something I’ve heard from spearfishing students before they went through my program or things I’ve read on the forums. Rick is a 38-year-old spearo from the Northeastern United States and has been shooting fish for 2 years. “I can spearfish around 25 feet, but once I get down there I get a pain in my ear that gets worse and worse throughout the day. It’s always my right ear and my ENT says I need surgery to get it fixed. I know it’s not because of bad equalizing because my left ear is fine. My buddy said if I took a freediving class they could teach me how to Frenzel which would solve the issue. I thought about that, but then I read a post on a forum where SpearoMasterBlaster said he puts a mixture of alcohol and eucalyptus oil in his ears and takes Sudafed with coconut water before every dive and that fixes everything. I’ll probably try that next. If that doesn’t work, I could use the money I was gonna spend on a class and just upgrade to a gun with three bands for more range and get those carbon fiber fins everyone is talking about. I could totally whack a fish at 35-40 feet while I’m at 25 feet.” Bill is 28 from South Florida and has been spearfishing for...

Read More

Latest Issue

[instashow source="@spearingmagazine" columns="1" rows="1" effect="fade"]

Pin It on Pinterest