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Jade King: Why do you love spearfishing

Words by Jade King If someone asked me, “Why do you love spearfishing?” I wouldn’t be able to answer with one word. I started diving after a near fatal accident while participating in a former sport I had competed in for 7 years. Diving opened a whole new world to me that I never knew was there. I loved it there was nothing else I wanted to do; until someone handed me a spear gun. I started shooting lionfish and realized I needed more excitement than that. A friend gave me an old JBL spear gun and I shot my first hogfish. Right then I knew this is what I wanted to do. Pulling the trigger for the first time gave me a rush of adrenaline I had never felt before. After a while I wanted more than that. So, I went on Paul Varian’s boat because my dad knew him personally from a long time ago. I really didn’t know how serious this sport was until I talked to some of his customers, I was so amazed by their stories that I wanted to learn and get better. So I started diving off Paul’s boat more often and realized it was time to get a better gun so I got an AB Biller. That gun shot my first grouper and other species besides hogfish. I also realized that...

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Nicole D’Aiguillon: Why I love spearfishing

I’ve always felt at one with the nature around me and been a more artistic, spiritual person since I was young, and had an innate sense of all things being possible. When in the ocean, I never wanted to come out of the water and even coming up for air felt like such an inconvenience…yes like most other little girls at the time I wished I could be a mermaid! Growing up I was a true tomboy (we’re talking big, baggy jeans, a wallet chain, big t-shirts…), and would go to the everglades with friends to catch alligators and snakes. I would sit on the hood of a truck while we slowly cruised down a dirt road along the everglades at sundown, when the snakes would come to the road for the warmth. I’d yell to stop when I saw one and run to catch them, sometimes bringing them home to my snake tank for a bit before setting them free again in the future. Then around 15 I began surfing. I took surf trips to Peru, Costa Rica, and more, which opened my eyes to new and beautiful natural places, people and cultures. In looking for new hobbies during down times when there were no waves I began to train in martial arts, and even won a few muay thai kickboxing competitions. Aside from the fun physical intensity...

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Tuning a Flopper

By John Paul Castro – SM Staff By far the most unknown and also most important piece of spearfishing gear is the flopper on a shaft and how it works. All too often I run into people who buy stock shafts and just have no idea that the flopper, or barb, should not just open and close completely by the force of gravity.  A proper working flopper should only open to about 30 degrees when pulled by gravity. The idea is, when shot the shaft goes through the fish then the flopper drops open. When the fish tries to escape, it jams the flopper open to 90 degrees where it should get stuck. If the flopper is free then if the fish slides back down the shaft and flips upside down, the flopper could possibly close and the fish could slide off and escape. Tuning the flopper makes it jam open after the fish pushes against it so that it cannot escape. This will cover floppers on most shafts, such as Riffe, Rob Allen, Spearmaster, Addiction, and so on. The idea is to get the metal to pinch on the shaft when it is pushed past its resting point. You do this by squeezing the ends together on the backside of the flopper. It can also be achieved by bending one side on the back. First you take the...

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Product Review: Flatline Spearguns

Building a speargun from scratch takes a lot of creativity, especially when using repurposed wood. Travis Emory builds each speargun by hand in his garage in Treasure Island, Florida from repurposed wood salvaged from old buildings and boats. “You have to be creative with the cuts, avoid nails and holes. You never know what you are getting until you cut into the wood. But that’s why every gun is different and that’s what makes each one unique.” Travis built custom rods for a while and has always liked making things. He crafted his first speargun in 2011 from the trim of a 1976 Aquasport because he wanted to build a customized freediving gun for himself. The rest is history. Like any speargun, a freediving gun must be light, easily maneuverable, powerful, and most importantly, accurate. It’s an added benefit that the older, salvaged wood he uses also has beautiful grain patterns. What makes a Flatline speargun unique? When he builds a gun, he includes all the features he can to increase accuracy, but at the same time makes sure to have a good understanding of what the customer wants so it will be built to the exact specifications the customer desires. Each piece of wood has its own amazing history, even before it’s constructed into a sturdy gun. Travis has been shooting guns since he was old enough to...

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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....

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