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by Al Martinez Unexpected summer thunderstorms burdened our crossing, but we figured it out and after four hours, arrived to Port Lucaya. We did a little BBQ with the boys and went to bed early, ready for Saturday morning to come. Saturday started out great; everyone was shooting big fish and by midday we had several big grouper, mutton and hog snapper on the boat. Any experienced captain and diver stays aware of the tides and water temperature. Around noon, I noticed the tide had switched to outgoing; I told the boys to be aware. The tide had changed...

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How to tune a speargun Flopper

  How to tune a speargun flopper – Spearing Magazine By far the most unknown and also most important piece of gear on a speargun is the flopper. All too often I run into people who buy 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 the shaft goes through the fish then the flopper drops open. When the fish tries to escape, it jams the...

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The penalty for a mistake in freediving is too severe to ignore

Freedive Spearfishing Safety – Spearing Magazine I got a phone call recently from a past student, Mack Matos.  He shared the story of how he recently saved his son from a blackout while spearfishing in the Bahamas.  His son was struggling to pull out a grouper around 65ft and on the way up he asked for help.  The father dove down, grabbed him around 20ft and took him to the surface. The son blacked out on the way to the surface. There were some complications involved on the surface.  His son was using a belt reel which was attached...

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Speargun Review – Abellan 120cm

Abellan Speargun Review- Spearing Magazine speargun review- Abellan spearguns. 14 years ago in Spain, Victor Abellan was introduced to the sport of spearfishing. Locally almost all fishing was done in caves, at short range. The guns were smaller as neither aguatto or aspetto techniques had been adopted. Victor moved to Balearic Island where the water was clear and the fish, very smart. Many lost prey from distance or belly shots left Victor searching. About Abellan In 2001 Victor started studying ballistics and designed his first gun. His model was modeled for performance and not for mass production. Like most...

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