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[[Category:Spearfishing]]
 
[[Category:Spearfishing]]
 
== Steps ==
 
== Steps ==
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=== Selecting a Spear ===
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#Choose a pole spear. Often, those that are new to spearfishing start with pole spears because they are lightweight, cost effective, and easy to use. It is believed that longer pole spears are more effective. Pole spears made of aluminum work well on larger fish.<ref>http://www.spearfishingmarathon.com/SpearfishingMarathon.com/Pole_Spears.html</ref>[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 7.jpg|center]]
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#Choose a speargun. Spearguns are generally used by more advanced fishers and which speargun you decide to use depends on the type of fish that you want to hunt. Each type of speargun, regardless of the manufacturer, feels different in different environments, so it can be very difficult to choose.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 8.jpg|center]]
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#*While you can decide between pneumatic guns, wood guns, and euro guns, you may not know which type of of gun is best until you have had practice with various types of guns. Beginners should start with a small speargun. It is best to start with the less expensive model.
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#*Most spearguns are measured in cm, ranging from 60 up to 140+. 
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#*60-80cm is reserved for close distances (<6 ft range) and is best suited for dense kelp forests or "hole hunting", where the fish are normally stationary. 
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#*90 - 110cm is suitable for larger/faster fish in the shooting distance, and is good for hunting fish in reefs and in bottoms depths from 10 - 60 ft. 
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#*Choose a gun longer than if you are hunting larger fish in clear, open water.  Look into buying a floatline and float, so you don't lose your gun (or the fish).
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#Bring an extra spear. Consider placing an extra pole spear or speargun in your kayak or boat so that you do not get all of the way to your destination and have to turn around because of a problem with the equipment.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 9.jpg|center]]
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=== Identifying a Location ===
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#Choose clean and clear water locations. Look for clear water where there are plenty of meandering fish. Poor water quality can result in illness. Popular spearfishing destinations are Wisconsin, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua.<ref>http://www.theinertia.com/surf/4-surfing-and-spearfishing-destinations-you-need-to-visit/</ref>[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 10.jpg|center]]
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#*Get an understanding of the type of fish that you want to find so that you know what you are looking for.
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#Spearfish in remote locations. You can locate a remote beach and rent a kayak to find healthy, great tasting fish.<ref>http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/so-you-want-to-go-spearfishing-for-the-very-first-time-1609682913</ref>[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 11.jpg|center]]
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#*If you are deep dive spearfishing, try to find a location where there are no other people spearfishing to reduce the risk of your dive.
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#Set diving boundaries. Prior to your dive, establish with your dive partner the radius for the dive and the overall timeframe so that you are aware of each other’s location at all times. This will also serve as a precaution should one of you get lost or experience problems, particularly during a deep dive.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 12.jpg|center]]
 
=== Using Proper Spearfishing Technique ===
 
=== Using Proper Spearfishing Technique ===
 
#Start with shallow water spearfishing. To get comfortable with spearfishing, start out in shallow water and fish above the water line.<ref>https://ift.tt/2KuvcVO> This does not require total body submersion.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 1 Version 2.jpg|center]]
 
#Start with shallow water spearfishing. To get comfortable with spearfishing, start out in shallow water and fish above the water line.<ref>https://ift.tt/2KuvcVO> This does not require total body submersion.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 1 Version 2.jpg|center]]
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#*Wearing gloves will prevent you from harming your hands when you are handling fish with sharp spines.
 
#*Wearing gloves will prevent you from harming your hands when you are handling fish with sharp spines.
 
#*Be aware that the blood from the fish speared may attract other ocean life.
 
#*Be aware that the blood from the fish speared may attract other ocean life.
=== Selecting a Spear ===
 
#Choose a pole spear. Often, those that are new to spearfishing start with pole spears because they are lightweight, cost effective, and easy to use. It is believed that longer pole spears are more effective. Pole spears made of aluminum work well on larger fish.<ref>http://www.spearfishingmarathon.com/SpearfishingMarathon.com/Pole_Spears.html</ref>[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 7.jpg|center]]
 
#Choose a speargun. Spearguns are generally used by more advanced fishers and which speargun you decide to use depends on the type of fish that you want to hunt. Each type of speargun, regardless of the manufacturer, feels different in different environments, so it can be very difficult to choose.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 8.jpg|center]]
 
#*While you can decide between pneumatic guns, wood guns, and euro guns, you may not know which type of of gun is best until you have had practice with various types of guns. Beginners should start with a small speargun. It is best to start with the less expensive model.
 
#*Most spearguns are measured in cm, ranging from 60 up to 140+. 
 
#*60-80cm is reserved for close distances (<6 ft range) and is best suited for dense kelp forests or "hole hunting", where the fish are normally stationary. 
 
#*90 - 110cm is suitable for larger/faster fish in the shooting distance, and is good for hunting fish in reefs and in bottoms depths from 10 - 60 ft. 
 
#*Choose a gun longer than if you are hunting larger fish in clear, open water.  Look into buying a floatline and float, so you don't lose your gun (or the fish).
 
#Bring an extra spear. Consider placing an extra pole spear or speargun in your kayak or boat so that you do not get all of the way to your destination and have to turn around because of a problem with the equipment.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 9.jpg|center]]
 
=== Identifying a Location ===
 
#Choose clean and clear water locations. Look for clear water where there are plenty of meandering fish. Poor water quality can result in illness. Popular spearfishing destinations are Wisconsin, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua.<ref>http://www.theinertia.com/surf/4-surfing-and-spearfishing-destinations-you-need-to-visit/</ref>[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 10.jpg|center]]
 
#*Get an understanding of the type of fish that you want to find so that you know what you are looking for.
 
#Spearfish in remote locations. You can locate a remote beach and rent a kayak to find healthy, great tasting fish.<ref>http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/so-you-want-to-go-spearfishing-for-the-very-first-time-1609682913</ref>[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 11.jpg|center]]
 
#*If you are deep dive spearfishing, try to find a location where there are no other people spearfishing to reduce the risk of your dive.
 
#Set diving boundaries. Prior to your dive, establish with your dive partner the radius for the dive and the overall timeframe so that you are aware of each other’s location at all times. This will also serve as a precaution should one of you get lost or experience problems, particularly during a deep dive.[[Image:Spear a Fish Step 12.jpg|center]]
 
 
 
== Tips ==
 
== Tips ==
 
*If your wetsuit or snorkel creates a bubble at the wrong time, your prey could be scared away.
 
*If your wetsuit or snorkel creates a bubble at the wrong time, your prey could be scared away.
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== References ==
 
== References ==
   
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