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Spearfishing questions.
Greg - 3/30/2006 10:05 AM
Replies: 15

When spearfishing...does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the fish to the boat without having to ascend each time and without hanging the fish on a line attached to your bc. Maybe some kind of pully system or ballons that you can attach to the fish that quickly sends them to the surface with someone in the boat on the lookout for them. Any thoughts?
fresnodiver - 4/15/2006 3:06 PM
who wants to sit in a boat and just throw in another persons fish? for me i just have them on a line. this way i can keep going instead of going back and forth. that means more fun dive time.
Greg - 4/17/2006 4:52 PM
It just doesn`t seem right to hang a bunch of bloody fish to a line attached to me while diving in the ocean. Have you ever had a problem with other fish trying to bite the ones you catch?
chuckc - 4/19/2006 10:10 PM
They make some very long (20`) stringers you can attach to yourself and then slide the fish to the far end. They are away from you and if something meaner than you wants them, let him have em. I spearfish in fresh water (Arkansas) and use a metal clip about 18" long that I attach to my BC. Works fine, but I surely wouldn`t use it in salt water.
Greg - 4/22/2006 6:06 PM
I sure hope the line you use, regardless of the length, is on a quick disconnect clip. It wouldn`t be much fun to be pulled around on your own fish stringer by a shark. I would only do this in fresh water also. What about some kind of ballon or float, or pully system that gets the fish up to the surface so someone on the boat can collect them?
thelobsterhunter - 4/28/2006 8:23 AM
use small inner tube from something like a wheelbarrow. put them on the line for your dive flag each with a hook put fish in a dive bag/ cheap laundry bag clip to the hook, inflate tube (you need a inlator inner tubes and up goes your catch. cheap and easy, i use this for lobsters so i don`t have to drag the lobsters everywhere
Greg - 5/04/2006 1:39 PM
Hey lobsterhunter, that is a great suggestion. What type of hooks do you use? Just regular fishing hooks OR ones that close more?
thelobsterhunter - 5/08/2006 3:34 PM
I use brass snap hooks tied on to the bag and tie a loop around the tube on each inner tube, hook the snap hook on the tube and inflate and away the bag goes. between 8 lobsters and up to a halh a bushell of crabs gets heavy.
ScubaGal - 5/25/2006 8:06 PM
Connect your stringer to a lift bag and send it to the surface with your reel. The boat knows to pick it up and disconnect the reel.
urbaneve - 8/08/2006 1:10 PM
a firend of mine has a dive line attached - tied for quick relase - to him and back at the bost and he simply attaches the fish to the line gives a good yank to pull them up. personally, i think swimming with a bloody fish for long pierods of time in never a good idea.
DenverMike - 12/17/2006 1:56 AM
I don`t spearfish but my buddy in Ft. Lauderdale does. He takes a half dozen airbags down with him and hooks the catch to a bag, blows some air in, and lets the boat driver retrieve the bags. Did I mention that he owns a boat? Won`t work that well with charters.
Satya - 3/24/2007 1:38 PM
Spearfishing is a sensitive topic around our parts. Not because of the restrictions on some areas, most areas are hunting grounds, but because of the lives that where lost simply doing what they love. I spearfish, however limit my game to certain kilos and size. There are many ways for you to string a fish when cought, however, limit the load you carry underwater. The more strings or gear you bring with you while hunting underwater, the more chances of you getting into DEEP trouble if you hit a certain type of fish that could bring you up immediately from 35m while your line is snaged on to you... you know it won`t be a good day if this happends. All you need is a stringer, a knife and your gun. This is my opinion. Scuba: limit your catch to 30 kilos. More than that you should try open water hunting instead, there you won`t need a guy to watch over your game and you won`t need to bring lifters to carry your game up, Open water hunting: Float, gun, knife. Simple and you catch big game.
reefroamer1 - 9/04/2007 4:51 PM
That is funny!!! When shorediving I usually use a line attached to my BC with a stringer and a balloon at the end so it travels behind me and slightly above me, but when we are out on a boat I use the yellow dive sausages to send them to the surface. Randi
HRDiver - 9/25/2007 4:07 PM
How about attaching a carabiner, with a stringer, to the anchor line and a float bag to the other end of the stringer. fill the bag and it`ll rise up to the boat where someone on the boat can collect your catch or you can pull them in when you get back to the surface. might work. and if you have something on the anchor line to stop the carabiner from sinking to the sea floor, the boatman can send the stringer back down to you PEACE D
Sandrabramm - 12/03/2007 9:32 PM
Greg, Hello, I actually deal with alot of spearfishing on my boat, also do some shooting myself. I generally with smaller fish will string them and carry them along with me. I find that the real trick is to make sure to "kill" your fish right of the bat...brain it with your knife. Most of the blood will be from the inital kill, and if you stop them from struggling and sending out those "vibs" you are less likely to encounter a problem. But I never attach my fish stringer to myself... I carry it or clip it to the butt of my gun, that way I can easily distance it from me if I need to and my shorts, bcd and rash guard aren`t soaking up "fish". With bigger kills, I string them and send them to the surface on a lift bag. Us a good one..fill it up and let it go...any good dive crew will notice it, and when you surface safetly, your fish is there to admire. That is what the several dozen hunters that are regulars on our boat. Happy hunting and just keep in mind...Safety first, Hunt Second. Have a good day
DanM - 1/31/2009 11:16 AM
i either use a stinger and keep it with me, or if large jewfish or sharks around i use a black game bag and keep it with me. if someone is on the boat looking for you to send fish up, then just use a lift bag or safety sausage and send it up, don’t need to attach a line to it if there watching for it. the only time i would do that is if it were a large fish. good luck, Dan