Speargun Fishing refers to using a speargun to shoot fish. I prefer this method a lot more than standard fishing for several reasons. For starters, there is no bait that you need to purchase, which is a good saving. Capitalizing on this, you don’t need to replace rods, reels, lures, sinkers and hooks which too is a good saving. I will suggest that there is maintenance when it comes to Speargun Fishing, but in terms of the dollars spent you will save a lot with a good quality set of Spearfishing Gear. Once you have bought a good set you shouldn’t have to ever replace it (except for mono line, spears and rubbers which break every so often but aren’t that expensive anyway).
On top of this, when you go spear fishing you are getting more exercise, and you get to choose what you shoot. When you go fishing normally you catch whatever is below, if they are biting. You have no control over what species you get, the size of them or whether or not you catch them in the first place. Spearfishing gets rid of a large amount of those issues. If there is fish, you can usually get them. You get to choose what you shoot, and you base this on what you like eating, the size of the fish and your level of experience.
Above all, Speargun Fishing is so much more exciting. You can sit for hours on top of the water waiting for something to come along and bite the bait, but I have been out several times and had no luck what so ever. If you do lose a fish when spear fishing at least you get to see what is happening, and searching for fish when you are swimming around is truly amazing. The underwater life is simply stunning. If you have never been diving before, you are truly missing out. It’s a world that’s totally different to everything above the water, and is well worth a look.
Speargun Fishing is often thought of as an extreme or dangerous sport for a number of reasons. The first is that holding your breath for extended periods underwater can lead to blackouts, but with proper training and by diving with buddies you reduce the risk considerably. The only other major risk is sharks. True, shooting fish will attract sharks but if you speak to a large number of divers they will say that they haven’t seen many, if any. If they have, the sharks usually leave you alone. You are most at risk when you have just shot a fish and you are pulling it in, so be careful. If you have a boat, get into the boat before you pull it in. Otherwise, use a Spearfishing Float to slide the fish as far away from you as possible.
If the water gets bloody and the fish is thrashing you are most at risk, but even still shark attacks are so uncommon. When you consider the millions of people that go swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving every day without incident you have to take the chance! You can actually get shark shields too, which ward off the big creatures and give you a bit of extra freedom! Overall though, Speargun Fishing is an incredibly fun sport, and with a little bit of time and effort you will be rewarded with some amazing underwater life, some great fish and a lot of fun!