Man Prepares To Fish With Spear

FISHING WITH A SPEAR: IMPORTANT SPEARFISHING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

Spearfishing is a sport that’s becoming more and more popular in Australia – and it’s easy to see why. It’s definitely a good way to ensure your food is fresh, but it’s also excellent exercise. But, a lot of people can be turned off by it because of how much discipline and practice it requires. Don’t worry, though. Newbies can easily take up the sport by following a few simple spearfishing tips for beginners. Read on to find out what they are.

LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDE

As with most things we do in life, there are certain safety rules to keep in mind when you’re spearfishing. Even if you’ve done it once or twice, listening to your guide is never a bad idea. It’s best not to stray too far away from your guide. Follow their instructions and don’t whine about it. After all, they’re concerned about your safety, too.

Talk to your guide about what to expect once you’re down below. Chances are high that they know more about the area than you do. Who knows? They may also have some valuable spearfishing tips for beginners like you.

KEEP YOUR SPEARGUN IN CHECK

You simply can’t call it spearfishing without a speargun. However, it’s important to remember that a speargun is also a weapon that can hurt your fellow divers. Much like with other guns, a speargun comes with a safety switch. Make sure to always keep the safety on until you’re ready to fire at your target. Don’t use your speargun above water.

Once you’ve got your speargun, be responsible enough to clean it after use or every once in a while. Don’t just leave it anywhere, too. Designate a storage spot for your spearfishing weapon. Lastly, be sure to safely test it out first before diving for your catch so that you don’t run into any problems once you’re underwater.

PRACTICE HOLDING YOUR BREATH

Spearfishing is an activity that requires a lot of practice. Apart from the actual act of spearing your fish, there’s one other main component when it comes to the sport, and that’s freediving. For those who are unaware, freediving is underwater diving that relies solely on holding your breath.

Before you can even think about trying to spearfish, you must know how to free dive. Practice holding your breath underwater for long periods of time before resurfacing. Ten seconds is simply not going to cut it. It’s important to stay in shape, as well as build up your stamina.

Spearfishing isn’t for the faint of heart. You don’t have a breathing apparatus of any sort that’ll help you stay underwater longer. Of course, you can opt to use a scuba when you spearfish, but freediving allows for quicker and stealthier movement.

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Once you’re underwater, you’re going to see much more than just fish. It can be easy to lose your focus if there are distractions everywhere. Set your mind on a target and know how you’re going to catch it. How far is it? Do you need to come up for air first? You don’t want to pass out because you ran out of air while going after your target. There may also be other divers around you, so keep an eye out for that.

The area where you’re freediving can also have a lot of corals, so be careful not to scratch yourself on any of them. It’s likewise important not to destroy the homes of your fishy friends. It’s a smart idea to do some research on your destination ahead of time.

STEALTH IS KEY

Fish are more sensitive than you think. When they sense something amiss, they swim away. Subtlety is a vital contributor to your success. Learn how to sneak up on your target instead of taking the aggressive approach. If they happen to flee, don’t swim after them because they may take you too far. It’s also a good tip not to bring too much with you underwater. Take only the things that are absolutely necessary. Your stealth can be greatly compromised when you’re carrying loads of bulky gear.

You may not be successful on your first spearfishing trip, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from going on another one. The sense of freedom and accomplishment are only two of the joys it can bring you. Follow these five spearfishing tips for beginners, and before you know it, you’ll be an expert.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.