Posted 08 April 2005 - 03:45 PM
If you're diving with a wetsuit then a weightbelt is essential - but too much weight can be very dangerous. You want just enough weight to counteract the bouyancy of your wetsuit, so that you can dive down and not pop straight back up again. I always wear a weightbelt.
$180 for that gun doesn't seem too bad, I've just been browsing www.spearfishing.com.au for you, the most popular guns can be basically divided into european and australian.
Brands like Omer, Esclapez, Picasso. The only ones within your price range would be:
Esclapez Challenger $199
Esclapez Magnum pro $149
Esclapez Ocean Pro $99
Brands like Rob Allen (all $400-500+) and Seahornet. Guns in your price range are:
Seahornet Magnum $139
Seahornet Pacific $129
Seahornet Recruit $139
Seahornet Tourist $79
There are a few american gun makers such as Riffe, all out of your price range. I have heard of Mares, don't know what they're like though, never heard of Nemrod.
If you want to target kingies at Portland you'll need a float and rig line attached to your speargun, or else you could lose your gun. If you spear a kingie and it's not a kill shot, they can take off with your gun....if it's attached to a float then you can let your gun go, follow the float, and haul the fish up when it tires. You'll also need a serious gun if you want to target large pelagics like kingies, possibly one with double rubbers.
Something I just thought of, you want to make sure that the gun is not so big that you can't load it - I know when I was 14 I weighed about 40kg wringing wet, and would seriously struggle to load the gun I am currently using!
Good luck in finding a gun, and for your trip to tassie, let us know how you go.
Posted 12 April 2005 - 01:39 PM
I am about 5"4 or somthin, do you reckon a 4" gun would be too big for me to load? What length do you recommend??
Posted 12 April 2005 - 01:57 PM
Posted 12 April 2005 - 02:07 PM
Posted 12 April 2005 - 03:15 PM
Most of the big names in spearfishing make floats, like Picasso, Omer, Riffe also others like Freedivers and Ronstan. They vary in complexity from a simple 'football' style with/without a dive flag, to floats that resemble mini-boats. The more basic style floats are $50-100, the more complex ones are $200+. Some are inflatable, some are solid. Depending on what you're after, you could make one out of polystyrene or similar bouyant material. My float is a homemade job, I used one of those polystyrene wine-bottle shipping containers. It works alright, but I generally don't take it out, usually because I'm only chasing smaller fish in shallower water. I do take it if I'm heading further offshore.
Floats are usually connected to the gun by a long cord attached to the butt end of the gun by a shark clip. You don't want too big a float if you're just starting out, they can be hard to pull along after a few hours in the water. There is a big selection of floats at www.spearfishing.com, go to the site, and follow the link to 'bouys' in the nav bar on the left hand side.
Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:36 PM
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Posted 11 September 2005 - 12:49 PM
WAt Is The Sea Hornet Tourist like? Does ANy1 knOw I think it would maybe be a good starting gun 4 me ? any comments??
Posted 15 September 2005 - 05:12 PM
i need info on spear guns in the $80-$200 range
Posted 21 September 2005 - 03:14 PM
Posted 22 September 2005 - 10:43 AM
while you are waiting for a response you might like to check out these two sites -
both have a lot of experienced spear fishers on board
Posted 09 November 2005 - 05:52 PM
Posted 20 November 2005 - 07:34 PM
long time since i been on
4 chrismas im getting a gun of my choice. i got $120-$180 to spend
im 13 but quite strong and il be spearing in southern waters mostly. i need a gun that can cope with smaller fish and not so much the big kingies. Suggestions?
Posted 11 February 2006 - 08:58 AM
http://www.seahornet...s/spearguns.htm thats the sea hornet site, if u dont know what the lazer and tourist look like.
oh, and i reckon the tourist is the way to go...
Posted 17 October 2010 - 10:54 AM
Posted 17 October 2010 - 08:53 PM
on the other hand, "spear guns" have no specific rules so you can have multi prongs or whatever you like.
for a hawaiin sling it gets confusing as it can be used as a spear gun or a hand spear. this was always a point of confusion.
that is how i recall the rules.
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