Spearfishing takes the art of hunting for fish down to the elemental level; you get into the water without any additional breathing apparatus, approach the target fish very stealthily and try to go for the kill – it’s essentially a battle of wits with the fish in its home environment and a tough sport, to say the least.
Make Sure That You Abide By the Rules
To be able to spearfish, you will first need to obtain a license from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and abide by all the applicable rules and regulations that specify what species of fish may be hunted. It is expressly prohibited to spearfish freshwater fish, and even ocean fish of only certain sizes may be hunted in the allowable period. The best place to check up on all the rules and regulations and to apply for the requisite license is the official website of the authority. Licenses too can be applied for online.
What Do You Need Before Commencing Spearfishing?
The good thing is that spearfishing equipment and apparatus is not complicated or difficult to obtain. You will obviously require a spear; typically pole spears are manufactured nowadays from strong aluminum and comprise multiple two-foot sections for ease of transport. You will need a number of spear tips; these are available with both single and three prongs. The three prong ones are easier to use but the fish gets impaled better with the single-point ones. Carry a large number as they can become easily blunt when you hit the ocean bed instead of the fish.
You also need to have a stringer for clipping the fish that you have speared to your belt for carrying it back to the shore or to the boat. Using a weight belt is recommended for spearfishing in deep waters as it helps you to dive better and crawl stealthily towards the target fish. If you are using any of the top Florida spearfishing charters, they will be more than happy to organize all the equipment like the wetsuit, mask, fins, diving gloves, and diving knife for you.
For having a productive spearfishing session, you need to be a good swimmer adept in snorkeling techniques; otherwise, it will be very difficult trying to sneak up on the target fish and spearing it. Remember, the fish are in their natural element, are highly sensitive to movement and sound, and are better swimmers than you can ever be. The only way you can ever be successful is by being smarter than them. You need to swim around and try to see where the fish are trying to feed, usually near rock formations or holes. Having spotted your target, you need to try and approach it without giving it the least idea about the hunt. This is where the sport comes in as you will need to avoid any noise, air bubbles and remain as motionless as possible so that the fish can approach you without suspicion.