How To Spearfishing
You Spear A Big Palagic Fish, What Now?
How to properly spearfish? You have just speared a big pelagic fish, the spear penetrated the fish, the shot was good, the fish drags you. What now?
In any case the fish will drag to the depth towards the open sea. At first slacken the line a bit yet as soon as you get the feeling you could cope with the dragging fish, put the speargun in your other hand, hold the line in your hand, protected with a glove, of course.
Now you have direct control of the fish. Be well aware that despite the good shot the pelagic fish is very powerful and can hardly be expected to run out of energy. Stay calm.
Breathe evenly and observe the movement of the fish. If possible, try to swim in the opposite direction to increase the resistance and slowly pull the line by an arm stretch or two.
Your aim is to get the fish circling below you. If you succeed in doing this, the fish will be partly turned to its side due to vertical position of both the spear and the line which lessens the power of the fish.
As long as the fish has more power than you and drags into certain direction, just let it drag you. When you notice that the fish has started slackening a bit, apply drag on the line.
It could happen that the fish gets quite calm as it is held in its unnatural position and has thus lost its orientation and balance. Apply pressure on the line slowly and evenly. When the fish has been dragged close enough for you to get hold of the spear, be careful. The pelagic fish could come to life again anytime and you could easily be wounded by the spear!
As soon as you get hold of the spear, the grip should be firm and quick. Your movement should be in the direction of turning the fish on its back. Do not forget to hold the spear with both hands, with the fish in between.
Such position makes it possible for you to swim to the boat and prevents any injury that might be caused when touching the dorsal fin where there are sharp spines. Swim to the shore, if closer than the boat, and there you can kill the fish with a knife more easily.
The pelagic fish still has enough energy and power to tear itself loose from your hands even after being stabbed with a knife, therefore the spear should stay where it is.
Try to avoid leading such fish single-handed, as it can tear itself loose any time. The catch is considered to be successful only when the fish is actually lying on the boat.
Impact of pelagic fish size on the underwater hunter:
- How to spear fish a PELAGIC FISH up to 10 kg; fighting hard when caught. A lot of adrenaline rush for the hunter who is yet able to cope with the fish, to drag it close and control it.
- How to hunt a PELAGIC FISH from 10 to 40 kg; such pelagic fish require experience and careful handling of the underwater hunter. Catching such fish mostly provides a lot of adrenaline rush for the hunter and, on average, a half-hour of actual work.
The fish is stronger than the hunter, therefore it drags him. A pelagic fish up to 40 kg is considered quite a test for the speargun quality and equipment durability. As a rule, the use of swivel and quality line should prove sufficient for the task.< p>
This category of spearfishing by all means also includes some unfortunate coincidences when the fish can be lost due to one or the other factor involved.
- How to spear fish a PELAGIC FISH above 40 kg; such fish require special equipment, such as safety shock bungee line, float board as well as high-performance spear line and swivel. The spear used for such hunting should have a slip tip, which is a detachable tip, tied to the spear by means of a wire line or strong rope.
It holds the fish whereas the spear travels along with the fish in the direction of movement and is thus not subjected to crosswise load that could break it. In the event of successful shot at the pelagic fish of that category, the courage and the persistence of the underwater hunter will be put to great test as well.
Such fish could namely drag very far into the open sea, forcing the hunter to perform longer apneas as he can be dragged under the surface for quite some time. The hunter should therefore not be tied to a towing rope or float board. In such cases the accompanying boat plays the key role.