On The Hunt: A Beginner’s Guide to Spearfishing

Spearfishing in San DiegoWant to catch fish the less conventional way? Why not try spearfishing – it’s an ancient but still effective method to gather fish. It combines swimming in the ocean and the thrill of the hunt. Not only is it a fun and exciting way to catch your food, but it is also one of the most environmentally friendly ways. It causes neither pollution nor damage to the habitat.

For first-timers, the idea may freak you out. FinRunnerSportFishingCharters.com is here to provide you with some information about spearfishing and maybe next time, you’ll be enticed to experience it again.

Why Should You Go Spearfishing?

If regular fishing isn’t cutting it for you and you want to get your hands dirty, immerse yourself in an entirely new experience – spearfishing. Swim with marine life and catch your dinner; who doesn’t want that?

Not only does it benefit your appetite, but it also serves as exercise. Moreover, it increases your mental agility and level of alertness. The activity is adventurous in itself because it involves hunting for prey while underwater, which is tricky in itself. You target specific prey, track it down stealthily, and go in for the kill. As primitive as it sounds, this makes you a predator. Cool, right?

Tips for Beginners

Before you jump in the water and start shooting at fish, there are some things to remember.

  • Fishing License and Regulations – To be able to hunt underwater, most states require a sportfishing license. Consult with your local agencies, experienced spearos (spearfishing enthusiasts), and dive shops if there are any rules and regulations in your area before you start.
  • Equipment – For beginners, it’s better to use entry-level spearguns before you move on up to the ones more experienced divers use. Pole spears work for shallow surf zones, too. Start with the basics so that it’s up to par with your freediving abilities. Other items you need would be your wetsuit, gloves and booties, fins, mask and snorkel, weight belt, and your knife.
  • Weather and Water Temperature – You wouldn’t want to freeze while you’re in the water now, would you? Before you go out for spearfishing, check the weather and the water temperature. Also, your suit, as well as your booties and gloves, help you keep warm.
  • Diving Buddies – Don’t dive by yourself. The ocean can be an unpredictable thing and you wouldn’t know what hit you until it’s too late. Plus, what better way to eat your day’s catch than with friends.

Here are just some of the things you need to remember before you head on to the vast ocean. Be careful out there and have fun!