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Post Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:19 pm    Post subject: How to start spearfishing??

I was thinking about opening my fishing horizens ( and increasing my catch) and i was wondering about spearfishng. Do you need a cetificet? Do you need training? How much does the gear cost? if anyone could answer these questons for me that would be great.

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Post Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:41 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

jimbobbolty wrote:
need a cetificet?
you cant scuba and spearfish, too dangerous and illegal.


The first thing you have to do is break into Crocodilious Park, swim across the lagoon then slap some of the Lions on the arse inside the cage. That will get you used to dealing with Apex predators which you will find in the ocean :idea:

If you survive that then -

call the lads at Adrenaline Spear Fishing shop in Brisbane. http://www.spearfishing.com.au/ (07) 3391 2299. They will point you in the right direction for gear.

Training - hold your breath and try to walk 150 paces! You'll most likley get to 40 or 50. But keep practicing until you get into the 100's. You can train at Palmerston pool but you will need a spotter or dive buddy to be in the water watching you. try to swim lengths under water from end to end. 50 is good, 100 is great. It takes a long time to train your body to deal with carbon dioxide build up.

there's freediving books on the net too.


1. dont dive alone.
2. stay way from mangroves
3. only load the gun in the water
4. dive to within your limits.
5. read all about shallow water blackout and the dangers involved.
5.5 get onto the spearfishing forums and put posts up there.
6. dream about nailing a jewfish for dinner

send me PM if you need to discuss.

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Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 8:01 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

im also interested, got a hand spear. Where does everyone spear up here? everyone go off thier boat or are blokes spearing off the rocks like at east point and stuff???

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Post Posted: Mon May 28, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

Its pretty simple really, just sharpen a stick and jab it at a fish! :mrgreen:

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Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 9:50 am    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

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You can train at Palmerston pool but you will need a spotter or dive buddy to be in the water watching you.

The reason for this is that at some stage you will pass out, and being underwater isnt the best place to pass out.

Build up slowly to the long duration breath holds. If you do too many 'dives' in a session, you will pass out.

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Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

basic snokel, goggles and flippers.
can buy spear guns or hand spears at most tackle shops (BCF Prob has them here in Darwin)
then jump in.

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Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

ChrisK7 wrote:
im also interested, got a hand spear. Where does everyone spear up here? everyone go off thier boat or are blokes spearing off the rocks like at east point and stuff???


I've heard of people spearing in the Perons but the way I look at it... One side of the Perons is the Daly, the other side is the Finniss ... BUGGER THAT. And if you spear around any of the rocks like East Point, you are placing your life in your own hands. Crocs are always sniffing around those areas.

Some people do it, and good luck to them. Not my cup of tea up here


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Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

Gday Chrisk7
Don,t think your allowed to spearfish at east pt, Its a Marine reserve Theres a notice board that shows the boundry,
Yet I,ve seen it done heaps :uhh:

The smart spearfishos always dive with a buddy,,but the real smart ones make sure the buddy is a slow swimmer :croc:

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Post Posted: Tue May 29, 2012 8:49 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

I went spearfishing once in NSW. had a huge ray come down and wrestle with me for my catch, he won. i left
No way Id wrestle with a :croc:


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Post Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

It is hard to see through water I do alright arround nightcliff and cullen bay. You will need snorkle gear and a good speargun and a float. I always keep my gun loaded while in the water. a float with a clip to put fish on is a must. The only thing to try me on was a dolphin but I didn't show any fear. I figure if something comes at me the spear will do. I saw a crock on the bottom near nightcliff I left it alone and it made no attempt to attack me.

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Post Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

I reakon a real good start (if you dont already know how) would be to learn how to swim...

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Post Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:37 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

Just a heads up - spearfishing for barra is illegal in the NT :mrgreen:

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Post Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

Lumborghini wrote:
I reakon a real good start (if you dont already know how) would be to learn how to swim...

:lolpoint: :lolpoint: :lolpoint:
Thats why you dont need to be a fast swimmer, just faster than your mate. :twisted:


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Post Posted: Wed May 30, 2012 11:21 pm    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

Hey Matt, also illegal in inland waters.


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Post Posted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: How to start spearfishing??

Hi matt where does it tell you that.

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