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I’ve spent more than I care to admit on spearfishing gear over the years, and in this guide, I’d like to simplify it for you.

When you walk into a dive shop it can be hard to know where to look.

There’s rows of spearguns lining the shelves, fins for days, and tray after tray of shiny new dive knives just waiting to be bought.

If you’re wanting to go spearfishing for the first time, you’ve come to the right place.

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But more than spearfishing techniques and breath-hold theory to it all, is the gear you need…

It can be a tad overwhelming if you’ve not spent a great deal of time researching all of the different spearfishing brands, let alone the different types of spearfishing gear best suited for your local environment.

Plus, most beginners aren’t usually that sure of what’s best for the type of spearfishing they’ll be doing.

But don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

In this guide you’ll learn about the key pieces of spearfishing gear you need, why each is important, and how to ensure you’re buying the right product. I’ll also make a few recommendations along the way to ensure you’re spending your hard-earned-cash on the right spearfishing gear.

But if you’re ready to skip all that, I’ve got a quick shortlist so you can grab the spearfishing gear you need, and get in the water fast.

Otherwise, read on and I’ll detail exactly what you need to know before buying your first piece of spearfishing gear.

shortlist of spearfishing gear

 

Shortlist of spearfishing gear

 

Critical spearfishing gear: Your weapon of choice

When I first started spearfishing I used a pole spear.

Mostly because I was new to spearfishing, young and broke, and it was a much more practical option than investing hundreds of dollars in a speargun.

These days there are plenty of cheap spearguns available, but I’d recommend you consider learning to spear fish with a pole spear.

Pole spears have a shorter range which means you’ll need to learn how to be stealthy underwater, and also will help you to practice your accuracy.

Both of these are good spearfishing techniques to learn before you upgrade to a speargun. You’ll be deadly if you can master the pole spear first.

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Carbon Fiber 7' Travel Spearfishing 2 Pole Spear Single Flopper Hawaiian Sling
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Carbon Fiber 7' Travel Spearfishing 2 Pole Spear Single Flopper Hawaiian Sling
  • Carbon fiber is 40% Lighter in weight compared with Fiber Glass. Also more durable than Fiber glass.
  • Break down length: 3' pole + 3" pole + 1' Paralyzer tip. Travel length: 95 cm.
  • Single Flopper with barb: Stainless Steel, 12" long. 8mm diameter thread
  • With Black rubber sling

Of course, if you’re wanting to catch more fish right away, a speargun is the obvious piece of spearfishing gear. In your trusty dive shop there will be two different types of spearguns available, those powered by a band, and those powered by compressed air.

We call these banded spearguns, and pneumatic spearguns.

Banded spearguns are the most popular by far.

The speargun will look a little like the bastard son of a rifle and a crossbow.

With a handle and a grip, and a long barrel that extends out towards the front of the speargun, which we call the muzzle. The shaft of the spear threads in through the muzzle, “clicking” into place in a slot in the handle. There’s a safety switch to prevent misfires (should be right by your thumb as you hold the handle), and a place for the line to clip in.

Towards the front of your speargun is where the rubber bands go, which stretch back to “arm” the speargun as they click into notches in the shaft.

At the pointy end of the shaft is the tip and the barb, and at the other is the connection to the line that connects your speargun and the shaft.

Now onto the most important question.

How far does it shoot?

There’s a few ways to increase the range of your speargun.

The length of the barrel will result in the bands being stretched further, so there’s more “sling” with each shot.

You could also add additional rubbers for more power (it’s common to see at least two on many speargun setups), and even shortening the rubbers to the minimum possible length (while still being able to load it) is another way to get a little more oomph in your shots.

IMPORTANT: Never, ever, load a speargun out of the water. It’s just not safe.

Right about now there’s a few considerations you’ll need to make.

Most importantly, the length. As spearguns get longer, they get much more cumbersome to use underwater.

If you’re spearfishing in an area where the fish hide in caves and under ledges, you want a shorter speargun that’s like 65 to 70cm.

If you’re planning to shoot massive tuna off the side of a boat in the middle of the ocean (probably not recommended for beginners but hey, if that’s your plan), you’re going to need a massive blue water gun.

What I usually recommend, is finding a balance.

For general reef spearfishing from the shore (where most people start as they learn to spearfish), you’ve going to want a speargun that’s around 100 to 120cm. Big enough to have some power, while still maneuverable in the water.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the AB Biller Stainless Steel Pro, which is what I always recommend. For the price and quality, you won’t find a better option.

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AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42'
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AB Biller SS42 Stainless Steel Professional Speargun, 42"
  • Including hardened stainless spring steel shaft
  • Hardened stainless spring steel double Barb
  • Stainless steel speargun

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Critical spearfishing gear: Being able to see

Next comes vision. In order for you to actually see anything underwater, and have any hope of spearing a fish, you need a spearfishing mask.

Notice I said mask. Not swim goggles.

Swimming goggles are great if you plan to stay on the surface, but once you start diving underwater to chase the fish, you need a way to equalize the air inside the goggles. Otherwise the changing pressure can literally suck your eyes out of their sockets.

Not good.

Swimming goggles do not work for spearfishing.

You need to buy a proper mask that works for spearfishing.

Now not all masks are created equal, but what you really need to worry about is the fit. How well your spearfishing mask fits on your face. The better the fit, the less water that will seep through the seal while you’re spearfishing.

Ideally, the amount of water leaking in should be none, but if you’re sporting a beastly beard like me it’s inevitable some will always leak through.

You can test just how well each of these masks fit of these in your local dive shop, simply hold the spearfishing mask to your face, and inhale slightly.

It should “suck” onto your face, and remain there once you let your hand go.

Find the one that suctions the best. Spearfishing mask fit differently from person to person as we all have different face shapes.

Next, think about the volume of air trapped within the mask. The less air it holds the better, as it means you burn less air from your lungs each time you equalize.

We call these low volume spearfishing masks, and they’re a critical piece of spearfishing gear.

Finally, look at the lenses. You want dual lenses in your spearfishing mask, and ideally these have a bit of an angle to them so you maximize your field of vision. Oh, and stay away from anything with a tint, as it only hinders your ability to spear fish.

Right now, I’m rocking the Cressi Metis, it’s quite a low-profile fit which I like, as it means I can see more underwater when I’m spearfishing.

Cressi Metis, brown
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Cressi Metis, brown
  • 2-window low volume mask suitable for freediving, spearfishing and also for scuba diving.
  • Skirt made in high quality Silicone, a more comfortable and long lasting material than the traditional plastic PVC.
  • Designed to have the lens close to the eyes, enhancing the field of view.
  • The inverted teardrop lens shape improves downward visibility.
  • Push button buckles to easily adjust strap length, even with gloves.

why you need a spearfishing mask

 

Critical spearfishing gear: Being able to breathe

Breathing is next on the list. You need a piece of spearfishing gear that allows you to look at everything happening underwater, from the surface.

You need a spearfishing snorkel.

It’s just not comfortable to go spearfishing without a snorkel.

I know, I’ve tried.

I actually broke the attachment that connects my mask and snorkel on a trip (it’s called a snorkel keeper), after pulling a little too hard to get these out of my gear bag. But instead of taking 10 minutes to hack together a way to reconnect it, I decided to leave the snorkel in my car and just go spearfishing without it.

Big mistake. It made it much more difficult to breathe and swim out to our spearfishing spot, and I couldn’t ever just “relax and float” on the surface.

It sucked. A snorkel is a critical piece of spearfishing gear.

But before you buy the first one you see, let me give you a few pointers.

Snorkels have a few key variations. Some are designed for snorkeling, others scuba, and there’s a particular set of features you want for freediving as you go spearfishing.

The first is the curve.

You’re looking for a spearfishing snorkel with a decent curve in it, so the mouthpiece is right in front of your mouth when you need it.

Snorkels with a piece of flexi tubing aren’t that great because you’ve got to use your teeth and lips to hold them in place. If you open slightly, they’ll spring back straight, and you’ll need to use your hand to get it back in.

What you’ll also notice with spearfishing snorkels is the stopper at the top.

Manufacturers are getting fancier and fancier with attachments to stop water entering the snorkel from the top. The problem, is that this makes your snorkel top heavy, and it will flop around as you dive and get in the way. A simple open top on your spearfishing snorkel is all you really need.

Oh, and make sure the snorkel isn’t too flexible.

You want it to flex a little, but that’s all, so it holds its shape while you’re swimming fast, or powering against a current.

I’m not a big fan of purge valves, after testing spearfishing snorkels that have these (and those that don’t), I’d always choose a snorkel without. Purge valves add another layer of failure to your spearfishing gear, and after a few dives may even stop working altogether.

Finally, you want a comfortable mouth piece that allows you to be as relaxed as possible in the water. Too big and it forces your mouth wider than it should, which isn’t good after a long dive. You’ll get cramps and feel the pain in your jaw the following day.

You want a simple spearfishing snorkel, that fits comfortably in your mouth. I rather like this low-profile option from Sporasub, just make sure you’ve got a snorkel keeper too so it can attach to your mask.

Omer SPORASUB Silicone Breeze Snorkel, Black
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Omer SPORASUB Silicone Breeze Snorkel, Black
  • Matt finish for low profile
  • Optimized J-tube ergonomic design for comfort
  • Comfortable mouthpiece
  • Low profile and light
  • Made in China

spearfishing snorkel gear

 

Critical spearfishing gear: Swim more effectively

The last piece of the puzzle are your spearfishing fins.

For you to glide effortlessly through the water in search of fish to spear, you need this key piece of spearfishing gear.

Spearfishing fins are where it’s at.

A good pair of spearfishing fins will help you easily dive down to hunting depth, using the least amount of energy possible. Efficiency is critical, because the more energy you burn as you kick, the faster your air will run out.

If you’ve ever used fins before for snorkeling, you’ll notice a key difference with the fins I’m recommending. Because spearfishing fins are designed to help you free dive, they are insanely long.

This gives you a ton of extra propulsion underwater.

If you’re just starting out don’t overthink it, a cheap pair of polymer plastic fins will be fine to start your spearfishing adventures.

Though if you’ve got money to spend you can opt for fiberglass or even carbon fiber fins.

  • Polymer plastic spearfishing fins will lose their shape over time.
  • Fiberglass spearfishing fins are durable and will not bend, but are more expensive.
  • Carbon fiber spearfishing fins are the most efficient, but they’re the priciest and also quite fragile.

What’s most important with spearfishing fins is the fit.

Too tight, and you’ll get cramps in the arch of your foot while you’re diving.

Too loose and you’ll lose power in your kicks, get blisters where the boot rubs, and potentially even lose your fins entirely if they slip off in the water.

Your foot needs to be comfortable inside of the foot pocket.

Just remember you’ll probably also be wearing a pair of neoprene socks, so ensure you’ve got enough room in the boot when trying them on in the store, or if you’re measuring to buy online.

The last consideration you need to make when buying spearfishing fins is on the stiffness of the blades.

And this comes down to how fit you are. A beginner or someone with weaker leg muscles will need soft blades. Most people can get away with medium blades, and if you’re a strong swimmer or highly athletic you could even go for stiff spearfishing fins.

For someone learning how to spear fish, I’d stick with a trusted brand for your spearfishing fins and remember you don’t need to spend a ton of cash on this piece of spearfishing gear.

Rob Allen is one of the best spearfishing brands out there, and they make a great beginners fin to help you get in the water and hunting your first fish.

ROB ALLEN SCORPIA FREEDIVING FINS PLASTIC LONG BLADE SPEARFISHING FINS (Medium (8-9))
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ROB ALLEN SCORPIA FREEDIVING FINS PLASTIC LONG BLADE SPEARFISHING FINS (Medium (8-9))
  • One of the best fitting, most durable freediving fins available today
  • Moulded rubber foot pocket, engineered to prevent over flexing, meaning superior transmission of leg energy to the fin blade
  • Purpose softened blade with channels for optimum water transferal

spearfishing fins are critical gear

 

Everything else you need to go spearfishing

Right, now with these few pieces of critical spearfishing gear you’ve got the basics covered.

You can swim around comfortably on the surface, search for the fish, and dive down to take your shot. But let me tell you. I’ve spent more time in the water with a speargun than most people in this world, and there’s a few more pieces of spearfishing gear to buy.

Spearfishing gear that’ll make you more comfortable.

That keeps you safer, and better equipped to spear fish in the open ocean.

Because that’s what you’re after right?

While you can certainly start with the critical items only, I highly recommend investing in these additional pieces of spearfishing gear.

 

Additional spearfishing gear: A comfortable wetsuit

Sure, in the middle of summer you won’t hesitate to jump in the water in a swimsuit alone.

But once the temperatures start to drop, you’re going to want a spearfishing wetsuit.

You see, the neoprene rubber a wetsuit is made from acts as an insulator.

Protecting your body from the cooler ocean temperatures sucking away your warmth.

The downside is wetsuits are very floaty, and you’ll need a weight belt (and weights) to offset this so you can actually make it to the bottom to go spearfishing.

There are many different types of spearfishing wetsuit, from the surfer-style wetsuits with a zip up the back, to two-piece versions with both high pants, and an overall-style “Farmer John” wetsuit.

But right about now your biggest question to answer is how thick your spearfishing wetsuit needs to be.

The thicker the neoprene, the better it insulates you from the water.

Generally, here’s what you’re looking at:

  • Above 85 degrees, you probably need a 1.5mm wetsuit (at most).
  • From 85 to about 75 degrees, you need a 3mm wetsuit.
  • From 75 to about 65 degrees, you need a 5mm wetsuit.
  • Anything below 65 degrees, you’re looking at 7mm (or more) for your wetsuit.

For me, I usually spearfish in a 5.5mm wetsuit. It’s a bit thicker than what my buddies use, but I tend to get cold easy and I’d much rather flush a little water through my wetsuit to cool down than to be unable to get warm as I go spearfishing.

Now, onto the print.

There’s a growing trend of camouflage-styled wetsuits that are marketed directly at those going spearfishing.

I’ve used a ton of plain black wetsuits in my time, and camo spearfishing wetsuits as well, and I’ve got to say, there is a slight difference. Having your outline broken up by the camo print can help you close in those last couple of feet, so long as you’ve got your spearfishing techniques down.

Finally, you need to understand the difference between open and closed cell.

It’s a term that gets thrown around a lot, but essentially, it’s just a fancy way of saying this:

  • Closed cell wetsuits are lined with nylon making them very easy to put on
  • Open cell wetsuits don’t have this, making them very difficult to put on

The difference, is that open cell wetsuits are much more flexible, and will keep you much warmer in the water.

Most spearo’s I know used open-cell wetsuits.

Personally, I’d recommend buying a Farmer John cut with a good green camo print, and I couldn’t be happier with my buy earlier this year of the Salvimar N.A.T. It’s one of the best wetsuits I’ve found that fits my athletic frame, without needing to be custom-made.

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SalviMar N.A.T. 5.5mm Wetsuit, Large
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SalviMar N.A.T. 5.5mm Wetsuit, Large
  • Two piece wetsuit
  • Open cell inside
  • Neat camouflage outside

spearfishing wetsuit gear

 

Additional spearfishing gear: Quick-release weight belt

If you’re spearfishing in a wetsuit a weight belt becomes an important piece of spearfishing gear.

Otherwise you’ll never get to the bottom.

A weight belt is essentially just a belt loaded down with a bunch of weights, to offset the buoyancy of your wetsuit. The weight belt makes it easier for you to swim to the bottom, and much easier to stay down there and spearfish.

The trick is to get the weights right.

But there’s a few things to consider when choosing how much weight to use:

  • The depth you’re planning to dive to go spearfishing
  • The thickness of your spearfishing wetsuit
  • The saltiness of the water
  • The composition of your body

All of these will affect the amount of weight to use.

Of course, you could overload your weight belt and you’d hit the bottom lightning fast.

But you’d be in trouble once you try to return to the surface.

You need to find the perfect balance, of weights that let you spearfish effectively, yet still kick your way to the surface when you inevitably need to breathe again.

There’s a whole science to this, but in short you want to find the right amount of weight that leaves you positively buoyant on the surface (so you float), but only barely.

That way when you start to dive, it’s much easier because you’re not having to fight the massive buoyancy of your wetsuit.

As a general rule, to find the amount of weight you need take the thickness of your wetsuit then + 2 to get a starting point.

For example:

  • 3mm wetsuit = 3 + 2 = 5kg of weight
  • 5mm wetsuit = 5 + 2 = 7kg of weight

Just remember, these are rough guidelines assuming you’re about 80kg in weight.

  • If you’re lighter, I’d only add 1.5kg of weight.
  • If you’re heavier, I’d add perhaps 2.5kg of weight.

Your goal is to get yourself floating in the water so your eyes are above the water.

  • If you’re too high, add on a little weight.
  • If you’re too low, drop a little of the weight.

The idea is that you’ll eventually hit the perfect amount of weight, that sees you remain positively buoyant in depths up to about 7 meters, and once you dive deeper your buoyancy shifts into the negative, so you can glide effortlessly to the bottom.

As a beginner, it may also pay to keep your weight belt a little lighter than you need, just till you get comfortable with all of your spearfishing gear. You don’t want to be fighting for buoyancy as you’re trying to spear your first fish!

Right, now most spearfishing weight belts come in either rubber or nylon.

I highly recommend buying a rubber weight belt.

Rubber weight belts wont slip from side to side as you’re spearfishing, and they also have a little elasticity so they don’t get loose and jerk around when you’re spearfishing deep.

Oh, and make sure whatever weight belt you buy has a one-handed release.

If you ever get into trouble in the water, you want to be able to drop your weights at a moment’s notice. It can help you get to the surface if you’re in trouble, as it’s much easier to replace a weight belt than it is your life.

Riffe Rubber Weight Belt with Buckle for Freediving and Spearfishing
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Riffe Rubber Weight Belt with Buckle for Freediving and Spearfishing
  • Low-cost and efficient rubber weight belt
  • Horizontal ribs to prevent unwated motion
  • Cam-lock buckle constructed from glass-filled nylon
  • 20lb Weight Capacity
  • 54" Long, 2" wide

 

And don’t forget your weights.

Sea Pearls Vinyl Coated Lace Thru Weights
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Sea Pearls Vinyl Coated Lace Thru Weights
  • Sea Pearls Black Vinyl Coated Lead Weights
  • Hardened with Antimony, Six-Times Harder then Plain Lead
  • Years and Years of Service
  • Accurate & True Weights: Precision Made-Weight Tolerance is -0 to +0.25 lbs (11 g)
  • Comfortable Shape-Curved Inner Surface

 

 

Additional spearfishing gear: Float line, flag and stringer

Always, always use a spearfishing flag and float when you’re in the water.

It’s an important piece of spearfishing gear as it helps you to stay safe.

Because the most dangerous thing when you’re spearfishing isn’t your speargun. Or the sharks. It’s the guys zooming around in their boats.

Get hit by a hull or a propeller and it’s game over, so it’s important you’re highly visible to everyone else in the water.

It’s also an easy lifeline.

You can hang onto your float if you get cramps and need to catch a breather on the surface, and it provides an anchor you can use to connect to your speargun.

The spearfishing float I’m using these days is this little beauty from Rob Allen. The hard shell means it’ll stand up to anything I can throw at it, and it’s sleek and aerodynamic in the water. Plus, it’s easy to hang onto if I grab it when I need a breather.

Rob Allen 12 Liter OVERBLOWN Foam Spearfishing Float and Optional Dive Flag (Float Only)
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Rob Allen 12 Liter OVERBLOWN Foam Spearfishing Float and Optional Dive Flag (Float Only)
  • Tough Polyethylene Outer Shell and a hollow core
  • Can cut through the surface chop extremely well
  • Comes with clips and strap
  • Dive Flag is optional

 

And don’t forget the flag.

In some areas it’s a legal requirement to have a “diver below” flag, which makes your float a thousand percent more visible.

Perfect if you’re worried about boat traffic, or if the sea’s a bit rough and you want to make it easy for your boat to keep an eye on you.

Attached to my spearfishing float is my fish stringer.

It’s pretty simple, a loop of metal that you can thread the fish you catch right onto, while some others are more like a “T” shaped bit of wire. What I like best though is it’s fast. I can get a fish off my spear and onto my stringer in about ten seconds.

 

My spearfishing float, flag and fish stringer then connect to my speargun with about 30 to 35 meters of float line when I’m spearfishing from the shore. Here’s a good option for you to buy.

Speargun Float Line for Spearfishing & Freediving (Yellow, 75 Feet)
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Speargun Float Line for Spearfishing & Freediving (Yellow, 75 Feet)
  • Choose lengths 50' - 125' in Blue or Yellow Jacket
  • 1600lb swivel, 1400lb tuna cord
  • Includes welded stainless steel rings & long D shackle and 2 heavy duty tuna clips
  • Highly flexible outer vinyl tubing for both warm and cold temperatures prevents knotting

 

Connecting your speargun to your float works for two reasons.

First, it means your speargun isn’t loose.

If I need to drop it to check out a hold full of lobsters, my shaft gets stuck in the reef, or I manage to shoot something that’s too big to handle, I can let the speargun go.

I just need to kick back to the surface and my float is there to reel it back in (or to take a breath and go back down to untangle it from the reef).

But it’s also for safety.

When I was younger I had a close call with a friendly little bull shark.

I hadn’t noticed him hanging around, (he kept just out of sight), but as soon as I speared a little bream he swam right in to attach the fish too. In a few seconds it was all over, with the shark swimming away happily munching on his free feed.

I shudder when I think what would have happened if that fish was closer to me.

Or worse, clipped onto the base of my speargun or my weight belt. I’d probably have a piece of me missing. It was after this I setup my spearfishing float line, having previously thought it was a waste of time. These days, I never keep my catch on me, it’s just not safe.

spearfishing gear weight belt helping to dive

 

Additional spearfishing gear: A sharp dive knife

Having a spearfishing knife ready to go is a smart idea. You never really know what could happen in the ocean, and over the years I’ve found it to be an important piece of spearfishing gear. But not to fight off any monsters of the deep.

  • Your speargun is the weapon.
  • Your dive knife is a tool.

My dive knife primarily gets used for dispatching my catch.

You see, far too many people have heard that blood in the water attracts sharks.

Everyone knows that.

But what they don’t usually know is there’s a bigger shark attractant.

A dying fish.

Notice I don’t say dead fish.

Dying.

A fish that’s struggling on the end of your spear (or still kicking on your fish stringer) is like a beacon to any sharks in the area.

Because sharks hunt using vibration sensors in their bodies, that are finely attuned to the energy signals that a struggling fish gives out.

It’s like ringing a dinner bell that brings the sharks in. You don’t want this.

The best way to overcome this natural instinct built in to sharks is to quickly and humanely dispatch any fish you catch. That way they’re no longer struggling, and you’re much safer in the water.

The other benefit to having a dive knife is getting untangled.

With your float line, the mono connecting to your shaft, and of course all the discarded trash and fishing line that gets left in the water, the ocean can be a dangerous place. Especially if you get snagged.

With limited air getting tangled up underwater can be a death sentence, and having a dive knife handy may just save your life if you can cut yourself free.

You need a spearfishing knife that’s small and easy to use, is comfortable to wear, and you can quickly and effectively draw one-handed.

I always opt for a dive knife that has a serrated “sawing edge” and a hook to quickly cut fishing line. I also prefer pointed tips (it helps me to dispatch my catch), but you will need to be a little careful as you use it.

This is a great dive knife when you’re starting to spearfish.

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Skorpion Knife
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Skorpion Knife
  • Scorpion is a modern knife of last generation design and of medium dimensions, with a resistant tempered blade of tempered AISI 304 steel, with a smooth edge and a serrated edge with a Wire cutter incorporated.
  • The Scorpion is available in two different blades: pointed tip and blunt tip. The blade is long 4 3/8 in (11 cm). the total knife length is 9 1/8 in (23.20 cm).
  • One side of the stainless steel blade is straight-edged, the other one is serrated right along the blade; they are both very sharp and effective for line cutting.
  • It is separated from the blade by a small Tech no polymer thumb tab.
  • The knife comes with a sheath that features a locking mechanism to allow one-hand release. The sheat Comes with two, standard issue Straps to attach it to your leg.

dive knife is important spearfishing gear

 

Additional spearfishing gear: Robust dive gloves

One thing you’ll notice after spending an hour or so in the water is just how soft your hands get.

The water soaks your skin, and what wouldn’t even leave a scratch normally can tear a large gash in your hands.

And that’s before you even start spearfishing.

Catching lobsters. Wrestling with fish. Even just hanging onto a ledge to peer into a cave can slice your fingertips open.

A good pair of dive gloves needs to be part of your spearfishing gear.

Much like your spearfishing wetsuit, your dive gloves need to be a comfortable fit, so you’ve still got full range of motion with your fingers.

You want to be able to hold your speargun tight, and also grab onto anything you need as you’re spearfishing.

For me, what normally goes first on my dive gloves are the pads of my fingers. I’m always reaching into caves, hanging onto rocks as the waves crash over me, and basically putting my dive gloves through the works.

Most brands simply don’t cut it, and I wear them out halfway through the season.

A good pair of spearfishing gloves will have reinforced palms and fingertips, offering more than enough protection to keep your hands safe.

Personally, one of the only ones I’ve found to suit me are the Ocean Strike Kevlar gloves.

They’re far sturdier than anything else I’ve tried, and the sealed seams ensure there’s also very little water leakage so my hands stay toasty warm. This is a big plus as I tend to get cold fast in the water, and the first thing to lose feeling is usually my fingertips.

Don’t buy any other dive gloves, you need a pair of these.

Ocean Hunter Strike Kevlar Glove, L
  • SKU: tri-glohskl
  • Brand: Ocean Hunter

diver with spearfishing gloves

 

Additional spearfishing gear: Gear bag to throw it all in

As a kid I kept my spearfishing gear in a large plastic trunk, that quickly earned a permanent place in the trunk of my car. It stopped the water from my wetsuit soaking through into my trunk, and also helped contain the lovely smell of fish that you can’t help but bring home.

But once I started getting invited out on boats with my friends, the tub just wasn’t practical.

It took up too much space, was a bit unsightly, and would slide all over the place every time we hit a wave and the boat moved.

Plus, it wasn’t very cool.

Which I quickly learnt was the feeling that many boat owners seem to go for.

I needed an upgrade.

That’s when I bought my first spearfishing bag. It was essentially just a waterproof duffel, that functioned exactly the same as the cheap plastic tub I’d been using. With two key benefits.

First, it was much more compact, so it could be packed in under the bow with everyone else’s spearfishing gear.

I was no longer the one lugging around a giant plastic tub.

It was also much easier to carry, with a shoulder strap I could actually have my hands free when climbing in and out of the boat.

These days I keep my gear in one of these.

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Waterproof Bag for Scuba Freediving Equipment - 135 Liters Capacity | Gorilla PRO XL by Cressi: Quality Since 1946
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Waterproof Bag for Scuba Freediving Equipment - 135 Liters Capacity | Gorilla PRO XL by Cressi: Quality Since 1946
  • Measurement: 37.43" x 13.40" x 16.55" (95 x 34 x 42cm)
  • Oversize version of Gorilla bag
  • Easy to insert extra-long fins or bulky equipment like a BC

It’s basically just a rugged, super-sized version of the bright red “dry” bags you see everyone selling. With extra pockets so you can keep your phone dry, it’s even got a nifty little cap you can use to drain out any water inside.

Of course, I still need to wash this bag at the end of a spearfishing session along with my other gear, but it’s much more practical than what I used to use. Oh, and you’re also going to want a cover for your speargun.

Spearguns tend to scratch up easy and you don’t want your rubbers getting blasted from direct sun all day on the boat (it ages your bands far quicker, and they’ll break and need to be replaced).

If you luck out you may even get one when you purchase a speargun, but if not, you could always buy something like what I use.

A simple cover keeps my spearguns protected when I’m not in the water, makes them easier to carry when I’m headed to or from a dive, and also makes my spearguns a little less obvious to anyone looking.

Beuchat Mundial Speargun Travel Bag 185 CM
  • Dimensions are 200mm x 1850mm
  • Made from PVC coated material
  • Designed to carry spearguns and speargun shafts

spearfishing gear to go spearfishing

 

Wrapping up the spearfishing gear mega-post

Phew. That was rather long.

And thanks for reading it through.

I hope everything I’ve shared gives you a good insight into the spearfishing gear you need to start spearfishing.

To recap, I’ve got each piece of spearfishing gear you need listed here.

 

It can be a bit of investment at the start I agree, but there’s one key thing to remember.

Once you’ve bought your spearfishing gear there are no ongoing costs.

None.

All it takes is for you to head down to the shore, gear up with your spearfishing equipment, and swim out in the ocean to catch your dinner.

My spearfishing gear has paid for itself many times over, with the amount of fresh seafood I bring home after a dive, not to mention just how much fun it is to actually go spearfishing.

There’s nothing in the world quite like spearfishing.

If you’ve any questions at all, on any of the product recommendations or anything to do with spearfishing at all, drop me a message or leave a comment below.

I love hearing from my readers, and if I can help you to get started spearfishing – even better!

Happy spearin’

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