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The basics of hunting

Post  Bringel on Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:22 am

One of the best tricks a spearfisherman can take advantage of when spearfishing is a fish's curiosity. Fish see their world with their eyes and with vibrations picked up by their lateral line. Thats why spearfishermen take advantage of this by moving very slowly in the water, and by using weights to carry them to the bottom rather than kicking of fins to minimize vibration.

Once on the bottom or in sight of his spearfishing target a spearfisherman will remain perfectly still, and lack of vibration in the water will usually cause the fish to come within spear range to investigate.

Any large creature in the area will usually come to investigate the appearance and then disappearance of something, as no picture is available to their lateral line of a non moving object. Any rocks or other objects on the bottom that the spearfisherman can get close to will further disguise his appearance and warrant closer investigation by fish.

Some spearfishermen will carry several small pieces of coral or shells and when their prize is reluctant to come into spear range, rubbing or clicking of these usually draws them closer. Throwing up sand also will bring them closer and helps to camouflage the spearfishermen. Contact with coral should be avoided as this may damage the reef.
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Re: The basics of hunting

Post  Spearkat on Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:49 am

You make it sound sound difficult now.

I just hide...
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Re: The basics of hunting

Post  Bringel on Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:52 pm

lol haha jip thats simpler just hiding but what i found very interesting is the part about the shells and moving sand as fish will investigate i always thought you swam down saw a fish and shoot didnt know about the stealth and tricks
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Post  Vaatjie on Wed Feb 03, 2010 2:13 am

Stealth i sone of the most important tools in your aresenal.

Always hide and beware of bubbles. Always spit out your snorkel as soon as you dive. Hide behind anything. Dont strom around a rock, creep around. Lost a cracker that way.

dont kick at the bottom, try using your fingers moving around on rocks.

Be carefulll of your weightbelt on rocks or anything making a noise.

Alwyas try looking under rocks and crevasses, and gullies.

Hope it helps
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Re: The basics of hunting

Post  Bringel on Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:46 am

its all helping hey by the time im done reading and getting this info im going go spear a nice fish lol cant wait
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Post  Vaatjie on Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:44 am

Dont worry hey, it will all be learned in good time.

But you will increase 100% once you start diving with the club
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Re: The basics of hunting

Post  Bear on Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:54 pm

A technique I use to lure skittish reefies, is the following:

Swim down to the bottow where there is a sand bed. Position your fins towards the sand, and kick up the sand as much as you can. Swim up to the surface and recover. The sand will still be swirling around. Swim back down, and move towards the swirling sand. Fish love swirling sand, as it often means dinner is presenting itself(shrimp, snails etc).

This works especially well with grunter(not a reefie though)
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