This ancient method of fishing popular throughout the world for centuries is still in practice. The older civilizations used sharpened sticks for spearfishing and today modern specialized equipment and methods make it easier and convenient. Elastic powered and compressed gas pneumatic powered spearguns and slings are used for spearing fish. The equipment is designed for various aquatic environments. Free-diving, snorkelling and scuba diving are practiced for spearfishing in the sea and rivers. Development of the diving mask, swimfin, snorkel and even scuba diving has their roots in spearfishing.
Either rubber powered (band) or air powered (pneumatic) spearguns are used for spearing fish. The rubber powered is the simplest type of gun and is less costly. Some of the rubber powered spearguns are made of wood while sealed tubing metal, composite and a combination of both are available too. These are called Stock and Barrel. Pneumatic guns have a thicker spear and a trigger mechanism at the back of the gun. Spearguns need a trigger, rubber bands or air pressure to function.
This is another underwater tool used for spearfishing that combines a pole, a spear tip and a rubber loop. This differs from a Hawaiian sling, although sometimes referred to as one. The pole measures from four feet to ten feet and is made of fibreglass, carbon fibre, graphite, aluminium or wood. Longer poles come in several pieces that can be screwed together. It has a threaded tip to interchange different kinds of spear tips. Some often have a fixed tip. On the other end of the pole is the elastic loop made of rubber tubing or a band of rubber.
Similar to the bow and arrow mechanism, it has an elastic band attached to a tube through which a spear is shot.
The ones designed especially for spearfishing usually come in two pieces. These can be black or designed with camouflage colours and patterns.
Spearfishing fins are longer than the ones used for scuba diving. The snorkelling fins have a closed foot design and are worn with neoprene socks.
These are similar to the ones used for scuba diving. Snorkelling masks aid underwater vision.
It is a cable that has a sharp point at one end and a loop or a swivel at the other. It is used to retain speared fish.
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