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Old 09-24-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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Hello Spearos, name's Manny. Navy guy, & I've just recently started taking up spearing here in SD. Couple of guys I work with got me into it, and after my first dive I was hooked (No pun intended). Would appriciate any pointers/tips for a beginner. I reguarly hit up La Jolla, as I've read that it's a great place for people starting out. Especially looking for some dive buddies for spearing and bug season. (Been doing a lot of reasearch on the CA regs and such, but nothing beats first hand knowledge & experience).
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Old 09-24-2013, 11:10 PM   #2
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Hello Spearos, name's Manny. Navy guy, & I've just recently started taking up spearing here in SD. Couple of guys I work with got me into it, and after my first dive I was hooked (No pun intended). Would appriciate any pointers/tips for a beginner. I reguarly hit up La Jolla, as I've read that it's a great place for people starting out. Especially looking for some dive buddies for spearing and bug season. (Been doing a lot of reasearch on the CA regs and such, but nothing beats first hand knowledge & experience).
You need any help man PM me any time
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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Id say for advice, just take it slow and work up to things. Get a good fitting freedive open cell suit and weights with a Marseilles style belt and good fins, like Omer Stingrays, as far as kit goes. masks and snorkels Id recommend trying others till you find one you like. Guns can wait until the rest of the kit is dialed in.

Get some fish books and look at and ID the critters you see when out diving. then find them in the regs and commit it to memory. Its actually not as bad as it seems at first
Pole spears are a good learning tool but if you are already a gun oriented guy Id recommend going small unless you are already after big fish

Small guns are better for shooting small fish which will allow you to shoot more fish and work on your marksmanship. After shooting a bunch of small reef dwellers larger targets with a bigger gun will be easy.

Id also recommend that you not take the sentiment expressed in your sig line about longevity for the reckless out in the kelp with you. Young, fit, gung-ho guys get killed diving with a disturbing regularity. This is no joke

My last recommendation is that you befriend any Filipinos you can find as they will put any and every ocean species to good use and your diving pleasure will increase exponentially to the number of Pinoy friends you have

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Old 09-25-2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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Id say for advice, just take it slow and work up to things. Get a good fitting freedive open cell suit and weights with a Marseilles style belt and good fins, like Omer Stingrays, as far as kit goes. masks and snorkels Id recommend trying others till you find one you like. Guns can wait until the rest of the kit is dialed in.

Get some fish books and look at and ID the critters you see when out diving. then find them in the regs and commit it to memory. Its actually not as bad as it seems at first
Pole spears are a good learning tool but if you are already a gun oriented guy Id recommend going small unless you are already after big fish

Small guns are better for shooting small fish which will allow you to shoot more fish and work on your marksmanship. After shooting a bunch of small reef dwellers larger targets with a bigger gun will be easy.

Id also recommend that you not take the sentiment expressed in your sig line about longevity for the reckless out in the kelp with you. Young, fit, gung-ho guys get killed diving with a disturbing regularity. This is no joke

My last recommendation is that you befriend any Filipinos you can find as they will put any and every ocean species to good use and your diving pleasure will increase exponentially to the number of Pinoy friends you have

Jeremy

Appreciate all the good tips man. Yeah, I haven't even gotten back into the water with anything(pole/gun) just yet. Still working on bettering my diving first. Didn't feel like having a chance of losing something, or worse. As for gear, I'm digging my Cressi 3000's, JBL mask, and small soft snorkel(nothing fancy) altogether. & I have a 3/2 wetsuit I use for surfing that seems to be working for diving so far.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:06 AM   #5
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Hey man if you're ever interested in diving on the weekends, PM me.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:25 AM   #6
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Id also recommend that you not take the sentiment expressed in your sig line about longevity for the reckless out in the kelp with you. Young, fit, gung-ho guys get killed diving with a disturbing regularity. This is no joke

My last recommendation is that you befriend any Filipinos you can find as they will put any and every ocean species to good use and your diving pleasure will increase exponentially to the number of Pinoy friends you have

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First point is a very true. Safety first.

Second point is hilarious. Jeremy has made some crazy food with something I wouldnt even shoot.

Welcome to the board. Do your research, have fun, and most importantly, be safe.

Where in SD are you?

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