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Old 08-07-2018, 08:32 AM   #1
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Shooting under ledges & stuck spears

110cm Mako running two 16's. I have gotten my spear stuck several times now and am curious what others do or avoid doing to prevent this. I have seen plenty of videos of ppl shooting fish hanging out under a ledge with no issues. I have gotten stuck doing this (yesterday for example and had to float an SMB it and retrieve w/ 2nd tank which is less than ideal) and also shooting from above fish swimming over hard bottom.

I shoot with a line so I feel like a 2nd band is necessary but....wondering if I got too much juice for the type of killing I am doing.

As an aside I got a strong follow from a big hammerhead (no, it wasn't a bonnie) yesterday during my ascent. Dove with sharks before which I am fine with but it's a different feeling when you are carrying (or feel like) their dinner.
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Old 08-07-2018, 08:52 AM   #2
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Re: Shooting under ledges & stuck spears

Only use one band when taking close up shots or when shooting under a ledge/wreck. If you have 2 bands loaded simply unload one of the bands before shooting. 2 banded shots at close range is almost always going to cause trouble.
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Old 08-07-2018, 09:34 AM   #3
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Re: Shooting under ledges & stuck spears

If possible, connect shooting line to end of shaft rather than to shark fins or somewhere along the shaft. Makes retrieval from narrow spaces much easier as shaft does not want to toggle. I realize this in not your exact issue. I power down when purposefully shooting close to rocks -Less tip damage and less penetration to coral or rocks.
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Old 08-07-2018, 10:35 AM   #4
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Re: Shooting under ledges & stuck spears

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp_3-EUOCgY

Yes use one band and you can even shoot with a soft elbow to absorb a little more energy
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Old 08-07-2018, 11:37 AM   #5
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you can even shoot with a soft elbow to absorb a little more energy
...or a limp wrist, according to Manmarvel.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:50 PM   #6
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...or a limp wrist, according to Manmarvel.
Marcus, why do you want to talk about gay when others are talking spearfishing?
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Old 08-07-2018, 03:11 PM   #7
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Marcus, why do you want to talk about gay when others are talking spearfishing?
Maybe he's feeling nostalgic?

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Old 08-08-2018, 07:03 AM   #8
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One band when shooting under ledges. Also, dont miss the fish.
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Old 08-08-2018, 07:15 AM   #9
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You can always have a weaker second band for under ledge and hole shots. Now, for a stuck shaft. Tip#1---If the shaft isn't far under the ledge. You can slide the speargun down the shaft until it locks into place. Now you have the gun handle to pull with instead of the bare shaft in your hands. Tip#2--- Reach down the shaft towards the tip as far as you can. If you can get within 12" of the tip. That would be perfect. Otherwise, reach down as far as you can get. Now start doing about 10 small clockwise circles and increasing the circle size. Now do the same thing counter clockwise. Give a hard pull. Most of the time. The shaft will come out. You may have to do this a few times. I have gotten my shafts and friends shafts unstuck with those tips. Back on the boat. I've heard so many times this comment. "Never thought of sliding my gun down the shaft and locking it in and using the handle for leverage."
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Christ, Jose, stop plagiarizing 50 Shades of Grey.
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You can always have a weaker second band for under ledge and hole shots. Now, for a stuck shaft. Tip#1---If the shaft isn't far under the ledge. You can slide the speargun down the shaft until it locks into place. Now you have the gun handle to pull with instead of the bare shaft in your hands. Tip#2--- Reach down the shaft towards the tip as far as you can. If you can get within 12" of the tip. That would be perfect. Otherwise, reach down as far as you can get. Now start doing about 10 small clockwise circles and increasing the circle size. Now do the same thing counter clockwise. Give a hard pull. Most of the time. The shaft will come out. You may have to do this a few times. I have gotten my shafts and friends shafts unstuck with those tips. Back on the boat. I've heard so many times this comment. "Never thought of sliding my gun down the shaft and locking it in and using the handle for leverage."
Thanks for the tip! (pun intended)
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Christ, Jose, stop plagiarizing 50 Shades of Grey.
I googled that title. Never watched it or the 2 sequels. Seems like a "Basic Instinct" remake. Did u check out the Teric dive computer?
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I googled that title. Never watched it or the 2 sequels. Seems like a "Basic Instinct" remake. Did u check out the Teric dive computer?
I haven't seen it either... Bad joke.

No man, I haven't had a chance. Been busy getting my kids back to school. I'll get over there soon.

With school back in session I'm trying to get out before this red tide hits. Anyone going out and need a shooter let me know.
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