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Speargun advice

Post by 4liters » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:25 pm

I'm thinking of getting a speargun, but I'm not sure where to start.

It'll only be used for small species like flathead etc from fairly close range, and I don't want to spend much money on it.

Looks like there's a few in the $130-40 range that might be ok on Motackle:
https://www.motackle.com.au/watersports ... argun.html
https://www.motackle.com.au/watersports ... r-gun.html

Also this one: https://www.fishingtackleshop.com.au/un ... -speargun/
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Re: Speargun advice

Post by Tim399 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:22 am

4liters wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:25 pm
I'm thinking of getting a speargun, but I'm not sure where to start.

It'll only be used for small species like flathead etc from fairly close range, and I don't want to spend much money on it.

Looks like there's a few in the $130-40 range that might be ok on Motackle:
https://www.motackle.com.au/watersports ... argun.html
https://www.motackle.com.au/watersports ... r-gun.html

Also this one: https://www.fishingtackleshop.com.au/un ... -speargun/
I started off with a sling, then bought a cheapie ocean hunter gun. It didn’t take long for me to then upgrade to a Rob Allen gun. I found the ocean hunter wasn’t very accurate and was uncomfortable to use. If you can, I’d splash a little extra for a rail gun model, this supports the shaft along the entire length of the gun preventing it from bowing as the bands launch it from the rear. If you could imagine trying to shoot a bent spear through the water it would be inaccurate, and frustrating when you miss a good fish. This gun is double your price range, but would be a much better gun IMO, and if you don’t like spearing you could sell it and get most your money back.

https://www.divein2scuba.com/rob-allen- ... l-gun.html

It would be well worth a visit to Geelong Dive Centre (Attaches website) and have a chat to the guys down there, they have a good range of gear (from the entry level to top level) and know their stuff.

EDIT: I’m from Bacchus, when the restrictions ease you can borrow my gun if you would like to, to see if you enjoy spearing before you invest in it.

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Re: Speargun advice

Post by Kimtown » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:36 am

I just bought a little Picasso 70 for the bread and butter species, was like $70. So much more user friendly than my 1100 rob allen

Go to Adreno and they will guide you through exactly what you need. Great prices too.

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Post by Andrews » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:24 pm

I'd agree with looking at some of the Adreno videos they have great videos talking about different price ranges but also the importance of choosing the right gun for your target species and environment.

Geelong dive centre and Adreno would also be a good place to call, see what they recommend.

If you're planning on going shallow, I'd agree with something around that 60-70 mark. You want something easy to maneuver when you're working in little water. I used to use a 70 gun and I would always see king george whiting and flathead feeding in a meter of less and squid cruising the shallows with 2 feet of water above the eel grass. Slings are alright for flathead, but anything easily spooked makes it hard.

Big thing is to get that experience so you're comfortable in the water before throwing money at the sport, never hurts starting with a sling or a cheaper gun and getting that experience.

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