Spearfishing has been around for ages and despite great advances in gear and techniques it is still probably the most immersive form of fishing possible, you enter the fish’s habitat and accept the risks that comes with it. There are few things that compare with the underwater environment and it goes way beyond the fish we bring home, it is a different world down there to explore and enjoy so take a deep breath and join us in this unique sport.
We are lucky in KZN and in particular in Durban to have some of the best spearfishing equipment suppliers with a endless range of locally produced products, I have listed a few under sponsors.
These guys live spearfishing every day and are very knowledgeable so make sure you have a chat to them before taking the plunge and buying gear, buying the right gear the first time round will save you lots of money in the long run.
Starting gear will comprise of:
- Wetsuit , preferably a two piece one designed for spearfishing
- Gloves and dive socks (booties).
- Fins, to start a set of long plastics will do and later you can look at carbon fins as an upgrade.
- Weight belt and weights, start with less weight and build up to find the ideal and not the other way around.
- Mask and snorkel, needs to fit your face shape so do not look at price or style before comfort.
- Float, rope, stringer and a good knife
- Spear gun, do not try to start with the biggest, fanciest gun on the market but rather a standard 1mor 1.1m gun to practice with
- Crayfish bag/ net