Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

My new sling rig - Part 1

I've been giving a lot of thought to my new Hawaiian sling set up and, as I tend to spear fish in deep water, I really needed to sort out a means of tethering the spear shaft to the sling. The problem of course, is a shooting line is going to add drag to the spear and on a Hawaiian sling dealing with the line can get a bit problematic.

Of course, a small reel would work but reels for spearguns tend to be, shall we say, over-priced and/or too big for a sling set up. So, I've been on the hunt for an affordable reel that was both inexpensive and smaller than the norm... Surprisingly I found just the thing and it's made by Cressi.

It's smallish, featherweight (just a kiss over 3 ounces), and light on the wallet as well at only $23 and change. What's not to like?

All in all, pretty much exactly what I was looking for.

Now all we have to do is see how it works in practice...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Just a quick thought...

As a kid we used to do a lot of handline fishing off the piers at Santa Monica and Malibu which gave me a lasting respect for what a bit of line, a weight, and a couple of hooks with some bait could accomplish...

Simple works and don't let anybody tell you different.

Lately I've been reading  "Simple Fly Fishing". It's an enjoyable and thought provoking read. It's also been a great aid in a push aboard "So It Goes" to reach the next plateau of simplification both in the fishing/spearfishing department and just stuff in general... In terms of payoff it just might be the best money I've spent on a book all year.

On the merits of simple fishing gear I've noticed (over far too many years) that folks with lots of expensive gear tend to fish a lot less than folks with simpler and more affordable gear. Of course, the more you fish the more fish you catch being a fact of life should tell you all you need to know about being a successful catcher of fish aboard a sailboat.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Less hassle...

The other day I made the decision to get rid of my speargun and simplfy a bit. The driving force was not that I don't like spearguns but simply the legal hassles and hoops you have to jump through when visiting places that take issue with them.

Going triggerless just makes things easier...

That said, there are times I know I'll miss my Rob Allen railgun.

From time to time a little more range than my quiver of polespears provide will be no bad thing so the current need aboard "So It Goes" is a Hawaiian sling...
OK, maybe I should have said a slightly evolved Hawaiian sling. The puppy pictured is the Koah Sidesling and it has some real advantages over the standard bit of broom handle with a hole drilled through the center and a rubber band attatched.

The Koah is a very cool piece of gear.

Of course, I can see a couple of ways to improve on it so I'll be getting into building some slings for my own use but this is as close as I can find to an off the shelf example of what I find needful so I might just be getting one to play with in the foreseeable future,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A tidbit...

Ever wondered what a big Mahi Mahi eats?