Saturday, August 16, 2014

My new sling rig Part-2

I've been doing a lot of research into Hawaiian slings of late and, as a result, I just bought a new one from Ray Uppstrom who does business over at Hawaiian

It's a very nice sling.

What sold me on this sling was that it was not quite the same old same as the band was pre-tensioned which means that you have a lot more power since you're not wasting any of your draw territory simply taking up slack...

That's a lot of added power.

As it happens, I bought his new (not on the website yet) roller sling and I'm very much looking forward to putting it through its paces to find out whether or not the added expense is worth the outlay but as I can vouch that his standard sling is easily the best bang for the buck out there I have high expectations.

Now I just need to sort out a proper shooting line...

More about that soon come.

Monday, August 11, 2014

A good idea...

Mako Spearguns with a really smart "why didn't I think of this..." solution to an old problem...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Something needful...`

Anyone spearing or catching Lionfish should be very interested in this...

Sting Hotshotz Packs from MAKO Spearguns

As more divers are hunting Lionfish, more divers are being stung.
MAKO Spearguns has teamed up with the reusable heat pack maker, “Hotshotz” to provide the best reusable heat packs for Lionfish stings.

Lionfish venom is made up of proteins that are denatured by applying heat. Applying heat to the affected area serves to help inactivate the venom and reduces the potential for it to spread into the bloodstream. It will also reduce the associated pain and swelling from the sting. This is why it is so important to have a heat source immediately available to the victim; the faster you can apply heat, the less damage (and pain) will occur..

Experts suggest removing any visible spines that may have broken off in the skin and applying heat (100 to 114 degrees F) to the affected area for approximately 30 minutes.
NOTE: Completely reusable, these Hotshotz heat packs lasts about an hour. After using, simply boil in water for 10 to 20 minutes and it is again ready for use. Can be used hundreds of times.

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.