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Just got into spearfishing last summer. This is the gun I bought after reading various threads on the barn and other sites.



Its a JBL 38 Special Magnum. It is definitely a beginner gun, but its a great starting point. I have never used it trying to spring Mahi off the pots, but inshore wise, fluke tautog, bass you shouldn't have any issues. I have also heard good things about Mako spearguns. Shoot me an email if you have any questions.
 

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Question: Could you use a spear gun on blue fin tuna from the cockpit in lieu of throwing a harpoon?

You can do that and kiss your teeth goodbye when a tuna gun recoils into your face from shooting it out of water.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GrBFCIZN_s

Here's what a big tuna will do to you if you spear it and you dont stone it on the first shot, run you all over....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7WXPec7iEY

And here's a 282 kg pacific bluefin stoned... Amazing shot, amazing diver....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LmOvyPaD8I


Bunkerboy, before you go hunting fish around the pots Id suggest doing some inshore spearing for taug around the rockpiles and jetties to get a feel for it. Bluewater spearing is a whole different game that took me a bit to figure out as you rarely have any background to gauge your shot distance against. If you want you can join me this spring for some diving in may.
 

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I love JBL's. I have a 42'' JBL Comp. mag. I have had it for over 15 years and it still works great. I up sized the bands and even though it is a mother to cock it is worth it on the bigger fish. I am flying out on Fri. to visit my mom in Fl. and I hope to get out and do some killing. Since Grouper and Red Snapper are out of season down there now I am going to be looking to shoot some Cobia and snatch up some Lobster. I just hope the weather holds out for me. Everytime I go down there and make plans to go out it storms or the seas are nasty. Here are some pic's from the past. The first one is a couple Lobster. The 2 Grey tanks are 100's and the pink one is an 80, to give you an idea of the size of them. The second one is of some Cobia we got on 1 of our dives and the last one is one of a guy I dive with and a #100+ Warsaw Grouper. I can't wait to get out of this snow and get wet.
 

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You have to decide what type of spearfishing you plan to do most often. If you plan on sticking around jetties and inlets a JBL 38 is nice because it's small and easy to handle. I have one and I upgraded the bands and I also took off the line and put a cord similar to a telephone cord that doesn't have to be wrapped.
If you plan on doing more offshore spearfishing you will want a larger gun with a reel etc. I'm not as familiar with those.
Another option is starting with a Hawaiian sling. They will let you get into the sport on the cheap and then you can get a large gun for offshore use.
 

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I love JBL's. I have a 42'' JBL Comp. mag. I have had it for over 15 years and it still works great. I up sized the bands and even though it is a mother to cock it is worth it on the bigger fish. I am flying out on Fri. to visit my mom in Fl. and I hope to get out and do some killing. Since Grouper and Red Snapper are out of season down there now I am going to be looking to shoot some Cobia and snatch up some Lobster. I just hope the weather holds out for me. Everytime I go down there and make plans to go out it storms or the seas are nasty. Here are some pic's from the past. The first one is a couple Lobster. The 2 Grey tanks are 100's and the pink one is an 80, to give you an idea of the size of them. The second one is of some Cobia we got on 1 of our dives and the last one is one of a guy I dive with and a #100+ Warsaw Grouper. I can't wait to get out of this snow and get wet.

Those are some nice bugs ken!! You do any diving up here? Might have to link up this season!!
 

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akscuba i was definatelly not just gonna jump in the blue but i speared many triggers over the summer at the bout off avolon with a buddys gun and ive been spearing in the bahamas.thanks for the advice all of u guys.
 

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That would be sweet. I have never dove up here. I have 300+ hours underwater down in Fl. and I have my Master Scuba certification. I would love to go diving up here and check it out. How deep is the norm for around here?

Good stuff! Most of the diving up here is 80-120 FSW, mostly nitrox diving. I got one dive in last summer off a friends boat on an inshore wreck in snotty conditions, 60 feet and didnt stay down long. Shoot me an email and we'll link up, got a buddy from a spearing forum that has a boat outta brig thats lookin for dive buddies for the upcoming season.
 

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hey AkaScuba ill go spearing anytime. I have a JBL sawed off magnum and it works great for inshore spearing. I mostly go for tog, flounder, stripped bass and trigger.


Anytime man!! I got a few nice spots up and down the coast that I love hitting cuz they arent crowded like BI. I wanna hit Cape May inlet too at some point and give that a shot.
 

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Thaks for the invite. I will deffinatly hit you up on you offer when the water warms up a little. I am going to Fl. on Fri. and I am going to try to get wet the first weekend I am there to do some spearfishing. Thanks again Miller!
 

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what would be the best gun for jumping in at pots for mahi and maybe like triggers and bass around the bouys like right off the beach. but more for the pots and mahi? thanks in advance
You want a gun that is going to have enough power at distance! The smallest gun i would go with would be a 100cm railgun! When you get in the clear bluewater offshore as opposed to the murky inshore the fish are alot further away usually yet appear closer because of the better water clarity! I uhave 3 railguns i take bluewater spearfishing with me a 110cm aimrite carbon with a reel setup,a 120cm with a break-a-way setup,and then 140cm with breakaway setup! i take 3 just incase you do hit something bi its nice to have a backup gun for a second shot! I have killed a yellowfin tuna with a 120cm before at close range and im sure the same could be done with a 100cm but thats the smallest i would go for a mahi gun! I have a bunch of guns here in NJ that you can check out to get a better idea!
 
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