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Tazz
05-21-2014, 10:35 PM
First time spearfishing with a 8mm dive suite on and need some advice on how much weight one should use. 8mm farmer john pants, 8 mm top (with shorts), hood, gloves, and booties. I weigh 175 lbs. Am 6'1" tall and lean. How much weight should one use for hunting at 30'?

Tazz
05-21-2014, 10:45 PM
First time spearfishing with a 8mm dive suite on and need some advice on how much weight one should use. 8mm farmer john pants, 8 mm top (with shorts), hood, gloves, and booties. I weigh 175 lbs. Am 6'1" tall and lean. How much weight should one use for hunting at 30'?

That is a 7mm dive suite.

North Star
05-22-2014, 12:39 AM
Ten percent of your body weight is the general guideline. Start with 15 lb and see where you go neutral. It should be at about half your dive depth. Better too light than too heavy.

jcxd45
05-22-2014, 10:11 AM
My friend Steve matches your physical description....he dives @ 20-22 lbs.

I would take Max's advice and start light, just make sure you have enough to make it to the 22 range when you start adding.

John

Jetty Knight
05-22-2014, 12:08 PM
Hey Tazz,

I am basically your exact height and weight. In my 7 mm suit, I use an 18 lb weight belt. This allows me to be negative at 30' no problem. Good luck!

Justin

jcxd45
05-22-2014, 10:56 PM
You don't look 6'1 next to that huge ling in your avatar.

How big was it?

Tazz
05-24-2014, 09:06 AM
Thanks for the advice, went with 15 but had to kick hard to stay down. Great time, three nice sized sea bass, great viz, great hunting in these cold waters. Thxs

North Star
05-24-2014, 03:52 PM
Thanks for the advice, went with 15 but had to kick hard to stay down. Great time, three nice sized sea bass, great viz, great hunting in these cold waters. Thxs

Glad you got fish! Way to go! Sounds like you were a little light, just add 2-3 pounds at a time, you will be amazed at the difference just a couple of pounds will make in your buoyancy.

I used to dive with 25, went down to 20, and now dive with 18. I weigh 200, am 6'4, and use a 7mm. I go neutral at about 20 feet in salt water. However, if I am diving shallow, like in a river, I use more weight, because you don't want to have to fight to stay on the bottom.

Jetty Knight
05-26-2014, 12:01 AM
You don't look 6'1 next to that huge ling in your avatar.

How big was it?

I didn't get a chance to measure it, but from my recollection it was about 18-20 lbs. It is my biggest one to date that is for sure, hoping to find some more big lings this summer!