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08-16-2008, 12:12 PM
hello to everyone on this board. i am new here and to spearing in general. i made my first polespear out of some 5/8" al. and some 5/16" stainless for the shaft and barb (not sure what to call it). ne way, ive tried it out a few times at point dume (big dume) with little success. i am wondering of anyone could help point me in the right direction to catch some real fish. i want some halibut, but anything would put a smile on my face.
this board is tits btw and what little i know,ive learned from here so thank you all
08-16-2008, 12:25 PM
Welcome to SB Searmonkey, I distant cousin of a trunkmonkey I assume.
Sounds like a neat project how long is it and is it hollow or solid?
08-16-2008, 07:27 PM
I live in malibu and have been diving for a few years. If you want someone t show you some spots let me know. My biggest recomendation would be to get a gun- it made a world of difference for me
Welcome to the board. Maybe we can div for halibut in a few weeks.
So Cal Shaggy
08-16-2008, 07:52 PM
Welcome to SB monkey, you are prime halibut territory up where you are located you need to be patient and practice your technique this sport like many other activities requires patience you are starting out fine using a polespear it forces you to get close to the fish and thus helps you develope good form and technique so that when you graduate to a gun you will be able to successfully hunt larger fish since you have already honed you stalking skills with the polespear.
08-17-2008, 04:46 AM
wow, u guys r awesome, i didnt expect much of a response. i am up for hunting with anyone schedule permiting :thumps: . i dont drink, but ill definately pickup the beers! my spear is about 6 1/2' to 7'. i didnt really measure. it was eyballed and cut in half to apx. 6' at cal metal supply. i made one to keep and sold one for 80bux to a diver who dives on the tall ship "taale moore". she loved it and it took 3 hours to make and about 25bux in material so i figured 80 was good. they have hemp grips i macromade (sp?) and put resin over. i havent had any problems loosing it in the water. i just drilled some holes, tapped everything to the proper size threads, put a set screw in to the shaft, welded a barb to a hinge i made out of sheet metal, and put some rubber and spectra through a hole i drilled in the ass end. i assembled it and it looks good and works well(i think). when i figure out how to post pics, i will.
as for getting a gun, i have this cave man complex and have to do things the hard way, so im sticking to the spear (besides i feel like a badass with a 7 foot spear in my hands). my motivation to start hunting fish was to learn as many survival skills as i could, and the ocean is my next forum to learn the skill set required.
08-17-2008, 05:35 AM
welcome! and i like the D.I.Y. with making your own spear. i am doing the same thing. only with some 3/4'" galvanized steel conduit. cut to about 6 1/2' with a stud drilled and tapped then welded into one end with a 6mm stud to attach a paralyzer. and a hole opposite end for the band. i would have done aluminum if i had easier access to a tig machine. but there is a mig sitting in my garage so steel it was. puts some good weight and force behind the blow, so it should work out well!
good luck with your spearin!
08-17-2008, 10:56 AM
sounds like it will hit hard. how did you weld it straight, and what about the weld rusting?? i made a stainless collet out of a massive bolt that i turned down to thread over the end of the spear that fits 6mm tips. i just got a big tap and cut the aluminum, then drilled and tapped the collet, and voila! instant front heavy spear cannon. how much does your spear weigh btw? i had to use a spear gun band to make it move with power.
08-17-2008, 12:15 PM
actually a piece of 5/8 all thread fit right inside the tubing so all i had to do was chuck it up in a lathe then drill and tap some pieces that i ended up making about an inch long.
with the lathe it was easy to center things up then just insert into tubing and weld it up. as far as the rust issue i need to pick up a can of spray galvanize. i dont know what it weighs, but for tight now i am using a band off a fiberglass spear. but may be getting some heavy duty stuff from a friend cruising down from santa barbara.
08-17-2008, 07:07 PM
Welcome, spearmonkey. I'm new to this whole business too but loving it.
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