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Old 08-05-2017, 10:23 AM   #61
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Re: Help Needed, DIY Jap Style Polespear



Hi Diving Gecko,

I was pole-spearing in Okinawa 2 months ago. Didn't have any issues at all with the locals. Maybe it's the spot you went to?

I was diving mainly on the west coast early in the morning around 7am. Managed to catch some decent sized horse eye trevally's.

Let me know next time you head to Okinawa, I can point you in the right direction

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Old 08-05-2017, 12:30 PM   #62
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Re: Help Needed, DIY Jap Style Polespear

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Hi Diving Gecko,

I was pole-spearing in Okinawa 2 months ago. Didn't have any issues at all with the locals. Maybe it's the spot you went to?

I was diving mainly on the west coast early in the morning around 7am. Managed to catch some decent sized horse eye trevally's.

Let me know next time you head to Okinawa, I can point you in the right direction

I heard it from a few locals out on Miyako-jima though they didn't seem to be too bothered themselves... But I'll keep asking around, could be misinfo and I really hope so.
Will def let you know and connect next time I have a chance to go, thanks for that!. Did see one very nice blue-finned jack in a fun (free)dive and tons of baby groupers, so I know the fish are there. Many big parrotfish and surgeons, too.
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Old 08-13-2017, 06:29 AM   #63
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Re: Help Needed, DIY Jap Style Polespear

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As mentioned I don't feel like having a loop of dyneema as the attachment point for the rest hook is the best solution. The dyneema tends to flop around when you try to hook into it and you end up needing to use your forward hand to hold it in place. Might not sound like a big deal, but it is a tad frustrating.
I think a metal loop which is fixed in place is a much better way to do it.

So, here are some pics of my attempt at making such one. Same brand as the wall hooks which I used for the rest hook, just a smaller size this time:


I used an angle grinder to cut it to length and make some undercuts in the sides, a file to shape it a bit better and finally, a dremel tool to soften the edges. Pretty straight forward:




Here is one loop fixed on the pole with super glue (I think it looks bigger than it really is):


I'm waiting for some thin dyneema to arrive in the mail. Once I have that, I'll wrap the metal loop in place and coat it with epoxy like when fishing rod builders attach eyelets.

Of course, the fancy way of doing these would be to draw them up and have them laser cut in 2mm stainless steel, but these will suffice for now.
Alternatively, if you are lucky that the grip point on the spear when loaded lines up near one of the metal connectors, then you could mill a recess into the connector and hook into that instead. I have seen that solution on a few Japanese spears online.

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Old 08-14-2017, 08:12 AM   #64
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The dyneema came in today. I ordered 0.5mm and 0.8mm and went with the latter. Made the wrap and coated with epoxy. Below is a pic during its curing.



If I ever need to do a lot of these I would def rig up a rotisserie like the ones the rod builders have. That way, you can lay on more epoxy and not have to worry about it running. Instead, I just turned it every few mins by hand for two hours while I was watching Netflix;-)

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