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Old 12-05-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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Intro - South Jersey Spearo

Wanted to introduce myself to everyone on the board.

While I realize it is currently the offseason, Iím looking for a dive buddy to start doing some shore dives with next season. I take lots of photo/video while Iím out so Iím more than happy to send them to whoever I dive with.

I only ever did polespear stuff down in the Bahamas before this. But Iím addicted.

Got myself a 5mm wetsuit, a No Ka Oi mid handle speargun, etc. so Iím geared up.

Quick question: whatís everyoneís thoughts on a reel for a mid handle? Iíll mostly be doing shore dives, but I fully plan on also taking my No Ka Oi into blue water. Already have a trip booked in key west and plan to charter out to Hudson canyon a few times next summer.

Nice to meet you guys and join the community. Feel free to contact me directly on Instagram @nickdpayton

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Old 12-05-2018, 02:57 PM   #2
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Re: Intro - South Jersey Spearo

I'd slow down on the spending until you see what jersey diving is like. The best day here will be 20 feet visibility and you'll get that a few times of year. I get most of my fish in 5 feet of visibility in the cold murk. I gave you a follow on instagram.

You won't need a reel for anything you can shoot from shore but they help a little. Bluewater I would be using a breakaway for anything large anyway.

Make sure you have a good highly visibile float.. boaters are the most dangerous thing in the water.

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Old 12-05-2018, 03:55 PM   #3
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Re: Intro - South Jersey Spearo

Thanks Mana.

I needed the gun and wetsuit. Did a lot of research beforehand. Just a float left to grab.

Iím familiar with jersey water, just havenít speared it. Vis sucks mostly. That was the reason for the mid handle. Got the riffe bc I donít need a second gun for blue water right away.

Appreciate the advice for the breakaway line, Iíll look into it.


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Old 12-05-2018, 04:37 PM   #4
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Re: Intro - South Jersey Spearo

I dont know what size your gun is but if it can be used in bluewater its way to big lol. Cant even see the tip of a 44 inch midhandle half the time in nj. I dive with a 38 inch mid with a aussie reel. Only reason for a reel is i dive with my floatline attached to a drop weight. Nothing on me or gun. If shaft gets stuck and i gotta go up i'd never find my gun in our rediculouse murk. Plus when i boat dive need a reel. Its really a bummer in nj 75% of the time. Just in a crappy armpitt. But when there is vis its epic spearing.
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Old 12-05-2018, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: Intro - South Jersey Spearo

Yea vis can really suck sometimes. But when itís so bad you canít even see the tip of your gun, I doubt even a 2í pole spear would help.


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Old 12-06-2018, 09:09 AM   #6
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Re: Intro - South Jersey Spearo

Yeah I didn't want to shit on your new gun, but a 55" gun you're way over length for most days. I use a 28" mid and a 42" mid. You can make a 40" mid work most days, but I get plenty of fish with my 28" in days I can only see 3 feet. If you can exchange it for a smaller one, I'd get the smallest they offer in their mid series the 38" tie on some small I'd 14.5s and never look back. Forget trying to get fluke with a 55" gun too. I'd really really really exchange the thing before it's too late.

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Old 12-06-2018, 09:31 AM   #7
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Re: Intro - South Jersey Spearo

Iím ok, really. I appreciate you looking out. I know of guys who use similar sized guns in the muck. I donít aim down the sight so Iíll adjust as needed.

If I end up needing a smaller gun, Iíll look into it. But like I said I also travel to both reef and blue water destinations so I needed a gun that could function in both. Not just NJís.

Appreciate your feedback though. Loved your gun build on instagram.


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Old 12-06-2018, 09:37 AM   #8
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Thanks man.

Jersey is just a tough love for the spearfishing, you'll see. We have amazing bounty but trying conditions. I get having a gun that can do both, but you're going to be SOL on the 3 foot of vis day. I'd recommend at least getting a shitty pole spear so on the day you would just be hosed due to gun length you can grab the pole and get tautog and fluke without issue.

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Old 12-06-2018, 10:10 AM   #9
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Ok yea I have a Jbl Shaka pole spear already.

Can be either 7í or 4í.

Iíll always bring that with me just in case.


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