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Old 02-05-2009, 08:59 PM   #1
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Question floatline and float for polespear diving

i am looking to buy the neptonics foamfilled floatline, to be used with my modified manny puig polespear, along with either the OMER master round float or the Spetton Medium Inflatable Fabric Buoy, i still havent decided wich.
does anyone know if theyre any good, or have used them please provide feedback!
here is where i plan on buying it:
http://www.scubasworld.com/proddetai...11.1923&cat=49
http://www.scubasworld.com/proddetai...tonflattorpedo
http://www.scubasworld.com/proddetai...rod=foamorange

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Old 02-06-2009, 08:09 AM   #2
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

Save your money. Purchase X' of quality 3/8" polypropylene line from your local big box marine retailer and attach a large crab pot bullet float. $25 instead of $150
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:04 PM   #3
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

ok thanks so it doesnt really matter if its namebrand or not??
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Old 02-06-2009, 04:08 PM   #4
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ok thanks so it doesnt really matter if its namebrand or not??
Nope, save yourself the money.

Just make sure to tie a good knot and I'd advise (if you want to get cool with it) to put some heat shrink around the knots.
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Old 02-08-2009, 08:55 AM   #5
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Nope, save yourself the money.

Just make sure to tie a good knot and I'd advise (if you want to get cool with it) to put some heat shrink around the knots.
so you mean I shouldn't use any hardware like clips and untwisters?
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:03 PM   #6
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

Avoid that first float - it doesn't look like it's made to cope with being pulled under by a fish. I have had one like it and the plastic loops broke while fighting a large fish. Inflatable floats are not that ideal for most people's diving, especially if you dive near rocks. Hard plastic is more durable and often now come with a good solid dive flag mast (which is increasingly important).

As said above by others, a good basic float line can be made from cheap polyprop rope (thinner rather than thicker). Polyprop floats naturally, which is important. This stuff is very cheap.

Clips etc: Learn to splice rope (just google it, it's easy!). Attach a clip to the float, and splice a heavy duty swivel to one end of the float rope. Splice a clip to the other end of the float rope.

Make a small length of rope with a spliced clip and attach it to your pole spear rubber like the picture beside the heading 'float lines' on this page: This allows you to clip and unclip your pole spear to the float easily, and also to put fish on your float line by unclipping the spear, pushing the float line through the fish's gills and out its mouth, then clipping back on again. The fish will float back to the float as you swim. To remove it from the float end, simply unclip at the swivel and the fish will drop off the rope.
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Old 02-08-2009, 04:05 PM   #7
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

You know, I think the foam filled float line you're talking about from Neptonics is really the orange Rob Allen float line.
That's a value priced float line and IMO a good deal and perfect for a pole spear.
The bombproof vinyl Neptonics brand float line is the one that runs over $100.
The RA float line runs from about $20- $40 bucks. It floats higher in the water than straight polypro, and up and away from your body, it's stiffer and tangles less and
also it's very visable to boaters.
You don't need it too long if hunting shallow and for small fish, I use 30' with attached 3' bungie.
A small float isn't really to help fight fish, so you can keep it simple, even homemade.

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Old 02-08-2009, 08:43 PM   #8
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

thanks alot for all the help!!!
i can't splice to save my life, so i got a friend of mine to do it for me, and it works great!
Snapper: congratulations on your 5th place! i'm sure if you had a gun you would have won, but i admire the fact that you polespear, i think its more of a challenge and more ethical.
Blue: did you make that float? how did you do it?

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Old 02-08-2009, 09:00 PM   #9
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

Here are some detailed instructions on making a really cheap float. 2 of my friends use this method. I also have another friend who bought an inflatable float for $10 and we painted it red. Here it is compared to an 8L Rob Allen float which you can get for around $60.

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=65099

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Old 02-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #10
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

Yeah that looks great and good value. I used to use a plastic bleach container too which lasted a while.

But where's your dive flag? The Rob Allen ones sold here have a mast hole. I am not trying to criticise your efforts - flags are something a hobby horse for me because we have so many near misses locally with boats (wven with flags!).

You could cable-tie a cheap plastic plumbing fitting onto the floats above to act as a mast step, with a piece of lead counter-weight on the bottom (doesn't matter if it rotates anyway).
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

cheap RA line http://www.scubasworld.com/proddetai...od=rob3&cat=95
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Old 02-08-2009, 10:22 PM   #12
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

thanks a lot...
i think making a float is beyond my capabilities at the moment, so a cheap bought one or a bleach jug will work for the moment, i don't need it to fight big fish or to be seen, only let medium fish tire themselves out and hang a water bottle and fish stringer under it.
UPDATE... the floatline works great... i tested it in fresh water and it floated enough to resist tangling. i attached it to my manny puig polespear and can't wait for next weekend to have a go in salt water
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:55 AM   #13
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Re: floatline and float for polespear diving

Cool, we look forward to seeing evidence of the death and destruction !
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:10 PM   #14
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Cool, we look forward to seeing evidence of the death and destruction !
i promess i will post my catches, but i'm gonna have to wait till end of february to get wet
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i promess i will post my catches, but i'm gonna have to wait till end of february to get wet
Manny don't like to be kept waiting

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