There are two different methods for successful spearfishing: throwing a handheld spear in the water to claim your fish, or using a spear gun. Spearfishing with a handheld spear is typically done while swimming and snorkelling, and is a great way to test and perfect your aim. It’s probably what comes to mind immediately when you think of spearfishing. Using a spear gun requires practice! With a trained local guide in Hawaii, you can try your hand at spearfishing safely.
Unique Things to Do while Spearfishing
- Spearfish while snorkelling with a handheld spear
- Enjoy a day out on the Pacific Ocean
- Try spearfishing with a speargun
- Learn about the Hawaiian origins of spearfishing
- Bring your catch home with you for dinner
How to Spearfish
For beginners, spearfishing with a handheld spear is a great idea. The idea is that you snorkel in the water and locate your target with the help of your Hawaiian sling. Once you have selected your prey, you can dive underwater and hunt your prey down. The sling is usually six to eight feet long and has a spear at one end, and a rubber tube at the other end. To shoot your target, hold onto the rubber tube and pull it down towards the spearhead. Take aim, and fire! With the sling, you can also reload your spear quickly and shoot again.
If you prefer to try spearfishing with a gun, it’s recommended that you use a smaller and less powerful gun compared to people who have more experience. Start from the basics, and then gradually move on to the bigger guns. Beginners should use a Hawaiian sling, or smaller spear guns such as the Riffe or the JBL. A one-band, 90-centimeter aluminum gun should do the trick. Beginners are also advised to start by fishing for smaller fish, instead of going directly to the big hits.
Shooting correctly also requires a great deal of practice, but even if you’re new at this, you can have a successful fish hunt. There are of course certain rules and regulations that come with any kind of fishing, and so having a local guide will ensure that you do not get yourself into any trouble.
Lastly, enjoy your surroundings! Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, so don’t forget to look up from your hunt every now and then to take in your surroundings. You won’t regret it.
Did you know…?
Spearfishing while SCUBA diving is actually illegal in most places!
Did you ALSO know…?
A “Stone Shot” refers to killing a fish instantly with a perfectly poised blow to the head or the spine.
Getting to Hawaii
There are many major airlines that fly into the Hawaiian Islands. Inter-island flights are frequent and very cheap, so if you have to do a bit of island hopping, it’s a breeze. There are no ferries between islands. Maui is where the best spearfishing tour operators are found. Hiring a licensed experience guide will keep you out of trouble and out of harm’s way.
Best Time of Year to go Spearfishing
Spearfishing is a great year-round sport, but often the location will shift depending on the season. In the winter months, the south-facing shores are preferable. In the summer months, the north facing shores are where the best fishing options are found. This all has to do with surf swells – guides prefer areas with little to no surf so that visibility is top-notch.
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