Finding your speargun Size
Think about the size of the speargun. Shorter ones (about 50-75cm) are your go-to for caves or murky waters and are often used for smaller reef fish like Snapper, Butterfish, Tarahiki and John Dory. They provide manoeuvrability in confined spaces and are useful for quick shots in areas with many obstacles. Medium ones (90-110cm) are versatile and can be used to target mid-sized fish such as Kingfish, Trevally and Kahawai. They offer a good balance between manoeuvrability and range. If you’re hunting in clear waters or after those big pelagic species such as Kingfish, Tuna and anything in tropical blue water, opt for a longer one (120-150cm). These longer guns provide increased range and power, allowing divers to take shots from longer distances. Imagine a 48-inch gun for reef hunting and a 60-65-inch gun for open-water adventures.

The right Shaft matters
These are like the arrows of the underwater world. You’ve got stainless steel, galvanized steel, and hardened stainless steel. The latter is the champ – less likely to bend and rust. Most come with flopper tips, either Hawaiian or Tahitian, which affect the spear’s path.

Picking the perfect Tip
You know, one of the cool things about Pencil-nose spear tips is how sleek and pointy they are. This shape helps them glide through the water with very little resistance. When you’re out there trying to catch those speedy or tricky fish, this design makes it way easier to swim efficiently and with less struggle. Pencil-nose tips are great for fish with delicate skin, while tri-cut points are for the tougher, scaled ones. Just keep in mind, tri-cuts can get banged up more easily.

Choosing the right Rubbers
When you’ve got the right rubber bands on your speargun, it’s like adding a turbo boost. They amp up the power and range, making it easier to aim and take down fish even if they’re a bit further away. Using the right rubber bands isn’t just about boosting your performance; it’s also about staying safe. You see, they help prevent misfires and accidents, which is not only good for you but also for the fishies swimming around. So, it’s a win-win for everyone in the underwater world.

The perfect Muzzle match
You know, some muzzle types are like the express lane for loading your speargun. They’re all about making it super easy and quick to get your gun ready for the next shot. And this comes in handy, especially when you’ve got your sights on a bunch of fish, and time’s ticking away. It’s like a fast-pass for underwater target practice! You’ve got open and closed muzzles. Open ones give you a better line of sight down your gun but can be a bit tricky to reload. It’s mostly personal preference here. Just remember, nylon muzzles are sturdier. 

Bullseye Rigging
Proper rigging makes your speargun an extension of yourself, helping you track and target fish with precision. It also reduces drag, making your speargun glide smoothly through the water and conserving your energy. Use a shooting line with a gun bungee for small fish. Dyneema for strength, monofilament for speed and ease of reloading and a reel for maximum freedom and stealth.

In a nutshell, when it comes to picking your speargun, think about what you’re spearing, where you’re spearfishing, and what feels right for you; it’s essentially choosing the right tool for the job!

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