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Spearfishing Spearguns

Using a speargun to snare a fish is one of the oldest and most sustainable forms of sport fishing, plus it is a great compliment to snorkelling and free diving activities. Originally the earliest spear guns were fashioned from wood and rubber bands but here at The Scuba Doctor our selection of spear guns is a little more high tech!

Spearguns come in two options: Sling or Pneumatic.

Sling or Band powered spear guns use a rubber bungee under tension to propel the shaft through the water. They are the most popular spearguns on the market as they are silent when shot and very easy to maintain and so are the speargun of choice for local fishermen here in Victoria.

Pneumatic guns have an internal barrel that connects to a separate chamber filled to a pressure of about 20bar. Pushing the spear into the barrel compresses the separate chamber closer to 35 bar that is used to fire the shaft.

Your speargun is THE most important tool in your spearfishing kit and as such it is important that you put aside at least half of your spearfishing budget to purchase a high quality speargun that will last.

You can compromise on certain items of equipment, but not your spear gun. You get what you pay for, so buy the best gun you can, given your budget at the time.

Speargun Sizes

Victoria has a great range of exciting spearfishing locations to keep even the keenest spearfisher busy. The most popular spearguns in Victoria are those with a 90 cm or 100 cm stock/barrel length. This length gun will allow you to hunt and land quality reef and smaller pelagic species such as salmon, trevally and whiting and has an effective range of 3 to 4 metres maximum.

Those doing close inshore work chasing smaller fish species might drop down to a 75 cm size speargun.

The serious Victorian spearfisher wanting to target large species like Kingfish and even Southern Blue Fin Tuna will typically use a longer 130 cm speargun.

Speargun Regulations

In Victoria a Hawaiian Sling or Spear Gun can have barbs and more than two prongs. They may be used to take fish (other than rock lobster and abalone) in marine waters (but not restricted waters).

Victorian Restricted Waters include: within 30m of any jetty; within 30m of the mouth of any creek or river; in or on inland waters including Curdies Inlet, Tamboon Inlet, Upper Lake of Mallacoota Inlet, Swan Bay, Sydenham Inlet; in or on the waters of Lower Lake of Mallacoota Inlet, the North Arm of Gippsland Lakes, Lake Tyers, Wingan Inlet and specified parts of Corner Inlet.

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Easter Bommie

Bommie Dive Bommie Dive | Boat access Boat access

Advanced Open Water Rated Crayfish Dive Site Inside Port Phillip Slack Water Subject to Shipping

Depth: 16 m (52 ft) to 27 m (89 ft)

At the very northern end of the Lonsdale reef system in Port Phillip lies Easter Bommie, also known as Sue's Grotto. No one really knows where the name originated, but everyone who has dived it knows it is a wonderful dive. Only diveable at slack water, the top is in around 16 metres on the Northern edge of the Bommie. Swimming North from the top, you will drop over the edge and you can descend to a maximum depth at the sandy base to around 27 metres. You can then follow the wall around to either the south-east or the south-west.

Crayfish are abundant in the south-east. On a sunny day the light reflects from the sandy base making this site great for photography. Not dived as often as many other sites, so rather special. A great dive with lots of colourful soft corals and sponges and fans.

Crayfish Dive Site
Crayfish Dive Site | © Ian Scholey

Divers have the opportunity to catch Southern Rock Lobster (aka Crayfish) at this dive site. Remember your catch bag, current Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence, rock lobster measure, and cray tags. Once you get back to the dive boat, or shore, make sure you clip the tail and tag your Crayfish as per Fisheries requirements. Please abide by all current fishing regulations if you intend to catch crays. See article-catching-crayfish for practical cray hunting advice from The Scuba Doctor, plus melbourne-cray-dives for a list of other crayfish dive sites near Melbourne. For tips on cooking your Crays, please see article-cooking-crayfish.

Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country
Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) country

Traditional Owners — This dive site is in the traditional Country of the Wathaurong (Wadda-Warrung) people of the Kulin Nation. This truly ancient Country includes the coastline of Port Phillip, from the Werribee River in the north-east, the Bellarine Peninsula, and down to Cape Otway in the south-west. We wish to acknowledge the Wathaurong as Traditional Owners. We pay respect to their Ancestors and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Bunjil the Creator Spirit of this beautiful land, who travels as an eagle, and Waarn, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow, and thank them for continuing to watch over this Country today and beyond.


Easter Bommie Location Map

Latitude: 38° 17.017′ S   (38.283617° S / 38° 17′ 1.02″ S)
Longitude: 144° 38.611′ E   (144.643517° E / 144° 38′ 36.66″ E)

Datum: WGS84 | Google Map
Added: 2012-07-22 09:00:00 GMT, Last updated: 2022-03-27 17:03:52 GMT
Source: GPS
Nearest Neighbour: Jims Hole, 49 m, bearing 168°, SSE
Depth: 16 to 27 m.
Dive only on: SWF, SWE.

DISCLAIMER: No claim is made by The Scuba Doctor as to the accuracy of the dive site coordinates listed here. Should anyone decide to use these GPS marks to locate and dive on a site, they do so entirely at their own risk. Always verify against other sources.

The marks come from numerous sources including commercial operators, independent dive clubs, reference works, and active divers. Some are known to be accurate, while others may not be. Some GPS marks may even have come from maps using the AGD66 datum, and thus may need be converted to the WGS84 datum. To distinguish between the possible accuracy of the dive site marks, we've tried to give each mark a source of GPS, Google Earth, or unknown.


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