Here at The Scuba Doctor we’ve put together an essential spearfishing gear guide to help beginner and novice spearos to find the equipment you'll need and features to look for. Plus we've provided links to the appropriate sections of our online dive shop. And finally, we have our products recommendations for those on a budget and/or looking for top quality gear.
Spearfishing is the most economically friendly way to catch and eat fish and is growing in popularity over commercial fishing. There is virtually zero by-catch and no ghost gear is left behind afterwards unlike commercial fishing practices. Spearfishing takes skill, patience and specialist equipment to do it properly so it's best to take a course first.
An awesome video showing spearfishing in Melbourne by James James.
Grip: — Your grip needs to fit in your hand comfortably as it needs to line up with your outstretched arm to line up your shot.
Length: — Short barrels are good for cramped places and surf but they lack the accuracy of a longer barrel. Long barrels are for accurate open water long shots but take longer to move to aim.
Muzzle: — Open muzzles are easier to load and have a better view down the shaft to aim. Closed muzzles hold the end of your shaft on the rail so it doesn't bounce out in turbulence.
Sling or Pneumatic: — Slings use a pair of rubber bungees to propel your shaft. Pneumatic use compressed air to propel your shaft.
Cressi Mohawk Single 16mm Speargun - 80cm to 130cm
RRP: $459, Our Price: $419, You Save $40 (9%).
A great all rounder gun that is top quality at an affordable price. The most popular spearguns in Victoria are those with an 80 cm to 120 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.
Cressi Apache Speargun - 35cm to 75cm
Our Price: $139
This is a spear gun for quick fishing with excellent maneuverability. Those doing close inshore work chasing smaller fish species like the 75 cm, 60 cm, and 45 cm size Apache spearguns.
Spearfishing Bags help you to keep your gear together and protect it.
Cressi Piovra Fins Backpack Bag
RRP: $199, Our Price: $179, You Save $20 (10%).
This is a special backpack bag conceived for transporting spearfishing and freediving gear. It features a main compartment big enough for storing a pair of long fins up to 100 cm (39 inches) — equipped with a netting for ventilation. It is possible to store a wetsuit, mask, snorkels, belt and various spearfishing gear.
Cressi Hunter Padded Spear Gun Bag
RRP: $139, Our Price: $125, You Save $14 (10%).
This is a large spear gun bag with extra inner pockets for organised and safe storage. The padded spear gun bag even has a padded wrap-around 'sheet' in the middle to keep your speargun snugly tucked in its own section without damaging it. There is plenty of room to store a float, mask, booties and even a wetsuit, so you can use this one bag for all your spearfishing gear.
Attaches either to your gun or your spear for easier retrieval if your shaft gets stuck and you need to surface without it.
It is important to attach a float line to your gun and your float for many reasons. Having a float line means that you can drop your speargun and retrieve it from the surface by pulling the float line up. Whether you have shot a big fish or got your gun stuck in coral it is important to have a float line so that you do not lose your speargun!
Ocean Hunter Foam Filled Float Line 20m
RRP: $85, Our Price: $81, You Save $4 (5%).
Ideal for all types of underwater hunting. This design offers unparalleled buoyancy whilst spearfishing and is ideal for use when you're big game spearfishing. It is also available in 10 metre and 30 metre lengths.
JBL Sea Vine Float Line 20m (2 Only Left)
RRP: $239, Our Price: $99, You Save $140 (59%).
It floats, it stretches, and it's actually large enough to fight a fish. The 20 metre long line's proprietary design means that you now have a float line that stretches like a bungee, but is durable enough to drag through the rockiest of bottoms. Also available as a 30 metre line.
Your spearfishing mask needs to be low volume with a wide FOV so you don't need to equalise when descending and you can see the whole environment when you are fishing.
Did you ever wonder why all the good spear fishermen wear only dark skirt masks? Clear silicone skirts can create reflections on the inside of the lenses from surface light distracting the hunter's focus on the prey. Real underwater hunters always wear Black skirt masks.
Cressi Calibro Mask
RRP: $139, Our Price: $119, You Save $20 (14%).
This mask is popular among spearfishers, freedivers and scuba divers for its ultra-low profile and extremely low volume. It has inclined and inverted tear-drop lenses for improving downward visibility. It features the new Cressi patented FOG STOP system.
Cressi Nano Black HD Mirrored Lens Mask
RRP: $149, Our Price: $134, You Save $15 (10%).
Designed to offer an extremely hydrodynamic and compact shape to help spearos cut through the water and aid movements in small spaces. The High Definition Mirrored Lenses increase vision clearness by 15%.
Different from a scuba or surfing wetsuit, the spearfishing wetsuit is a 2-part suit with a sticky open cell lining to trap water and keep you warmer in the water, but are much harder to get into.
The spear fishing wetsuit thickness you need will depend on the water temperature where you are diving.
A 2-piece suit design that is made using special Computer Printing Technology for a unique Camouflage Pattern that renders the Diver Nearly Invisible, even at a short distance making this one great suit for the hunt.
Tahitian shafts have a single retracting barb either on the top (superior) or bottom (inferior) and a pointed tip. Threaded tips can have different heads fitted onto a single shaft depending on your needs.
Spearheads come in all different shapes and sizes depending on what and where you are hunting. Simple Tahitian shafts are faster and more accurate but can pass straight through some targets when you may need to hit the fish with more energy to dispatch it properly. Multi-point and heavier heads give you more chance of hitting your target across one axis and can transfer all of the energy of the shot quickly to dispatch the fish.
Both thermal and abrasion protection are offered by your diving gloves. Thin 1.5 mm dyneema gloves maintain dexterity while keeping your hands warm in the water. But if you're hands are getting too cold, you'll need thicker gloves for more thermal protection.
Salvimar Dyneema Gloves - 0.8mm
RRP: $62, Our Price: $59, You Save $3 (5%).
The use of continuous thread of Dyneema line make these gloves strong, durable and a pair of gloves you won't be replacing soon, no matter how hard you try and wear them.
A simple line to attach to your float with a threading bar on one end to hold your catch and transport it back to the shore.
When you're out spear fishing you don't need to keep going back to the boat or shore every time you spear a fish. Experienced spear fishers always carry a fish stringer to carry their game, made from strong long lasting materials.
Easy to use the stringer bar is placed through the fishes gill cover and out its mouth. Then simply thread the bar through the stainless loop to secure fish. Once the fish is secured you can attach the stringer loop to your buoy or weight belt.
Webbing or rubber weight belts hold you lead around your waist with a quick release mechanism to ditch quickly if necessary.
Spearfishing weight systems are either a traditional belt style or a vest style that keeps the lead up towards your shoulder to keep your shoulders down for a natural position in the water.
A secure weight belt or weight harness is a critical safety item for any diver, it must be able to be released quickly in an emergency allowing you to drop your weights but be secure not to come loose during normal diving activities.
Cressi Elastic Marseilles Rubber Weight Belt - 140cm
RRP: $69, Our Price: $65.50, You Save $3.50 (5%).
This freediving/spearfishing weightbelt is comfortable and streamlined. The high elastic properties of the belt will contract and compress with your body and wetsuit during your descent and expand and stretch as your body and wetsuit expand during ascent. This keeps your weight belt properly positioned around your hips. The heavy-duty 300 series stainless buckle is easy to use and lasts a lifetime.
Cressi Weight Vest
RRP: $90, Our Price: $81, You Save $9 (10%).
Move some of your weight up onto your back using this weight vest for improved trim and an easier to manage weight belt. As any spearo knows, it's the initial duck dive from the surface that is crucial to success. Moving some weight up onto your back makes it much easier to get a better transition from the surface to depth.
A surface marker buoy to let others know where you are in the water and to attach your equipment to prevent loss.
You need an easy to tow surface marker float that stays on the surface while you're spear fishing. The dive flags on these spearfishing floats are used to alert anyone on the surface that there are divers below.
Ocean Hunter Inflatable Torpedo Float w Line & Alpha Flag (Ylw)
RRP: $49, Our Price: $46.50, You Save $2.50 (5%).
Specifically designed with the spearo in mind by incorporating a stream lined torpedo styled float which will glide effortlessly through the water and allow you to easily tow it behind you without feeling like you're pulling a truck.
Cressi 10 Litre Rigid Float and Flag
RRP: $129, Our Price: $122, You Save $7 (5%).
Someone finally came up with a reasonably priced, super tough float. This 10 litre inflatable float is designed to take a beating. This is a great set up for spearfisherman at any level, combining shark clips at either end for rig line attachments and bungee straps to hold your gear or your catch.
A short pointed knife to cut lines and dispatch your catch as quickly as possible if your shot doesn't kill your catch outright.
A pointed tip dagger knife is perfect for spearfishing as it has a pointed tip to spike your fish, a smoothly sharpened blade for slicing fish for burly, and a serrated edge for cutting through ropes. It is also important to consider how the dive knife is strapped and how it can be taken out for use.
Ocean Design Apollo SQR 420 SS GB Dive Knife - Point Tip
Our Price: $79
A great spear fishing kill knife. Made from super strong 420 Stainless Steel with a very effective locking mechanism. Features a neoprene leg harness for comfort and automatic compensation for wetsuit compression.
You don't need a big knife, as they tend to get snagged on kelp. Something small with a nice, sharp edge, and point tip is best.
Tusa X-Pert II Titanium Dive Knife - Pointed Tip
RRP: $224, Our Price: $202, You Save $22 (10%).
When only the best will do, this is the spearfishing kill knife you want. It's made from high quality, corrosion resistant Titanium.
Spearfishing fins are longer, more flexible and of a simpler design than scuba diving fins as they are designed to get the spearfisher to greater depths while conserving energy and oxygen.
Long fins transfer energy more efficiently and are made from one of three different materials. Polymer blades are tough but fibreglass and carbon fibre blades are more efficient at moving you through the water.
Cressi Gara Modular Full Foot Fins
RRP: $199, Our Price: $179, You Save $20 (10%).
The modular design lets the user replace/interchange blades for specific diving purposes, which make the perfect fin to grow with, as the diver can change blades as the divers skills increase.
Spearfishing fins have full foot pockets that are made to be used with neoprene socks to keep your feet warm instead of hard soled boots.
Dive socks are a must for all spearfishers and serve a range of purposes such as preventing blisters, keeping your feet warm and ensuring that you get a perfect fit from your spearfishing fins.
Ocean Hunter Fin Socks - 3mm
RRP: $33, Our Price: $31, You Save $2 (6%).
The printed rubber strong soles of these socks have an anti-slip layer to avoid skidding or slipping on wet rocks as you get to he water's edge, or the boat's deck.