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Hand held boat spear

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Jan 20, 2020
Hopefully someone can help.
We do a lot of bowfishing and have a blast. In the spring we found a bunch of needle nose gar but trying to hit those is almost impossible.
I'm looking for a spear that we can use from my boat to spear the gar. The tines would have to be fairly close together as those fish are pretty skinny.
Plus the lighter the better, not sure if aluminum is too weak but its lighter and steel. Any help on that.
I really don't think we'll be throwing it. They let you get pretty close the first time
Light...? Carbon fiber or alu tubes. You could make something out of an old ski pole, golf club or possibly fishing rod. The prongs could be bought from a store or online. Download a Salvimar, Cressi or Omer catalogue as the euro brands have pages of screw-on tips and I’ve seen three- and five forks, I think, in those catalogues. Otherwise, perhaps a Hawaiian three prong polespear would work...?

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Maybe something like this (not being serious)?

Actually shooting garfish for target practice I found that they easily broke in half, so very narrow tines may be required. There are cheap alloy handspears which are not much good for underwater use, but may be OK for topside use.
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