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There’s nothing stopping you putting a reel gun on but I think floats should be mandatory. As already stated they are much safer. Yes they can get hung up on the reef but beats being run over by a boat or not having extra floatation if you get into trouble.I was going to do that actually, but the guy at the store told me to not use it just yet, because I'm still learning and might end up getting tangled
Yeah figured that it wasn't solid advice. I'll go to an other store that actually wants to help and sellThere’s nothing stopping you putting a reel gun on but I think floats should be mandatory. As already stated they are much safer. Yes they can get hung up on the reef but beats being run over by a boat or not having extra floatation if you get into trouble.
When you dive, no one can see where you are. I have being the boaty when mates don’t use floats. And as said, something to hang onto if you get into trouble.Sorry for the dumb question, but makes them dangerous? The fact that they'll keep going farther since they are not as tethered to the gun?
Went out and got a few things (tomorrow I'm getting the flag) but I went a bit overboard with the rope (it floats). Maybe I should take it down to 10 or 15 meters?When you dive, no one can see where you are. I have being the boaty when mates don’t use floats. And as said, something to hang onto if you get into trouble.
Reels are not recommended for large fish or hunting large pelagic fish either. Reels have a terrible habit of muzzle wrapping at the worst possible moments & for the largest fish they are a risky choice at best.I just attach a float line to the speargun. I have the mako spearguns floatline which floats and has dyneema inside. Not as cheap as a rope from a hardware store. But it does not tangle. I have ordered the Salvimar line that is 4 meters long and extends to 15 meters with dyneema core.
I never needed a reel, also if I drop the speargun, I am usually spearfishing in green water where you can’t see the bottom from the surface and there is usually strong current, so tethering the gun is the reliable way to retrieve it.
I regret not having bought sooner a strong float line. I would never attach the float line to my belt because in rough seas it can get tangled to rocks when you are at the bottom.
maybe someday I will get a reel if I ever do blue water pelagic spearfishing. If you are a beginner invest on a good float and floatline before you spend on a reel.
Yea. I never felt the need for a reel. Also on the reel it is a thin line and that would be easy to get tangled around rocks with barnacles and mussels. A thick floatline is less likely to get tangled than a dyneema or mono line. I really regret having cheapened out on float lines. The mako floatline with dyneema could have me towed by a boat. It is so strong. I wish it had smaller tuna clips, less heavy.Reels are not recommended for large fish or hunting large pelagic fish either. Reels have a terrible habit of muzzle wrapping at the worst possible moments & for the largest fish they are a risky choice at best.
I personally don’t use a reel on any speargun or for any type of diving from surf zones to bottomless blue water. Having a rig line from a gun to the float is much better for safety & also several other utilitarian reasons.
With just a reel, you have to accept that you may lose your speargun. Provided you are willing to let your speargun go, it should not be any more dangerous than anything else. If you try to stay down too long trying to free your tangled speargun...Sorry for the dumb question, but makes them dangerous? The fact that they'll keep going farther since they are not as tethered to the gun?
Yeah, for now the most I can go is about 5m down, so yes I'm working on breathhold, but more than anything I'm working on hunting technic. I'm in Greece btw (originally from Puerto Rico).As to the original question - is it worth putting a reel on a 75cm speargun - it depends. Probably not for complete beginners.
I've speared for many years without a reel, I always use a floatline attached to my speargun which means I don't have to worry about loosing my speargun. I don't find it an encumbrance. And the float is an important warning indicator to boats, etc.and a handy place to attach fish, crabs, lobsters. I always fish from shore though, usually alone so I need to be self-sufficient, if you dive from a boat you may find a reel more convenient, especially when diving with others. Also, I don't dive real deep, sometimes less than 1m, down to about 10-15m. Also UK fish are usually not particularly big or troublesome.
I recently bought a cheap reel, just to try one out rather than from any real need. Not sure which of my spearguns, if any, I should fit it to. I currently have it fitted to my new 60cm twin band speargun but, so far, it seems like an unwelcome and unnecessary encumbrance, extra weight and hydrodynamic drag. I might switch it to my 95cm roller speargun but that would be very heavy. No plans to fit it to my 2 main spearguns though (75cm & 90cm), as it would negate the benefit of their superlight, super-slim design. I guess I'm still looking for a need/benefit.
Plenty of reasons to need a second, third, fourth...... rubbers on a speargun.Besides, why anybody need second band on long spearguns? They are long and therefore already powerful enough.