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What kayaks or sit ins are you guys using to get to spots to spear? Or is it worth just getting a board and just finning out to a mark?
I have a Wilderness Tarpon and thoroughly recommend it, don't forget paddle choice, after all its the thing transferring your power and technique into motion. A general purpose paddle will do but a paddle suited to you and your requirements may make life easier
High and low angle kind of sums it up, you get touring, recreational and white water paddles. The paddle shape can be different as can the surface area, white water paddles tend to have a larger surface area as you need to put the power down quickly to get out of trouble but long distance will fatigue your muscles while at the other end, touring paddles tend to have a slightly smaller surface area to make long distance travel less painful then you have the material choice, the paddle can be plastic, glass fibre reinforced or carbon, whilst the shafts can be metal, glass fibre or carbon. I have used normal recreational paddles to travel to the isle of wight and back, about 5 to 7 miles, depending how much the currents take me, sometimes in strong tides and have been ok, the palm range of recreational paddles offer good value for money I have an old school white water paddle that I use in an old school spud but I wouldn't want to paddle a sit on top long distance with it. The other side with paddles is that at the end of the day its the paddler moving the paddle, I would concentrate on paddling technique, research it, google it, keeping in shape makes a massive difference, its all very well paddling on a mill pond but if things change being able to put the power down for extended periods really helps. An excellent kayaker will out perform me no matter what paddle I have, but having said that its still important to have the right paddle for the job. For most sit on top kayakers I would go for a one piece recreational paddle, medium sized blade, with whatever shaft you can afford, alluminum is the cheapest and carbon the most expensive. Remember that you will be moving the paddle thousands of times so ideally the lighter the better and remember to get the right length paddle for your height Hope that helps and carry on paddling
Sorry for the late reply Chris i have been very busy moving the contents of two houses but to your question of which model of Kayak i own the answer is I have no idea as it was a fibreglass Kayak i bought on the cheap for £30 and does not have a name to it.What's the make and model will check it out am in Manchester so I dive Anglesey and going upto Scotland next spring fingers crossed around Dunbar.
Hey Roski, I would love to see a picture of your setup. I use a Tarpon 160 and I'm trying to upgrade to a faster kayak.I run a kind of weird setup. I always had the problem of space on the kayak. So I got an old surf ski which in Australia you can get for $30 and then got some out riggers for it. It all folds down and is super easy to store on the roof of a car. It has a net between the outriggers so its practically a trimaran. With an esky on the back and plenty of room for gear you fish all day. It works very well, is very fast. It's big enough you can take a dive buddy out with you.
I suggest this forum wich is more frequented by California spearos : http://spearingforum.com/index.phpHello guys,
I am a new member here. I live in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, South America.
I will be at La Sierra University in Riverside-CA, from December to December 2018, to learn English in intensive course (ESL program).
I've been a spearfisher since 2004, diving in salt (Atlantic Ocean, Caribean sea, Mediterrean sea and Pacific Ocean) and fresh water (rivers and lakes in Brazil).
If possible I would like to do a lot of sessions of spearfishing in California at that time.
Looking for information, I found this forum on Google search.
I want to meetnew friends in California to do underwater hunting.
I would like information and tips on spearfishing in California.
My deep limit is about 75 feet (free diving).