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My first experience spearfishing

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Jun 4, 2017
I go down to the Caribbean twice a year (Jamaica, Mexico, etc) and the reefs by the 4-5* resorts have smaller decent sized fish since the locals don't have access to the beach. I spend a couple of hours everyday navigating the waters from the beach with my polespear and catch smaller fish but it's such a pain in the ass to use.

I decided to pay for a charter (270USD) for a captain and a guide. My friends are p*ssies and didn't want to come with me and would have split the cost since I was the only person on the boat. Anyway, spearfishing is a lot harder than it looks. I felt like I was drowning most of the time, the boat literally disappeared within minutes and all I can see is the blue Caribbean sea. It was a huge waste of money because when we departed the Marina, guess where they took me by boat... Literally where my resort was but further out and on top of that I could not reach those depths as they assumed I can dive like 50'+. I felt like such a sucker... I should have stayed by the beach on my resort for that 10-20' depth. I learned one thing from that trip, I'd rather swim around with a speargun than a loaded polespear as it's just uncomfortable and hard to do. Luckily, this time, I'll read the introductory forums instead of just watching YouTube videos haha...

I do have a couple of questions for people in a similar position as me. I live in ON, Canada where spearfishing is illegal. I'm buying a <65cm speargun as that is what can fit in my duffle bag when travelling. Any recommendations for beginner guns? I don't want to spend too much as:

1) I only go spearfishing twice a year
2) It can easily get confiscated at Caribbean or Canadian border

Options: Cressi Apache (60cm), Seac Sub Sting (65cm), Salivmar Wild Pro (50cm)... All close to same price and shipping available to Canada.

Another question I had was my polespear tip literally got damaged right away. I bought a couple more (like $25 each) and they also bend right away since they're hitting rocks. So I am worried that it's the same issue with speargun, that the spear will bend after hitting a rock once. Recommendations?