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Short roller for U.K. waters?

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Considering buying a short roller for when the south coast U.K. waters are murky. I currently have 2x 90 band guns although one has pretty much been retired now, I’d like to go for a roller as 1. I’ve never used one before, and 2. More fire power in a smaller form factor seems a good choice for poor vis (good manoeuvrability without the loss of band stretch).

I’m thinking a cheapish 65-75cm roller such as something from Apnea.

Any U.K. spearos here use a short roller? How do you get on with it?
 
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Mr. X

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Sounds like a good plan. I've yet to use my Apnea Amarok 95cm. But I think a shorter Apnea Whaler or Apnea roller could see a lot of use.

As to size, it depends where you plan to dive most. Somewhere around 60cm to 82 cm would probably be in the ball park - maybe 70cm/75cm/77cm?

That said, I rarely if ever find lack of power to be a problem when using my single band 75cm and 90cm spearguns.
 

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Was hoping to try out my roller this week but viz was way too poor yesterday, switched from my 90 to my 60.

BTW I got to handle one of the very short whaler rollers last year, 35cm I think. I thought it would be toy-like but it isn't at all, it is very much a proper speargun.

That said, I quickly switched my ST-60 back to a double wrap (using reel line, rather than lengthening and re-crimping the spear line) after seeing how short the line-limited range is.
 
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