View Full Version : Who's Spearfishing and What Gun???
02-16-2004, 10:08 AM
This is my first post in this forum.........I've been certified since 1982 when I was 13yrs old. I haven't dove in about 4 years and I am getting back into the sport this summer. I used to do a lot of freediving when I worked at Catalina in the late 80's and early 90's during the summer. I wanted to know who was spearfishing and what type of gun they use?? I have been looking at the Rob Allen Railguns.
Anyone interested in some group outings this summer??? What about a abalone trip to Nor Cal???
02-16-2004, 05:06 PM
Here's my yellow tail/white seabass killer...Enclosed track, laminated teak stock, Alexander parts and plans. I made two of them, and have only shot this one in the pool.
As for an Ab dive - I'm always up for one, and I'm sure we can drag Speckmisser along to distract the sharks. I know there's a couple of other folks that pry snails off of rocks around here... http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif
02-16-2004, 07:50 PM
Hmmm... maybe I should change the handle to SharkBait?
I could be up for it, given the right timing and all. Them snails are right tasty!
By the way, I use a A.B. Biller 48 Special. No pix, but it's just like the factory made it, so you can see it on their website if you're so inclined. These were pretty popular in North Carolina when I lived and dove there. It's killed a bunch of grouper and hog snapper. The only thing I shot here was some kind of rockfish that was all bones.
For Nor Cal Halibut and Lings I use a Riffe C0 with 3 bands. My buddy has a Rob Allen Railgun, he seems to like it. If I remember the design makes it kind of difficult to remove the bands to store separately when out of water.
Always down for snails, lobster and spearfishing. I am also leaning on getting a riffe island for blue water, I cringed when I was on the horizon and I was using 50" JP with weak bands.
04-12-2004, 01:24 PM
Haven't been diving too often in tha past year, but when I do I use a Riffe Island
w/ float line. Used to use the reel, but after I got spooled by a 50-60 lb. white at San Clemente and had to follow the thin yellow line that matched the kelp for about an hour of criss-crossing back and forth through the kelp beds to find an empty shaft, I figured I'd use a float line and wrestle with the fish more. Usually just try for Yellowtail, White Sea Bass and an occasional halibut at San Clemente or Catalina Island or locally off of Palos Verdes.
04-13-2004, 06:38 PM
How about this WSB............
04-14-2004, 09:09 AM
Here is my old so cal fish and dive partners big whitey i think it was 59 lbs ,,,
I use to shoot a riffe island and just thinking about selln it due to my location any takers ,d
04-20-2004, 09:05 PM
I've done a little spearfishing in the past. Here's the guns that I still can use, but I generally stick with the Sampson (gun in the center of picture with the reel) for blue water shooting. It's got a 3/8" diameter 6' long shaft and the rubber pull is set to 65 lbs per band. Real, real bear to load (note that there's no extension behind the handle to brace on your leg as you pull back the rubber...seems to make me focus on hitting the target better since it's not an easy loader!). Absolutely amazing gun; she shoots farther, flatter, faster and harder than any other gun I've ever used or seen. And the special head is a 4 sided, broad based tip which doesn't rip the fish up but gets the bleeding going quickly. Great WSB, YT or Grouper shooter.
BTW, if anyone here can ever pick one up (at a garage sale or ???), I've got a couple dozen extra shafts that I don't plan to use and would be glad to give most of them away to anyone who can use em (note; they are for Sampson guns only....custom made catch for the trigger shear on this custom gun).
Three of the other guns are voits, used em all, my favorite for calicos in the rocks is the sawed off magnum on the right, then next up, the little scubapro gun (2nd to the right).
Riffee Island? I am interested, what are you asking for it?
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