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Trey9123
06-15-2008, 15:34
Another thought has occurred to me. Now that I have ordered a new pole spear, what is the best way to deal with a big angry speared fish. I imagine that a 25 lb grouper can put up a nasty fight, what do you do after you have speared the fish to subdue him?

Largo
06-15-2008, 15:43
Bite it in the head.

Largo
06-15-2008, 15:48
By the way, what kind of fish are you eating in your avatar picture?

DiverMAN
06-15-2008, 17:35
finish the fish off wit your knife... or put it in the sleeper hold...

cmburch
06-15-2008, 18:16
Trey,
Most will brain the fish by slipping a sharp stiletto type blade or pick type blade into the fish's head and give it a twist. The fish will shudder then stop moving. This is the most humane.

I was taught to rip out the gills on one side. Not as humane, but quick and dirty. Does not require good placement of blade, or a pointy blade or spike that can hole your BC.

Remember that some large fish attack. Don't want to get legs/arms cut/gouged. Control the head. Keep the fish's mouth away from hand/fingers.

Trey9123
06-15-2008, 21:45
The fish in my avatar is a black fin tuna that got tagged by a cuda as I was reeling it in off the coast of Honduras.

Speargirl
06-19-2008, 14:50
Stone him with your knife.

Trey9123
06-19-2008, 15:02
What does stone him mean?

Speargirl
06-19-2008, 15:10
Take your knife and stab him in the head. I know sounds bad but hey we are in the forum of hunting. You can also stone a fish by spearing him in the head like if he's lying under a wreck or in a coral structure (hole). He's not going anywhere if you stone him.

DIdiver
06-21-2008, 17:23
Stone him means stone dead or dead as a stone. Like said earlier a stilletto point knife is the best if you don't get a kill shot - or if you don't stone him! :smiley20:

LittleOtter
07-21-2008, 22:38
If it has teeth you could stone it with the butt of your kife then stab it just to be shure its dead, if it wiggles, stab it again. sorry i like overkill.

mrbheagney
09-02-2008, 20:18
Ike it, japanese term for stoning and it is the most humane. Alternatively bring Chuck Norris with you and he will sort it out.

mrbheagney
09-02-2008, 20:20
Scotch on the rocks is also very effective.

drako
09-02-2008, 23:24
Get one of the dagger blades (or a REALLY SHARP KNIFE) and get him in the head....a few times to be sure ;)
Two questions.
Why a pole spear and not a spear gun, you in protected waters?
Are you freediving or scuba ?

warscout2
09-02-2008, 23:28
Shotgun FTW

mrbheagney
09-03-2008, 12:37
DDT or the Tombstone should seal the deal.

drako
09-14-2008, 01:28
Because that would be hard underwater ;)

cmburch
09-14-2008, 01:42
Get one of the dagger blades (or a REALLY SHARP KNIFE) and get him in the head....a few times to be sure ;)
Two questions.
Why a pole spear and not a spear gun, you in protected waters?
Are you freediving or scuba ?
Polespears can be used for hunting up close on SCUBA or freediving. Polespears are faster loading and may require more skill in hunting than a speargun.

Trey is using SCUBA and has used both polespear and speargun.

For large groundfish, we use polespears and spearguns with sliptips.

cmburch
09-14-2008, 02:11
killing fish quickly - DeeperBlue Forums (http://forums.deeperblue.com/beginner-hunting/79444-killing-fish-quickly.html)

drako
09-14-2008, 02:29
Sweet, I like pole spearing. What type of gun do you guys use? Do you go for blue water or reefs?

Trey9123
09-20-2008, 22:04
I just like pole spears, their is something so manly about killing with it.

warscout2
09-20-2008, 23:38
I just like pole spears, their is something so manly about killing with it.

thats why I just sneak up on them with a knife

drako
09-21-2008, 00:28
I just like pole spears, their is something so manly about killing with it.
Exactly!

cmburch
09-21-2008, 09:08
No need to sneak up on them normally. It may be hard to get them with a knife or spear without something to propel it. I have caught eel by hand.

Dive shops sell inexpensive polespears with 3 prong paralyzer tips for small to medium fish. Usually less than $30. This may be good for starting out. I have a red fiberglass one made by National Divers. Do not use them for larger fish with the paralyzer tip or they will slip off and get away.

Stalking fish
How does a 150lb plus diver sneak up on a fish making a ton of noise on SCUBA?

Some fish are stupid. Many fish are attracted to chum. Kill one and the blood attracts others. Other fish will swim by. Some fish can be approached indirectly. Many fish will run if they see something coming head/eyes first at them.

Trey9123
09-21-2008, 14:52
I use a Ray Odor Pole spear. You can get one shipped for $75, and it is a monster of a spear. I love it, and Ray is a really cool guy to talk to on the phone. It also has the advantage of having a changeable tip. I can use a paralyzer for smaller fish, and screw on a single point with floppers for larger fish. The spear length can also be changed by adding or removing sections. I can use mine in 5', 7', or 9' mode depending on what I am going for. I have taken everything from pinfish the size of my hand to 20+ pound grouper with it. I would highly recomend one.