Aug 23

spearfishing with water scooterA number of people love spearfishing with the help of an underwater scooter. Underwater scooter is the most perfect type of DPV (diver propulsion vehicle) for recreational purpose. It’s a small handheld device to be usually held with both hands. Visit SeaFishingHowTo.com to get thorough information about all types of DPVs and a range of cheap underwater scooters. Spearfishing with an underwater scooter is a fantastic activity. But it is often seen that whether the anglers are learners or experts, they don’t take proper safety precautions. Here are some tips to solve the various problems that you may come across while undertaking this amazing activity.

This is not to scare you, but to make you aware of some plain facts:

  • Something which appears to you very easy on the ground can become extremely difficult when you are in water, e.g. putting a fin, tying or untying a knot, etc.
  • A thing which you may consider utmost trivial in water may take the form a very serious problem. Therefore it is advisable to pay keen attention to everything however unimportant it may seem, particularly to each element of your gear.

Remembering these things, we learn about various safety measures and precautions.

1) It is a sincere request to all fishermen to use a buoy. The flag on the air intake tube on the underwater scooter cannot replace a buoy. The underwater scooter is not designed to float when exposed to the traction applied by the current on the anchor line, and so it is not at all wise to anchor it directly. The buoy (preferably a torpedo) when used gets the traction and also becomes a matchless support whenever you get tired.

2) The buoy should be attached to the underwater scooter with a thick rope which should not be shorter than 1.5 to 2 meters. The reason for this is very simple – if the rope is shorter, there are chances that your fins will hit the buoy or speargun handles at the time of navigation. This will make your fins sink and you will lose them.

3) If you want to go near your underwater scooter, don’t pull the rope that attaches it to the buoy as it may create imbalance. Use fins or pull it (with great caution) to get close to it.

4) Once you reach the location you wanted, you can anchor without any problem, because you need to forget the myth that fishes are scared by a small object sliding along the ocean floor. Actually the opposite is true many times.

5) The anchor should be long enough so as to sustain the force of the current. If you are fishing at 18 meters of depth, obviously you must unroll 18 meters, but in the situation of more forceful current, you should better unroll 22-23 meters so that the buoy has less chance to slide away.

6) Many things can be used as lines to secure the buoy, like a thick nylon or the reel line, in either case it would be perfect to set at the end of 1 meter of a thicker rope to withstand common abrasions. To decrease the tension in case of forceful current you can make use of an elastic rope if you don’t have those bungee strings that are lately available on the market and can stretch to 300%.

7) There are three things which experts suggest to carry always with you because they can solve a number of problems:

  1. Dyneema obus: If your spearguns aren’t equipped with them, you must always carry them with you.
  2. A mask strap: It is a component of something continuously strained and finding yourself with a useless mask is especially mortifying, being off the coast or worse on the shoreline, about to dive.
  3. An extra anchor: No matter whether it is a smaller one (about 500gr) but it is indeed and always helpful since if you lose the original one, either you have to use a belt lead or go back home.

8) If you come across a good hole, as soon as you shoot your prey you may leave the shaft on the ocean floor and unroll the line in the reel to the surface. This will let you pick up the buoy and bring it straight on top of the hole and eventually mark the location using the GPS device for the next turn.

9) Always fish in opposition to the current because if your underwater scooter stops working in the sea (because of having no fuel or for some other reason), it is easier to go back on the shore.

10) Whether you hear the sound of a boat coming towards you or not, access the surface turning around yourself and looking up; this will let you search the surface from all directions.

Remember these tips and carry all the necessary safety equipment with you. That will make your spearfishing venture with underwater scooter extremely fun.