So you want to catch fish with a pole spear? For beginners, using a pole spear can be one of the most difficult yet rewarding methods of catching fish.
In fact, you might not catch anything your first time out, or even your first couple times. But when you do land your first fish on a pole spear, you’ll be filled with a tremendous sense of accomplishment.
Stalking a fish underwater, in its own natural habitat is no easy task. You will need the right tools to increase your chances of success and make it a fun and rewarding activity.
What kind of pole spear should you purchase if you are new to the sport and looking to get your feet wet?
There are many types of pole spears, ranging from simple fiberglass one-piece spears for $30, all the way to advanced aluminum and carbon fiber hybrids costing over $500. Buying a pole spear you will enjoy using and which will enable you to catch the most fish is your best bet.
Let’s take a look at how to select the best pole spear for beginners.
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What to look for in a pole spear for beginners?
Travel. Going on holiday? If so, you will probably need to pack the spear in your travel bag or backpack. In that case, a collapsible 2-piece or 3-piece pole spear will be necessary.
Environment. Will you be using it in salt water or fresh water? Some cheaper pole spears have a tendency to rust and pit if exposed to salt water and not properly cleaned after. Also, consider treating any metal parts of your spear with something like H&M CB12 Corrosion Block. This will stop corrosion and increase the longevity of your spear.
Target Fish. What type of fish will you be targeting primarily? Smaller fish are faster, and a lighter spear travels through the water faster than a heavier one. In this case, a carbon fiber spear would be best. Larger fish (over 10 pounds) require more penetration and a heavier aluminum spear with a thicker band would be ideal.
Depth. Consider where you will be using your spear primarily. If you will be fishing mostly in shallower water, say reefs or near lake shores, a shorter spear (6 – 8 foot length) is more maneuverable and useful. If you will be fishing in deeper blue water a longer spear (8-10 foot length) will enable you to reach bigger fish from a distance.
Visibility. Visibility is another important factor to consider, the better the visibility, the better the fish can see you coming. So, a longer spear works better in high visibility conditions. In low visibility conditions, you can get closer to the fish. So, a shorter spear will work to your advantage, as you can maneuver and load the spear with greater ease.
I’ve loved being in the outdoors for as long as I can remember. I grew up fishing, canoeing, and camping throughout the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. It’s what lead me to start this site and share my passions for fishing, diving, kayaking and more. Nowadays you can find me writing about my passions or (preferably!) preparing for my next outdoor adventure.