Survival Skill : Spear Fishing Overview

What is Spear Fishing?

Spear fishing is a very old and ancient tradition that dates back to paleolithic times. Early civilizations used a sharpened stick to hunt fish from streams and rivers. Nowadays spear fishing is much more advanced with specialist equipment such as a spear gun or sling. It is also important to note local laws when it comes to spear fishing as in some areas it is outlawed. Contrary to the term “fishing” the spears are also regularly used to hunt frogs and other amphibians. Shallow water is preferred for spear fishing above the surface of the water  and this is due to the water being clearer to give the fisherman more clarity of his hunting ground.

A simple Spear for Spear Fishing

Want to learn how to make one of these? Scroll down!

Crafting Your Own Fish Spear

How you craft your spear will largely depend on what type of prey you are hunting, after all a spear designed for hunting bullfrogs will likely not be as effective against a larger fish. The physical characteristics of the prey you are hunting must be considered when creating your spear, some fish for example have thicker skin that others. Crafting a fish spear requires a decent hunting knife. Below is a video teaching you how to make your spear:

Spear Fishing Technique

As with any kind of hunting there is a right way to spear fish and luckily for you we will be telling you to do it. You need to find shallow water where the prey you are hunting is plentiful. For fish this water could be waist deep but for frogs it would obviously be easier if the water was a bit shallower. Once you have found your ideal hunting ground dip the spear tip into the water slowly and move the spear towards your prey. You must account for Optical Refraction when aiming the spear as Fish will appear to be higher than they really are, with experience you will learn to aim lower to compensate for this. Once you are above your prey push the spear down quickly and suddenly and if you are fast enough you will impale your prey, it is important to push the spear all the way down to the bottom of the stream so the prey doesn’t detach from your spear. Never ever throw your spear though, for starters your odds of success are significantly lower if you throw and there is a good chance of breaking your fishing spear or even losing it in a stream. Throwing might look stylish in all of the hollywood films but in reality it is ineffective and unnecessary, stick to the traditional technique. So when you catch your prey and its trapped against the bottom of the stream  reach down with your free hand whilst holding it down and bend over and pick up your prize. .Congratulations! You now know how to Spear Fish.

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