Hello My spearfishing community
Have you bought a new stainless spear?
If you have, then stop right Here, before you string it to your gun we are going to ..
PIMP YOUR SPEAR
Now I cannot emphasize how important this procedure is, this will not make your spear travel further or faster, but it will land more fish.
Now anyone who says they never have a fowl shot when shooting are either lying or don't spearfish very often. What I am going to share with you today will increase your chances of landing that fish which is only holding on by a small amount of meat or skin.
I just want to clarify this is intended towards stainless spears only that come with euro guns. The South Africans spears have all these processes already done on their spears, Secondly their spears are usually plated spring steel so we don't want to take off that plating.
First lets look at what we will be modifying. Just four things here really, Smoothing the back of the flopper, pinching the flopper so it stays upright, polish the notch and lastly checking the hole where the shooting line will go through.
Tools you will need
30cm of 2mm Sacrificial dyneema
Jif or some kind of cutting compound
2mm needle file or dremel
Large side cutters
flat metal file
1 Polish holding side of the flopper.
Lets start with the front of the spear.
Two things we have to do here. Firstly this is an absolute must, I cannot emphasize just how important this is. If you only do one thing to your spear today, then makes sure it is this.
Most stainless spears have floppers that are pressed from sheet metal, as a result from that process they end up with a very sharp edge. This left unattended can be the difference between keeping or loosing the fish. There will be a time where you shoot a fish and it does not make it all the way through the fish. Then as the fish wriggles, the spear slowly works it's way back out of the fish. And the only thing keeping the fish on your spear is the flopper caught on the fishes skin. What you don't want is the flopper cutting through.
You can use sand paper but a file is quicker. What you want is a nice rounded edge once it is finished. One day you will thank me when this super simple mod saves you a good fish.
2 Pinching / locking the flopper.
Now if you are only going to do two mods on your spear today then this is a very close second. Another weird thing you will often find with euro spears is that the flopper does not stay up when struck. This is where the side cutters come in. Have the flopper up at 30 degrees then pinch the base.
3 Polishing the notch
Our next mod depends on what sort of bridle you have. If the answer to that is dyneema then you want to preform this one. Most of your common euro spears have been machined for an articulated bridle which are no good for dyneema. If you have an articulated bridle and are happy with it then skip this stage. This is where the needle file comes into play. What we have to do here is remove all sharp edges. If we do this carefully we can reshape without weakening the spear. Once this is done we will finish it by polishing the surface with dyneema and some form of cutting compound.
4 Polish shooting line hole
Here all we are doing is running the dyneema through the shooting line hole with the cutting compound until the machine lines fade.
So to recap on what we have done:
Polished the holding side of the flopper to avoid cutting the meat, Pinch the flopper to stop it falling back down after we have shot a fish. Polished the notch to avoid wear of the dyneema bridle. And lastly we have polished the shooting line hole to improve the life of the shooting line.
There we have it, now all you have to do is string the gun, we will go through that in an other video.
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