You may be a beginner or not even involved in spearfishing. But as you talk to many who have been spearfishing for a while you will find that there are two groups of hunters.
- Those who use a spear gun reel.
- Those who use a floatline.
When I started really spearfishing I talked to a lot of people and everyone has their own opinion as to why they use what they use. What I realized is that what works for you may not work for someone else. It’s not good or bad, people like different setups.
The speargun reel offers much more freedom without dragging a floatline around. It makes it easier just to dive down shot your target and surface without all the line in the way. It’s also useful when there are a lot of divers in the water near you or a lot of obstacles in the water.
Floatline or Bungie Line
Floatline gives you the feeling of safety, it can also help with fighting bigger fish or make the diver more visible in the water. I’ve seen reels spool all its line before and even brake, if you tied a knot then there is a chance of losing your speargun.
Whatever method you chose to use, condition changes and diving situations changes too. You never know what will happen or what you may find in the ocean. When you are traveling on a spearfishing trip you don’t what is store in different countries.
Rigging for Easy Change
Rigging your speargun and shaft to be able to use a reel and a floatline. When you are traveling somewhere you have no idea what the conditions are. By rigging your speargun and shaft to be able to use a reel and float line at any time and will save time and headaches.
First, you need a small section of tubing. This tubing can be just about anything from a bungee line to something similar to a muzzle bungee. If you decide to make your own, all you need is some Dyneema or spectra cord from a reel line or wishbone material. Cut a 3-5” piece of line and just make a loop with an overhand knot with both ends.
Install a loop at each end of the tubing and secure them with a constrictor knot just like making a powerband. The finished bungee with loops on each end should be around 5” long. The bigger the loops, the easier it will be to loop the bungee through itself and to load it on the line release with gloves.
Next, you rig your shooting line on your shafts to pull the bungee tight. To make changing shafts easy, make sure to crimp the shooting line loop then put the bungee loop through and run the bungee through itself.
You don’t want to make a permanent connection. The bungee keeps the shooting line tight, giving you multiple options of rigging.
A floating line can now be connected to the shooting line loop like normal. Just secure the swivel clip to the reel if you go through the line anchor or pull it tight against the reel guide if not going through the line anchor. Just make sure to tighten down the drag so it stays put.
If you find yourself not needing the float and want to switch to reel, simply unclip the float line and connect the reel’s swivel clip to the shooting line loop. There are three ways to do this.
The reel can be connected straight back to the shooting line. This method is good when you want to shorten the shooting line in play in marginal viz (if you run the swivel clip through the line anchor this option will not work).
If you want another wrap of the shooting line, just wrap the reel line around the line anchor and back to the shooting line loop and connect.
The bungee to the line release allows reel guns to utilize both reel and float line, long or short shooting line without changing shafts. If you prefer to use a float line connector, just make sure to make the bungee described here the same length stretched as the connector.
Hope this helps you, Dive safe.