Spearfishing differs from most other sports in that there is not really one specific model of speargun that suits all beginners. The gun that is chosen will depend on the needs of the user and where they plan to fish.
There are certain guns that perform better in certain conditions. The Omer Caymen GI is a good speargun for low visibility waters. The length of the gun varies between 50cm and 75cm and so is ideal for fishing in waters where visibility is less than 5ft. This gun is also very affordable which is another factor that makes it a good gun for beginners. Some people find that their fishing style is better suited to shorter spearguns and so it is useful to have a gun like this close to hand.
The Omer Kanoloa is a better choice of gun for fishing in clearer waters. The gun was developed in Hawaii as a result of demand for an affordable gun that had an accurate aim. The clear waters that are found in Hawaii are a location that suits the attributes of this gun but it is just as effective in other areas that have clear waters such as Florida. An accurate aim is needed in this type of environment as fish swimming in clear waters tend to be more aware of their surrounding area and of their prey. Spearguns of this type are popular with people who like to fish when they are on vacation.
Pneumatic spearguns are piston and spring powered, rather than band powered and as a result are a very powerful type of speargun. They are considered by many to be the best type of speargun on the market. The Omer Airbalete is an example of a pneumatic speargun. It is an expensive gun when compared to the other two models discussed but it is more powerful and can be used to catch bigger fish. The gun is available in a number of lengths but it is recommended that beginners go for a length of between 70cm and 90cm. This will mean that the gun can be used in waters with low visibility and in clear waters.
When choosing a speargun the main factors that will need to be taken into consideration are budget and type of area that it will be used to fish in. If the buyer is only planning to fish in one area then they might choose a gun that suits that particular environment. This type of gun is also likely to be cheaper. A more expensive option would be to go for a more versatile gun that can be used in a variety of locations. The higher price that is paid though will buy a higher quality gun which is more powerful.
Fish is widely accepted as a ‘super-food’; full of flavour, packed with protein, rich in vitamins and minerals and high in the essential omega -3 fatty acids, this seafood certainly seems to be deserved of its title. Oily fish, such as tuna and salmon, is especially healthy for brain and heart and has been associated with reducing the risk of a plethora of diseases from depression and arthritis to cancer and heart problems.
The recommendation is that we eat fish at least twice a week however many of us are concerned with the sustainability of seafood and this presents us with a moral dilemma; is fish actually a friend or a foe?
‘Seafood Watch,’ a program run by The Monterey Bay Aquarium, came up with an answer in January 2010. Combining statistical evidence from seemingly opposing teams (health bodies and environmental organisations), they have produced a definitive set of criteria concerning seafood that is both good for the planet and for the pallet:
- Fish must be high in the afore mentioned health-promoting fatty omega-3 acids.
- Fish must originate from a sustainable source i.e.. fishery
- Fish must contain extremely low levels of contaminates.
The ‘Blue Ocean Institute’ have also compiled a comprehensive list of sustainability ratings which can be viewed at blueocean.org.
Hitting the top spot, the fish primarily opposed by environmental organizations, such as the Environmental Defence Fund (EDF,) is Tuna. This is mainly due to its high levels of mercury and PCB. The resolution is albacore tuna; this favoured commonly canned white tuna is acceptable so long as it is ‘pole – caught’ in either U.S.A or British Columbia. The reason? Fish caught in this way are typically smaller in size and still in their infancy, therefore lower in mercury and those contaminants. This presents an issue to many a buyer who will be standing at the fish merchant wondering if their fish complies. The answer? Be sure to look out for the ‘MSC’ blue echo label on the tin.
Now that you have learnt how to marry the environmentally friendly with the healthy, the issue is how to cook the fish. The most important tip is to ensure that there is no excess moisture prior to cooking ; this applies to any cooking but is especially important when pan – frying to prevent the cooling down of the hot oil. Make certain that the fish chills in the refrigerator for 24 hours and that it is completely thawed out if frozen (the cheaper option). Obvious though it may seem, ensure that your fish is fresh for those of of us that can afford this more expensive luxury.
Most importantly of all – Enjoy!