Spearfishing stringer

Spearfishing stringers

Stringers are used for keeping your fish safe while you continue on spearfishing and like all things come in various shapes and sizes.

The most popular are a sharp spike connected to about a meter of line, you stab the fish with the spike and push them through on to the line.

The Rob Allen stringers above come with a tri-cut spike, exactly the same as his spear tips for superior and easier penetration power. Most others you see on the market are cone cut.  The nylon line has a breaking strain of 360lbs so you know it’s durable.

There is also a shark proof stringer designed for those trips abroad where the toothy critters can be problematic.  They are identical aside the nylon line is swapped out for metal wire coated in plastic.  These should be avoided if you wear the stringer on the body as you can’t cut through them should you need to in an emergency.

Other variations of stringer include the large hoop style.  These are traditionally used for larger fish.

 

How to use a fish stringer

Various people have various techniques but here are the most common.

  • Through the gill and out the mouth – probably the worst option as you can lose fish through them bobbing lose as they float on the ocean surface, not recommended.
  • Through the eyes – literally stab them across the side head, in one eye and out the other – a bit brutal but effective. You will never lose a fish this way but there is a better technique.
  • Down through the head – This our preferred option. Downwards between the eyes and back a bit through the brain. It ensures the fish is dead which is the most important aspect and you will never lose a fish by accident.

 

Some people wear their stringers on their belt but after a few fish are added they begin to drag significantly when diving.  This is also a very bad idea in sharky waters for very obvious reasons.

The best option is to attach your stringer to the end of your float, it keeps everything out of the way and risk free from sharks in sharky waters – you may lose your fish but at least you keep your limbs!

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Spearfishing stringers

Stringers are used for keeping your fish safe while you continue on spearfishing and like all things come in various shapes and sizes.
The most popular are a sharp spike connected to about a meter of line, you stab the fish with the spike and push them through on to the line.

The Rob Allen stringers above come with a tri-cut spike, exactly the same as his spear tips for superior and easier penetration power. Most others you see on the market are cone cut.  The nylon line has a breaking strain of 360lbs so you know it’s durable.

There is also a shark proof stringer designed for those trips abroad where the toothy critters can be problematic.  They are identical aside the nylon line is swapped out for metal wire coated in plastic.  These should be avoided if you wear the stringer on the body as you can’t cut through them should you need to in an emergency.

Other variations of stringer include the large hoop style.  These are traditionally used for larger fish.
 

How to use a fish stringer

Various people have various techniques but here are the most common.
  • Through the gill and out the mouth – probably the worst option as you can lose fish through them bobbing lose as they float on the ocean surface, not recommended.
  • Through the eyes – literally stab them across the side head, in one eye and out the other – a bit brutal but effective. You will never lose a fish this way but there is a better technique.
  • Down through the head – This our preferred option. Downwards between the eyes and back a bit through the brain. It ensures the fish is dead which is the most important aspect and you will never lose a fish by accident.
 
Some people wear their stringers on their belt but after a few fish are added they begin to drag significantly when diving.  This is also a very bad idea in sharky waters for very obvious reasons.

The best option is to attach your stringer to the end of your float, it keeps everything out of the way and risk free from sharks in sharky waters - you may lose your fish but at least you keep your limbs!