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Small Pole Spear / Lion Fish Killer

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Goindrinkn, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Goindrinkn

    Goindrinkn Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sarasota, FL
    Wow, sadly last week we dove a beautiful site in Pompano, and clearly ran acorss a mating pair of lionfish. (and the reef was desert arounf their cubby) While he wife (Jadye323) is a real fish hugger, even she agrees that it's ok to to try to eridicate these guys. I don't carry a large shin knife, as I'm not fighting James Bond type enemies or sharks, but I was wondering if there is a 2 foot or so pole spear that's colapsable? 1 foot with a tip. this way I can attach it to a shin or my BP / and while I don't hunt, I can pull it out and dispatch these guys without risk of getting hit. (been hit in an aquarium, and it ain't all that fun. ) Also, don't care about a opening head/tip as it's not about catching them, it's simply a kill shot. Any recomendations? Like I said, surprisingly unusual, as this is not out normal course of action. But we've seen them and they've been easy shots. Even though they were in a hole it was not safe to take my bp knife and take a chance.

    Thanks for your help

  2. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Inland Empire, California
    YES YES YES!!! Thanks for asking. I just bought one myself...a FoldSpear. They are in stock right now at UnderSeas Sports Fort Lauderdale, 954-564-8661. Tell Matt that Debby sent you because I'm the one who asked him to become a dealer. :thumb:

    I've made six dives with it and it's so comfortable that you don't notice it until you need it. It folds up like a tent pole, and it opens in a quick shake. It is beautifully engineered aluminum. I bought a "Lionfish Tip" but Matt told me it's just a regular point without a flopper and he's right about that.
  3. Dirty-Dog

    Dirty-Dog Frequently Censored ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Pueblo West, CO, USA
    +1 on the foldspear. I bought mine direct from foldspear.com. Collapses down and carries in a thigh sheath, grab the handle, pull it out and flick your wrist and it snaps out and the pieces lock in place.
    Also useful for holding position in a current while you wait for that critter to poke it's nose out of the reef.
  4. netmage

    netmage Rest in Peace Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Coral Springs, FL
    A Plus Marine Supply has a 2 ½’ (30&#8221:wink: pole spear SKU # 0199.
    MSRP is ~$28.....

    I'm making inquiries w/ a local who might be able to source them....
    Any dive shop probably has an account from A+ and should be able to source them....

    ONESPEED ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Oops, responded in the wrong thread....
  6. Scuba_Dad

    Scuba_Dad Master Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Melbourne FL
    I bought a short pole spear from Pura Vida Divers in West Palm. I'll have to measure it, but it looks smaller than 28". But, it was made by A+ marine.
  7. Orlando Eric

    Orlando Eric Instructor, Scuba

  8. deepstops

    deepstops Blacklight Poster ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Weston, FL
    I'm definitely interested in one of these.

    I had Andy at Foldspear make a custom one (two lengths removed to make it shorter) for me and I still think it's far larger than it needs to be to kill lionfish.
  9. scubaproman

    scubaproman Angel Fish

    Hey guys-

    I found this AWSOME Lionfish Killer product. It's called:

    2Ft. fiber glass polespear 1/2" with Light Duty Sling and Stainless Steel Paralyzer Tip


    The company looks like they have a lot of Discount Dive Equipment & Accessories, are based in Florida.

    Does anyone have any experience with them?

  10. Chugwhump

    Chugwhump Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: SE Florida, the flattest part, I can see Mount Pom
    Wow! :spam:
    7 posts today and pretty much the same verbage on 5 of them so far by "Scubaproman". :shakehead:

    There are acceptable and honorable ways to push business, heck I read the ads for fun as a rule. :shocked2:

    Nuff said. :no:

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