Inspired by a great snorkeling trip to Jervis Bay, I’ve made a couple pole spears similar to the ones we used to make in California. These are pole spears for spearfishing shallows and sandy reefs.
I was able to find the same green garden poles a the local Bunnings, a nice cheap steel tube wrapped in plastic. They even have little bumps for added grip. Although not the strongest material, it is lightweight, and makes for a very balanced and fast shot. Hit a rock and you may bend the tubing!
We also used bamboo which had the same lightweight characteristics but was a little more resilient to missed shots into the reef. It does split however with time and (ab) use.
- Shaft: Bunnings green garden pole, plastic over steel tube $5.50
- Spear head: Land and Sea spearfishing 5 prong barbed
- Length overall: 2555 mm (~8ft)
- Sling material: 3/8″ black surgical silicone tubing, Clarks Rubber $10/m
- Sling length: 900mm