Even with all the evolution that’s been going on for millennia, we’re still hunters deep inside, well at least some of us (chuckles). Though fishing is still a rather preferred outdoor hobby for many who wish to just chill out in nature and catch a hearty dinner along the way, it can be boring for those who want to feel the actual thrill of hunting. That’s what spearfishing offers. Diving is part of most Aussies’ lifestyles, including mine, but if you want to spice things up a bit, you can’t miss on a chance to go spearfishing and turn to your hunting instincts.
While most focus is usually put on the wetsuit and the gun appropriate for this sport, the fins are certainly not to be overlooked either. If you think you can use your scuba diving fins, think again. The many spearfishing fins Australia round specialised shops provide are meant for this type of diving, and they are slightly different from regular fins in their length. The reason for this is due to the fact same as freediving, you’re on breath hold, and have to move as quickly as possible both in and out of the water.
Same as the scuba diving fins, there are two types of spearfishing fins Australia spearfishermen are offered: open heeled and close heeled. The advantage of open heeled is they can be pair them with hard soled dive boots, something that’s necessary when in a sea area that’s rock restricted. Still, many (including me) opt for the close heeled ones simply because they’re secure and they have a streamlined design, meaning there’s less chance for drag. The longer the length blades, the better suitable they are for deeper dives as they give you the much needed propulsion to make your way in and out of water faster, so you save on oxygen and energy.
The most common types of materials for fins are carbon fibre, fibreglass and plastic (polymer). While the carbon fibre fins are the best when it comes to propulsion, they are also one of the most expensive choices and also more delicate, whereas fibreglass offer the same sturdiness which makes them just as good in propulsion and at a more affordable price at that. Unlike these two options that offer four ranges of stiffness, the plastic only offer two but that doesn’t mean they aren’t that good at propulsion either. Taking their most affordable price into account, they are the ideal choice for starter spearfishermen.