How to Build a Spearfishing Float

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How to Build a Spearfishing Float
Use a float when spearfishing so that other water users know you are in the water. (Stockbyte/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Spearfishing is a favourite sport among aquatic enthusiasts. A spearfishing float is an essential component of spearfishing equipment as it will ensure your safety. Although there are several varieties of commercial floats available, you can make your own using household items. A float alerts other water users of your position. This is essential for boats to identify your position. You can also use it as a flotation device in an emergency or should you need to rest.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Flotation device such as a mooring buoy, a large plastic container, a partially inflated inner tube that has been folded in half like a banana and tied with a rope or a Polystyrene cooler
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Rope
  • Weight of at least 9.98kg.
  • Mesh bag (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a material that is brightly coloured for easy detection. Red, yellow, or orange are the most visible colours. If your item is not brightly coloured, consider spray painting it.

  2. 2

    Use a mooring buoy, a large plastic container, a partially inflated inner tube that has been folded in half like a banana and tied with a rope or a Polystyrene cooler. Any object that floats and can sustain your weight will be suitable. The object must be visible form a distance of 15 meters or 16.5 yards.

  3. 3

    Tie a rope to the float. The rope should be at least 20 meters or 22 yards long. You should always stay within 15 meters or 16.5 yards from the float.

  4. 4

    Anchor the float with a weight of at least 1kg or 2.2 pounds. This will allow you to leave the float in place as you spearfish and will prevent the float from drifting off.

Tips and warnings

  • Carry your float in a mesh bag which can also be used to store fish in when you are spearfishing.
  • Stay within 16.5 yards of the float so that boats can be aware of your position.

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