Bluewater spear fishing and diving are becoming very popular in Cape Town. The target species for spear fishing are yellowfin and longfin tuna, attaining 120kg and 38kg respectively.
The conditions are usually superb, with 21 degree C water and 25m + visibility the norm. Although it is common overseas to use wooden bluewater guns with several rubbers, the most common setup here is a 1,2m or 1,3m aluminum or carbon barrel gun with two 16 or 18mm rubbers. This is usually attached to approximately 20m of bungee line. The most widely used buoys are simply two body boards strapped together, providing a streamlined platform from which to get dragged around.
“Right, Shaun poses with his 78kg yellowfin, Shaun used an aluminimum barrel, double rubber gun.”
We use fixed spear tips - as opposed to detachable ones - with the gun operating on a breakaway system (ie. the spear is attached directly to the buoyline allowing the gun to be removed from the fight.
There is a chance you will encounter pelagic sharks during your free dive. The most common species are Blue Sharks and Mako Sharks. The Makos are not really a threat but the Blues are very inquisitive and can be a nuisance if you have a bleeding fish. Tuna are incredibly powerful fish and although it is not necessary to dive very deep for them (0 - 15m) there is always a threat of blackout from being dragged under. Combined with the occasional strong current, these conditions make it important for the diver to be competent in the water.
For tuna spear fishing charters we only take competent spearo’s. Because of this Two Oceans Sport Fishing Charters do not supply any spear fishing gear or wetsuits. Spearo’s must supply their own gear. If you are flying from overseas and require equipment email us and we will see what we can arrange.
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