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How to measure fish

There are two ways to measure a fish, Fork Length and Total Length. Fish regulated by fork length are measured from the tip of the jaw or tip of the snout with closed mouth to the center of the fork in the tail. Total Length Max is measured from the most forward point of the head, with the mouth closed, to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of spearfishing?

Spearfishing is the act of using a device, such as a speargun, pole spear, or Hawaiian sling to impale a fish underwater and then bring it back to the surface. Fish are generally speared for food, just like deer hunting or any other kind of hunting.

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Spearfishing Overview

Spearfishing is a challenging underwater adventure. Spearfishing is hunting fish while either diving using scuba or free diving. Spearfishing is the act of using a device, such as a speargun, pole spear, or Hawaiian sling to impale a fish underwater and then bring it back to the surface. Fish are generally speared for food, just like deer hunting or any other kind of hunting. Spearfishing is an underwater sport that requires skill, knowledge, and the following of regulations and conservation. Skill is required to accurately hunt and shoot a fish underwater. Knowledge is required to understand how and where certain types of fish live and congregate. Knowing the local regulations and laws governing spearfishing is extremely important for safety and conducting yourself appropriately. Finally, conservation is important if you want fish to be available in the future. Shooting everything in sight or taking fish just because they are there is not the type of attitude a conscientious spearfisherman should have. Follow the local laws, only take what you plan on eating that night, and don’t shoot fish just for the sake of killing something. Fish numbers have dwindled all around the world and conducting yourself appropriately is the only way to make sure there will be fish for the future.

Where are the fish?

by David Miner

Before you can hit the water and start shooting fish, you have to know where to find them and learn their habitats and hideouts. You also need to be aware of the local regulations and laws concerning where and when you can spearfish. Every area and state has different regulations, and it is your job to know what they are. Marine officers don’t except ignorance as an excuse for breaking the local spearfishing laws.

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Spearfishing Articles – Contribute Your Own

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