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Old 05-08-2007, 10:07 PM
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Hey guys,
I want to start freediving this summer in the gulf of mexico around rigs anywhere from 15-50 feet deep.
Just doing a little researching on the net for freediving and i have a couple of questions.

Are the split fins the way to go?

Lastly, i am looking at a jbl speargun and they range from about 3-6 feet long, while the 6 foot models have greater range, are they too hard to maneuver in the water?

Many thanks,
Ryckman
Old 05-09-2007, 12:05 PM
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Look here to get your questions answered. Stay away from splits, use a true freediving fin. Gun size depends on visibility and the size fish you want to shoot.

http://www.spearboard.com/forum/
Old 05-09-2007, 09:00 PM
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Ryckman,
Split fins and other types by ScubaPro are great if not the best fin out ( if the US Navy uses them they must be good) but only for open water with not much of current. Open water, reef or wreck hunting will be best done with diffrent type type of fins. JBL spear points are great and also their Magnum Series spearguns, I would stay away from all the rest from JBL. There are alot of bad spears on the market including Euro brands and also several very good but very expensive too.
Old 05-09-2007, 11:05 PM
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Ryckman,

I have to disagree that the split fins are great. They are "easy" to kick if your technique is not correct because they are overly flexible and can be downright worthless in a current. (I know that the Navy uses them, but the Navy also does a lot of things that aren't the best in diving...heck, they should have stuck with the old Scubapro Jet fin...put a set of spring straps and in my opinion it is the best all around fin ever made, and it was designed before I was even a glimmer in my daddy's eye.) In freediving a mantra that has always helped me is "Slow and relaxed with Good Technique". If you are smooth, act like you belong, and become a part of the background, so to speak, the fish will come a lot closer to you, giving you more opportunities. Freediving fins are typically long and narrow allowing for long smooth strokes that propel you a long distance with more efficiency. There are several different models, even one with blades that can be swapped out for different lengths. Spearboard will definitely have a lot of info, but just like I expressed here, and Spearo above, you will hear different ones.... try out what you think is right for you and what you think makes sense...... :-) Safe Diving!
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Hey Waterdogg...where do you dive and hunt in NC. I do Morehead, mostly inshore flounder hunting. Are you on the ncdivers forum?
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Swampdogg...I actually go around the Morehead area. Mostly inshore stuff myself. I like to go for flounder, and I really enjoy the stone crab at Radio Island and off the trestle. I also do a fair bit of river diving in some of the eastern rivers looking for fossils.

I am not on ncdivers, but I will go check it out.

I am pretty new to boating, and will be bringing down my boat to Morehead to so some more inshore stuff, as well as some hunting out at the closer AR's...like the Indra.

Where do you like to go?
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ryckman - 5/8/2007 6:07 PM

Hey guys,
I want to start freediving this summer in the gulf of mexico around rigs anywhere from 15-50 feet deep.
Just doing a little researching on the net for freediving and i have a couple of questions.

Are the split fins the way to go?

Lastly, i am looking at a jbl speargun and they range from about 3-6 feet long, while the 6 foot models have greater range, are they too hard to maneuver in the water?

Many thanks,
Ryckman
Free dive fins are much different than tank fins, longer, stiffer and single bladed, not split. Escapez makes good ones, but pricey. A good all around fin that's relatively cheap are the IDI Frogfoot fins for about $50. Stay away from the split blades for free diving.

Don't skimp on the mask or snorkel, either. Most of the guys around here do solid black, not translucent skirts, which are better for looking into holes. Expect to pay upwards of $50 at a minimum for a decent mask. I highly recommend Riffe "Stable" snorkels- they are worlds easier to use than any of the others I have tried, and breath as dry and comfortable as a scuba regulator. Worth every penny.

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I used to do alot of freediving out of fourchon. I don't get to go as much these days secondary to wife/kids/school, but I still get out every now and then. I started out with the jbl sawed off magnum. I shot alot of fish with it but it just wasn't what i wanted. I upgraded to a riffe and would never shoot anything else. it is so much faster/more accurate than the jbl. also the jbl tended to break about once per season where as I have not had any issues with the riffe. if you need any advice pm me.
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for serious freediving it will help you unamaginably to get long blade fins like the cressi 2000 fh series or cressie-sub series neither of which are split fins as for a gun a jbl is more suited for scuba diving and a rob allen 90 rail gun is in my opinion the greatest gun for freediving florida, you will get great acuracy as well as rang which will out perform most others.
for more help search rob allen spearguns on google and go to diversdirect.com for the cressies. good hunting
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I, personally, am an avid diver and love fishing too. Besides, I just like helping people.. Accidentally stumbled upon this thread.. If by any chance someone still needs advice on freediving fins here, check out these TOP 7 picks of cheap freediving fins.

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I am an active freediver on the rigs out of Fourchon and live in Baton Rouge.

First, if you've never dove the rigs, learn with experienced people.
Second - if you want to freedive, invest in one of the freediving courses. Austin Powell in MS teaches, Benthic in Destin, Ted Harty in Ft. Lauderdale, or any other number of people in South Florida (Virgil Price, Lucie Cardet, CJ...etc).
Third - buy real freediving gear. Freediving fins, open cell wetsuit, and gun set up with a reel. We prefer Aussie reels with either Aussie or Riffe line. We rig with cable and slip tips.

There are spearfishing clubs throughout the gulf coast. Their members are a wealth of knowledge. Let me know where you are and I'll put you in contact with the right people.

So much I could say here. If you are in South Louisiana, I'm happy to talk over a beer.

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