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Old 01-12-2018, 05:48 AM
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I'd like to hear how forum members deal with aggressive sharks. What plan do you have to ascend safely with a dive stop when being pursued by a large aggressive shark? Thanks for your knowledge.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:10 AM
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Stab your "buddy" in the leg with your knife!
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:13 AM
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buy some dead shark juice and squirt it around you.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:22 AM
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steer them with your spear gun.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:23 AM
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:16 PM
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Couple jabs to the nose or gill area with the gun
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Old 01-13-2018, 01:28 AM
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Make the first move, always dive with a buddy, act bigger than you are.
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All the above,then Beco.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:27 AM
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I use the squid escape technique -- eject dark cloud, then run for cover.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:41 AM
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Donít wait until they become aggressive. First few passes are usually curiosity. At this point, itís time for the diver to take the initiative. Hold speargun out in front and swim toward the shark. Thatís usually enough to get them to realize there is no easy meal here.

If that doesnít work, then A few jabs may be necessary.

After that, the power head comes out. If you donít have a power head, a shaft bounced off the gills can work as well.
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I don't own power heads, but am seriously considering it. What are the legal rules of possession and use with them. There's not a whole lot I can find online. I assume it's legal to hit any shark with a powerhead if it's self defense?
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Originally Posted by Belzelbub View Post
If you don’t have a power head, a shaft bounced off the gills can work as well.
I took the flopper off an old shaft rigged with 2 wraps and ready to swap in. I shoot this at the back and dorsal fin. Works pretty good at getting them off your back. It doesn't penetrate deep and always pulls out.
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Originally Posted by Bluewater352 View Post
I don't own power heads, but am seriously considering it. What are the legal rules of possession and use with them. There's not a whole lot I can find online. I assume it's legal to hit any shark with a powerhead if it's self defense?
Yes. Legal to use in self defense, but should be a last resort.

However, there are some legal considerations depending on the style of PH. A slip on PH uses the spear shaft as the firing pin. So, itís not a firearm until placed on the shaft.

The other type has a firing pin, so it could be considered a firearm. Some of them are short, so it could be under the legal limit. I donít know of anyone thatís got in trouble, but itís possible.
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I won't go after them but if they get too close.....................
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Most guys in my area use the slip on style power heads (PPD) instead of Beco's. Too many horror stories about guys blowing holes in their friends or boat decks because they forgot to put the pin back in.

PPD's are easy to use, basically you just put it on the end of your shaft. You can reuse them too. There are two tricks to using them though.
1. You have to hit your target pretty square on to ensure that the shaft hits the primer. Doesn't have to be perfectly square but it can't be a glancing blow.
2. You have to hit your target HARD. You can't shoot from 10 feet away and expect the round to go off. It's for close quarters combat.
3. Seal your primers and casings with nail polish or get waterproof rounds.

I've hit sharks before and the round didn't fire for reasons stated above. Most of the time it was enough to scare them off. Sometimes it's not enough, or there are multiple sharks. If you get a clean hit on one of them where the round fires the rest will scatter.

Best to carry two of them and loop it around your flopper when you put in on shaft. That way you won't loose it after using. And the second one is backup in case the first is a dud or lost.
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Donít wait until they become aggressive. First few passes are usually curiosity. At this point, itís time for the diver to take the initiative. Hold speargun out in front and swim toward the shark. Thatís usually enough to get them to realize there is no easy meal here.

If that doesnít work, then A few jabs may be necessary.

After that, the power head comes out. If you donít have a power head, a shaft bounced off the gills can work as well.
This. I have encountered sharks MANY times in the past few years while spearing. I finally broke down and bought a shark shield, which I THINK gives me some additional protection, but it isn't 100%. You just have to be constantly aware of your surroundings, and after every fish shot keep your head on a swivel while stringing the fish.

When the shark appears, take the initiative and show them YOU are the apex predator, but if they get too aggressive or don't take the hint, it is time to call the dive.

You can look up my Youtube page (Eric Field) and see some of my many close encounters with sharks. Good times.
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when ascending to boat or safety stop, be back to back with your buddy. That way they cant sneak up on you from behind. Throw fish in boat before you get out.
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Old 01-19-2018, 11:24 AM
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Keep eye contact with the closest shark. The closest shark will change as they circle so you will have to switch to the closest shark as they alternate their circles. As you ascend be sure to check below from time to time. While sharks circle you in the water column, one will try to come at you straight from below. Poke the shark that gets the closest with your speargun.
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