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    I'm somewhat new to primitive spearfishing, and I made my first spear yesterday. It is a 4-pronged spear made of cedar. I could use some tips or help on the design and construction. Thanks!
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    Any pic's or what ya got.....?
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    Without seeing what you made it's kind of hard to offer advice or tips, but I'll try. Use two twigs to keep the prongs separated.

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    You either need lots of power to drive it up the prongs, or barbs that will open with a good 90 degree angle after hitting the. Either way with so something that primitive you need to get the fish in hand ASAP after you hit it. Even expensive modern pole spears can be hard to land a fish if you aren't quick.

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    Doesn't the OP need 10 posts before pics can be posted?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete lynch View Post
    Doesn't the OP need 10 posts before pics can be posted?
    You might be right.....just wondering what he came up with...or was it just a question of a "how to"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pete lynch View Post
    Doesn't the OP need 10 posts before pics can be posted?
    If the pictures are linked - yes, but if they are posted directly - I don't think the 10 post software thingie blocks it.
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    Yeah. Just wasn't sure how that worked.
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    Last summer, I gave my first try to primitive spear fishing.
    We were 3 friends out camping in the woods along some bush road: it was a good spot for climbing boulders in that region.
    While they were sleeping through the morning, I grabbed a branch, simply shaped it in a very rudimentary but sharp pointy stick, and headed out until I reached a creek which I followed downstream until I found a pool. After observing the pool for a minute or two, I saw quite a bunch of fishes, so I decided to give it a go!
    I positioned myself over water, a leg on a rock that was sticking out of the pond, and the point of my stick in the water. I waited there, very patiently, and without moving, for probably around 30 minutes, until one of the 15-or-so small fishes that were in that pond ventured close to my stick. I took my chance and launched the weapon.
    After a split second thinking "damnit, I missed it... I must now wait again!", I realized the fish had turned on its side and was floating up toward the surface. I had actually hit it right on, right between the eyes!!
    I came back to the camp triumphant, yelling "I freckin' speared a fish on the first try!!". The friends popped their head out of their tents in amazement.

    Jeez! That was really a nice rush of happiness and adrenaline: spearing a fish the primitive way on the very first try! I have no idea how hard it was supposed to be and how lucky I was, but hey, the result is what matters!
    I cooked the fish over the fire and ate it: it was quite good. (I have absolutely no idea what kind of fish it was, though.)

    A game-ranger (or wildlife-preservation-officer?) passed by as I was cooking it over the fire. I didn't have any license (and I don't think it is legal even with a license), the fish was very obvious, and I hadn't seen him coming, so I just played it like I owned the place. We exchanged friendly words, and he walked away. Phew!

    That's it folks. Patience is a virtue!

    EDIT: It is also in that camp that I've lost my beautiful pipe.
    I miss it.
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