When you are planning to buy a speargun, it is better to have a clear idea about the different types of spearguns that are available in the market. Equally important is to have a clear idea about the different parts of the speargun and their unique functions as each of them performs a specific task that helps the speargun perform well.
Shafts are a crucial part of a supergun, as they are responsible for literally, hunting the fish and depending on the kind of fish you want to catch, you need the right kind of shaft doing its job to perfection.
Why are speargun tips so important?
If you don’t want to lose the fish you have caught, then it is essential to ensure that the head of the speargun goes deep into the flesh and doesn’t allow the prized catch to slip away into the waters. This is referred to as fish penetration. When you have shot a large fish, you must ensure that the tip of the speargun has gone as deep into the fish’s body as possible.
If it hits the bones of the fish, it would be even better as it allows better hold of the catch. This is why when it comes to catching the big fish, heavier shafts are preferred. We find two types of shafts that are widely popular in spearfishing circles. They are threaded end shafts and fixed flopper shafts.
Threaded end shafts
The threaded-end shafts come with two different kinds of tips. The first one is referred to a fixed-tip and the second one is known as a slip-tip. The fixed-tip allows you to change the tip whenever you want without the need to change the entire shaft. Usually, tips get spoiled when they hit rock too many times.
The slip-tip is used at times, when you are planning to catch large fish. The slip-tip is highly effective when you hit a large fish with soft flesh or the soft part of a big fish’s body like its belly. It takes a few minutes to reload a slip tip because you must ensure that the slip-portion is properly aligned with the lines and the power bands. With practice however this task becomes easy to accomplish.
Fixed flopper shafts
These are the shafts that are fixed with one or two floppers. Tips that come with floppers can hold the fish better. The crucial thing about the flopper is its design, which allows the shaft to go in deeper and faster allowing a firm grasp of the fish’s body.
Usually, floppers are fixed 3 inches down from the tip and a rivet fixes them firmly on to the shaft. When a single flopper is fixed on the top, it is popularly called the ‘Tahitian’. When it is fixed at the bottom, it is known as the ‘Hawaiian’. The latter also allows for an unhindered view of the target. Many users prefer thinner shafts when they go for fixed-flopper shafts.
Fixed-flopper shafts are cheaper than the threaded-end shafts, however when the tip is damaged, the entire shaft needs to be replaced instead of just the tip.