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SPEARFISHING SESSION REPORT

My heart sank when I saw the band on my polespear.

It was cracked and broken almost all the way through.

I didn’t do a gear check before I left the house. I had to MacGyver it…

AFTER WORK POLE SPEAR SPEAR FISHING SESSION

Friday I had some much needed time off work. I was at the beach by noon. After I found the broken band I looked around my gear bag for something I could use to fix it. If I cut off the bad piece and retied the wishbone I could still save this dive.

I could not find string that was thin enough tie the band. I noticed a braided nylon cord on a little game bag I use to keep my mask and snorkel on boat dives. I untied the end and pulled a strand of fibers back through the braid. Two links at a time until I had about one foot. I set that aside and removed the old band piece taking care not to cut the wishbone.

Now to put it all together. I spit in the end of the band to help put the wishbone in. Normally I use needle nose pliers to push the wishbone into the band. All I had was dive gear. I used the end of a stringer to help push the wishbone in. It only had to go in about a half inch. It took me a a few tries to remember how to tie that constrictor knot but I got it on the third try. I used the stringer again to apply some force to the knot. Finally, I could get in the water and It only cost me about 30 minutes.

POLESPEAR BAND REPAIR VIDEO

I didn’t see any fish worth taking so here is a video of the parking lot polespear band repair.

SPEARFISHING LESSONS LEARNED ON THIS DIVE SESSION

Lessons to take away from this dive report.

  • Inspect your gear before you leave the house. Maybe a day before so you have time to make repairs.
  • Learn the double constrictor knot. I didn’t have to use my phone to look it up and you shouldn’t either. If this happened out at sea where there was no reception, I would have been OK.
  • Have a repair kit. I could have saved time and had more dive time to dive.

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