It happens to all spearos. Catching big fish means a chance on a bent shaft. You might choose to use a slip tip, though with really big fish you still have a chance for a bent shaft. When you land the fish we all say “It is worth it”, haha. Here in the Caribbean especially big fish like big Grouper and big Cobia almost guarantee you a bent shaft.
When I started fishing with a polespear, I replaced many shafts and tips of a polespear as I started to shoot bigger fish with it. Hated it. Especially as a set up with a slip tip felt like having less power entering fish.
When Karl Keller and I developed the Leo Pro Pole Spear he did tell me he was using stainless shafts that are very tough and corrosion resistant. He kept it a surprise that he treats a shaft differently so it bends and does not break. The good news: the shaft of the Leo Pro Pole Spear bends back.
Spearfishing Today had manufacturers and brands sending us shafts to test; promising “they can not break, they only bend and have a memory”. So far… none of them became Spearfishing Today proof.
The first time I had a really bad bend with the Leo Pro Pole Spear was when I shot a 28 kilo Cubera Snapper. The tip of my polespear got bent so badly, that I knew while coming up I would have to replace it. Back on the boat I thought I might have seen it wrong as the pole spear seemed perfectly ok.
This week I had another big fish on the pole spear and another bad bend was noticeable, see the picture. Back on the boat, my polespear was perfectly fine.
I contacted Karl immediately. I said “man…. this is AWESOME, amazing, badass and unbelievable. Everybody should know this”.
Leo is the founder of Spearfishing Today and also the official representative of the Mexican Spearfishing Association for the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. He is FII certified, speaks English and Spanish and hunts comfortable up to 100ft. Leo is guiding spearfishing trips only on request in all Spearfishing Today locations in Mexico. He only hunts with a polespear and has a very inspiring opinion about freediving and spearfishing. Nickname: Chanoc. Most memorable catch: 27.99 kilo Cubera Snapper with polespear.
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