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.
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