Improvised Spear Pole for Snakeheads / topwater
Heres a little DIY for all the fishermen. Or for the survivalists that want a bit of new gear to work on.
To Start - I Like to make things in pairs. so all the instructions can be split in 2
I used a 72" piece of .25 inch round bar steel cut into 12" sections
JB Weld (Steel Epoxy Resin and Hardner)
1.5mm mini cord (twine or any rope /string should work)
Dremmel or cut off wheel
600+ grit sand paper
Tempering oil or water
First off you need to part off the round bar into 1foot sections. 3 1ft sections for each spear head.
After you have cut the sections, the sharpening comes into play. I used my Dremel tool with fiber cut off wheels to cut 4 angled pieces of steel off in the shape of a point. Then using the face of the fiber wheel, smooth the edges of the crude tip I just made into a round sharp tip.
Once all the incisions are cut for the tip, we need to start on the barbs. Barbs are simple to make. you simply start behind the tip you just cut and make a 90° cut then start an inch behind the cut to connect the cut.
Polishing is a you thing. Not a necessity, however it does help with the longevity and rust prevention. Take your drill and insert the end (not pointed) into the drill and tighten it down. Take your sandpaper and work your way through the grits. I will be using mine frequently so I high polished as best I could with my 600 grit. Fold over the sand paper into a square big enough for your hand to be hidden behind it. Holding the drill in one hand and the sand paper in the other, put the drill on high speed and apply pressure form the sand paper in the other hand and watch it change to a nice polished finish. Spend extra time on the tips to help get the scratches out.
Were polished and ready to bind the pairs of 3 together.
The position of the barbs in my experience, is normally cosmetic. I like to have things uniform so all mine face inward. Position them in the manner you want them, changing the position in the future will be near impossible. Use a piece of string to hold them in place tying multiple knots and puling tight.
I left about a foot of string hanging to tie a utility loop for use later.
On the ends that aren't polished, tie multiple knots very tightly in a uniform manner around the rods. These need to be tight and are important for the rigidity of the head.
Mix up your JB WELD (or alternatively you could just weld the 3 together), and smear 2-3 inches all the way around the bottom of the head where you just tied the knots. Let dry the appropriate amount of hours or day.
If you do use the JB WELD, it is able to be sanded down and drilled if need be.
Handle/ Spear Shaft
I can't find the fiberglass poles I wanted to use locally, so I went to the hardware store to look for other items.
I ended up with an old 5ft Titanium LaCross shaft and a 5ft scrap piece of 1/2inch copper pipe.
I'm going to have to figure out the handle but heres a pic of the finished heads.
Right now they are in a closed position. I use small pieces of wood/ sticks to separate the prongs for the appropriate species of fish I'm going after in the shallows.
I have used these on small trips snorkeling where it wasn't cost effective for me to pack my actual spear guns on trips.
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