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    Default DIY - How to make a polespear grip at home

    A couple weeks ago, I was able to squeeze in a couple hours of free diving in Tampa Bay. Wasn’t an EPIC trip nor was it supposed to, it was a quick get the gills wet trip. I wasn’t sure if we were going to find any vis, so I packed a Hammerhead Lionfish Buster Polespear and a Hammerhead 100cm E2 speargun. Turns out I choose correctly as anything larger would have been too much for the conditions, and I spent most of the day with the polespear.

    We dove several structures and picked up a couple sheepheads for dinner, shared some beers and called it a successful day. The five prongs of the Lionfish Buster really knocked the fight out of the 2-3lbs sheepies that I was able to successfully shoot. The prongs held tight firmly securing the fish, a paralyzer tip on steroids. Its small sized made it the perfect size tool for the 3-5ft of vis we were shooting.

    My take away from the day was how difficult it was to keep a good grip on the polespear, and how tired my hand was at the end of the day. (Keep in mind the water is cold and my hands are tired and numb)I missed a couple shots on some bigger sheepies that should have been relatively easy shots.

    Looking at some other pole spears, I notice that some have grips, and realized that there was probably a way to modify the Lionfish Pole Spear
    Being more or less new to using a pole spears I didn’t realize that I could or should add a grip, but it makes good logical since right? So after a little internet research I found some different tips and suggestions.

    The method I choose to follow was originally posted here
    http://www.spearfishingplanet.com/27365-post4.html.
    Quote Originally Posted by azspearo View Post
    You can build yourself a grip on your spears so it will be easier to hold throughout your dive.
    I use amalgamating tape and tuna cord to make grips for my pole spears that I build.
    I first wrap a piece of cord around the spear and hold it in place temporarily with a piece of scotch tape then I wrap it with the self sealing tape. I wrap it twice.
    There is a picture of this on my website. http://members.cox.net/azspearo/

    Aaron
    It was pretty easy to do. I used networking cable simply because I had some scraps laying around, and some random auto-parts self sealing tape to wrap around the networking cable. Completely coincidentally and unexpectedly, after I wrapped the grip I noticed there seems to be an ergonomic place for my thumb and index finger to rest somewhat naturally.

    I'm really looking forward to trying it out this weekend


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    O-rings and heat shrink are common method as well.

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    On non-carbon spears there is a potential for corrosion with this grip system, due to salt water being trapped in a low oxygen environment if the grip is not watertight.

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    Does this mod affect the streamlining/hydrodynamics of the polespear?
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    Get some 3M "rubber" electrical tape, stretch it allot as you wrap it around the pole, till you get to the dia you want it..did I say STRETCH IT ! It will give you a great grip, no water can get under the tape, and it seals to itself becoming one solid piece of rubber.

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    Interesting choice of material but a good thing anyone can do to make the day more comfortable. Have seen a guy that tied para-cord on his for a handle similar to the way boat steering wheels get covered. Dries out and can be removed easily enough, and you can always find an extra use for para-cord in a bind.

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