The Competitor Series Spearguns are designed for competition and entry-level divers. They are a more affordable version of the Standard Series, suitable for hunting around reefs, holes, and on the bottom. The Competitor Series has three teak laminates, except Competitor #4 & #4X, which have four for added strength. You will not be disappointed in either so best of luck and enjoy. (Cameron Kirkconnell)
Hawaiian means the Flopper is on the bottom of the shaft.
Some divers (myself included) like to be able to see that their Flopper is working properly and doesn’t have a bit of sand, a scale or piece of fish flesh in the barb keeping it from opening so they prefer the Hawaiian style flopper. Others prefer their Floppers on the top (Tahitian) so when they look down the shaft when aiming they see a very streamlined view. As well, Tahitian flopper believers fear that a flopper on the bottom of the shaft if stuck downwards will alter the flight of the shaft due to the drag of the open flopper. (If you are checking your gear constantly as you should you will be assured that your flopper is working properly and this won’t even be a concern . As it is I believe only in the most extreme circumstances a flopper will alter the flight of your shaft.) (Cameron Kirkconnell)
Some divers have longer arms, are stronger, or more flexible than others so finding the right band set up for the individual is important and encouraged. Longer bands, smaller diameter, two stronger instead of three lighter or vice versa, one long and one shorter band, etc etc. The possibilities are limitless. I personally always change my bands on my guns to see what i like best. Currently I am using my 130 Euro gun and shooting with 3 x 9/16″ bands. two long bands (32″) and one shorter (29.5″). With this set up almost anyone can cock my gun and it has a very smooth silent release that is perfect for long shots on Wahoo and other pelagics. (Cameron Kirkconnell)
For double wrapped guns: simply run the line around the forward line catch (underneath the gun) back to the after line release and then attach to the snap swivel and bungey at front of gun.(Cameron Kirkconnell)
Vinyl Float Line Assemblies are the most versatile of securing systems as the can take abrasion and be used with or without buoys and in almost any dive situation.. A Float line allows you to shoot at any depth and let go of your gear allowing for a free ascent to the surface. With your gun and shaft (or rigged for break away just the shaft) attached to a float line and then to a buoy on the surface you can fight the fish from the surface. When rigged like this I am confident diving deeper than normal and shooting bigger fish and any pelagic that comes by without worries of having to fight them with only a limited amount of line on a reel. This rig is good for any type of diving situation and the most basic and highly suggested.
Bungie Float Line Assemblies are simply a float line made of stretchy material that will stretch to around 2.5 times its original length. Inside of the stretchy material is tuna cord which is triple the length of the bungey. In this way a speared fish will stretch out the bungey slowly causing more and more drag until it reaches 2.5 times its length (250 ft for a 100 ft bungey!). For bluewater fish this allows a smooth application of drag which effectively fights the fish without causing too much pressure tearing out of these soft fleshed fish. For Bluewater hunting Bungey is a must. It is not recommended except in short lengths added to a float line when diving around bridges, oil rigs and other abrasive structures that can damage the material. Cameron Kirkconnell)
For Bluewater hunting Tunas less than 100 lbs, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Mackerel, and yellowtail I would run 75 feet of bungey attached to a single 2 ATM float. When you start heading to where there will be 200-400 lb Tunas and marlin I would then rig a 100 ft bungey, 2 atm float, 25 ft bungey, 2 atm float, 10 ft bungey and either a 2 atm or regular Riffe Inflatable. With this rig we have successfully landed dozens of tuna over 200 lbs with no gear lost. (Cameron Kirkconnell)