At ten years of age, JAY RIFFE started spearfishing off the Southern California Coast with a hand spear. At fifteen he was spearfishing competitively, and by age twenty-two became the Pacific Coast Champion. Jay then placed in the Nationals, landing a spot on the World Spearfishing Team. Later, he set three World Records… all with his own handcrafted wooden spearguns.
Early on, Jay recognized a need for spearguns that were silent, powerful, accurate, and highly maneuverable. Harnessing his professional machine tool engineering with his passion for spearfishing he created ergonomically designed, handcrafted teak wood and metal spearguns of unsurpassed quality and optimum performance.
Fast forward to 2017 and RIFFE INTERNATIONAL, INC. is still family owned and operated and has earned the reputation for building durable, accurate wood spearguns for the Silent Hunter. Currently, RIFFE is proud to offer their customers, not only the most reliable speargun, but a variety of diving accessories suitable for novice and experienced freedivers, spearfisherman, and divers alike. Our goal is to continue producing high quality products for the diving and spearfishing enthusiast.
Selective divers set their sights on only those few prize fish. Fish for the future!
Spearfishing Ethics & Conservation
Despite what some may think, Spearfishing is the most sustainable and ethical form or fishing when done correctly. It is up to you, the Spearfisher, to make sure you are doing your part to adhere to guidelines and certain spearfishing ethics. Generally, adhering to guidelines and ethics is about knowing when to hold back and not pull the trigger. You must be familiar with fisheries regulations and aware of species you are likely to encounter, as well as size and bag limits for your fish, the areas which you are permitted to spearfish and any protected species in the area. Failing to do so will not only harm the delicate ecosystem of the ocean, but will also result in massive fines for you and your dive buddies. Never shoot at or attempt to kill any fish unless you are 100% sure of the species. Same goes if you are unsure if the fish is large enough, it likely isn’t, so you shouldn’t pull the trigger. In addition, you should never shoot a fish you do not intend to eat as this is wasteful and cruel and will lead to rapid depletion of everything the ocean has to offer. An ethical spearfisher adheres to and advocates these simple rules.
If a fish has not died from initial shot, the fish should be “subdued” with a dive knife. Leaving a fish alive is not only cruel and unethical, but dangerous to you and your dive buddies. A fish in distress is one of the strongest attractions for predators such as sharks which can sense the distress and blood from a long distance.
Another way to ensure you are spearfishing ethically is to not disrupt or damage any of the underwater life. Do not break off or unnecessarily touch corals and do not disrupt or hassle fish. Further, you should never leave your trash behind. It is important to only clean your fish in designated areas or away from the general public. Failing to do this could endanger other recreational users of the ocean.
Spearfishers are often targeted by uneducated conservationists who assume we are nothing but ruthless killers of marine life. Educate others by first educating yourself and then explain that you are partaking in the most sustainable, selective and ethical form of fishing. Most importantly, remember that spearfishing ethics are in place to ensure you and generations to come are able to enjoy the many great opportunities and adventures that the ocean has to offer. Preserving, protecting and being selective in your hunting will prevent public disfavor and criticism of the sport we love most and ensure there are plenty of fish for your children and grandchildren to enjoy as much as we do!