Loading spearguns and polespears can be quite a challenge when you’re just starting, and it is only made worse by the fact that many spearguns are sold with relatively short rubbers. Here are some loading tips you can do to load your speargun easily:

1) Wear gloves and wetsuits to prevent slips, scrapes, or bruising. Some wetsuits have a loading pad built into the chest, which makes the task much easier.

2) Don’t look down and bend over when loading the bands. Push forward with your chest and pull the band swiftly with your arms, so the shaft tabs are pushed forward to meet the incoming band.

3) Use a loading tab in case you are using a wood gun. This simple device makes things much easier by allowing you to first hip load the band to the loading tab and then raise the butt to your chest for the final pull. Although it’s a two-step process, it can be done quickly and will feel much more manageable.

4) If your bands are still too hard to load, use three longer bands or lengthen the rubbers.

5) Work out, lift weights, work on core and upper body.

Also, observe the following safety tips:

1) Never load a speargun that’s out of the water.

2) Keep the safety on until you intend to shoot a fish.

3) Even with the safety on, treat it like a loaded weapon. Never let the tip point at anyone.

4) Use tip protectors when not in use, so you don’t scratch anything. Loading your speargun is mostly about technique. Some people choose to load to their hip to start with, but most will progress to loading from their chest.

How to Load your Speargun

1. Place one hand, i.e. if you’re right-handed, it will be your left hand on the butt of the gun. Make sure you have an open palm at the butt of your speargun with one hand. Don’t have your thumb or fingers wrapped around the handle as you could make your gunfire accidentally, and it is difficult to get your fingers out from under the gun once on your chest.

2. With your other hand, grab one side of your rubber close to the bridle.

3. Push your speargun into your chest while pulling the rubber back with the other hand. Once the speargun is on your chest, use the free hand to grab the other side of the rubber and pull the rubber back to the preferred notch on the shaft.

If you still have difficulties, then you may need to lengthen your rubbers. Remember that the rubbers are necessary for performance, so changing them will compromise accuracy or power. However, using longer rubbers on temporarily for some months to learn the technique down then reverting to the shorter ones back on may be a good idea.

With these tips, nothing should stop you. All the best in your fishing expeditions!

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Schmidt Head Spearfishing