People have been fishing for tens of thousands of years, and fishing techniques have been continuously developing throughout history. Even the traditional fishing methods that have been used for years are being updated with new devices and materials that are intended to streamline and improve efficiency and yield, whether commercially or on Hawaii fishing charters. A couple of the most popular fishing methods are spear fishing and harpoon fishing, but a lot of people don’t know exactly what distinguishes these two methods. Read on to find out more about these fishing methods and how they’re used today.
Fishing harpoons are long poles made of wood or aluminum that are used by fishermen to harvest fish. This harpoon is usually connected to a line so that fishermen can reel it in again after it’s been used to spear a fish. Harpoon fishing is done from a boat and requires a significant amount of skill and attention to detail. A spotter will stand at the front of the boat with the harpoon to identify the fish they want to catch. Once they’ve spotted the fish that they want, they will aim and shoot the harpoon in an effort to stab the fish. If the shot is successful, fishermen will reel in the catch and get the harpoon ready all over again. Harpoon fishing is a popular fishing method that’s used to catch large fish like swordfish and tuna.
Spear fishing is also done with long wood or aluminum poles, but it’s not done from a boat. Instead, spear fishermen wade or swim through the water until they identify the fish that they want to catch. Once they do, they will throw their spear in an attempt to stab the fish and bring it to the surface. Like harpoon fishing, spear fishing requires a lot of skill and focus. In addition, fishermen have to know how to approach fish discreetly and avoid scaring them away. Fishermen use spear fishing techniques to catch snappers, groupers, octopus and other fish that live in and around shallow water and coral reefs.
Environmental effects of harpoon and spear fishing
One of the most significant benefits of spear fishing and harpoon fishing is that fishermen have much more control over what they’re catching. With net fishing, there’s a substantial risk of unintentionally catching certain species of fish. In addition, since spears and harpoons don’t usually impact the ocean floor, harpoon and spear fishing doesn’t have the negative impacts on the ocean environment that other fishing techniques do.
Learn more about Hawaii fishing charters
If you’re ready to embark on your very own fishing adventure in Hawaii, reach out to Sea Wife Charters. Since 1982, we have been proud to provide our guests with unforgettable experiences in some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Our friendly team will walk you through every aspect of your fishing charter experience from start to finish so you know exactly what to expect. To find out more about Hawaii fishing charters or to book your experience, give us a call today!