Each type of spearfishing has its own speargun!

Which bands and spears you choose will primarily be down to what type of spearfishing you intend to do and, as a result, what speargun you have.~Here is a reminder of the different types of spearfishing and what size of speargun you need according to your practice:~- For hole hunting (as the name suggests, you will look for your prey in the holes they hide in), go for a speargun between 50 and 75 cm. ~- For the ambush technique (you sniff out and surprise the fish), a 75 to 90 cm speargun is ideal. ~- For the aspetto technique (where you lie at the bottom, camouflaged), you will need a 90 to 110 cm speargun. ~- Finally, for stalking (hunting in open water where you will often take long-distance shots), choose a speargun between 110 and 120 cm.

Choose your speargun according to the type of spearfishing you will be doing!
How to choose your spearfishing bands and spears

Choose your bands according to the size of your speargun 

As we saw earlier, the size of your spearfishing speargun will determine what size of bands you choose. Each type of speargun has a recommended band length. You should be aware that the greater the diameter of the band, the more powerful your shot will be. And for even more power, you can also add a second band but it is important to note that this will also reduce the accuracy of your shots because it increases recoil. ~If you are a spearfishing beginner, go for a band with a maximum diameter of 16 mm. You also have the option of increasing the length of the band for easier loading. ~ 

Band length and diameter chart 

Spearfishing band lengths and diameters

Choosing your spearfishing spear

Just like for bands, there is a recommended spear length according to what speargun you are using and, in general, divers tend to stick to this recommended size. You can still choose a different shaft diameter if you want to improve its resistance to torsion.~~There are two types of spears for you to choose from for spearfishing: 

Note that notched shafts are less fragile, but they require an open-muzzle speargun. When choosing your spear, also look at the quality of the materials used: you will have the choice between stainless steel, which is resistant to salt water as it does not rust, or steel, which is cheaper but will rust more easily over time. You can also get spears with an anti-reflective coating for more stealth underwater. 

Alfredo, diving sales assistant at Decathlon Perpignan, France


Diving sales assistant - decathlon perpignan, france - level 3 ffessm 

When choosing a spear for your speargun, go for a shaft diameter of at least 6 mm.