Spearfishers have camouflage gear to equip themselves with. Starting with dive socks there are camouflage wetsuits, camouflage masks, camouflage snorkels and everything in between. Does all this gear do anything except look cool and make the spearfisher feel like a real hunter?
Spearfishing has been around ever since that first hungry prehistoric man saw a fish, and looked around for something sharp with which to kill it. Thus, early civilizations became familiar with spearing fish from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks.
Afterwards, prehistoric men got the idea that if they disguised themselves, the fish’d be fooled, and therefore easier to spear. They looked around for leaves and stuff to disguise themselves. That idea has persisted until today.
Nowadays, there are dive shops that stock everything from camouflage spearguns, to camouflage wetsuits, camouflage dive masks, camouflage snorkels and dive socks.
Today, spearfishing guns consist of elastic powered and slings, or compressed gas pneumatic powered spearguns. Specialized techniques and equipment have been developed for various types of aquatic environments and target fish.
Spearfishing purists use free-diving or snorkeling equipment. Others use scuba diving techniques. However, mechanically-powered spearguns are outlawed in some countries. Other rules stipulate that divers must be completely submerged when firing their guns, and that fish must not be in an artificial environment such as penned in bays. Otherwise, divers are free to indulge in man’s favorite occupation: killing things in their natural environment with equipment that far exceeds their prey’s ability to protect themselves.
The most common and easiest of all types of spearfishing is entering and exiting the sea from the beach or shore, and hunting around ocean structures, usually reef, but also rocks, kelp or sand. Usually, shore divers hunt at depths of 16 to 80 ft In the South Pacific, for instance, divers can experience drop-offs from 16 to 130 ft close to the shore line. Sharks and reef fish can be abundant in these locations. In subtropical areas, sharks may be less common, but other challenges exist such as managing entry, exit and surf. Shore diving can be done with trigger-less spears such as pole spears or ‘Hawaiian slings,’ but more commonly triggered devices such as spearguns.
From the fish’s perspective: Scuba divers like to dress up in their silly little camouflage wetsuits, camouflage gloves, camouflaged camouflage, and actually think fish are fooled. They’re not. If you look closely, you can actually see the fish laughing at the divers in their completely ridiculous outfits, including the aforementioned camouflage socks.