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Old 05-15-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a sling and start targeting some lion fish. What is a good length and brand? Thanks.
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Just get a short pole spear about 24".
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Make sure it's a paralyzer tip or a trident.

Pole spears are better than hawiian slings for lionfish because a hawiian sling takes two hands to shoot. A pole spear takes two hands to load, but only one to shoot.
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Old 05-15-2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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Exactly! The little tri tips are great.
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Thanks. Hoping to hook up with Clay-doh in the next month are so for some bottom time. Maybe shoot some fish and spear a few lions!
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I like 4 feet of spear for lion fish, depending on how and where you hunt them sometimes you will be further away than 2 feet.
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I recently purchased a travel pole spear. 3 different sections so I have more options for lengths.
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I have a real hawaiin sling bought in hawaii back in the 80's and they take both hands to pull tension but only one hand to shoot and come with long tri tip.
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Make sure it's a paralyzer tip or a trident.

Pole spears are better than hawiian slings for lionfish because a hawiian sling takes two hands to shoot. A pole spear takes two hands to load, but only one to shoot.
Hate to disagree with you Argo, but I'm much faster with a sling than a pole spear...and more accurate (speaking personally here, not saying that I'm faster and more accurate than everyone out there...I'm not). You still need two hands to load the pole spear and you are probably holding your bag with your load hand anyway. I use three fingers to hold my bag and the index finger and thumb to draw and shoot...very efficient.

Another big advantage IMO is it is easier to switch hands with a sling...and less fatigue when shooting all day.

Also, lining up a prong for the small ones is just a twist of the fingers, instead of tweaking your arm to line up a shot.

Here's a video I shot a while back:

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Hate to disagree with you Argo, but I'm much faster with a sling than a pole spear...and more accurate (speaking personally here, not saying that I'm faster and more accurate than everyone out there...I'm not). You still need two hands to load the pole spear and you are probably holding your bag with your load hand anyway. I use three fingers to hold my bag and the index finger and thumb to draw and shoot...very efficient.

Another big advantage IMO is it is easier to switch hands with a sling...and less fatigue when shooting all day.

Also, lining up a prong for the small ones is just a twist of the fingers, instead of tweaking your arm to line up a shot.

Here's a video I shot a while back: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5ir16xAp9Q
I see your point, you are very quick with that.

In my experience, my Hawiian sling didn't have the power to consistently take head shots without a lot of bounce outs. For filet and gill plate shots, it's fine, but if you try take only shots to the bony part of the head, I think the band stretch of a 4' pole spear is the only way to go. For the same reason, I would shy away from a pole spear in the 2.5 foot range.

Again, my experience. I think it's really about what you're comfortable with.
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