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Old 07-29-2015, 11:06 AM   #1
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so as most of you know amberjack is coming in this weekend. I did some calling around to verify, you can fish amberjack with powerheads in federal water. I also called the state and it is allowed to shore the fish as long as you move straight to shore. I did not know this so i am passing it along. if you would like the federal contact info PM me
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Old 07-29-2015, 01:54 PM   #2
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Some folks on the PFF "spear" with powerheads. I don't use them myself.

A friend of mine who works for NOAA once mentioned something about powerheads being allowed in Federal waters deeper than 20 fathoms (120'). However, I never did the research to find rules.

Good luck. I had to do the same type of digging to sort out the rules for spearfishing with rebreathers in Federal waters.
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Old 07-29-2015, 02:00 PM   #3
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Some folks on the PFF "spear" with powerheads. I don't use them myself.

A friend of mine who works for NOAA once mentioned something about powerheads being allowed in Federal waters deeper than 20 fathoms (120'). However, I never did the research to find rules.

Good luck. I had to do the same type of digging to sort out the rules for spearfishing with rebreathers in Federal waters.
To answer your question there is no depth requirement
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Why would you even want/need to use a powerhead in the first place? Kind of takes some of the fun out of it.
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I use military 45 caliber power heads when I was doing it years ago. The military 45 ammo is waterproof but would be hard to find today.

I have no idea on rules today and it was still fun...
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Why would you even want/need to use a powerhead in the first place?
Kind of takes some of the fun out of it.
kinda like scr$%ing your sister ?
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I think ocean master said it best Bc it's fun and it is faster
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Wirelessly posted

Ever spear a large AJ in midwater?

If you don't stone it, you're going for a ride and you better hope the AJ decides to go down.

Ask FenderBender. I believe it was him who shot a humongous AJ several years ago and was taken for a ride. Fortunately, the AJ went down and the bottom was at 185'.

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Not sure why this post is even in the "Spearfishing" section? it'd be kinda like a longliner reporting a grouper or Tuna trip in the offshore section.

And to think, I almost screwed up and invited this guy to go with us! WEW! dodged that one!
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I don't own a power head and never intend to spearfish with one but as long as it is legal, there is no reason to criticize someone who does.

Similar rationale is often used against those who spearfish with SCUBA gear or rebreathers. As a matter of fact, many free divers frown upon those who spearfish using an external air supply.

Conveniently, these same free divers forget that a lot of their kind spearfish using bouys and float lines.

So, unless you're free diving and using a speargun with the spear attached to it and spearing the big ones without the aid of buoys or floats, you should probably back off the criticism.
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