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Old 02-13-2012, 09:25 AM   #1
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From what I understand, you can't use a speargun at portofino reef. If that is the case can you use a polespear? What are the regulations of when or where you can use a speargun?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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Don't think you can use any kind of spear gun, pole spear, gig, etc.

From the FWC website:
Spearing is defined as “the catching or taking of a fish by bowhunting, gigging, spearfishing, or any device used to capture a fish by
piercing its body.

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Old 02-13-2012, 10:07 AM   #3
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Ive seen people spearfishing on it..I have a buddy in the dive business and he says, "You can spearfish those reefs".
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Check with Robert Turpin. I know that originally there wasnt a prohibition because it didnt fall within the general places you couldn't spearfish,ie jetties. They wanted to see how it went and whether or not there were problems. I dont see why you'd need a speargun. Maybe a sheephead or two, but most likely you're looking at flounder. I believe that also went for the bay reef. You can also fish on them, but must observe dive flag laws.

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I guess as long as it isn't within 100 yards of the beach it should be fine. I know roughly where the reef is but I don't know the distance it is from the beach
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Been asked on here alot. here is a previous thread.

https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...uestion-93830/
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:04 PM   #7
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Yes it is legal. All reefs are over 100 yards from the shore, not in protected area, nowhere near a jetty.

I'm not sure if they are there this time of year, but I used to shoot spanish mackerel around that reef. I go there when I'm itching to get wet and shoot something. If you want some good practice on quick targets they can be fun to play around with.

Here's a vid for a good laugh. I got a bad shot and it hit him on the side of the face. Messed him up a bit and put him into shock. Came right up at me and I tried to grab him and he literally slipped right through my fingers!!

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So what about the new one in the bay at chicken bone. Is it legal to spearfish there?
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I went out to parking lot "H" to go spearing with my brother on saturday and the water was super clear and almost no waves. There was only one problem, we couldnt find the reef! we parked the car donned our snorkel gear and swam out inbetween the yellow poles that were on the shore and went all the way out to the second sandbar infront of the up current pole and swam parallel to the beach untill we were even with the other yellow pole and we couldnt find the reef! We still had fun and it was a good gear test for our new masks but i would love to be able to find the reef! Could anyone tell me what we did wrong/ where the reef is in the water?
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There are two pvc pipes you have to keep parallel and swim out about 200 yards and you will be right on top of it. 14' water. The PVC pipes should be right there as you walk through the opening in the sand dune.

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