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Old 05-02-2012, 09:39 AM   #1
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I was recently informed by WhackUmStackUm about how useful lift bags can be when spearfishing. As a result I am looking to buy one. My question is about preference of type. Do yall prefer the actual lift bag style or the safety sausage marker bouy style. I have found the lift bags in 50lb to 100+ lbs and the safety sausage in sized from about 30" tall to 75" tall. Just wondering what people prefer or if it doesnt matter. Thanks in advance for the help!
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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It all depends on what you want to do. For sending fish up i like the safety sausage.
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Old 05-02-2012, 01:43 PM   #3
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If you go with safety sausage, don't get the kind you have to oral inflate. Get the one with an open bottom. If you fire off the oral inflate from a depth greater than 70 fsw, the gas will expand so much that it will rupture. Open ended bags allow the excess gas to escape through the bottom.

That being said, I carry all 3. Open ended sausage I use to lift small loads (1-3 fish, a few lobster, etc). 50 lb lift bag for filled stringers, chests of gold, mermaid tails, etc. The oral inflate I keep on me in case I surface far from the boat.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys! I think i will be buying one soon any brand recommendations?
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I have recently invested in a XS Scuba 50lb lift bag. I have only used it to lift my anchor that I had to cut off a couple weeks earlier. It worked like a champ. I like this bag since you can inflate it in multiple ways, and it has an over pressure valve so you can control it's accent if you are coming up with it.

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The ones I use to send fish to the surface have about 15 pounds of lift, and a dump/over-pressure valve. They are yellow and about 5' long.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:22 PM   #7
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thanks for the info and recommendations! I went to MBT and got a 5' yellow one open bottom that you can fill then seal and an over pressure valve. Im excited to try it out tomorrow.
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I carry an open bottom 50# lift bag and at least one standard safety sausage... Prefer to carry two: one attached to the stringer in case i want to send the fish up quickly and one reserved for signaling on the surface in case of being separated from the boat.
As for the sausage bursting, don't fill it completely at depth... If you're 10 meters below, fill it almost half way. Fill it almost a third if you're 20 meters below, etc.
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Ill see how this one works tomorrow i may have to get an additional one!
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I carry a 6ft safety sausage for use on the surface, and a 50 pound lift bag for lifting, and as an emergency flotation device in case I have a catastrophic bc failure at depth. Be sure to get one with a pull-dump so that you can vent while ascending, as you'll need to do this if you are riding up w/whatever you're lifting, or using it as a bc.

Might be a good idea to get a reel too, so you can pop a bag while on a safety stop, say if you're off the anchor line, or free-boating. Practice, and BE CAREFUL. you can literally kill yourself with a bag and reel.
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