Interested in catching some Abalone in Melbourne?
Victoria is a great place for Abalone, Black lip and Green Lip abalone alike. However, before I talk about some of the equipment best suited to catch them I will note that there is strict regulations on Abalone in Victoria. Please see this link below to understand these regulations.
What gear is best?
Tools: To catch Abalone you must use a blunt instrument, if you cut them they will die. Legendary provides Abalone tools here and provides the Fisheries rulers in store for free.
What makes a great dive knife?
This is a great question, and it really depends on what you're trying to use it for. However, experience has taught me that smaller blades are more useful in general. Now, i'm not talking about a tiny kill knife (such as the Torelli Mini), which is designed purely for dispatching fish humanely. I'm talking about a blade around 11cm long, such as the Torelli Classic knife. A spearfishing knife this size is suitable for: dispatching fish, cutting lines in emergencies, and burleying. If you go too large it becomes cumbersome and you're more likely to cut yourself, and it makes it harder to dispatch fish. If you go too small it makes it too hard to burley.
Dive knives should not be hunting knives or kitchen knives. There are two reasons for this: They can be insanely sharp and using a knife underwater while handling fish is far from perfectly knife safe (don't want to slice your hand open), and high quality stainless steel that can
Replacing your powerbands or spear shafts is actually a simple process, but it requires a bit of planning.
Spears / Shafts
For selecting your spear shaft the first thing you need to consider is the type of mechanism your speargun has. There are two common styles, one which latches onto a notch on the shaft and the other that presses down on a flat surface (often called the "euro" style mechanism). Old style seahornets, some styles of wood guns, and others home made guns can have the notched style spears. These are somewhat less common in Australia these days. Torelli, Rob Allen, and Cressi use the 'euro' style mechanism where the spear is held in place by pressure applied to the flat smooth surface. These are the main spears we sell and will suit most of these big brands.
To select the right spear / shaft length you want to choose a spear that is either 4
Diving safely with the right equipment could save your life
Spearfishing is a great sport, but it comes with its own dangers. The best way to negate these dangers is to pick the right gear and safety equipment. Here i'll talk through some of the most basic and some gadgets to help keep you safe on the water.
Knives are the most simple and useful part of your equipment, but they also have a safety role. Knives are used to dispatch fish and burley, but they are also useful for cutting anything you may be entangled in.
Spearfishing floats are useful for holding your fish and other equipment high in the water and reducing drag. They are also extremely useful as buoyancy devices to rest on if tired. They are bright coloured and often reflective so to be seen from boats,
A quality spearfishing wetsuit is the most important part of your spearfishing gear
Selecting your spearfishing wetsuit is more than picking a pretty camouflage and hitting the water. There are a variety of quality of neoprenes, cuts and builds on the market and they all matter for the type of diving you're doing and longevity of the wetsuit. For the sake of this article we will focus on Torelli wetsuits as they are one of the market leaders for freediving wetsuit quality.
What makes Torelli wetsuits good quality?
Neoprene: The Torelli wetsuits for starters are assembled from Yamamoto neoprene which is made in Japan. However, there are quite a few grades of Yamamoto so don't be tricked into purchasing a lower grade Yamamoto neoprene. The Torelli wetsuits are made in the grade 39 neoprene, which is the perfect mix of nitrogen and neoprene for softness, warmth and durability. If you are looking for a stronger suit
Flashers are one of the most useful tools to a spearfisherman or diver for attracting fish in open water.
Flashers, as the name suggests, flashes light around the water which attracts fish from far away. The fish can be mesmerised by the flashers spinning or flickering in the water allowing a great opportunity to capture them. There are different designs, some more complex than others. However, the simplest piece of reflective glass can be extremely effective at attractive fish e.g. the Torelli Flick Fish. All of the flashers provided at Legendary are tried and tested tools. You may wish to look on youtube for pelagic fish attracted by flashers to see how effective these really are. Flashers are an important part of your spearfishing gear if you're heading out to shoot most pelagic species!
Floats are one of the most important safety features in your dive arsenal
Spearfishing Floats: The spearfishing float is attached to your spear gun via a float line. The float is then towed behind the diver indicating their position at all times. This is a very important safety consideration as it allows your buddy to keep track of you and to alerts boat traffic of your presents. A float also allows you to release the spear gun and come to the surface without fear of losing it in situations such as fighting a big fish or marking a lobster hole.
A spearfishing float should be brightly colored and have a diver down Alpha flag attached and be weighted so as to stay upright at all times.
Spearfishing floats are also useful for storing your fish and carrying spares such as a drink bottle, catch bag and safety gear.
Float lines have more uses than just connecting to your float.
Float lines or tag lines are attached with quick release clips between the handle of your spear gun and spearfishing float. The float is then towed behind the diver indicating you position at all times. This is a very important safety consideration as it allows your buddy to keep track of you and to alerts boat traffic of your presents. A float line also allows you to release the spear gun and come to the surface without fear of losing it in situations such as fighting a big fish or marking a lobster hole. Float lines also allow you to thread your fish (through the mouth out of the gill) to float back to the float itself. This keeps the fish up high in the water and away from your body.
Float line floats must be buoyant to keep them of the bottom and away from kelp, rocks and coral. Simply budget polypropylene float lines such as the Crespo Float line
Selecting the right Dive Fins is incredibly important for your performance in the water and comfort diving.
Here is our breakdown of three major different diving types.
Snorkeling or Scuba Fins: Snorkeling and Scuba fins are a full foot pocket and flexible blade. If you are just starting out or are a holiday snorkeler a simple pair of plastic fins is all that is required. Long blades are less important for Scuba divers as they don't require the level of efficiency while using tanks. We recommend the CRESSI Agua fins and CRESSI Reaction Pro fins. The CRESPO Nautilus Fins a good choice for the more dedicated snorkeler.
Spearfishing Fins: Spear fishers spend a lot of time in the
A snorkel is one of the most simple parts of your gear, yet selecting one at the shop can be overwhelming with the wide range of choice.
Here we break down the main differences between snorkels to help you pick the best one suitable.
What is a Snorkel? A snorkel is a breathing tube that allows you to swim or float face down in the water breathing comfortably as you observe the underwater environment. Often an underestimated piece of kit a good snorkel will make all the difference to your diving enjoyment. All the Snorkels that we stock at Legendary Skindiving Equipment have been carefully selected and tested to meet these standards.
J Snorkel: A simple J shaped snorkel is considered the best by many divers as they are streamlined, hold the least amount of residual air and are easy to clear.