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PostPosted: 04 Feb 2015, 22:14 
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A couple of times recently I have hit fish and upon retrieval they have gotton off the spear and away. I have lost 2 snapper (1 tonight) because of this.

I hit them pretty hard but it seems that the spear doesnt penetrate through enough for the flopper to take effect. I tried getting to it quickly tonight to hold the spear down but I wasnt quick enough. The fish go rigid and then 10 seconds later burst into life and wiggle off my spear!

Im using a Pelagic 900 on the last notch.

Any tips?

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PostPosted: 04 Feb 2015, 22:21 
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Tune your flopper so it opens and stays open, sharpen your spear but more importantly, get closer.

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PostPosted: 04 Feb 2015, 23:27 
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Yup. Get closer.

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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 10:37 
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Make sure your flopper is tuned properly, grab the fish on the same breath that you shoot it don't pull it up by the shaft.


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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 13:41 
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Thanks guys.

restoring my faith as I was pretty frustrated last night.

how do I tune the flopper and what should I be aiming for? It not sticky and opens freely. Should I be trying to get it to stay open once open?


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PostPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 17:10 
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It should be free and not sticky until about halfway open.
Use a ballpeen hammer and tap the flopper pin against a hard surface checking after every few taps


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PostPosted: 16 Feb 2015, 17:25 
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Watto wrote:
It should be free and not sticky until about halfway open.
Use a ballpeen hammer and tap the flopper pin against a hard surface checking after every few taps


Well that worked a treat. 8) The fish are no longer getting away from me

Thanks for all your help guys, appreciate the advise.

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Ever tried using a pranger ? They don't get away then! If you're going to dive comps, nearly a " must ", but some guys don't use them.

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