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Do you have a question about spearfishing? Then ask an expert! Jim with a couple of nice Groupers South Fl.

MAKO Spearguns has enlisted the support of Jim Fyfe to answer any questions you might have about the sport of spearfishing and spearfishing gear. Jim, who is quite modest, will be the first to tell you that it is impossible for one individual to know everything there is to know about our sport. However, Jim has logged more dives and hunts in his life than many of us dream about. Jim is so passionate about this sport, he is happy to share his experience and knowledge with you.

Below is a brief bio on Jim, but I can sum it up by saying that Jim is a true friend to all who respect the ocean and its inhabitants. He is a true ambassador of the sport of spearfishing.

Jim has been an active spearfisherman since completing scuba certification in 1973 as a teenager. For over 30 years, he has been actively engaged in both scuba and freedive hunting. Living in southeast Florida for the last 20 years provides the opportunity to dive year round in the Atlantic and also the Gulf of Mexico. Jim learned to scuba dive in New Jersey and has a number of years of cold water experience in freediving and scuba in both New Jersey and Maine.

Currently he spends approximately half his diving time on scuba, hunting depths between 60 and 190 ft and generally freedives in the 30 to 70 ft range. For scuba hunting he uses either a line shaft gun or a freeshaft gun and pole spear, however for freediving he prefers a float line and a line speargun.

Jim is currently employed in the field of stormwater management, however his education includes a BS in Biological Oceanography and a graduate degree in Environmental Engineering. He is married with three children and the whole family enjoys snorkeling and boating. Both pre-teen sons are learning to freedive and spearfish, while his daughter is happy to sight see underwater.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What gun length do I need?
2. How many bands and what thickness of bands should I use on my gun?
3. Which muzzle should I choose?
4. What is the difference between the Iconic-Pro Railgun and the Predator-Pro Railgun?
5. What type of spear is better? Stainless Steel or Carbon Steel?
6. What is the correct spear length for a Railgun?
7. Are shafts with sharkfin tabs stronger and better than shafts with notches?

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Email us with your spearfishing related questions at: jim@makospearguns.com