Spearfishing is an ancient method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations were familiar with the custom of spearing from rivers and streams using sharpened sticks. Spearfishing with barbed poles (harpoons) was widespread in Palaeolithic times. Cave art over 16,000 years old contains drawings of seals which appear to have been harpooned.
Spearfishing is an ancient method of fishing and may be conducted with an ordinary spear or a specialized variant such as an eel spear or the trident. A small trident type spear with a long handle is used in the American South and Midwest for gigging bullfrogs with a bright light at night, or for gigging carp and other fish in the shallows.
Traditional spear fishing is restricted to shallow waters, but the development of the spear gun allows fishing in deeper waters. With practice, divers are able to hold their breath for up to four minutes and sometimes longer; of course, a diver with underwater breathing equipment can dive for much longer periods.
Today modern spearfishing makes use of elastic powered spear guns and slings, or pneumatic powered spear guns to strike the hunted fish. Specialized techniques and equipment have been developed for various types of aquatic environments.
Spearfishing may be done using free-diving, snorkeling, or scuba diving techniques. Note that the use of mechanically powered spear guns is outlawed in some countries and jurisdictions. Spearfishing is highly selective, normally uses no bait and has no by-catch.
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