Benthic Gear List: Reef Building, Spearfishing and Boat Fishing
This benthic gear list will provide you with the necessary tools for a day of reef building, spearfishing or boat fishing. The benthic gear is broken down into four categories: 1) Equipment 2) Accessories 3) Extras 4) Tools. There are many things to consider when gearing up for an exciting day in the water; this benthic gear list is designed to be a quick reference guide that can help make your time on the water more enjoyable by eliminating any unnecessary hassle!
Benthic is a company that has been around for over 20 years. They have been at the forefront of spearfishing equipment and boat fishing gear all these years. Recently, they added reef building to their list of products on offer by introducing their new line of benthic reef construction materials and tools. This blog post will help you learn more about this new product offering from Benthic as well as how it can be used in your aquarium setup.
It is great to see a company that has had such success with its other products branch out into an entirely different market segment! You may not have realized just how many opportunities there are for using Benthic’s new product offerings when setting up an aquarium – but we’re here today
Fins (if desired)
Floatline with weight belt and a clip so you can attach your gear to the floatline for easy carrying. Note that if using a float line, it is important to have an extra person on the boat during spearfishing in order to help retrieve your catch!
Weightbelt with at least 20 pounds of lead shot or weights attached securely at either end of the buckle strap. This will provide enough ballast underwater for stability when navigating large waves while reef diving as well as stabilizing boatside bleaching racks in rough seas or current conditions. Attach this around one side of your waist looping it over the opposite shoulder to provide a counterweight when wearing heavy gear.
Fin grip (optional)
Tank holder for tanks up to 80 lbs
BCD – Buoyancy Control Device/ Life jacket
Harness with crotch strap and weight belt attachment point on back of harness, where applicable or as instructed by your instructor. (*Note that if using a weightbelt without an attached clip, it is important to have at least one extra person on the boat during spearfishing in order to help retrieve your catch!)* Note: The above equipment should be inspected before every dive! Make sure inflation valves are working properly and any necessary repairs made prior to diving. Other types of gear such as snorkel, mask, fins, and spearfishing gun are optional.
The ocean is an amazing place. There are so many things to do that it can be a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry! This blog post has you covered with all of the essentials for getting started in three popular activities: Reef building, spearfishing and boat fishing. It also includes links to gear lists for each activity if you’re looking for equipment ideas or want more information on specific products. So what are you waiting for? Dive in!
Miles and I are both avid spearfishers, but our diving styles are quite different. Miles is a benthic fisherman who likes to get close to the fish and shoot them with a speargun. I am a skindiver who prefers to dive down into their homes in the reef while watching what they do, then popping up quickly for an easy shot before sneaking back down again. Today we’re going to talk about gear that works well for each of us as well as some general considerations when selecting equipment.
Many people are drawn to the benthic world of reef building, spearfishing and boat fishing. For those who want a detailed list of what gear is needed for these types of diving, here it is!
Mask with two lenses (optional)
Fins: most divers use short fins but longer ones may be necessary in deeper water or when hunting big game fish such as marlin and tuna
Wetsuit; many choose neoprene suits made out of either latex rubber or polyurethane because they offer more warmth than traditional nylon wetsuits. Neoprene also provides good buoyancy control since it traps air inside its tiny cells which makes it less buoyant than nylon.
BCD (Buoyancy Control Device): this is the device that allows you to control your depth and ascent rate by using various air tanks, weights or a combination of both. A bcd also provides good backup flotation in case you get into trouble while diving under the water’s surface
Weight belt: helps keep diver on desired level at different depths; most divers use lead plates but some prefer weight belts made out of neoprene strips which are safer for their skin since there is no risk of tearing off patches if they rub against something during a dive drill session .