Best Pole Spear: 2020 Buying Guide
While we usually enjoy traditional fishing, recently we’ve been getting more and more into spearfishing. There’s a solid group in our fishing community who swear by spearfishing as the most fun way to hunt and catch fish. Especially when on vacation somewhere tropical! Combine spearfishing with freediving fins and a solid spearfishing wetsuit, and you can explore and hunt at the same time. So what are the best spears? You’ve come to the right place!
In this article, we’ll cover the best pole spears depending on your budget as well as feature needs. Prefer fishing with a longer pole spear? We’ve reviewed both long and short spears and provide you with our top choices of both. Longer pole spears have increased range, while shorter spears are easier for traveling and maneuverability. We’ll also go over the criteria we looked for when picking out the best spears. Let’s get started!
In a Hurry? Here’s Our Top Picks…
Overall Best Pole Spear
Scuba Choice 7′ Travel Pole Spear
The Scuba Choice 7′ Travel Pole Spear is our choice for the best overall pole spear! We like it for many reasons, but one of the biggest advantages it has is an adjustable length: from 5 feet to 7 feet. This make sit ideal for traveling as well as tighter spaces underwater. The Scuba Choice 7′ Travel Pole Spear comes with a strong rubber sling and carrying bag, as well as a 3 prong paralyzer tip with barbs.
The barber spear tip is made of stainless steel and has been optimized for piercing capability. The pole spear shaft is made from fiberglass to ensure durability as well as lightness. One of the biggest reasons we like the Scuba Choice 7′ Travel Pole Spear is that for what you get the price cannot be beaten.
The Scuba Choice 7′ Travel Pole Spear is 7 feet long with a 12 inch 8mm threaded spear tip. It comes with a carrying bag as well as rubber sling for immediate use.
- Price and features can’t be beaten.
- Not as feature-heavy as other pole spears.
The Scuba Choice 7′ Travel Pole Spear is a great choice for spearfishers just starting out and looking for an inexpensive pole spear. It comes with everything you need to start pole spearfishing and doesn’t cost nearly as much as other options with just as many features.
Runner Up Best Pole Spear
Cressi 4’ Travel Spear
The Cressi 4’ Travel Spear is our choice for best runner up spear. Much like the Scuba Choice, the Cressi 4’ Travel Spear is great for travel and comes with everything you need to start spearfishing. It’s made out of two pieces of fiberglass and is 4 feet in length. Since it is a bit shorter, your shooting range will be less. The shorter length, however, makes it easier to travel with and more manageable underwater.
The Cressi 4’ Travel Spear comes with a standard three-prong barbed spear tip that is designed for streamlined shooting. The barbed spear tip is forged out of stainless steel to ensure corrosion resistance and comes with a threaded joint for removal while traveling.
The Cressi 4’ Travel Spear is made out of two pieces of fiberglass, one that is 24 inches and one that is 17 inches. The barbed spear tip is an additional 6 inches. Each piece is screwed together for strong fabrication and shock resistance.
- The smaller size is better for traveling.
- Shorter shooting range.
- Heavier than other models.
The Cressi 4’ Travel Spear is another great option for spearfishers just starting out or fishermen looking for a smaller spear. Cressi is a time-tested brand that has been producing freediving fins and spearfishing equipment for over 50 years. You can’t really go wrong with the Cressi 4’ Travel Spear.
Best High-End Pole Spear
HeadHunter Predator Pole Spear
The HeadHunter Predator Pole Spear is our choice for the best high-end pole spear. HeadHunter is known for making some of the fastest and most durable spears on the market, and the HeadHunter Predator Spear is no exception. It comes in two pieces for traveling and is made out of two different carbon composites. This ensures that it is lighter than its fiberglass competitors while remaining rigid at high speeds.
The HeadHunter Predator Spear is one of HeadHunter’s first products and is their flagship spear. It comes ready to hunt with an injector rod, power band, band retaining kit, and their patented showstopper slip tip.
The HeadHunter Predator Spear is made out of two sections. The front section is made out of stiff carbon fiber and 316 stainless steel components. The back half is made from a more flexible and durable composite. It’s designed to last many years of heavy spearfishing use. The HeadHunter Predator Spear is one fo the longer pole spears on the market at 9 feet 6 inches. This means it has a superior range compared to the shorter models.
- Advanced composite design.
- Showstopper slip tip technology.
If budget isn’t an issue for you, we highly recommend the HeadHunter Predator Spear. It has the highest performing components at the most reasonable price point and has been tested by thousands of spearfishers around the world. It’s longer length will allow you to go after more reclusive fish and will withstand bigger catches.
Best Pole Spear for Rocky Situations
JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Pole Spear
The JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Pole Spear is a great option if you know you’re going to be spearfishing in rocky areas or underwater wrecks. The issue with using other spears in these areas is that they will be much more likely to break if they strike a rock. The JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Spear has an aircraft-grade aluminum front section that will withstand shocks better than fiberglass or most composites.
It also comes with a unidirectional proprietary design that ensures no loss of momentum while shooting. The mid and rear sections are made of carbon fiber for improved weight and rigidity when shooting.
The JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Pole Spear is 7 feet long and breaks down into 3 pieces. It comes with a high modulus nitro rubber band for improved launch speed and accuracy. The included spearheads are 6mm and have break-away rock point tips for larger fish. The JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Spear also comes with a convenient travel case. It’s a great pairing with any of our best spearfishing wetsuits.
- Great for spearfishing in rocky areas.
- Break-away tip included.
The JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Pole Spear is a great option for all types of spearfishing, but an especially excellent option when hunting in areas with heavy underwater cover. The last thing you want is to break your new spear on some rocks or an underwater wreck because you miss the fish. The JBL 7′ Shaka Carbon Fiber Spear will ensure that even if you do miss, you’ll be covered.
Best All Aluminum Travel Pole Spear
JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear
The JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear is our choice for the best all-aluminum pole spear. It breaks down into 3 separate pieces that only reach 26 inches for easy traveling. The JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear comes with a black surgical rubber launch sling that can be adjusted for the desired power. It also is easily replaceable for servicing.
The JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear comes with a barbed paralyzer spearhead that is designed to stop fish immediately after the puncture. It also comes with a convenient carrying case for easy travel.
The JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear is made out of tempered aluminum poles that have been hardened with a gold anodization process. The poles are hollow for improved weight reduction for streamlined shooting. You can also remove the middle section to make a shorter spear for smaller fish or situations where you need maneuverability. The spearhead thread is 6 mm in diameter.
- The best all-aluminum pole spear.
- Extremely durable design.
- Heavier than other models.
The JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear is a great choice for pole spearfishers looking for a durable all-aluminum pole spear from a time-tested brand. We really like using the JBL Breakdown 6’ Travel Pole Spear when we’re fishing in tight, shallow waters with lots of objects your spear could strike. It’s a great option for beginners and experts alike.
Before we close our buying guide on the best pole spears, we wanted to highlight some of the features we looked for when picking out our choices.
Durability was one of the top criteria we considered when reviewing the best pole spears. Pole spearfishing (especially for new fishermen) puts a lot of stress on the pole spear when you launch it at fish or near rocks. Spears need to be durable in order to withstand many shocks to their frames and tips. If a pole spear that we reviewed didn’t hold up well after a few misses, we immediately took it off our list of possible best spears. We were happy to find, however, that many different materials and designs withstood significant shocks and met our durability tests.
The pole spear design was another factor we took into consideration when picking the best spears. We talked to our most avid spearfishing friends and learned what they liked about specific designs as well as what didn’t work for them. We also rewarded designs with extra features, like break-off tips and traveling capabilities more than simple designs that didn’t add functionality.
As we mentioned above, travel capability was another important criterion we graded our pole spears on. Chances are you’ll be taking you pole spear with you when you travel somewhere tropical. This means taking it on a plane or (if you’re lucky) getting it to fit in your car. We liked spears that came in at least two pieces. This made sure they would fit in most small cars and could be checked as luggage on a flight. We also rewarded spears that came with a travel case standard, as this increased the value proposition of the pole spear.
Lastly, we wanted to recommend spears that had solid upgradeability to both their rubber bands and their spear tips. We checked to make sure the spears we reviewed had threaded, removable spear tips as well as easy ways to change out the launching bands. This is important both for upgrading your spears to better parts as well as for maintenance if something breaks. We want to make sure that when you buy a spear we recommend, you’re making an investment in something that won’t hinder you in the future.