I lost my roller gun by Hammer Guns.

  • Just a heads up. I lost a custom 57" wooden roller type speargun custom made for me by Ken Hammer.


    Last seen 45 miles due west of Dunedin in 95fsw. It was heading south attached to a large AJ. My shooting line got caught in the roller and I had to let her go.


    There is a reward for the gun if found intact. Once the shooting line breaks off, the gun should float up. Thanks for any info.


    Here's a picture. It's a teak and maple 57" rollergun with a DeathGrip handle. It has a metallic logo that says Hammer Guns on the side.


    C

  • Sorry Chuck. Maybe sharks munch the wounded AJ and the shaft stays on the bottom, the gun floats up to
    70-60feet. That is kind of deep for a trolling fishermen to snag.


    I've lost one hand built gun, it really sucks, but your alive and breathing. Some guys don't know when to let go and keep swimming andfighting the fish, then black out.


    Cheers, Don

    ''Great mother ocean brought forth all life, it is my eternal home''
    Don Berry from Blue Water Hunters.
    Speardiver Gear

  • Sorry Chuck. Maybe sharks munch the wounded AJ and the shaft stays on the bottom, the gun floats up to
    70-60feet. That is kind of deep for a trolling fishermen to snag.


    I've lost one hand built gun, it really sucks, but your alive and breathing. Some guys don't know when to let go and keep swimming andfighting the fish, then black out.


    Cheers, Don



    Yep. First time I've had the line tangle on a reel gun. I was down 60' and shot the biggest AJ straight down thru the top of his head. I started up and felt resistance, checked my reel drag and it was loose. I looked down and the shooting line was wedged between my roller and the gun stock. I tried to get my knife but fumbled with finding it.


    Luckily I've gone through this scenario in my head. If I can't get my knife out quick and cut the line past the muzzle, I'm letting go. Not risking my life horsing up a 70+ lb fish. It's just a fish and a gun. Both replaceable. I live to dive another day.


    I wonder what I'll do next time if I get the FRV...


  • Luckily I've gone through this scenario in my head. If I can't get my knife out quick and cut the line past the muzzle, I'm letting go. Not risking my life horsing up a 70+ lb fish. It's just a fish and a gun. Both replaceable. I live to dive another day.


    What a great example. Thanks for sharing mate.

  • Bummer Chuck :( nuff respect for that move though, I pray if something like that ever happens to me I have your good sense to react the way you did.


    Whats does below mean?
    I wonder what I'll do next time if I get the FRV...[/QUOTE]

    A bad day at sea is better than a good day in the boatyard
    George Steele

  • Assuming I have the Freedive recovery vest (FRV), would I manually inflate the vest and try to horse the beast to the surface? Then if I come close to blacking out, it would already be inflated.


    I'll have to think about that one.


    C

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