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  • Writer's pictureMax Augliere

The Best Pole Spear In Every Category For 2024

Updated: Feb 27

Man in ocean with large Cubera Snapper and polespear
Matt Walters with a 60+ lb Cubera Snapper harvested with a pole spear

Pole spears are not all made equal. The best way to select which pole spear you need to land the most fish is to figure out which species you are most likely to see or target, and the environment you'll be spearfishing in. We've put together the best 4 best pole spears in each spearfishing category for 2023. We've also worked out some deals with the suppliers. These are not affiliate links, we receive no payment or kickbacks, we just like helping out great companies, and want you to get in the water and start spearfishing asap.

  • Best pole spear - GATKU 8'er. Use "spearfishingri" in the checkout notes for a free GATKU knife with an order of $100.00 or more.

  • Strongest Pole Spear - Neritic Big Bantam. Use "Max15"in the discount box for 15% off any order.

  • Best travel pole spear - Gatku Travel. Use Use "spearfishingri" in the checkout notes for a free GATKU knife with an order of $100.00 or more.

  • Best budget pole spear - Salvimar 7'

You can get 15% off any product at by using the discount code"Coldspearing".

Best Pole Spear

The Gatku "Eight'er" is the best all around pole spear. We've speared Striper in Rhode Island with it, Grouper in The Bahamas, and Snapper in The Keys. It's lightning fast and cuts through water like butter, and it has the strength to land medium sized fish in the 20 lb range. For reef pole spearing, we believe it is unparalleled. We use it with the flopper tip, or slip-tip when targeting bigger species. Here's a video of the Gatku 8er in action in the murky waters of Rhode Island hunting Blackfish / Tautog.

Most Powerful pole spear
freediver holding fish with pole spear

The Neritic Blue Bantam is the flagship creation of Neritic Diving, and they now have a 2.0 roller version. It's 10 feet long, interchangeable to make shorter, and is capable of hunting large pelagic fish offshore or large reef species. It can be adjusted for shorter lengths to accommodate more closer quarters hunting.

Best travel pole spear

We often use pole spears when traveling to places where spearfishing with a gun is illegal, such as The Bahamas. GATKU's travel pole spear breaks down into three sections that are about 30 inches and they can fit in your check-bag when flying. You can buy one of their spearfishing bags for pole spears if you want one place to keep your all of your gear. Use "spearfishingri" in your checkout notes for a free GATKU knife on orders of $100.00 or more.

Best Budget Pole Spear
picture of pole spear

Coming in at $99.00 on Amazon with prime shipping we gave the best budget pole spear to Salvimar. There are cheaper options out there like the iconic yellow pole spear that everyone uses the first time, but the Salvimar 7-footer is longer and travels better in the water. It comes with a paralyzer tip, which is a multi-prong tip. Paralyzer tips are better for beginners because they increase your shot's surface, the downside is that fish can wriggle off easier. We recommend starting with a flopper tip to reduce your chances of losing fish.

The best polespear for Lionfish

Lionfish are the perfect beginner fish to pole spear. They are slow-moving, easy to identify, delicious to eat, and unregulated in Florida and many other places. They are also an invasive species and have become a major environmental concern in the Caribbean. The 5-foot Scuba Choice polespear is perfect for spearfishing Lionfish. Be careful of their venomous spines and watch a video on how to handle them when filleting.


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I used this to improve my Spearfishing game and I was immediately captivated by the authors romantic descriptions of spear fishing.

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Good information for anyone getting into spearfishing. I currently use the neritic blue bantam.Max is super knowledgeable definitely someone worth picking his brain for information.

Max Augliere
Max Augliere

Thanks! The Blue Bantam is well made. Neritic is a great company. CJ the owner has some epic content and adventures.

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