Spearfishing is a method of fishing that has been used throughout the world for millennia. Early civilizations used sharpened sticks.
Currently spearfishing makes use of elastic powered spearguns and slings, or compressed gas pneumatic powered spearguns, to strike the hunted fish.
RIFFE sells Spearfishing & Freediving gear designed for the Silent Hunter.
Made in San Clemente, California, RIFFE Spearguns is one of the top speargun makers in the world.
Spearfishing guru Jay Riffe, is the founder of RIFFE International, Inc. A former resident of Dana Point, he passed away July 2020.
Jay was 10 years old when he started spearfishing in Southern California with a hand spear.
By 15, he was spearfishing competitively, and at age 22 he became the Pacific Coast champion.
He was invited to join the World Spearfishing Team, and he set three world records using spearguns of his own design. They were for sport fishing in the 1970s, catching a 62-pound wahoo, a 44-pound dorado and a 286-pound yellowfin tuna.
Jay boated and hunted with the likes of Desi Arnaz Jr., Bing Crosby, Jacques Cousteau and Buzz Aldrin.
Like all great fishermen, Mr. Riffe had his share of harrowing undersea encounters, including coming jaw to jaw with a great white shark (no blood drawn by either side), and finding himself among a swarm of hammerheads off Costa Rica while teaching the sport to his daughter Julie, herself a highly accomplished spearo.