Readers take into account the Team Kampela members are mostly highly trained gun specialists and have been trained to kill by the Finnish Army.
The speargun is held in the hand like a pistol and the hand should be well balanced. Changing the target spot is slow due to the drag of the water. In our limited visibility we don't have much time to take aim and the shot should leave as soon as possible. The fish are easily scared away with quick moves and one should try to aim at the fish without letting the fish know of your aims. Most of the fish we hunt for don't have any particular kill spots as the big fish in the Mediterranean Sea e.g. We try to aim in the neck of the prey but no extra points are given for a cold shot (immediate kill).
It takes years to become a good shooter and it depends on the type of fish you are trying to catch. You should try to avoid hitting the best filé parts. With Kampela e.g. in the spring you can just aim at the right part of the fish because there is almost nothing to eat. Ahven on the other hand is a much easier prey as you most often just lie on the bottom and a school of perches just come to see what's going on. You just slowly move your shaft and aim to hit the fish behind the gills. After the perfect shot you take out your knife and cut the main blood vessels. This measure will pump the blood from the tissues and preserve the fish from chemical reactions. We think that this might be one of the reasons why the fish we catch taste better than those of other fishers that use nets and baits. When the fish is caught in the net it will try to fight it's way out and this will result in increased amounts of muscle acids, stress hormones and hyper metabolism. Another reason is the fact that we hunt in the cleanest waters you can find in the Baltic Sea.
There have been talks for a long time that we should practice shooting on targets. But so far it has never happened. I think that one of the best ways to practice shooting is to shoot crappy fish like Säynävä and Norwegian shore perches (it even looks stupid). In conclusion a perfect shot is in the mind of the hunter and depends as much on the prey as on the shot. Shoot whenever you see something move is my advice. Most often it's a fish.
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