Spear Fisher

Catch fishes using barbed spears.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Spear Fishers do?

Catches fish, such as eels, salmon, and swordfish, using barbed spear: Spears fish from platform built in stream or on river bank or from fishing vessel, using harpoon attached to buoy by rope, and allows fish to tire. Hoists fish from water, using gaff. Kills swordfish with club, rifle, or gaff. May be designated according to gear used as Fisher, Eel Spear; Gaffer; Harpooner; or according to quarry sought as Fisher, Swordfish.

Should I be a Spear Fisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Fisher, Eel Spear, Fisher, Scallop, Fisher, Spear, Fisher, Swordfish, Salmon Troll Fisher, Spearer

    How to become a Spear Fisher

    Most Spear Fishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9nahaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||bachelor%27s+%289%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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