The founder of Rob Allen Spearguns. Born in 1958, Rob spent his formative years as a fisherman off the coast of South Africa. At 22, while working for the Natal Sharks Board, Rob decided to get in the water…this experience changed his life forever! It answered many questions he had about the habits of fish, their actions and reactions and the undersea environment in general. Like most spearfishermen, Rob was constantly trying new things and modifying his equipment to perform better and eventually began developing his own guns.
During this period, Rob was working as a marine ranger while living at Cape Vidal. Here he was able to listen to different ideas and experiences from the many experienced spearfishermen who came to Cape Vidal for the big gamefish it had to offer. From these frequent encounters and dive opportunities, Rob was able to test new ideas on the spot.
By South African standards, Rob’s first guns were much bigger than the norm and many divers thought of the guns as too big and too long. Once the equipment was in the water it was a different story - very good fish were taken at long range.