spearfishing book

Our books going hard copy and We Need Your Help!

  99 tips to get better at spearfishing is going to print! That’s right we are making a fully illustrated version of our book and we are giving you a chance to be a part of it. What we need are great photos to go in the book on a range of topics. All you have to do is check the list below, go through your archives or get creative and email me, [email protected] with your pics. In return if your pics are selected to go in the book you’ll be featured in the book with full photo credit, go on our “thankyou page” and score yourself a free copy hot off the press. So here’s the list and don’t be afraid to get creative! NZ …

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3 free online tools to help you find that secret spearfishing spot

3 free online tools to help you find secret spearfishing spots

A Guide to finding your own Secret Spearfishing Spots – by Clancy   Introduction – How I learned to find my own spearfishing spots When I was first starting out spearfishing I hassled anyone I could about where the best spots were. The people I was asking didn’t know anything about spearfishing (let alone secret spearfishing spots), but that didn’t stop them from giving me advice. On one occasion, someone had confidently pointed out a spot on a map that was both in a marine reserve and accessible only by boat. When I arrived I pretty quickly realised I’d been given a bum steer, but with the car full of gear and a hankering for fish for dinner I pulled out my phone and started …

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6 Actionable Tips To Increase Your Bottom Time

6 Tips To Increase Bottom Time Here are some actionable tips to increase your bottom time. Don’t try to implement everything at once, focus on one or possibly two tips at a time. Get each technique dialed in before moving on. If you have some tips of your own, share them in the comments below. 1. Relax Before you even get to your dive spot, do some full breathe-ups to stretch your lungs and prepare your body for diving. On the surface, close your eyes and concentrate on releasing all muscle tension. Hold your gun lightly in your hand and breathe slow, deep and even. If you can, go with the current and use the boat to put you on the right spot. Plan your drops – if you are …

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Spearfishing Mask and Snorkel

Selecting the right mask and snorkel for spearfishing   The spearfishing mask gives you the ability to see underwater which is vital for spearfishing but not all spearfishing masks are created equal and what is considered desirable by SCUBA divers is not desirable for the Spearo. When choosing a mask look for a small internal volume, soft black silicone skirt and most importantly a water-tight fit. A spearo’s dive mask has a smaller internal volume than Scuba diving masks. This is because the air in the mask compresses as the spearo descends forcing the mask onto the face. The spearo, therefore must use their precious air resources to equalise it. Therefore it requires less of the spearos air to equalise the mask if the internal volume of the mask is smaller. A …

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Spearfishing Equipment, Spearfishing Fins

 Overview Spearo’s generally use specialised spearfishing fins that are longer and narrower than scuba fins. They are designed to give maximum efficiency from the energy that the diver expends on kicking, thus reducing oxygen consumption and improving the amount of time the diver can be underwater hunting. Though these types of fins can be fast and powerful the emphasis is more on efficiency rather than power. Spearfishing fins generally come in three main types of material and of course price range. At the top,  there is carbon fibre followed by fibreglass and at the bottom end thermoplastic. Each has their pro’s and con’s which we will discuss.  Foot Pocket and Fit There is a lot to consider when choosing a spearfishing fin. The first thing is the fit. The …

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Relaxing on the surface. Don't rush, Don't be rushed! Spearfishing Buddy Protocol

Spearfishing Buddy Protocol

Adopting an Effective Spearfishing Buddy Protocol Unfortunately we are losing too many spearo’s to shallow water blackout. Fortunately it is a problem easily rectified by good spearfishing buddy protocol. Here are my tips for being a good buddy. One up,  one down – cornerstone of spearfishing buddy protocol One up, one down is the cornerstone of good buddy diving. When one diver is on the bottom, the other is on the surface watching their buddy. Watching your buddy on their ascent is crucial. This is where the dreaded shallow water blackout can occur. Look for any unusual signs in their behaviour, particularly poor coordination. Being on the surface also means you are on the surface to provide a second shot should they need it after they surface safely. …

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Roller Powerhead Conversion Kit Giveaway

Roller Powerhead Conversion Kit Giveaway Care of MannySub and Noob Spearo this is the Roller Powerhead Conversion Kit Giveaway Competition! A new conversion kit for your speargun could be in the mail and on it’s way to you. There are multiple ways to enter as you will find when you follow the link below. (Enter using Facebook) Noob Spearo & MannySub Roller Power Head Giveaway Roller Powerhead Conversion Kit Giveaway – More Information If you would like to know more about MannySub and their Roller Speargun range then visit the MannySub site here or better yet listen into our interview with the founder Emanuel Bova here. This competition is for one complete conversion kit customized to your specs (some limitations with length etc). At the end …

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Preparing for a Spearfishing trip, 4 things I wouldn’t normally do.

  Preparing for a Spearfishing trip, 4 things I wouldn’t normally do. My preparation for this trip was a little different to my others due to the nature of the preceding months. Firstly I had just recovered from ciguatera poisoning and I had only been diving twice in about 5 months. I was down on weight (65kg) and I had bugger all strength, breath hold or any dive fitness therefore I needed to focus on getting my body right as best I could in my short lead up time. I didn’t focus too much on spending money on gear though I did buy a Roller Power Head conversion kit. I ‘m of the mindset that there’s a lot of personal improvement to be done to get the …

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DIY Roller Speargun

DIY Roller Speargun – Fitting a Roller Power Head

 DIY Roller Speargun. Guide to converting your Gun. #Video of the entire DIY Roller Speargun conversion process at the bottom                           So, there you have it, a converted 1.2m Rob Allen Tuna. Now a 1.1m Manny Sub Roller Power Head. It’s a simple process and the plans are very clear but it’s important to read the whole document before you start. Here is the entire Roller Speargun conversion video guide Also for more information, tips and techniques read roller speargun Part 1 or Part 2 Roller Spearguns here If you are interested in looking more at the MannySub Roller Speargun conversion kit head here to Adreno and save $20 by using the NOOBSPEARO discount code …

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Six months on and ciguatera poisoning symptom free.

Ciguatera Poisoning, Staying positive

Ciguatera, Staying positive throughout the experience Hi all, I just wanted to share an update of my experience with ciguatera poisoning. I contracted ciguatera in January 2016 so I’m about six months from contraction date. I’m symptom free and have been so for at least a couple of months. I am drinking coffee again and I’ve taken up alcohol with no side effects. I have even eaten small doses of fish, crayfish and calamari from tropical waters with no side effects. I have even managed to take up exercise and work and I’ve even put on weight. If you would like to hear my ciguatera poisoning story you can listen to my podcast episode on it right here. I wanted to share this positive news …

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Roller Power Head

Manny Sub Roller Power Head Conversion First Impressions Part 2

  So I thought I’d add a part two to my Roller Power Head conversion post. In the first article I covered what’s in the box when you buy the Manny Sub Roller Power Head conversion kit. And yes I was extremely impressed with the design and quality of everything that came but I hadn’t had a chance to really let loose on some fish and use the gun repetitively. Since writing that post I have returned from the Coral sea where I was able to test the Roller Power Head setup in some of the best spearfishing grounds in the world and I wanted to share the main points I learnt, both good and bad. No.1 Learn how to load them My setup as …

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Manny Sub Roller Power Head conversion first Impressions. Part 1

  Manny Sub Roller Power Head conversion first impressions So I’ve finally done it, I’ve gone roller. After interviewing Emmanuel Bova from Manny Sub and shooting my mate Champ’s roller gun it was time to give it a go. So here are my first impressions after unboxing, fitting and one dive with the Roller Power Head Conversion. What I ordered Roller Power head conversion Pre made 18mm rubber 16mm clip on assist rubber 7.5mm stainless steel spear with triple loading fins (two of) 8mm stainless steel spear with triple loading fins First and foremost I want to start with the ordering process. What I like about the Manny Sub process is that the kit is customisable. You choose the length of your gun or desired …

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Spearfishing Boat Fail Accident with prop

The Speargun, Prop and Ladder Lesson

The Speargun, Prop and Ladder Lesson A North Queensland spearo got into an altercation between his speargun and boat propeller. This was the result. Before exiting the water to get onto his boat he clipped his speargun to the ladder (makings it easier to take off his fins etc before climbing in the boat). Many spearo’s would pass their gun up to the boatie (hopefully handle first and unloaded) or slip their gun over the side or back of the boat before attempting to clamber over however clipping your gun off to the ladder is not uncommon. After he clipped the speargun to the ladder, removed his gear and climbed aboard, he started chatting to his dive buddies and began eating some food. Distracted they …

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Spearfishing with Crocodiles, Near misses and lessons learnt

‘Spearfishing with crocodiles? You must be crazy!’   That’s what I thought when I received a question from a listener inquiring about tips for spearfishing with crocodiles. Dane who recently moved to East Timor asked me if I had any advice for spearfishing in Crocodile infested waters. To be honest there was just radio silence in-between my ears on this one as I’ve never dived around Crocodiles or even contemplated it. Dane told me that the local Timorese do it all the time and according to their local beliefs, the crocodile represents the grandfather spirit of their creation and as long as one has a “pure heart” grandfather will not attack. Unfortunately I’m about as pure as Fukushima harbour, so I wouldn’t expect too much discretion from the local …

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Featured Spearfishing Video May

Featured Spearfishing Video May 2016 – Harlem Ratapu

Featured Spearfishing Video May, 2016 Harlem Ratapu – ‘the Main Purpose’ Spearfishing Video of the Month This is a new but long time coming addition to Noob Spearo. Every month or so we plan to feature a spearfishing video from someone in our community that showcases the spearfishing lifestyle. Harlem’s video that is filmed off his hometown Gisborne, New Zealand is a great example of this. With a healthy catch of Paua (Abalone) and Crayfish as well as a few fish along the way, and captured in idyllic kiwi conditions, this is an enjoyable watch with a great soundtrack. Awesome job Harlem! Here is the video followed by some more information about Harlem and his spearfishing experience so far. Enjoy! I asked him a few …

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6 tips to go spearfishing more

6 Tips To Go Spearfishing More

Here are 6 tips to help you go spearfishing more If you want to go spearfishing more and you’re slightly sick of watching life (clean water + fishing opportunities) go by then this blog post might be able to help!   Prioritise What does a good week look like to you? Do you want to go spearfishing once a week, twice a month? Put first things first. Spearfishing will seldom come first, but lock in everything that needs to happen and get it done. Eliminate or Delegate Are you doing stuff that someone else could do or even worse, that no one needs to do? Stuff like; cleaning the garage, moving your ‘mate’ for the third time in the last year, re-painting the house or some other task that …

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Southern Queensland Spearfishing Frequently Asked Questions

Southern Queensland Spearfishing FAQ

Southern Queensland Spearfishing Frequently Asked Question’s Southern Queensland Spearfishing is a popular and useful facebook page for people interested in spearfishing in the Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast areas of Queensland. If you are looking for a dive buddy, mentor or some boat diving opportunities this is a good place to go. Also if you are selling equipment or want to ask questions of some of the more experienced local divers in the area this is also a good place to visit. The Southern Queensland Spearfishing Admins get asked the same questions fairly regularly so this page will be an easy reference place to send people. This post will be updated periodically. Southern Queensland Spearfishing Frequently Asked Question’s Question: Are there any ideal spots for a …

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Woody Falls Boat Diving Near Miss

Boat Diving Near Miss – “…it’ still in [email protected] reverse”

Boat Diving Near Miss – “…it’ still in [email protected] reverse” – by Woody Falls I love it when I see a fellow spearo share a story about a near miss where they not only survived and learned something, but decided to share their story with the rest of the spearfishing community. This tale from Woody is one of those times. His story could have ended up with a completely different result which makes this boat diving near miss an engaging read. I also encourage people to be respectful of those that do share as they have the stone’s to tell their stories which can save others lives. This is not a hard mistake to make. Many divers have a similar story. Without further comments here is…   …Woody’s …

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Get Started Spearfishing Guide. Ayman Abdin Left Yellowtail Kingfish. Cliff Harvey Right Sampsonfish

Just Starting Spearfishing? Comprehensive Guide Right Here!

Get Started Spearfishing Guide Improve Your Spearfishing Skills with our blog and podcast   If you want to; Improve breath-hold Learn Spearfishing hunting techniques Research better techniques for everything from finning to using burley Have a go at using a GoPro for the first time or learn about underwater photography Make improvements to your freediving techniques Overcome common (and not so common) obstacles Prepare better for your next big trip Then this Get Started Spearfishing Guide might be exactly what you are looking for.   This post contains links to many of our getting started spearfishing guide’s, articles, interviews and more. This guide is updated periodically so it might be a good idea to bookmark it. Shore diving, diving from a land base. This can include; Enclosed non-tidal water diving such as lakes, rivers, etc. Calm tidal …

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Penetrator Noob Spearo Giveaway

Penetrator Fins & Noob Spearo Giveaway – Now Finished! Noob Spearo and Penetrator Fins have teamed up to create some custom fin blades available in both Carbon Fiber and Composite. You can check them out here. To celebrate we are giving away a set of these composite blades to one lucky Instagrammer. Simply follow Penetrator & NoobSpearo on Instagram to enter Noob Spearo Penetrator Giveaway

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Kosta and the Snapper

Kosta and the Snapper

Kosta and a very memorable fish   05:15 at the boat ramp   …and I was as frisky as Turbo after his bar mitzvah. What was the day going to bring? Motoring out the weather was mint. 5 knot variables, slightly overcast skies and a mild swell greeted us as we came around the edge of Moreton Island and headed to Kostas secret spots. The crew was mad dog Adrian, the infamous Seyoung, myself and the ever scurvy Greek pirate Kosta. All of us had grins plastered from ear to ear, happy to be out chasing fish for a mid-week spearing session. Being the BFG I took first Boatie duties and each of the boys shot a 7-8kg Spanish Mackerel, although Adrian was still tuning …

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Noob Spearo Spear Fishing Podcast Studio

Noob Spearo Podcast 2016 – Season 2

Noob Spearo Podcast, Season 2 Improved with help from our listeners! After 20 interviews with some awesome spearfishing guests from all over the world and steady growth in our community, Noob Spearo Podcast is ready for some improvements. To help us improve the show we took several steps We launched a Noob Spearo Podcast listener survey and asked you (our listeners) what you thought. We surveyed our previous guests and took their feedback onboard. We took on Pat Dwyer, a Podcast Producer (intern) to consult, advise and assist us with the show Top, Shrek (left) & Turbo (right).  Bottom left, Turbo and Pat – mic coaching. Bottom right, Pat and Shrek listening in to Turbo. Here is some feedback we received from Noob Spearo Podcast listeners Here …

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Spearfishing and Freediving Coach

Spearfishing at 20 metres – Part 1

Understanding what is happening to your body spearfishing at 20 metres – Part 1 Before I start I told the Noob Spearo guys that I would keep this article as simple as possible. This article will cover the most important subjects that I believe any freediver or a spearo should be aware of when wanting to achieve spearfishing at 20 metres and beyond. Spearfishing at 20 metres has been a magic number for beginners in freediving or spearfishing, so what happens at -20 meters and how your body reacts to it is important to know. Freedivers and spearo’s will both experience the same thing at this depth which is the effects of pressure. Which parts of our body gets effected by this pressure? Yes, you …

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Iki Jime- How you should be killing your fish

Iki Jime – the most effective spearfishing kill technique   About the Ike Jime Method and its Origin   Iki Jime is a method of humanely killing fish that originated in Japan. It is the method by which a spike is inserted into the brain of the fish usually behind and above the eye causing instant death. The fishes fins will flare then relax letting you know you’ve hit the spot. Not only is Ike Jime humane but it greatly improves the eating quality of the fish as well. Instantly killing the fish stops reflex action like kicking and thrashing which prevents a build up of lactic acid that sours the flavour of the fish. In addition the blood in the flesh retracts to the gut cavity producing …

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Simon Trippe Interview talking spearfishing with Shrek and Turbo

Simon Trippe Interview Transcription

Simon Trippe Interview Transcription These interviews can be streamed here on the website or downloaded on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Tunein Radio for free right on your smartphone (check out Turbos guide) Hello, and welcome to the Noob Spearo podcast where we interview experts, authorities, and characters on all things spearfishing. Come and join us after the show at noobspearo.com, the online spearfishing community helping you to become a better spearo. Here are your hosts for the show, Shrek and Turbo. Shrek: G’day, Noobspearo community, today we’re chatting with a very experienced Sydney spearo. He began spearfishing with his father, Rick, in about 1976 around the rocks of Balmoral Beach in Sydney. And by age 10, he had speared South Solitary Island and he’d become …

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Spearfishing Spanish Mackerel, Month of Mackerel Summary

Our Guide to Spearfishing Spanish Mackerel the Summary for Month of Mackerel   Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel. Different names in different places. Here is a brief list of names for Spanish Mackerel. See one missing? Put it in the comments! South Africa: King Mackerel, Couta, Cuda Malaysia: Tenggiri Australia: Narrow-Barred Mackerel, Spaniard, Spanish Mackerel USA: Barred Mackerel, Narrow-Barred Mackerel, Striped Seer, Kingfish Arabia: Kanaad, Kanad or Kana’d mackerel India: Konem in Telugu, Vanjaram in Tamil, Anjal in Tulu Iran: Shir Mahi شیرماهی Philippines: Tanigue Indonesia: Ikan Tenggiri Somalia: Yuumbi Fiji: Walu Qatar: Kingfish (from Coatesmans blog) Noob Spearo’s Month of Mackerel was inspired after an email exchange with one of our Noob Spearo Podcast listeners. He asked for more hunting tips and made a few cracker suggestions that we will …

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Tito Taing’s Tank

The Monster Spanish Mackerel   First Day Swains Reef The first day we arrived at Swains Reef aboard Iluka Charters. The skipper provided  me with some advice on where to dive. I got in the water near the reefs edge to be greeted with a steep drop off. I took my flasher out with me in the hope of drawing in an inquisitive dogtooth tuna. After multiple dives though without any fish, I was starting to doubt whether this location held any fish. First Glimpse However, as I surfaced from one on my dives, I looked down to the flasher to catch my first glimpse of a very large fish that was slowly approaching the end of my flasher. The first thing that came to mind was that …

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Spearfishing Beginner Tips – How to fight and land a Spanish Mackerel

How to fight and land a Spanish Mackerel – Spearfishing Guide At a rough guess I would say the second Spanish Mackerel I ever shot would have put me in the 30kg club or close to it. Not bad for a shore dive in ten metres of water for a guy who had only shot Flathead and Morwong previously. But alas the Flathead I had been practicing on weren’t in the same league and I just didn’t know how to handle the beast of a fish. I was completely underprepared and overwhelmed and consequently lost the fish. I have learned a lot from that fish and since that day I’ve picked up my game and learned the skills I need to handle these exciting mid …

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Spearfishing Beginner tips- How to hunt Spanish Mackerel

How to hunt Spanish Mackerel – A Spearfishing Guide Spanish Mackerel or Scomboromorus Commerson is a highly targeted blue water species. They get big, they run hard and they taste good. What more could a spear fisherman ask for? Add to this  Spanish Mackerel can be accessed from the shore and nothing feels better than emerging from the ocean with a large pelagic fish draped over your shoulder as you make your way back to your car in front of stunned onlookers who will never judge your choice of camouflaged wetsuit again. But the best thing for the novice is Spanish Mackerel are not that difficult to shoot once you get a few basics under control and you don’t need a thousand dollar blue water cannon either.  So …

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Spanish Mackerel spearfishing record still holds after 11years

Spanish Mackerel Spearfishing Record Somborumorus Commerson Narrow Barred Spanish (King) Mackerel records Above is a picture of Greg Pickering with largest recorded Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel speared in the world. Greg shot this fish back in the early nineties at a time when the record for this fish would change hands six times in four years ultimately leading to Greg holding the title to this date. At the turn of the century the Mackerel were going off not just in Australia but in South Africa as well. It was in July 2000 that Kevin Daly in the Natal Coast of South Africa started this epic battle of the records by landing a whopping 36.8kg monster. Kevin shot this fish with a 1.2m gun whilst shore …

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Three Mistakes I’ve made shore diving

Some of the things I could’ve done better spearfishing from shore 1) The “she’ll be right” attitude. On one of my first shore dives I was away up in the Coromandel, New Zealand. I had only just gotten into the sport and I was really keen just to get in the water for a dive. On the morning after arriving I was up bright and early and walking down to the beach to head out shore diving. Before I knew it I had shot a nice kingie (Yellowtail Kingfish) and I was being towed round in about three meters of water with fairly heavy surge and rocks close by. I made a number of mistakes that day, but the biggest one was assuming everything would be “sweet as”. I …

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Guide for Shore Dive Spearfishing. Part 2 – the diveday. Harlem Ratapu, Gisborne Spearfishing

Guide for Shore Dive Spearfishing. Part 2 – the diveday

Guide for Shore Dive Spearfishing Part 2, the Dive Day Shore dive spearfishing is not a lower form of the sport, diving from the beach is challenging and often its not as easy to access species such as pelagics however there is nothing quite like bringing in a good fish or two with nothing but the equipment that you carry to the beach. Its simple and sometimes thats why we want to go spearfishing, for the simple pleasure of catching, preparing and sharing our catch with family and friends. This guide is highly geared towards those shore diving through a surf-zone but the points to consider are still applicable to sheltered water diving. Part 2 starts off where Part 1 finished Weather and Conditions, final checks A final …

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Guide for Shore Dive Spearfishing, Part 1 – how to plan and prepare.

Guide for Shore dive spearfishing Part 1, how to plan and prepare Shore diving or Rock-hopping is diving from shore instead of diving from a boat. It is where most of us start out spearfishing and shore diving remains something that I love doing, even in Queensland where shore diving is often impractical due to poor inshore visibility, lack of available locations and the right weather. Guide for Shore Dive Spearfishing Part 1 is part of an introduction into shore diving, please leave feedback, suggestions or questions below. Guide for Shore Dive Spearfishing, Part 1. Plan and Prepare Click To Tweet Step 1, Find someone to go with. How do I find a spearfishing buddy? Taking someone Spearfishing is hard work. Most Spearo’s love spearfishing …

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Essential spearfishing beginner tips – Six things you can’t pack

Essential spearfishing beginner tips – Six things you can’t pack When starting spearfishing as a beginner often the first thing you focus on is gear and it’s true spearfishing is difficult without a speargun and some basic equipment. Below is my list of things that are often overlooked. They maybe aren’t as cool but I think they are essential to the developing spearfishing noob. 1. Freediving course To shoot a fish it helps to be able to freedive properly and freediving is a bit more than just holding your breath. There are many reputable freediving schools and some that even teach spearfishing skills as well. This is a sure fire way to ensure you get the most out of your diving and make you a safe diver. …

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Pole Spears, why I said no

The reasons why I bailed on the Pole Spear I have followed along closely watching Turbo go through his pole spear phase. I have listened to a diverse range of spearo’s from all over the world esteem the merits of the polespear and the self training that using them induces. I have read Roman Castros blogpost about getting back to basics with the Pole Spear. And… I will still not be using a polespear in the near future, I’m sorry… Briefly, here’s why; 1. Empty Freezer By the time I get out spearfishing I just want to shoot something, hell anything worth eating. My freezer is empty and I have been missing regular fresh fish. KFC has been making a killing from my extended hiatus and my dive …

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Moroccan Kingfish Recipe

Moroccan Kingfish Recipe   I’ve got bulk kingfish in the freezer and it’s all too easy to have another fry up. Not only that but Shrek’s on another 12 week challenge so the deep fryer has been parked in the shed. This one’s a simple one pot that’s healthy with stacks of flavour and it requires bugger all preparation or culinary skills. Hook in and try Turbo’s Moroccan Kingfish Recipe Ingredients   ✽ 0.5 – 1kg of kingfish spear removed and cubed ✽ 2 red capsicums (sliced) ✽ 6 cloves of garlic (chopped finely) ✽ Bunch of coriander (cilantro) chopped ✽ 1 Chilli sliced across or the dried stuff or the powdered stuff (what ev’s) ✽ 1 tbs of tumeric ✽ 2 tbs of sweet paprika ✽ …

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5 Tips to Improve Your Next Dive

5 Tips to Improve Your Next Dive Here are 5 tips to improve your next dive when you head out spearfishing. 1. Prepare It sounds cliche but lets be honest, losing that memorable mackerel because you forgot to check the state of your shooting line the night before is a face palm moment for sure. To avoid future pain here is a rule I try to follow “6P – Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance” – Shrek the Bean counter Click To Tweet   Develop your own system for checking everything, start at your head and work your way down or start on your inner layer and work your way out. Here is a quick list (sign up for our email newsletter to get a printer friendly version); Wetsuit …

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Lung and Trachea Squeeze Survey Results

Lung and Trachea Squeeze Survey Wayne Judge emailed me in early May (2015) and asked if I would like to publish an article he had written about Lung and Trachea Squeeze. I have a personal friend who has had recurring issues with this problem and I was happy to hear that Wayne had taken the time to write an informative article about it. As I thought about posting it I decided to include a survey and see what others had experienced with this issue. I had lots of responses to the survey so thank you to those that took the time. As you will see from my summary, we had a very widely dispersed group, and a good spread of ages. I limited the questions to respect …

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Spearfishing Lung Squeeze

Spearfishing and Lung Squeezes

Spearfishing Lung Squeeze                                              by Wayne Judge Disclaimer – Wayne Judge is an experienced and respected spearo and freediver however this article about Spearfishing Lung Squeeze is written to raise awareness and not to take the place of specialist medical advice or other expert directives. If you suspect lung or trachea squeeze please seek expert medical advice. A survey that is now closed was run alongside the release of this article. Here are the results   Have you ever surfaced from a dive and found yourself coughing up blood? This is one of the… Click To Tweet The lung or trachea squeeze has usually been the concern of competitive free-divers. It occurs when diving deep and the increased pressure compresses a lung full of air down …

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How to stop being seasick spearfishing

10 Tips To Prevent Seasickness

10 Tips on how to Prevent Seasickness How to avoid becoming a one-man chunder cannon This article started with Shrek suggesting we write a couple of articles about topics we know about and are qualified to write on. “That seems logical,” I say to myself. I start thinking about hunting techniques for pelagics, gun choices, basically all the cool stuff in the world of spearfishing. He then say’s “why don’t you write about sea sickness” Thanks mate… so anyway here are my tips to prevent seasickness. As you might have already guessed that I’m not a doctor, but I am an expert at throwing my stomach contents over the side of a boat in as little as 10 knots. Many a time I’ve sat on the back of …

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Floater – Noob Spearo Email Bonus’s

Hello and Welcome! First of all thanks for signing up for The Floater Turbo and I are stoked to have you with us and it is our hope that you can become part of our community. Email either of us if you have any feedback [email protected] [email protected] Bonus Stuff – Enjoy! 10 Tips Top Become A Better Spearo – PDF Guide with actionable tips to improve your spearfishing DiveDay CheckList – Print 1 out and put it in the garage, use it and never forget crucial equipment again! Private Facebook Group – Brand new! We need help.  Come and join us and share your ideas 1st Adreno Code to use here. Shopping with our major sponsor helps support the Noob Spearo Podcast 2nd Adreno Code – ‘The Floater’ …

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Training for Spearfishing

Training for Spearfishing – Wayne Judge “I have heard it said that the best training for spearfishing is spearfishing. If that is the case you would need to go spearfishing 3 times a week to get any real lasting gain” If the best training for football was a game of football, there would be no mid-week training sessions, there would be mid-week games.
 Whether spearfishing is a hobby, a sport or a lifestyle the spearo stands to gain a lot of ability if he or she thoroughly and meticulously trains weak points into strengths. Serious swimmers do this daily. Whether in a gym or on the field, top level footballers also train daily. Even local teams train once or twice a week, then play the …

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First Aid and Radio Operators Course

First Aid and Radio Operators Course   Last Saturday was pretty full on, Turbo and myself interviewed a popular North American Spearo for our Podcast. The interview was at 4:30AM which was super early but we ended up having a great time. We followed that up with a big breakfast and contemplated the reality of sitting in the First Aid and Radio Operators Course classroom all day. We were both apprehensive about the commitment we had made to do the first aid and radio operators course as free Saturdays are few and far between. We were also both wondering if it was going to be like the 25 other first aid courses we all seem to have to do these days. We were in for a shock. AUFQ …

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Big Fish, Deep Dives, Unseen Territory, Azores Spearfishing

Inhale – The Azores in one breath Have you heard of the AZORES? Me either until now and I’m stoked I learnt about it. Shrek sent me a link to a short film a couple of days ago shot in the Azores by a bunch of very talented videographers and Spearo’s hitting big depths and punishing some big fish. Inhale – The Azores in one breath was shot in a little known Archipelago 850km west of Portugal. The Azores and consists of nine islands with incredible structure and fish life. The teaser is spectacular but these guys need our help. “Inhale is a 90 minute, 12 chapter journey through the Azores archipelagos. Its aim is to introduce people to the sport of spearfishing as the most sustainable way to bring healthy food to …

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The Free Freedivers and the long trip home with Luke SurgoWalker

Moreton Island Spearfishing Adventure The Free Freedivers and the long trip home with Luke SurgoWalker, by Turbo Last weekend with a glamour forecast Shrek and I headed out of North Moreton Bay with the usual suspects (and I do mean suspect) J-Low (Jamie Lough our skipper) and Steve Djumisic (champ), to our usual stomping grounds around Cape Moreton. We were also accompanied by my partner Ines and her friend Nicole and Jaime’s mate Luke who has never been spearfishing before let alone shot a fish. We made our first mistake early on this trip by leaving at 5:00 am only to arrive at our first spot with the sun already over the horizon. Summer’s on it’s way and unfortunately I think it’s time to get out …

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Freedive training for Spearos

Freedive Training For Spearos – Spearfishing Training

Summary of 2014 Freedive Training for Spearos with Wayne Judge 1st Training Night, Spearfishing Training   Wayne briefing the crew The first night of Freedive Training For Spearos started as you would expect, with education and drilling on safety. The divers were taught how to recognize and handle the effects of sambas and blackouts. Handling sambas upon surfacing through to gathering a person blacked out from the bottom of the pool was drilled until each diver was confident he could handle such an event 100% of the time.   But it wasn’t all safety. Divers were given the basics of “streamlining”, something that will be coached throughout the workshop. Water is over 700 times more dense than air, so failing to work on this means a diver …

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