NSP:082 Alex Davis Spearfishing Barbados

June 1, 2018

Alex Davis Spearfishing Barbados Interview

British spearfishing and freediving instructor Alex Davis joins me from Barbados to share his spearfishing story. I learn about how he started his business, Spearfishing Barbados, his freediving experience and we dial right in on targeting Lionfish. Topics covered include Lionfish range, size, breeding, predators, food source, how to find them and how to deal with the spines. This is an informative chat and I thoroughly enjoyed talking about filleting, a good GoPro alternative, Barbados spearfishing conditions and some of the lessons Alex has learned over the years. Check it out and join the conversation on Facebook here.

Alex Davis Freediving and Spearfishing Instructor

Alex Davis preparing to set a Barbados Freediving Record

Interview Time highlights

00:00 News and updates from Turbo

04:00 Alex Davis introduction and a bit of info about how he started his spearfishing and freediving business in Barbados

07:00 What are Barbados spearfishing conditions and benthos like? What species do you target?

12:00 What kinds of things did you struggle with when you started spearfishing?

16:00 What has been your most memorable catch to date?

22:00 What is one of your favorite spearfishing hunting techniques?

28:00 Veterans Vault – Targeting Lionfish

Spearfishing Barbados Alex Davis Targeting Lionfish

  • General overview of the Lionfish species, behavior, reproduction, range and size
  • Explanation of their spines, venom and what happens if you get stung along with treatment
  • What are the benefits of targeting Lionfish?
  • What are some common mistakes that divers make hunting them?
  • How do you prepare them for eating?
  • What filleting knives do you use?
  • What equipment do you need for Lionfish hunting and filleting?

EMT Shears (Amazon affiliate link here – as mentioned in the show)

Lionfish website with pictures, videos and more information for filleting, de-spining and more here

53:00 What is the funniest moment you have experienced out spearfishing? A Stonefish Experience!

55:00 What is in your spearfishing dive bag?

  • Paralenz Camera here (finally a GoPro alternative!) – check out the VIDEO quality here
  • Hecs Dive Skin
  • Deep Apnea Fins
  • Cressi Nano Mask
  • Cressi Pole Spear

67:00 Spearo Q&A

  1. What is the single best piece of advice you’ve been given for spearfishing?
  2. If you had to start all over again what would you do differently?
  3. Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?
  4. What would be your fish of a lifetime?
  5. Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you ion one sentence?

Connect with Alex Davis Spearfishing Barbados below

Brendan Fraser, Alex Davis (right) Spearfishing for Lionfish in Barbados

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Written by Shrek


Shrek is a Brisbane based Spearo, Podcast Co-Host and Blogger. Initially experiencing the underwater world through scuba diving, the hunter gatherer orientation quickly became apparent along with the enjoyment of breath-hold diving.



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