Interview with Andre Rerekura

If you would like to learn more about spearfishing setups for chasing big Dogtooth Tuna, underwater photography or even the mindset of an experienced watermen, then this episode with Andre Rerekura is for you. Andre is one of the co-founders of Terra Australis, a collaborative between some very talented guys who make films in and on the ocean. In this chat we learn a tonne of hunting insights while meeting a spearo whose mindset has shifted from shooting fish every chance he gets to selecting and taking a fish only when he’s hungry.

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Terra Australis TV site and links below!

Terra Australis lads in action. Andre (Dre) with Dreadlocks second from left

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4:00 Andre’s Background

7:00 Starting out spearfishing in Port Macquarie. Broomstick spearguns and an old classic ‘Tourist’

10:00 Meeting Travis Corken

12:00 Early obstacles. Swell, finding spots and working with local conditions.

15:00 Most memorable spearfishing catches. Dogtooth Tuna 76kgs

  • How did you hunt that fish?
  • What was your spearfishing setup?
  • What are some of the biggest things you’ve learned with equipment setups for big fish?
  • What are your thoughts for shot placement on Dogtooth Tuna?
Spearfishing Dogtooth Tuna Andre Rerekura

Andre Rerekura with a big Dogtooth Tuna

25:00 What is your favorite spearfishing hunting technique?

  • Spanish Mackerel or King Mackerel (USA)
  • Where do you find them?
  • Do you find they behave differently depending on where you are in the water column?

30:00 How has your mindset changed over the years spearfishing?

33:00 What is one of the toughest situations you’ve had out in the ocean?

45:00 Veterans Vault – Making Underwater Films

  • What were some of your early mistakes and takeaways filming?
  • What camera and setup do you use?
  • What software are you using for editing?
  • Do you collaborate with editing?
  • Do you have a system for preparing for a video shoot?

Terra Australis Website | Instagram | Youtube | Facebook

64:00 What is the funniest thing you’ve seen out spearfishing?

66:00 What is in your spearfishing equipment bag?

  • HECS Stealth Wetsuits
  • Octo Masks
  • Rubber weight belt
  • Special Fins

75:00 Spearo Q&A

  • What does the spearfishing experience mean to you in one sentence?
  • If you had to start all over again, what would you do differently?
  • Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why?
  • If you could only choose one place to go spearfishing, where would you go?
  • Who have been the most influential spearos in your journey?
  • Whats the single best best piece of advice you’ve ever been given (for spearfishing)?
  • If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, what would you say?

Where can people come and find Terra Australis?

Terra Australis Website | Instagram | Youtube | Facebook

Andre Rerekura (center) Terra Australia. HECS wetsuits

Andre Rerekura (center)

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Written by Shrek

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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