Interview with Will Brunker

Today’s interview is with Will Brunker of Aquagat! An innovator in the speargun world, Will has developed several unique and bespoke designs and components for spearguns! Colourful, tough and functional! He gave up his day job to go into making spearguns and components full time and has been making it work! We don’t talk much about his spearfishing journey but we sure do geek out about spearguns, from designing them to making custom and unique parts and everything in between. Today’s episode is a great one for anyone interested in making their own parts or gear. Be sure to check out Aquagat.com for all the great gear he makes!

aquagat logo

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Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 03:30 How to write a guest recommendation! Welcome Will!
  • 06:00 You have made a lot of innovation with different materials
  • 07:30 How did you start building spearguns and how do you do it?
  • 09:30 Aquagat is a great name!

Mini aquagat

  • 12:05 How long have you been doing this?
  • 16:15 How do you manage the balance between work, family and spearfishing?
  • 18:55 What does your spearfishing look like at the moment?
  • 22:25 Mentorship mentality


reel on a barrel

  • 24:45 Early lessons and experiences in the water
  • 26:45 Dry training
  • 28:05 Speargun accuracy and pool testing
  • 31:15 How do you aim?
  • 32:55 How long should it take to get used to a new speargun?
  • 36:50 Taking your ego out of it
  • 39:40 Let’s talk about your spearguns and components
  • 46:00 Keeping your intellectual property safe and R&D

big fish shot

  • 51:51 Buying cheap gear – the poor man pays twice!
  • 54:30 Tell us about your reels, how many designs did you go through until it worked?
  • 59:35 Do you get many Noob Spearos or mostly experienced ones?
  • 01:01:50 “Where form meets function”
  • 01:05:45 Who do you get your speargun inspiration from?

barrel with resin in the middle

handle orange

Reel components

  • 01:07:15 Tell us about your inverted speargun
  • 01:12:30 How hard are they to load?
  • 01:14:00 D Revolution
  • 01:18:10 How to ballast your speargun
  • 01:21:00 Changing the setup too soon
  • 01:24:15 Should spearos have different spearguns?
  • 01:27:25 Bluewater gun rental
  • 01:29:10 Consistency in rubber bands

speargun and fish

  • 01:31:25 14mm bands vs thicker ones
  • 01:35:30 Tell us some of your funny stories!
  • 01:41:25 How often are you diving and what all is in your dive bag?
  • 01:42:23 Innegra DiveR fins, Ocra footpockets, in-house prototype wetsuit 3.5mm and 5mm. Magnesium supplement and hydration.
  • 01:47:15 Advice for new spearfishing creators
  • 01:50:10 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:52:25 Thank you for being on the show Will!

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