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NSP:210 Western Australia Episode 3 | Shark Bay, Brews and Banter | Bert Keulder, Joel Roberts and Shrek

NSP:210 Western Australia Episode 3 | Shark Bay, Brews and Banter | Bert Keulder, Joel Roberts and Shrek

Interview with Bert Keulder and Joel Roberts

Today’s interview is with Bert Keulder and Joel Roberts around the fire, having a few brews and chatting about spearfishing! These are the moments where life makes sense, out on the beach around a fire with good mates and great conversation. Listen in and hear about our day and Shrek’s first experiences in the WA ocean! Beach launching boats, Estuary Cods, crayfish diving and so much in between! This is just day 1!

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:50 Welcome to the campfire with Bert and Joel!
  • 07:40 Big GT moment
  • 11:05 Spearos are a type of person
  • 13:15 Welcome Joel!
  • 14:20 Day 1: WA conditions
  • 16:30 Beach launches
  • 23:30 Spearo boats
  • 26:20 Bert loves putting people on fish

  • 31:25 Spearfishing brings a sparkle to your eyes
  • 37:00 Kite surfing when it’s windy
  • 40:50 Crayfish diving!
  • 45:45 Estuary Cod can be divisive!
  • 49:55 We had a great day, tomorrow will hopefully be better!
  • 51:35 What makes a spot worth exploring?
  • 54:25 Outro

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NSP:209 Western Australia Episode 2 | Spearfishing Records, Taxidermy & Tagging | Vin Rushworth

NSP:209 Western Australia Episode 2 | Spearfishing Records, Taxidermy & Tagging | Vin Rushworth

Interview with Vin Rushworth

Today’s interview is with Vin Rushworth! Captaining a research vessel for Fisheries in WA, records keeper for the AUF and an inanely talented spearo, here is a diver with a lot to learn from! He has years of experience in the water on the more scientific side of things, giving him a really good insight into the fish species around him. Shooting massive fish, submitting a record fish, tagging and taxidermy, this one is stocked full of actionable info! A few technical glitches but overall a great chat!

Submit a spearfishing record here

NSP209 fish skull

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 05:40 Welcome Vin! Tell us about AUF record keeping!
  • 07:50 What is a species that has surprised you and how do you tell  the age of fish?
  • 09:10 Spearfishing records: how do I submit a record fish?
  • 14:05 Identifying fish
  • 16:50 What do you need to do when you shoot a record fish?
  • 19:00 Rising sea temperatures bringing in different species

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  • 22:40 What gear do you use to hunt big fish? Floatlines and reels
  • 24:55 Eating quality of a big Cobia?
  • 26:55 How did you cook your Cobia?
  • 30:10 Preparing for the Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Competition
  • 32:50 Hunting and cooking Baldchin Groper
  • 34:15 Boating fails, anchoring rules of thumb and boat lights

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  • 38:10 Tagging fish, crays, whales, sharks and etc!
  • 42:40 Dealing with the risks of shark attack: warning signs
  • 49:45 Scary stuff: cave diving for crays
  • 59:10 Buddy diving system and new divers
  • 01:02:10 Funny stories!
  • 01:04:50 Dead battery! Fish taxidermy
  • 01:10:50 What dive gear do you use?
  • 01:12:50 Outro

How to taxidermy a fish skull (by Vin Rushworth):

1. Flesh removal

Over cooking the bones when getting the flesh off seems to lock the yellow of the oil in more. The more you manually clean up or macerate off in water the better the end result seems to be. I prefer a very light boil to baking. Pros use KOH. Take heaps of photos as you pull it apart for reference on reassembly.

2. Degrease

When I originally read up on it everything said to use dawn dishwashing detergent as the degreaser. It is excellent at removing grease and oil but also gentle. It gets used on birds after oil spills etc. You can’t buy Dawn in Australia but apparently it is sold as the brand “Fairy” and is the exact same. I have used the lemon coloured one successfully. I put the cleaned up jaw/skull in a bucket of warm water with a heap of fairy and leave it to soak. I check it once a week and swap the liquid out if it is cloudy or smelly. I gave the last one over a month. Some pros use acetone, MEK or unleaded but these all have their complications for the hobby taxidermist.

3. Whitening

Do not use bleach! I use peroxide to whiten the bones before assembly. You can get it in bulk from large pool stores or chemical suppliers for not too much. Don’t leave it in the concentrate to long as it is harsh on the fine bones. Monitor closely and transfer into water

4. Assembly

I use a combination of superglue and hot glue gun and depending on the join occasionally some hidden wire. To make the posture and angle right place, you can use the hot glue, then after you’re finished easily remove the ugly excess. The photos you took at the start will make your life a lot easier here.

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NSP:208 Western Australia Episode 1 | Aussie Reels, the Bali Mask +++ | Barry Paxman

NSP:208 Western Australia Episode 1 | Aussie Reels, the Bali Mask +++ | Barry Paxman

Interview with Barry Paxman!

Today’s interview is with Barry Paxman! The legend himself, the creator of Aussie Reels, he’s been spearfishing for 60 years and has some epic stories to share from his time out in the water. From some scary shark stories to the thrill of hunting Wahoo and even the story behind his iconic mask, this will be a good listen! This interview is stuffed full of Noob Spearo community questions, get valuable knowledge and wisdom from a spearo that’s been at it for 6 decades and still going strong!

NSP208 Barry and beautiful fish

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 06:40 Welcome Barry! You’ve been spearing for 65 years!
  • 08:00 Diving in dirty water and dealing with shark attacks, first aid and shark populations
  • 17:40 Noob Spearo community questions: how do you deal with buck fever?
  • 21:00 How do you get back in the water after a forced break?
  • 23:30 Your iconic mask!
  • 26:35 What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in spearing?
  • 29:25 You have a particular love for hunting Wahoo

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  • 37:35 Tell us the story of your Aussie Reels
  • 43:30 What gear did you start out with?
  • 47:30 Weight belts
  • 49:00 Tangled in shooting line
  • 50:25 How do you subdue a big fish?
  • 52:50 Trigger discipline and rubber band choice
  • 56:40 Muzzle wrap
  • 57:50 Belt reels

NSP208 Barry with fish in water NSP208 Barry underwater

  • 01:00:55 What do you do when you get to the end of your reel line?
  • 01:02:40 Shooting a Marlin
  • 01:04:30 What is your favourite piece of gear and what all is in your dive bag?
  • 01:06:40 Do you use a cray bag like a SeaSac? Tell us about your crayfish species
  • 01:09:00 How do you cook your crays?
  • 01:12:15 Baldchin Groper and Parrot fish
  • 01:14:25 How do you keep the stoke alive for 60 years? What does your dive crew look like?
  • 01:16:00 Family spearfishing
  • 01:18:45 Spearfishing role models
  • 01:21:10 Building a boat
  • 01:23:40 WA people like driving long distances, do you like boating long distance too?
  • 01:25:25 Scary stories

NSP208 Barry holding fishNSP208 Barry and little tuna

  • 01:35:40 What makes a good dive buddy for you?
  • 01:37:20 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:42:00 Outro
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NSP:207 Australian Spearfishing Champions 2022 | Bryson Sheehy and Tim McDonald

NSP:207 Australian Spearfishing Champions 2022 | Bryson Sheehy and Tim McDonald

Interview with Bryson Sheehy and Tim McDonald

Today’s interview is with 2022 Australian Spearfishing Champions Bryson Sheehy and Tim McDonald! Get an inside look into a national spearfishing competition from the winners of this year’s championship! The allure of competition spearfishing is captured well by their thoughts here, the appeal of planning and executing the perfect day and making some awesome memories! Listen to stories from the 3 day event and some of the memorable fish they encountered before and during the competition. They also give us some of their top tips for scouting, finding new ground and hunting efficiently for a competition – shooting fish on the way to and from spots! Some mega diving here, enjoy it! We hope this inspires you to enter a spearfishing competition!

NSP207 standing with winners trophy

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:50 Welcome Bryson and Tim: the 2022 Australian Spearfishing Champions!
  • 03:50 When did you decide to enter?
  • 05:40 Team mate mentality and competition rules
  • 09:30 Hunting the Maori Sea Perch
  • 10:20 Why we love spearfishing competitions
  • 13:20 Day 1: Fitzroy Lagoon
  • 16:20 What did you get on day 1?
  • 20:10 Hunting massive Red Mouth Rock Cod in dark caves
  • 22:50 Planning and strategy
  • 27:05 Mental approach to diving

NSP207 clear blue water

  • 35:15 What makes your team click?
  • 41:00 Understanding fish behaviour
  • 44:15 Why do you love competition spearfishing?
  • 45:35 Tips on exploring new ground
  • 47:40 Time management: things to consider
  • 55:50 Scouting: to shoot or not to shoot
  • 58:50 Diet and warm up tips for competition days. Dealing with cramp.
  • 01:01:05 If I can’t equalize – I am dehydrated.
  • 01:07:10 Day 2: Lamont Reef – shooting fish while swimming to spots
  • 01:08:40 Finning hard and diving strong: how?

NSP207 fish on table

  • 01:13:10 How to dive quietly and hunting in the shallows: don’t break the surface
  • 01:18:25 Day 3: when do you feel fatigue?
  • 01:22:30 The fish of a lifetime that got away
  • 01:26:10 You both love your Riffe spearguns
  • 01:28:50 Massive dives getting awesome fish
  • 01:30:25 Searching for the massive Maori Sea Perch
  • 01:33:45 What was it like finding out you won?
  • 01:385:35 You two like the pairs competition format
  • 01:42:10 How do you feel about the next generation of spearos and divers?
  • 01:45:40 Social competitions at clubs
  • 01:48:50 Extra things we forgot!
  • 01:51:45 It was a massive team effort!

NSP207 Tim with striped boarfish

  • 01:54:50 Shooting 3 Striped Boarfish with Daniel Mann
  • 01:56:05 Mick McDade
  • 01:58:05 Where has your fish knowledge come from?
  • 02:00:00 Minimum sizes vs maximum size limits: fisheries management
  • 02:08:15 The Australian Museum wants your fish?
  • 02:10:20 Outro

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NSP:206 Sub-Arctic Shetland Spearing with @souls_untapped |  Josh Halley

NSP:206 Sub-Arctic Shetland Spearing with @souls_untapped | Josh Halley

Live Interview with Josh Halley | @souls_untapped

Today’s interview is with Josh Halley aka @Souls_Untapped from the Shetland Islands! Describing your dive spots as “Sub-Arctic” doesn’t always spur the most enthusiasm, especially from those used to tropical waters! Josh makes it obvious that braving the cold IS worth it! An almost unheard of spearfishing destination, The Shetland Island’s form an archipelago well north of Scotland and make for some beautiful diving when conditions work out. Get an inside scoop on life and spearfishing from The Shetland Island’s with Josh, aka @Souls_Untapped!

Check out his YouTube channel here!

 

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:30 Welcome Josh!
  • 04:50 Commercial diving in NZ
  • 06:30 Where are the Shetland Islands?
  • 07:50 Commercial fishing and getting comfortable in the water
  • 11:45 What do you do for work?

NSP206 josh in ice

NSP206 fish selfie

  • 14:10 What skills do you need to be a commercial diver?
  • 20:00 What fish are you hunting out there?
  • 27:45 Strong current and tides
  • 32:20 Where do you draw the line and how do you warm up in the cold?

NSP206 freediving on wreck

  • 39:00 We have a mutual friend that makes amazing spice rubs: Ben Hohnke!
  • 41:50 Colour-grading footage of dirty water
  • 45:35 GoPro settings
  • 46:45 NFSC vs PAL
  • 48:05 Video editing
  • 51:55 Blue clawed lobster – what’s it like to catch them?
  • 57:20 Public perception of spearos and harvesting from the ocean
  • 59:25 How did you get comfortable in front of the camera?
  • 01:01:55 What techniques do you do when you hunt?

NSP206 josh holding pollock

  • 01:04:25 How you cook fish matters
  • 01:09:40 Dry-aging
  • 01:13:55 How much work went into your youtube trailer?
  • 01:16:15 Do you have merch for sale?
  • 01:17:30 What does the spearfishing experience mean to you?
  • 01:18:45 Thank you Josh!

NSP206 josh green water

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