NSP:162 Tony Alcock – Tropical North Queensland with Tazyarns

NSP:162 Tony Alcock – Tropical North Queensland with Tazyarns

Interview with Tony Alcock aka Tazyarns

Today’s episode is with Tony Alcock, one half of “Podcast Yarns With Az And Taz” team, he now has his own podcast! A surfer, musician, jujitsu practioner, spearo and banana farmer from Far North Queensland, he has been spearing for the past 30 years and has a ton of valuable insights! Find out about Flinders Reef, his love for boats, hunting tips, dealing with sharks and crocodiles and how he has recently started diving past 10 meters with the help of Az! Come have a listen for a good laugh and some great tips, let us know what you thought of this episode in the comments!

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Important times:

  • 00:12 Good day and welcome to the Noob Spearo Podcast!
  • 01:01 What all does Tony do?
  • 01:29 Announcements and some sad news
  • 06:36 Hello Tony!
  • 07:40 Tell us about yourself
  • 09:28 How long have you been spearfishing?
  • 10:29 Line angling vs spearfishing
  • 10:54 Half the day fishing and half spearing
  • 11:19 Tides and crayfish: painted and green
  • 13:54 How do you cook crays/lobsters? How do you prepare them?
Tony with a cray
  • 15:16 Spearfishing with Az and his great buddy system
  • 16:24 A lot of your diving is shallow, why is it so dangerous? You need a buddy after 10m
  • 17:24 Are you diving in current?
  • 17:55 Where are you and where do you boat out to?
  • 19:00 The lifestyle up there is very different
  • 20:25 What it like being a banana farmer?
  • 21:05 Full moon makes your fruit grow quicker on the week leading up to it
  • 21:19 Being a farmer you’re more in tune with the weather and seasons
  • 24:10 Back to boats, you’re selling one now?
  • 24:47 I’m going back to an aluminium boat
  • 27:20 Tell us about your boat history
  • 29:41 Are you someone who can just fix everything on a boat?
  • 30:47 Flinders reef and a funny story
  • 33:23 What do you shoot out there and what good stories do you have from there?
  • 37:00 Coral trout
Tony Alcock with coral trout
  • 37:56 Fishing with a big mothership
  • 39:07 What do you want to do there this time?
  • 39:27 Are sharks a problem out there?
  • 40:32 What’s your experience being in the water with tiger sharks?
  • 41:38 The smaller sharks are the more aggressive ones
  • 44:36 White and Black tip reef sharks
  • 45:44 Have you been spooled before with your reel gun?
  • 46:46 What about jelly fish?
  • 47:29 Tell us about surfing
  • 50:46 Good boating behavior and how to be a good boatieTony on his boat
  • 54:44 We’re going on a spearing trip, not a snorkeling trip
  • 56:35  Some people are more freediver than spearo
  • 57:35 How do you approach and hunt Jacks?
  • 59:01 Great hunting tip
  • 01:00:10 What’s your biggest Jack?
  • 01:00:59 So you’ve been spearing deeper lately? What has Az been teaching you?
  • 01:02:31 A dive watch was a great investment
  • 01:04:08 Tuck your chin into your chest when you dive down, slow down and relax
  • 01:05:39 Weather apps
  • 01:07:42 Do you pay attention to chlorophyll and water temp?
  • 01:08:21 Barramundi and crocodiles
  • 01:10:40 Avoid swimming with crocs
  • 01:11:19 Cone shells
  • 01:13:11 Tell us about your podcast
  • 01:14:31 Funny story with music and Youtube
  • 01:15:53 What’s in your dive bag?
  • 01:18:02 GoPro’s and masks
  • 01:19:49 You have anxiety for a reason
  • 01:20:57 Suits with kevlar
  • 01:23:08 Spearo Q&A
    • What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
    • What would you do differently if you started over?
    • What’s the best spearfishing lesson you’ve learned?
    • What is spearfishing to you?
  • 01:25:55 Thank you Tony
  • 01:28:23 Jordan’s voicemail

 

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NSP:161 Derek Marshall Dunning – Cape Town Spearfishing with DMD

NSP:161 Derek Marshall Dunning – Cape Town Spearfishing with DMD

Interview with Derek Marshall Dunning

Today’s episode is with Derek Marshall Dunning, president of the South African Underwater Fishing Federation, founder of DMD Fins, freediving instructor, national judge, master freediver and absolute spearfishing nut in Cape Town, South Africa! He along with South African Freediving Federation president Matt Stow (referenced in the episode a few times), run NAUI Freediving Africa and offer a wide variety of freediving and spearfishing courses. Find out about spearfishing in Cape Town, how to hunt local fish like Cape Bream (known as Hotties to the locals) Mussel Cracker and Red Roman, some great ways to cook Yellowtail and some remedies for difficult equalization. You can buy a pair of fins from him as well and you can do one of his courses and if you’re in Cape Town come and join the Blue Spearos Spearfishing Club, they have a telegram group that is full of people who love spearfishing!

We hope you enjoy this episode, let us know what you think in the comments!

Derek and a tuna

Important times:

  • 00:12 Welcome back to the Noob Spearo Podcast!
  • 06:55 Welcome Derek
  • 07:42 How long have you been involved in spearfishing in South Africa?
  • 08:38 Was freediving natural to you?
  • 10:36 Getting back into the water
  • 11:16 You have a sticky left ear, tell us about your equalizing history
  • 12:38 What do you do to fix this?
  • 13:45 Medicine or training your body to equalize better?
  • 14:22 Cortisone
  • 15:22 Snort salt water
  • 15:32 Tell me about your courses
  • 17:15 Weighting for new divers
  • 20:01 TV interview about spearfishing
  • 22:32 The value of teaching basic skills
  • 23:24 What common problems do you find in your students?
  • 24:47 “How do you hold your breath for longer?”
  • 25:26 Diving with better divers and spearfishing clubs
  • 26:48 Memorable fish in SA and how to hunt Mussel Cracker

Derek with a Cok and a Mussel Cracker

  • 28:59 Recipes
  • 29:56 Yellowtail recipes
  • 32:54 Merits of diving in the shallows
  • 34:43 Competitions
  • 35:36 Tell us about conditions in Cape Town
  • 37:51 We travel for big fish
  • 38:37 What is your approach to spearfishing?
  • 39:40 Cape Bream – The Hottentot, good eating?
  • 40:21 How do you find Cape Bream and Red Roman?
  • 41:28 What is an experience that scared you?

Derek and the Barracuda that bit him

Battle wounds from a barracuda

  • 43:39 We went through a series of Matt being a dick
  • 44:52 You meet a lot of interesting people and make good friends
  • 45:42 Veterans Vault: DMD FinsDMD Carbon Fins finished
  • 47:43 Plastic fins vs composites vs carbon
  • 51:17 I was a gearslut with a rolling tab at Rabitech
  • 52:10 The value of pool training and being in a club
  • 53:33 The value of doing a spearfishing course
  • 54:09 The history of spearfishing clubs in Cape Town
  • 55:45 Fuzzy takes new spearos out into the sea
  • 56:14 Enter the competitions
  • 58:15 What foot pockets have you settled on?
  • 59:14 Woman in spearfishing in SA, Mariette De Jager and Talya Davidoff
  • 01:01:32 Competitive freediving vs spearfishing – head space
  • 01:03:57 What makes a good spearo, my fish nemesis
  • 01:06:21 More funny stories
  • 01:08:52 What’s in your dive bag?
  • 01:10:21 What is Hydroglide?
  • 01:12:10 Where can people buy your gear?

Noob Spearo x DMD fins

  • 01:14:37 Spearo Q&A
    • Best piece of advice you’ve been given for spearfishing
    • If you could start over, what would you do differently?
    • What’s something you do differently in your spearfishing?
    • What does spearfishing mean to you?
  • 01:16:46 “If there’s water, we dive” – Thank you Derek!
  • 01:18:54 Sam Veasey’s voice message

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NSP:160 Sam Clothier – Wet Mammal Life

NSP:160 Sam Clothier – Wet Mammal Life

Interview with Sam Clothier – The Wet Mammal

Today’s episode is with Sam Clothier of the Wet Mammal channel on Youtube! From the UK and now based in Sydney, he’s a very interesting dude, quite well traveled and absolutely froths on spearing! He makes great underwater content, has done a Hike and Spear video series and his latest series is called “Spearfishing The Undesirables” where he tries and tastes the so called “undesirable” fish species to see if they’re terrible or if everyone is missing out on some hidden gems, examples include Bonito, Longfin Pike, the Old Wife and the Southern Fusilier to name a few. How to hunt them, prepare them and make them taste great! We also chat about Sam’s own spearfishing journey and how he spent many years consistently hyperventilating before a dive, training advice and some actionable tips for Noob Spearos! An awesome guy and a great chat, we hope you enjoy this episode! Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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  • 00:14 Introduction
  • 02:48 Hello and welcome Sam!
  • 3:19 Wind ruining viz in South East Queensland – diving the tweed river
  • 04:16 Diving in structure and out of the way of dropping rocks
  • 05:45 Who are you and where do you come from?

Sam at 13

  • 06:50 Starting to spearfish
  • 07:50 Using scuba gear for spearfishing: Knife and fin advice
  • 08:45 Starting scuba and doing a PADI course
  • 10:44 Scuba vs Freediving physical demands
  • 11:30 What obstacles did you encounter?
  • 12:07 Not equalizing
  • 13:34 Hyperventilating
  • 14:33 Why is it bad?
  • 15:18 How did you stop?
  • 16:54 CO2 training
  • 18:03 What other training do you do?
  • 18:41 Spearfishing bit you hard
  • 21:00 What makes you choose not to shoot a particular fish?
  • 21:35 What are “forgivable sins” for new spearos? Shooting illegal fish, bag limits and size limits?

pre-mullet sam at 14

  • 24:09 What’s it like in the UK and Sydney? Closed seasons and closed areas
  • 25:58 What about looking for fish identification on social media?
  • 28:00 Hierarchy of spearfishing species
  • 28:50 Spearfishing South Africa – Piet Van Rooyen and books for spearfishing
  • 29:49 What’s your favourite fish to hunt?
  • 30:57 How have you learnt to target that fish?
  • 31:58 Hiding your eyes?
  • 32:50 Fish are getting smarter
  • 33:40 Tough situations?
  • 34:00 Entering in big surf?
  • 36:25 Being underwater vs on top
  • 37:07 Risk vs spending more time
  • 38:33 Currents around islands and bays
  • 39:30 “Can anyone show me the ropes?”
  • 40:40 Bribe your local club with a 6 pack
  • 42:20 Freediving/Spearfishing courses – should I take one? What should I be able to do before taking one?
  • 44:50 Freediving vs Spearfishing courses, basic knowledge
  • 46:28 The entry barrier to spearfishing – how best to start? Reduce the complications in the water
  • 48:00 What should a new diver buy first?
  • 50:00 Spending the least money on a mask
  • 51:50 Fins
  • 53:00 Weight belt?
  • 54:30 Ok, now you’re ready to shoot fish, now what? Buying a speargun
  • 56:40 Biggest takeaways and that excitement of shooting your first fish species
  • 58:25 What if you have a bit of cash?
  • 59:55 How did you get your advice and gear?
  • 61:01 Find a SHOP, don’t buy online. The local networking is worth it
  • 61:55 Where else can you go for info? And joining a club

Sam in Tonga

  • 65:00 Funny stories
  • 66:00 Controversial hunting technique
  • 69:00 Spearo Q&A
    • Best piece of advice
    • Dream location and fish
    • Best resources
    • The spearfishing experience to you
  • 71:02 Thank you Sam and outro

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NSP:159 Spearos on Seaspiracy with Bret Whitman and Jon Stenstrom

NSP:159 Spearos on Seaspiracy with Bret Whitman and Jon Stenstrom

Round Table Discussion with Shrek, Bret Whitman and Jon Stenstrom about Seaspiracy

Today’s episode is likely to ruffle some feathers! Join Shrek as he has a really in depth discussion with Bret Whitman of the Spearfactor Podcast as well as Jon Stenstrom of the Cast and Spear Podcast about all things “Seaspiracy”! The good, the bad and everything in between. If you haven’t seen the Netflix film yet, Seaspiracy is a film by Ali Tabrizi that shows the environmental impact of the fishing industry, highlighting the problem of overfishing and plastic waste in our oceans. The film definitely brings up good points and highlights some really serious issues but also falls short on several different topics. Shrek, Bret and Jon go through the film and apply a spearo’s eye to it to see if ultimately we should all stop eating fish, as the film suggests. Give us your thoughts, whether you agree or disagree, let us know!

Important Times:

Bret Whitman with a tuna

Jon Stenstrom Cast and Spear

  • 07:00 Welcome to the man, the myth, the legend: Shrek!

Shrek at Kilsby Sinkhole

  • 08:25 We are going to chat about Seaspiracy
  • 09:05 Bret’s first thoughts
  • 10:49 Shrek’s first thoughts
  • 11:33 Jon’s first thoughts
  • 13:54 The positive impact of the film
  • 15:31 The influence of money
  • 17:20 Don’t eat fish: what did you think about that?
  • 18:14 Diversity of opinions
  • 19:45 A strange problem arises
  • 20:34 Southern Bluefin Tuna and the governmental issues
  • 21:36 A real solution?
  • 22:04 Silly questions
  • 22:35 The role of animals in the food industry and the journalism side of the film
  • 23:32 Shark fins
  • 24:06 Bad facts ruin your good message
  • 27:40 Brandolini’s law
  • 30:23 Fishermen need to band together
  • 31:34 Success stories
  • 33:29 Fishing has a marketing problem
  • 35:02 Legitimate issues highlighted – plastic
  • 37:03 Look at the funding behind these messages
  • 38:44 It’s great he decided to do something about this
  • 42:11 First world countries are a problem too
  • 43:00 Spearing vs commercial fishing boats
  • 45:40 Influencing public opinion to influence demand on certain species
  • 47:26 Well how do you manage international waters?
  • 48:16 No thought to sustainability when you are trying to survive
  • 49:30 Propaganda to support local fisheries
  • 53:54 Long liners
  • 55:39 Accurate data, have you met a wealthy fisherman?
  • 56:42 Measures of success for a fisherman
  • 57:01 Sea Shepard inside story
  • 59:28 Chinese oceans
  • 60:28 The organized crime element
  • 63:31 Making these documentaries to have a bigger effect
  • 62:30 “There’s no such thing as a sustainable fishery”
  • 64:02 Dispersion of responsibility
  • 66:02 Put your money where your mouth is
  • 69:28 Discussion from the Noob Spearo Facebook community
  • 70:08 Disclaimer from Shrek
  • 70:54 Killing whales
  • 72:24 The reality of hunting
  • 76:05 Apply your moral framework
  • 76:57 Whale hunting treaty
  • 78:24 “Cute” animals
  • 78:38 Shrek’s vegetarian room mate
  • 80:34 Sage thoughts on the conclusion of the film
  • 81:15 Agriculture has its issues too
  • 81:40 The morale issue
  • 82:52 The ultimate solution
  • 84:30 Perspective is key
  • 86:30 Respect for Ali
  • 86:40 Contacts
  • 87:32 Outro and Shrek’s final thoughts

 

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NSP:158 Renee Taylor: Salt Sisters

NSP:158 Renee Taylor: Salt Sisters

Interview with Renee Taylor – The Salt Sisters

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Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui // Be strong, be brave, be steadfast

Join Shrek as he chats with Renee Taylor, speech therapist, business owner, lover of the sea and co-founder of the Salt Sisters, an initiative that connects women to the ocean, themselves, and to each other through bespoke Wāhine Weekends and Salt Sessions. Above all else she is a lover of the natural world and a frothing speara to say the least! Come have a listen as they chat about Salt Sisters and what they do, how you can join, what her journey in spearfishing has been and what it means to her, they also have a good time speaking about many things in New Zealand!  Have a listen and let us know what you think!

Renee and Amber on Shepardes magazine

Salt sisters

Important Times:

  • 03:10 Welcome
  • 03:30 How did your speech therapy start?
  • 05:39 Desire to get into the natural world, scuba diving
  • 06:30 Getting a free “apprenticeship”
  • 08:00 Getting into freediving with the Auckland freediving club
  • 09:00 Freediving connected you to the ocean
  • 09:34 Spearfishing is barbaric
  • 10:58 Frothing on spearing and how SALT Sisters started

salt sisters jumping in water

  • 12:00 The healing power of freediving
  • 13:50 Respect and Fear for the ocean
  • 14:51 What problems did you encounter when you started freediving?
  • 17:00 Are the numbers important?
  • 17:58 Spearfishing competitions and how they’ve changed
  • 20:01 What hunting and equipment challenges have you faced?
  • 22:08 Wetsuits for women
  • 25:54 Business opportunity
  • 28:25 You’re passionate about your message, how do you get it across?
  • 31:45 Where are your origins?
  • 32:58 Wahine Divers
  • 34:54 Tell me about SALT Sisters and the events you run

Salt sisters camp

  • 37:17 Meeting her business partner Amber
  • 37:48 How’s Covid changed things?
  • 38:20 What events have you run so far?
  • 40:46 Learning the freediving before the spearing
  • 41:29 Freediving ambitions and courses
  • 43:08 SALT Intro pool sessions
  • 43:27 Where can people find you? (See link below)
  • 44:03 What are you busy learning now?

Renee taylor after doing a freediving course

  • 45:02 Finding less common, more sustainable fish
  • 46:57 Getting scientists and marine biologists involved
  • 47:30 Rewilding weekend
  • 48:27 Sage advice
  • 48:42 How are you cooking Jack Mackeral and Koheru?
  • 49:53 Eat What You Kill 
  • 50:46 99 Spearo recipes
  • 51:06 Where do you get your cooking inspiration?
  • 52:06 New Zealand fisheries management
  • 53:16 Funny stories
  • 57:06 What’s in your equipment bag?
  • 58:28 Vava’u trip in Tonga
  • 58:54 Whales
  • 63:42 Another funny story
  • 64:43 Spearo Q&A
    • Who is your most influential spearo or speara?
    • Bucket list fish?
    • Favourite dive buddy?
    • Describe your spearfishing experience in one sentence
  • 67:27 Contact details
  • 68:03 Final thoughts and outro

salt sisters laughing at camp

 

Renee Taylor freediving no fins

 

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