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!
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?
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
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 boatie
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?
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!
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?
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
29:56 Yellowtail recipes
32:54 Merits of diving in the shallows
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?
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 Fins
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?
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!
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!
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?
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
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?
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?
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!
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!
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
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
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?
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?