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NSP:179 Palapas Ventana | Baja, the Mag & Sea of Cortez

NSP:179 Palapas Ventana | Baja, the Mag & Sea of Cortez

Interview with Tim Hatler & Brock Kennedy

Today’s interview is with Tim Hatler & Brock Kennedy of Palapas Ventana in Baja, Mexico! Surrounded by amazing sea’s almost year round and with options for when the weather is bad, they have some of the world’s best spearfishing out there. They run spearfishing trips where spearos Noob and experienced alike can get in the water and have an opportunity to shoot potentially world record fish! Listen to the stories they tell from their many years running spearfishing trips, advice on booking and preparing for a trip and some of the fun you can expect! From riding Great White sharks to cruising in luxury, if you are wanting a memorable spearfishing experience, go look at Palapas Ventana!

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:00 Welcome Brock and Tim!
  • 05:35 Where in the world are you?
  • 07:05 You have an ocean full of life
  • 08:40 Introduce yourselves and Palapas Ventana
  • 10:15 Tell us about your accommodation you have an offer
  • 12:10 How does it work for international travelers coming to visit? Logistical issues
  • 14:25 How long do you need to have a decent trip? 5 days of diving
  • 15:30 February has the worst conditions, least fish
  • 17:05 Trade winds
  • 19:15 How remote do you travel on these trips?
  • 20:50 Brock, how did you start spearfishing?
  • 22:10 Scuba spearfishing
  • 24:20 Coming from cold water to now having warm tropical water, how has that changed your spearfishing?
  • 25:35 Tim, how did you start spearfishing?
  • 29:00 Spearfishing in Guadeloupe
  • 31:45 Spearfishing with Great White sharks
  • 34:40 What fish do you love to hunt? Tell us about Wahoo
  • 38:05 Most memorable Wahoo
  • 40:12 Roosterfish
  • 42:06 Yellowfin Tuna
  • 44:45 Grouper hunting
  • 50:25 What other locally inspired experiences have you included? What food are you eating on your trips?
  • 57:35 Scary stuff: how do you deal with emergencies?
  • 58:16 Does guiding take away from your spearfishing experience?
  • 59:50 Describe the perfect clients
  • 01:01:40 Funny stories
  • 01:06:50 What’s in your dive bag?
  • 01:10:10 List of gear to bring: Don’t fly with weights!
  • 01:10:55 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:13:21 Thank you Tim and Brock!

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NSP:178 Spear West W.A Diving | Mike Kane

NSP:178 Spear West W.A Diving | Mike Kane

Interview with Mike Kane

We are kicking off 2022 with Mike Kane, co-owner of Spear West, one of the best spearfishing stores in Perth and WA! We chat about all things WA spearfishing, joining a club and starting to spear at a late age, dive buddies, boats and driving for hours! Having always owned a boat, he had no shortage of opportunities to dive but starting later in life has given him a different perspective on spearing.  If you are ever in WA near Perth you should stop by and give them a visit, you’ll have learned something new by the time you walk out!

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Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:40 Hello and welcome Mike!
  • 08:45 Tell us about yourself!
  • 09:50 Spearfishing clubs in WA

  • 12:40 What was it like starting to spearfishing at 30?
  • 14:20 Dream fish
  • 18:26 Using a shorter dive efficiently
  • 21:08 What do you look for in a dive buddy?
  • 24:15 Memorable hunts
  • 27:05 Scary stories

  • 30:07 Veterans Vault: People in WA are okay to drive for hours to go dive
  • 32:30 Where is Spear West located and where do you dive?
  • 33:22 Red Emperor
  • 36:43 Scouting and exploration
  • 37:52 Hunting at certain times of the day?
  • 38:36 Do you like shore diving?
  • 39:45 How do you recruit sales people in your shop?
  • 43:22 Funny stories
  • 44:44 Spearfishing with your kids
  • 45:15 What’s in your dive bag?
  • 49:48 Do you do anything differently to other people?

  • 53:26 Training and fitness
  • 54:20 Advanced equalizing techniques
  • 56:40 Freediving courses
  • 01:02:45 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:05:25 How can people find you?
  • 01:06:05 Outro

 

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NSP:177 Jai Gibbons | @spearochef Journey +Seafood Cooking Game Changers

NSP:177 Jai Gibbons | @spearochef Journey +Seafood Cooking Game Changers

Interview with Jai Gibbons

Today’s episode is with the Sydney Spearo Chef Jai Gibbons! Talented and passionate about food, he has been cooking all his life and been in and out of many different kitchens around the country, picking up a treasure trove of knowledge and tips about preparing and cooking seafood! Jai has submitted an awesome guide to 99 Spearo Recipes that’s all about caring for your catch to get the best possible eating experience from it, we go in depth about that and the other tips and tricks he’s learnt in his career so far. What to do after you have speared and secured the fish, how to store, fillet and process the meat, how to choose the best knife for whatever job you’re doing and a big section on dry-aging are some of the big talking points in this interview. If you’re excited for 99 Spearo Recipes and are interested in cooking better seafood, this episode is for you! How to dry-age fish, fillet and process fish better and make better, more creative seafood dishes without the intimidation, enjoy it!

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Jai and a Yellowtail

Jai another fancy dish

Jai holding 2 fish

Black Drummer

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 06:00 Welcome Jai Gibbons!
  • 07:10 How old are you, where are you from and where did spearfishing start for you?
  • 14:10 Most Sydney fish comes from New Zealand
  • 15:55 The first fish you shot and ate
  • 17:45 Your journey into spearfishing goes along with your attitude towards it
  • 19:30 How did you learn about fish species, size limits and etc

Goatfish ramen close up

  • 20:40 Meeting Simon Trippe
  • 22:40 Identifying fish underwater
  • 26:25 Fish with no size limits
  • 28:30 Learning things yourself and the hard way
  • 33:50 If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?
  • 37:30 Doing a formal course
  • 40:15 How to dive better, magic breathing technique

  • 44:30 Australian Spearfishing Academy
  • 46:10 The basic skills you should have before spearfishing
  • 47:15 99 Spearo Recipes: How did you get into becoming a professional chef?
  • 52:32 Seafood intimidates many people, coming from a vegetarian background, how did you get into cooking and eating fish?
  • 58:20 How to choose the best knife for the job
  • 01:07:20 Fish cut with a sharp knife feels different in your mouth than fish cut with a blunt knife

Goatfish ramen

  • 01:11:15 Using gloves when processing fish
  • 01:13:45 Do you have a dedicated fish cleaning solution?
  • 01:17:20 Dry-aging and aging fish
  • 01:24:32 What happens when you age fish?
  • 01:29:20 99 Spearo Recipes Kickstarter
  • 01:31:00 What are your goals with spearfishing and cooking?
  • 01:35:50 Outro and Shrek’s last thoughts

Breaking down a fishJai fancy fish dish

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Jai Fish and sauce

Jai Kingfish cutlets

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NSP:176 James Sakker | A+ Snapper Hunting Technique, Telemarketing & Getting Barnacled

NSP:176 James Sakker | A+ Snapper Hunting Technique, Telemarketing & Getting Barnacled

Interview with James Sakker

Today’s episode is with James Sakker, aka Sakker J – The best telemarketer you didn’t know of! Absolutely mad about spearfishing, we chat about hunting Snapper, Dhufish, big Abalone, some interesting tips for using crayfish to call fish, hunting in cold dirty water and dealing with sharks! James is well travelled and has speared in many places all over the world, he recounts his time in the USA and in Mexico going from cold dirty Great White infested waters to warm, clear water with huge fish around. James has also submitted a bunch of recipes to 99 Spearo Recipes so keep an eye out for his recipes when it comes out! There is also a great discussion on dealing with sharks and his experiences with different species in different parts of the world. He also wears a tourniquet and has a great Youtube channel!

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James and a DhufishJames and boarfish

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 05:27 Welcome James!
  • 06:15 There were some cool magazines out when I started spearfishing like ISFN and SDM
  • 07:36 Shoutout to some real legends
  • 10:22 99 Spearo Recipes
  • 11:18 Where did your love for spearfishing start?
  • 13:00 A freerange child

James and a big snapper

  • 15:22 Political changes and people making laws on a computer
  • 17:48 Stand out memories from when you started spearfishing
  • 23:00 What is your fishery like? Dhue Fish life cycle
  • 25:23 Lobsters: Eastern vs Southern
  • 27:40 Best eating: East, west or south?
  • 29:24 Fish and Cray mounts

Abalone shell trophy

  • 30:17 Snapper is a special fish that I’ve put 100’s of dives in to get a 10kg+ and the first Snapper I shot
  • 34:42 People who don’t spear or fish don’t see these rare and amazing sights
  • 35:55 Finding spots and hunting tips
  • 38:25 Learning to hunt in the water and learning the seasons and times of day
  • 42:56 Time spent in the water and hunting snapper tips
  • 46:37 How did you learn to use lobster as bait?
  • 50:58 Hot smoking Mackerel recipe
  • 53:15 Spearo marine scientists
  • 57:42 Tourniquets and TacMed – I got bitten by a shark
  • 01:03:17 Big abalone in the USA

James with a 10 inch Abalone

  • 01:06:35 Ling Cod
  • 01:08:03 What’s Oregon like?
  • 01:09:29 Mexico has some incredible diving and one of my best diving days
  • 01:13:45 Gulf of Mexico vs the Sea of Cortez: Cold vs Warm water and prospecting wild islands
  • 01:17:34 Palapas Ventana trip and going to the USA
  • 01:20:11 What’s the Gulf of Mexico like?

James and a big coral trout

  • 01:22:02 New Zealand and scary sharks
  • 01:24:03 The only shark I’ve ever had to shoot
  • 01:28:21 Bronze Whalers vs Dusky Whalers
  • 01:29:42 Have you learned how to deal with sharks over your years? Charging Great Whites
  • 01:34:04 Great Whites
  • 01:35:02 Killer Whales / Orca’s
  • 01:36:05 Spearfishing puts you back into the food chain
  • 01:38:16 Diving in big seas and slippery rocks
  • 01:42:28 Loaded guns out of the water
  • 01:43:58 Barracuda

tourniquet deployed

  • 01:48:19 What’s in your dive bag? Immersion wetsuit, DiveR fins, Edge speargun, Ronstan float, Omer mask
  • 01:53:40 Spearo Q&A
    • Best piece of advice: slow down
    • If you could start over: nothing would change
    • What struggles do you have? Ears and sharks
    • What’s something unique that you do? Do lots of prospecting and navigating using landmarks
    • Spearfishing experience in 1 sentence
  • 01:56:59 Outro
James with Shark bite

James after being bitten by a shark!

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NSP:175 Josh Bollen | Always Learning

NSP:175 Josh Bollen | Always Learning

Interview with Josh Bollen

Today’s episode is with Josh Bollen from Sydney! He has submitted several recipes to 99 Spearo Recipes and is passionate about cooking and eating food he’s foraged or caught and foraged. He has a love for making food look good and when you see his recipes you will understand why! We chat about smoking fish, dry aging meat and the magic of vacuum packing and how to get the best and most out of your catch. Have a listen to this interview and stay tuned for 99 Spearo Recipes for his recipes and a ton more! We also chat about anxiety in diving, how to deal with it and ways to improve your experience of life. Enjoy listening and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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joah and seafood

What is the most unusual food you have foraged or caught yourself?

 

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:04 Noober Stories
  • 05:00 Welcome Josh! Always learning – what does that mean to you?
  • 06:18 You have an interest in jewelry?
  • 07:53 A passion for plating food
  • 09:09 Connecting the catch with the food
  • 11:16 Where are you in the world?
  • 13:25 You have been vacuum packing food?
  • 16:55 Fish wings

josh and yellowtail

  • 17:54 How long should fish be cooked for?
  • 19:50 Food was your gateway drug into spearfishing
  • 22:36 Started spearfishing in 2019
  • 23:15 What appeals to you in spearfishing? What struggles have you had?
  • 26:05 Observing nature and the underwater world
  • 28:22 Bush food and a very underused plant: Pig Face

Pig face fruit

pig face succulent

  • 34:50 What was your first memorable fish?
  • 35:50 Leather Jackets are great eating and some fish Josh avoids
  • 37:17 Smoking fish: How do you do it? Controlling temperature, airflow, etc
  • 43:09 Scary moments in your spearfishing and seeing sharks
  • 45:59 What are your favourite species to hunt and how to hunt Blackspot Goatfish
  • 49:57 Dry aging your fish – do you need a dedicated fridge? Moisture? How to hang them up, etc
  • 56:03 Being thoughtful and intentional with your food and storage
  • 58:02 99 Spearo Recipes: you submitted several recipes!
  • 59:26 Octopus: tenderize it!
  • 01:01:39 My Octopus Teacher and Seaspiracy
  • 01:05:27 Deep dive chat about anxiety and diving

Josh filleting

  • 01:06:54 Risk vs reward
  • 01:08:18 How do you stay calm and cope?
  • 01:11:23 Do you have a mantra or ways of calming down?
  • 01:12:34 Learn to distance yourself from your thoughts and make rational decisions
  • 01:16:30 Risk/stress/discomfort has a place and a value in daily life
  • 01:17:41 A life worth living
  • 01:18:25 Keeping the connection to nature that our ancestors had
  • 01:20:20 Funny stuff, dehydration and sea sickness
  • 01:22:30 I use Aqualyte to cope

josh bollen profile pic

  • 01:23:28 What’s in your dive bag? Cressi wetsuit, Rob Allen speargun and roller guns, fin upgrades
  • 01:31:12 DIY flashers
  • 01:35:12 Spearo Q&A
    • Where is your dream spearing destination?
    • Favourite dive buddy?
    • Single best piece of advice: SLOW DOWN!
    • Describe the spearfishing experience: FREEDOM!
  • 01:38:36 Outro

 

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