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!
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!
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!
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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?
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!
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
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?
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!
01:54:50 Shooting 3 Striped Boarfish with Daniel Mann
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!