Spearfishing can be seen as a costly sport to get started in and with the huge range of gear for sale these days, it can so easily end up costing a lot more than it needs to. Being a beginner and trying to buy your first pieces of gear can be an intimidating and tricky thing to get right. What do I need to buy new? What can I get away with buying 2nd hand? How do I look after this gear I have invested in? Join Shrek, Trevor Ketchion and Captain Dan Walsh as they discuss being a tightarse spearo and give a run down and discussion on all the basic equipment that a new spearo would need as well as cost cutting and DIY tips, maintenance, what to look for when buying 2nd hand and ultimately where you can cut corners and not cut yourself short. Spearos pride themselves on being able to adapt and be efficient, with our gear it’s no different. Are you a tightarse spearo? Have a listen and let us know what you think about these tips and tricks and comment your DIY tricks! Enjoy the episode!
03:28 Welcome to Trevor and Lincoln Smith message
05:00 Ashley Clark Email
06:56 Andrew Boulton Email
07:24 Spearfishing and Money Philosophy
08:08 Ben Vittino Voice Message
Basic Gear Purchasing
44:47 Rubbish Spearos
45:50 Weight Belts
48:14 Floats and Riglines
58:49 Dive Knives
01:02:05 Dive Bags
01:15:40 DIY Gear Maintenance
01:24:55 Bargain Bins, Discounted Items and Buying 2nd Hand
01:29:24 Getting Sponsored
01:33:35 Tips from Captain Dan Walsh
01:35:42 Final Thoughts
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Trevor runs a Facebook group called Rubbish Spearos, a funny name but it is a great initiative and fun way to clean up your local waterways. People post and compare “Deathpiles” of dozens of sinkers, lures, bits of plastic and even a few treasures found along the way! Go check it out! –> Rubbish Spearos
This episode is all about getting the word out about the all new Australian Spearfishing Course (in association with AUF) that will reach the next generation of spearos. We discuss how Adam Stern, Tom Sandstrom and the AUF are getting qualified crew into clubs to help teach groms and new spearos coming up about basic safety and physiology. Tommy and Adam “We will be creating a freediving for Spearfishing course that we want to role out throughout the country over the next 12-18 months, which we hope to have available for free to auf club members or at a super cheap price.” Listen in as the boys drop some knowledge bombs while we learn about this cool new initiative!
Australian Spearfishing Courses | Important Times
07:00 @tommy_dozz introduction and background 09:30 The motivation behind doing the Freediving Instructor Course 15:00 Freediving courses for spearos? 22:00 Being a good spearfishing buddy 25:00 Pool training? Is it relevant for spearfishing? 35:00 Teaching people to spearfish 40:00 How Tommy started out in the water and introduction to spearfishing 42:00 Coffs Harbour Spearfishing Conditions and Fishery 44:20 Rotating your spearfishing through different spots 48:00 Adam Stern Drops In Late! 58:00 Three Active Components to Spearfishing | Equipment, Hunting and Freediving 61:00 Spearfishing Dolphin Fish aka MahiMahi 64:00 What happens in a Spearfishing Instructors Course?
What is in this spearfishing course?
What about the experience of the course? Did you have some characters in there?
This interview with Addrianna Reitenbach comes from a recommendation from Eric Anderson.
“Hey Shrek! Wanted to connect you with Addrianna who is spearheading the up-and-coming dive community SoCal Dive Babes (IG: @socaldivebabes). This group is all about building a solid dive community and providing mentorship to women divers who want to get into spearfishing. We’ve been chatting a bit on spearing and watching their trips to Baja and local waters, fundraisers, beach events, underwater pumpkin target shooting, hanging out with Julie Riffe…I thought it would make a great interview. Always stoked to hear more stories in the spearing community and this sounds like a good one. You know I’m a fan of the Pcast, so keep it coming brotha!” – Eric Anderson
Some of the highlights are; ‘trash fish’ chat, Southern California species and conditions, women in spearfishing, body language for hunting and more! Listen and subscribe!
Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes with Yellowtail
Justin Townsend joins me and shares 3 dynamite seafood recipes that are game changers! Justin hosts the Wild Fish and Game Podcast which is a food centric podcast where they talk about all aspects of hunting, fishing, and cooking of wild foods.Justin has been living in Key West, FL for the last 4 years and has taken up spearfishing in the last year. Justin made his way on spearfishing boats by applying his professionally trained fish chef skills, always helping out and bringing the stoke. Justin has been a hunter and angler since he was a child and has always enjoyed the outdoors. He was raised in Southeastern Oklahoma where hunting and fishing was used as a way to supplement home-grown and store-bought food so his values are very in-line what many of us Noobers hold dear.
Have a listen to this episode and try out one of the recipes he lays out!
The Great Debate on Dock of Death/Death Pile Pictures
Huge discussion on the phenomena on Social Media of pictures and videos with huge piles of dead fish. Often there are reasons for these piles of fish like providing for your family or community or it could be your source of income, or it might even be the result of a long day or weekend full of hard work spearing with your mates. Whatever the reason, often times on social media the context of a post can so easily be lost, so a proud picture of a long day of hard work trying to feed your family can turn into a what looks like a senseless killing spree. Other times these pictures are taken on purpose to show the sheer volume of fish that they caught. Is this right or wrong? Should pictures of Death Piles be posted? Yes? No? Why or why not?
Bit of a different episode today but join us as we dive into this with Shrek and Simon Trippe as they chat about the so called Death Pile/Dock of Death Phenomenon. Full of interviews with spearos from around the world, this is definitely some food for thought, whichever side you’re on! We hope you enjoy and make sure that you leave us your thoughts and comments!
Mad chat with Eric Anderson focusing on important spearfishing issues in Central California and further afield. Urchin Barrens feature as well as the benefits of having a long term buddy, Great White Sharks, tourniquets, central California diving and species, sketchy shore dives and kelp forests and more. This one was a long time coming and it was an honour to finally have a long chat with Eric. Enjoy!
04:00 Eric Anderson Introduction and Background 07:00 Sheep Head Fish Facts 09:00 Abalone | The Gateway Drug to the Spearfishing World 12:45 Urchin Barren Discussion
What is an Urchin Barren?
How does an abundance of Sea Urchins effect kelp?
What factors have been identified as potential causes? warming ocean climate, sea urchin abundance triggers overgrazing, decrease in predation (bony reef fish that predate on them, Lobster numbers,
Where does this phenomena occur? NE Pacific in the 1960–1970s, Norwegian coast in the 1970s, NW Atlantic in the 1970–1980s , and Tasmania in the 2000s
What are the wider implications for the areas affected?
23:50 Aiden Brown triggered a story about filleting fish on the boat 26:15 How Eric’s Spearfishing Life Began 30:00 Benefits of having a Longterm Spearfishing Buddy 38:40 Tourniquets and Sharks | Check out this Combat Action Tourniquet
Eric Anderson Combat Action Tourniquet for Spearfishing
44:50 Night Diving and Shit Viz 53:30 Aiden asks about the importance of diving with a float line 58:20 Shore Diving vs Boat Diving 62:30 Shark Shield Discussion 67:00 Scary Moment | Lessons Learned 69:30 Old Man Blue Spearfishing Equipment 77:00 Funniest Moment out spearing 81:00 Spearo Q&A