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?
Interview with Harry Foster – the Master Chef Spearo
Today’s interview is with Harry Foster, the Masterchef Spearo! Apart from being an exceptional chef, he is also an absolute frother when it comes to spearing and has a passion for connecting the catching to the cooking. Learn some chef skills that every spearo should know, what kitchen utensils you should have and the biggest mistakes spearos make with fish in the kitchen! We’ve included two of the recipes mentioned in the show so you can go have a go yourself! Whether working as a chef on a remote island or out spearing or even just taking pictures, he has a wealth of knowledge on the natural world and the animals that live around him. His Instagram stories will show you exactly what we mean. We think you will enjoy today’s episode and we hope that you will try the recipes! Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
If you haven’t seen his Instagram page yet, do yourself a favour and go look! Also check out his website for some amazing recipes!
01:00 Joe Murphy message
02:05 Old Man Blue voicenote
04:30 Welcome Harry Foster, how did you begin spearfishing?
05:58 Diving in Far North Queensland
07:42 How far away are you from the Great Barrier Reef?
08:55 The appeal of inshore reefs and bad conditions
Today’s interview is with Bert Keulder – the Old Man Blue, as you may know him. He’s done everything you can think of in the water, including being tossed into the air by a Great White shark! A well traveled, highly experienced spearo that is deeply in love with the ocean, he has done it all and has an absolute wealth of knowledge from his years growing up near Cape Town, South Africa and living, working and spearfishing all around the world throughout his life. We chat about his early childhood days being dragged around the kelp forests in the Atlantic on an inflated car tube, his days in the military playing underwater hockey to when he worked as a diamond miner along the West Coast of Africa, to living and diving in Fiji with commercial fishermen until finally settling down in WA where he lives and dives today. He is an excellent resource and spearos of any experience level can learn a lot from him. He also makes exceptionally high quality dive gear that is designed to work well and not stop working for a long, long time. If he can give you one piece of advice, ENJOY your diving, be relaxed, take your time and really take in the experience. Let us know what you think of today’s episode and be sure to check out Old Man Blue’s store.
I recorded this interview live on a recent Patron Funded trip to South Australia. I stopped off on the way back to Melbourne in Portland, Victoria and got to chat to Aaron overlooking some of his pristine diving/lobster chasing grounds. This interview has heaps of great intel for people wanting to chase Southern Rock Lobster, Southern Bluefin Tuna or even just start spearing in the Victoria/South Australia area. Listen in to Aaron Edmonds share his story and stoke right here!
04:00 Welcome to Aaron Edmonds – live in Portland, Victoria. Getting started spearfishing and a bit about his commercial diving experience.
08:45 Early lessons learned spearfishing
10:00 Chasing Lobster or Crayfish
21:30 Scary Moment | Cramping Out in a Cave
29:25 Funny Moments with Jamie
32:00 Underwater Photography | Catching the Bug
40:00 Southern Bluefin Tuna | The Learning Curve!
52:50 Taking out juniors and sharing the stoke
58:40 Spearo Q&A
Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing journey?
What are the best spearfishing resources for new spearos?
What is your dream spearfishing destination and fish?
Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence
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
The Bottom Scratcher’s diver ladders – www.swimdean.com
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