NSP:156 Bert Keulder – The Old Man Blue: Spearing Gear Legend

NSP:156 Bert Keulder – The Old Man Blue: Spearing Gear Legend

Interview with Bert Keulder – The Old Man Blue

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.

NSP156 Bert Keulder 1:1

Important Times:

  • 00:20 Intro
  • 04:00 Welcome to Bert and chat about Aqualyte
  • 06:02 Official welcome and Ben’s email
  • 07:50 Old Man Blue gear review
  • 10:14 Estuary Cod bag design
  • 11:24 Aqualyte
  • 13:42 Eating and preparing for a dive day
  • 15:21 How old are you – reflecting back on life
  • 17:00 How did you start diving?
  • 18:42 How has the ocean affected you?
  • 20:40 Childhood diving and getting dragged around the kelp forests
  • 22:52 Hunting Red Steenbras
  • 24:10 My Octopus Teacher
  • 25:52 Eric J Anderson episode
  • 26:38 Diving alone
  • 28:26 Younger divers vs the older generation
  • 29:42 Stages of progression in your spearfishing
  • 30:37 Diving today vs back in the day
  • 33:07 Equipment
  • 36:21 The evolution of spearfishing equipment
  • 37:00 Emphasis on tools vs skills
  • 38:14 The “scarcity mindset”
  • 40:18 Bert’s unsinkable dive boat – The Hallubaloo
  • 43:10 Becoming a boat captain
  • 45:04 Diving the inshore reefs
  • 45:16 Best advice to prospective boat buyers
  • 45:58 The Hallubaloo
the dive boat Hallubaloo

The Hallubaloo

  • 46:46 Sage advice
  • 47:00 Tell us about your boat
  • 48:23 Rules on the boat
  • 49:33 Sustainability and sharing spots
  • 50:15 Don’t be a cowboy
  • 53:16 Sharing fish on the boat
  • 54:26 Spearfishing as a team sport
  • 56:11 A quick story with some more sage advice – the ocean will give you gifts
  • 57:08 Bert’s days in the military
  • 58:44 Seal/Duiker Island in Houtbay
Bert and Garth in Houtbay

Garth and Bert in Houtbay, Cape Town

Duiker Island and Boat

Duiker Island near Houtbay – Image from drumbeatcharters.co.za

 

  • 60:46 Diamond diving
  • 64:06 Can I go dive for my own diamonds?
An old diamond diving setup

An old diamond diving setup

  • 65:42 Travelling
Bert diving with commercial divers in Fiji

Bert diving with commercial divers in Fiji

  • 69:39 The logo and Old Man Blue ethos
  • 75:20 Hunting fish in WA
  • 79:44 How do you slow yourself down?
  • 82:38 Getting stuck and dealing with panic
  • 84:43 Funny stories
  • 89:39 Spearo Q&A:
    Single best piece of advice you’ve received
    Who is the most influential spearo for you?
    Scenario
    What is the spearfishing experience in one sentence?
  • 92:35 Final advice
  • 93:50 Bert’s experience with sharks and getting tossed into the air by a Great White shark
  • 100:10 Shrek’s closing words

 

Cape Point Lighthouse

Cape Point Lighthouse in Cape Town where Bert was tossed into the air by a Great White shark – Photo By Diego Delso

Bert in the old days getting ready for a dive with friends

Getting ready for a dive in the old days

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NSP:155 Aaron Edmonds the 17 y/o Slaying Spearfishing Statesman

NSP:155 Aaron Edmonds the 17 y/o Slaying Spearfishing Statesman

Interview with Aaron Edmonds

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!

NSP:155 Aaron Edmonds the 17 y/o Slaying Spearfishing Statesman

Important Times

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

NSP:155 Aaron Edmonds the 17 y/o Slaying Spearfishing Statesman with Isaac Daly aka Shrek from Noob Spearo in Portland, Victoria

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
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NSP:154 The Tightarse Spearo with Trevor Ketchion

NSP:154 The Tightarse Spearo with Trevor Ketchion

Interview with Trevor Ketchion

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!

Important Times

00:16 Introduction

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

13:35 Fins

21:58 Spearguns

30:19 Booties

32:38 Gloves

34:13 Masks

37:46 Snorkels

42:07 Weights

44:47 Rubbish Spearos

45:50 Weight Belts

48:14 Floats and Riglines

58:49 Dive Knives

01:02:05 Dive Bags

Other Stuff

01:06:11 Boats

01:12:00 Electronics

01:15:40 DIY Gear Maintenance

01:24:55 Bargain Bins, Discounted Items and Buying 2nd Hand

01:29:24  Getting Sponsored

01:30:46 Wetsuits

01:33:35 Tips from Captain Dan Walsh

01:35:42 Final Thoughts

Bottom Scratcher Dive Boat LaddersThe 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

 

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NSP:153 Tom Sandstrom & Adam Stern | Australian Spearfishing Courses

NSP:153 Tom Sandstrom & Adam Stern | Australian Spearfishing Courses

Interview with Tom Sandstrom and Adam Stern

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 Australian Spearfishing Courses with Tommy Dozz Tom Sandstrom 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?
  • Who was the most natural spearfishing Instructor?

78:00 Spearfishing Clubs and Competitions

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“Hi Isaac.
 
I have attached the poster and some basic information on the trial that ill be conducting.
 
I’m conducting a clinical trial for my thesis to further advance the knowledge basis of breathing techniques that may improve breath hold performance in divers.
I’m recruiting participants for my upcoming online land-based study of which you can be involved by participating to better inform us how to train according to the best available evidence.
Please contact me by email (in the photo) if you would be interested in participating in this study and I can send you more information.
 
We can talk on the phone if you wanted more info!
 
Thanks, I really appreciate it.
 
Billy.”
  breathing techniques that may improve breath hold performance in divers

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NSP:152 Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes

NSP:152 Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes

Interview with Addrianna Reitenbach

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!

NSP:151 Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes

Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes with Yellowtail

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Important Times

05:00 Addrianna Introduction, Welcome and Early Spearfishing Obstacles

12:00 Women in Spearfishing | Unique Barriers to Entry | Discussion and SoCal Dive Babes

22:00 Mentors and Influential People in Addrianna’s spearfishing life

31:30 Guiding Beginner Spearos

33:30 ‘Trash Fish’ + what are the 4-5 species to start shooting in Southern Californian Waters?

39:00 What spearfishing hunting techniques do you use?

47:30 Scary Moments Spearfishing?

56:00 Veterans Vault | SoCal Dive Babes

  • Monthly Meetups with Topical Speakers
  • Competitions
  • Team Members
  • Needs of the group
  • How to get Involved

Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes with Yellowtail Kingfish Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes with Yellowtail Kingfish Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes with Yellowtail Kingfish

70:00 Funny Moment

79:00 One of Addrianna’s Driving Motivations

82:50 What’s in Addrianna’s Dive Bag?

89:00 Spearo Q&A

  • What is the best advice you have been given in spearfishing?
  • If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?
  • What’s been the single best resource in your spearfishing journey?
  • What does the spearfishing experience mean to you?
Addrianna Reitenbach SoCal Dive Babes with Yellowtail Kingfish

Nathan Minatta photoraphy

Important Links

  • SoCal Dive Babes Website
  • @socaldivebabes on Instagram
  • @addriannasf on Instagram
  • *Mentioned: Breath-Hold Academic Research
    “Hi Isaac.
     
    I have attached the poster and some basic information on the trial that ill be conducting.
     
    I’m conducting a clinical trial for my thesis to further advance the knowledge basis of breathing techniques that may improve breath hold performance in divers.
    I’m recruiting participants for my upcoming online land-based study of which you can be involved by participating to better inform us how to train according to the best available evidence.
    Please contact me by email (in the photo) if you would be interested in participating in this study and I can send you more information.
     
    We can talk on the phone if you wanted more info!
     
    Thanks, I really appreciate it.
     
    Billy.”

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NSP:151 Justin Townsend Wild Fish and Game Chef

NSP:151 Justin Townsend Wild Fish and Game Chef

Interview with Justin Townsend

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!

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Important Times

04:00 Justin Townsend Introduction and Background

11:00 Spearfishing in Key West, Florida

15:00 What are some of the easier fish to target spearfishing in Key West?

18:00 Spearfishing on Boats | Spearo Code

20:00 What kinds of meals do you produce after a full day spearfishing?

24:30 Veterans Vault: 3 Different Ways to Think About Preparing Fish | Fish Chef Skills

  1. Seared Tuna Burger
  2. Home-Made Seafood Stock
  3. Wild Fish and Game Tinfoil Pack

42:40 What are your biggest struggles in spearfishing?

49:30 Have you had a Scary Situation out spearfishing?

56:13 Funny Story

59:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing? Justin Lee
  • Who is the best person to go diving with and why? Dave
  • Dream Species? Wahoo and MahiMahi
  • What does the spearfishing experience mean to you? Getting out and adventuring chasing food

Fish Chef Skills with Justin Townsend from Wild Fish and Game Podcast

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