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NSP:173 Daniel Mann Reelguns, YouTube, Europe & 99 Spearo Recipes

NSP:173 Daniel Mann Reelguns, YouTube, Europe & 99 Spearo Recipes

Interview with Daniel Mann

Today’s episode is with Daniel Mann! If you do spearfishing and watch any YouTube and you don’t know who he is you are missing out! He runs one of the best spearfishing channels around, stocked full of great content and tips. He’s recently been really upping his chef game, as you’ve probably seen in his recent videos. A talented chef that is also an extremely talented spearo, we chat about reel guns – when to use them, why you would and wouldn’t want to use them, alternatives and tips and tricks with using them. We also chat about some of the amazing recipes he’s been cooking and his thoughts on the 99 Spearo Recipes cook book!

Do you use a float line or a reel on your speargun?

NSP:173 Daniel Mann Reelguns, YouTube, Europe & 99 Spearo Recipes

Daniel Mann scanning the bottom spearfishing

Important Times:

    • 00:13 Intro
    • 07:05 Welcome back Daniel!
    • 08:27 Who are you, where do you stay and what are you doing with your time?
    • 10:55 We got a message from a spearo that can’t use a float as it is too dangerous
    • 12:20 Why I use a reel gun
    • 14:25 Be prepared to lose your gun
    • 18:43 Type of structure you dive on
    • 20:10 90% of Noob Spearos need a float line

  • 21:20 Diving alone and dive watches
  • 23:35 Old school approach to safety when using reels
  • 27:45 What do you need to look out for when diving with a reel?
  • 29:30 A good boaty
  • 32:10 Getting caught in the reef
  • 40:05 Shrek, what do you use?
  • 43:21 So you moved to the spearfishing capital of the world, London – the London International Spearfishing Club
  • 48:25 The core appeal of spearfishing is the same wherever you go
  • 54:25 Traveling and spearfishing – lessons learned
  • 01:03:50 Smooth skin wetsuits
  • 01:07:40 Cooking
  • 01:09:30 Cooking failures
  • 01:11:20 99 Spearo Recipes
NSP:173 Daniel Mann Reelguns, YouTube, Europe & 99 Spearo Recipes

Daniel Mann with Mullet – check out this vid where he catches and cooks them!

  • 01:16:55 Tell us about your Salt Baked Sea Bass
  • 01:20:07 You don’t know what you don’t know
  • 01:23:15 YouTube algorithm and censorship
  • 01:27:17 I’m going to Norway in March
  • 01:31:04 Shows like Meat Eater show the reality of the hunting life, like your videos do
  • 01:34:05 Using more of your catch
  • 01:37:05 99 Spearo Recipes is going to be a game changer when it comes out
  • 01:40:40 How to speak Australian
  • 01:45:50 Daniel’s experience with Covid
  • 01:50:53 Diving after Covid
  • 01:52:05 Long shore dives
  • 01:52:55 Hydration in the water
  • 01:55:25 Shore diving has its own appeal
  • 01:57:15 Have you fully recovered?
  • 01:58:10 Outro

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NSP:172 Spencer Allen | Yard Sales, Pole Spearing and Getting Clear of Burnout

NSP:172 Spencer Allen | Yard Sales, Pole Spearing and Getting Clear of Burnout

Interview with Spencer Allen

Today’s episode is with Spencer Allen from California. He is an all in spearo that has fully embraced the lifestyle and has been a big contributor to the 99 Spearo Recipes book. His cooking is even better than his spearfishing! After losing all his gear in a house fire, he stopped hunting and never really got back into it until he started kayak fishing. After being smashed attempting a big surf launch he almost gave it up again, but decided not to quit. He found some buddies to take him out again and ended up catching a 41 inch Halibut. He has been hooked ever since! Join us as we chat about spearfishing and cooking, the Channel Islands, finding buddies and ways to be a better spearo. Let us know what you think about this episode!

 

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro and 99 Spearo Recipes messages
  • 05:25 Welcome Spencer! Tell us about yourself!
  • 09:07 What is a yard sale and how do you launch in the surf?
  • 11:39 I hooked a 41 inch Halibut!spencer's first halibut
  • 12:18 What is your fishing/hunting history?
  • 13:58 Spencer Allen Youtube
  • 14:30 How did you transition from the surface to hunting underwater?
  • 16:27 Spearfishing clubs vs doing a course
  • 19:47 Paying someone to help you start vs taking someone out
  • 20:54 How did you find buddies and into the spearfishing community?
  • 22:46 First experience with a pole spear
  • 23:37 Tell us about the first pole spear you got and how you have upgraded it
  • 25:23 Scallop foraging and hunting groups that go after only 1 species
  • 27:37 Tips for bringing in fish and your first Sheepshead
  • 29:39 I feel more like an otter, explain. Dive Camp Videos pt 1 and pt 2
  • 31:44 Decision making in spearfishing
  • 33:40 Establishing fundamentals and experimenting with different ideas
  • 38:38 Meat Eater and hunting mammals
  • 40:01 Nature is brutal and cruel at timesspencer allen 99 recipes
  • 40:50 Have you cooked with Octopus?
  • 41:27 Umami – tell us more
  • 43:39 Overcooking – how do you cook your fish for the right time?
  • 45:02 Why do people think that undercooked meat is unsafe?
  • 47:31 99 Spearo Recipes that you have submitted
  • 49:33 As we get better we target better tasting species – this can take away from our cooking skills
  • 52:10 “What can I do with what I have?”
  • 54:47 Tell us about Uni – urchins, why do people automatically turn their nose up at it?
  • 57:15 Flavour profiles of urchin in different areas and time
  • 01:00:52 Getting trophy scallops on oil rigs
  • 01:04:08 You work in a high pressure career and decided to take a sabbatical which lead you into making videos
  • 01:09:05 Who are your favourite influential spearos?
  • 01:10:22 Stewardship vs Gate Keeping: finding buddies and making spearfishing welcoming to people
  • 01:15:00 Values, circumstances and interests: being clear about what you goals are and difficult conversations
  • 01:18:44 Boats vs kayak fishing – kayak’s have their own appeal
  • 01:21:04 Memorable experiences in the Channel Islands
  • 01:22:18 What are the conditions like in the Channel Islands?
  • 01:23:45 What are the funniest stories you have from spearfishing? Punching to dispatch
  • 01:28:00 Do you still fish from the surface?
  • 01:29:27 Freediving community in SoCal and equalizing
  • 01:32:21 Freediving courses –  is more than a level 1 necessary?
  • 01:35:33 What’s in your gear bag?
  • 01:39:26 Spearo Q&A
    • Describe the spearfishing experience in 1 sentence
    • Most influential people in spearfishing
    • If you had to start all over, what would you do differently?
    • Who’s the best person to go spearfishing with?
    • What is your dream spearfishing destination?
    • What do you do to combat imposter syndrome
  • 01:44:04 Last piece of advice
  • 01:44:43 OutroNSP171 instagram
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NSP:171 Adreno Capricorn Bunker Trip | Part 1

NSP:171 Adreno Capricorn Bunker Trip | Part 1

Interviews from The Eastern Voyager

Today’s episode is a special one! It features interviews done while out on the Adreno Capricorn Bunker Trip, a 1 week spearfishing charter on the Great Barrier Reef aboard the Eastern Voyager! Join some of the legends from Adreno like Wayne Judge and Taylor Slattery along with the familiar voice of Trevor Ketchion and some actual Noob Spearos as they discuss plans, expectations and goals for the trip. This is a great opportunity and one of the easiest spearfishing charters you can get – hot showers, great food and priceless advice and guidance from legendary spearos, we highly recommend doing this trip! Book your own trip here! As always, a massive thanks to Adreno for making this trip so memorable!

amy Photo spearo

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eastern voyager

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Bunker trip

Photo Credit: Amy Stevens @beyond_amy

Speargun arsenal Wayne Judge and Shrek

nsp171 bunker holding fish

 

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:56 PADI Level 1 Course
  • 09:45 Welcome to the Eastern Voyager! Introducing Adreno legend Wayne Judge and Noob Spearos Ryan, Jack and Jordy
  • 13:31 Wayne, what is the plan for this trip?
  • 14:00 We are going spearfishing, not freediving
  • 17:03 How is everyone feeling about the trip?
  • 18:22 Great advice from Wayne
spearo underwater GBR

Photo Credit: Amy Stevens @beyond_amy

  • 21:28 Hunting: find the fish’s weakness
  • 23:20 We have some great conditions here
  • 24:08 What goals do you have for this trip?
  • 26:10 Frenzel or Valsalva?
  • 32:55 Questions for Wayne: How do I prepare for that first dive?
  • 34:17 How much weight should I use?
  • 35:50 Sharks: When do we get out of the water?
  • 40:58 How do you stop the urge to breathe?

BTS on the Bunker trip

  • 44:24 How long should I be recovering for?
  • 48:21 Diving with more experienced spearos
  • 50:40 Part 2
  • 51:53 Day 3: Taylor, How has it been so far?
  • 52:54 Trevor is hitting his prime!
  • 53:26 Fish of the trip?
  • 55:03 Luke
  • 56:44 Ryan shooting his first fish ever!

Shrek and Wayne JudgeTrevor and Shrek pointing

  • 59:00 My first Blackspot Tuskfish and Spangled Emperors
  • 01:01:52 How has the boat been? Good meals and hot showers are excellent
  • 01:03:04 The Queen of Content: Amy!
  • 01:07:57 Trevor Ketchion vs Daniel Mann: Most underrated fish
  • 01:11:08 What struggles have you had?
  • 01:13:00 What are your goals for the rest of the trip? Shoot a trout! How are you going to do it?
  • 01:16:51 Being a good boaty
  • 01:21:14 Trevor’s advice
  • 01:23:20 Safe buddy diving
  • 01:26:16 Taylor’s boaty advice
  • 01:31:14 What goals do you all want to achieve on the last few days?
  • 01:33:24 Coronation trout
  • 01:36:46 Trevor, what are you hoping to achieve?
  • 01:38:02 OutroTrevor and Shrek
    drone shot of GBR

    Photo Credit: Amy Stevens @beyond_amy

    man spearfishing

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NSP:170 Brian Fern | Hawaii’s Unkolearnuhow

NSP:170 Brian Fern | Hawaii’s Unkolearnuhow

Interview with Brian Fern

Today’s interview is with Brian Fern, aka @Unkolearnuhow from Hawaii! He has a genuine wealth of knowledge on gear and diving from his almost 40 years of spearfishing with a particular mindset towards sustainability and safety. In Hawaii, spearfishing is seen as more of a lifestyle than a sport – that shows in the way he speaks about spearfishing and guides others into it. He is a big advocate for buddy diving and gives us some actionable tips on how to dive safely and more effectively, how to handle Noob Spearos that don’t know much about safety and how to confront experienced spearos that have unsafe dive practices. He even has some advice on avoiding and treating ciguatera poisoning! Have a listen and let us know what you think! We need to get Brian back for a 2nd episode, we didn’t have time to get through everything we wanted to speak about!

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 01:50 Spencer Allen on 99 Spearo Recipes
  • 04:53 Hello and welcome Brian!
  • 06:24 Spearfishing in Hawaii is more of a lifestyle than a sport
  • 08:08 Hawaiians seem very connected to their environment, is this true or just the tourists view?
  • 10:40 Invasive species
  • 12:25 Ciguatera poisoning
  • 13:34 What was your experience of that and how did you treat it?
  • 16:11 Alcohol and coffee making the symptoms worse

  • 17:11 When did you start spearfishing?
  • 19:12 Pole spears
  • 21:42 There’s no such thing as a shit fish, only a shit cook – do you agree?
  • 22:17 Staple fish species
  • 23:40 You have super clear water which presents it’s own challenges
  • 25:40 How did you develop your freediving to be able to hunt those fish and be safe?
  • 28:50 “I want to dive like Ryan Myers – how long will that take me to learn?”
  • 33:10 Learning to be patient
  • 36:15 Diving with better divers

  • 38:37 What about diving with someone that doesn’t listen to good advice?
  • 40:32 Learning through time and observation – how to not suck at spearfishing
  • 41:30 Diving with bad buddies – have a game plan on the shore
  • 42:54 How do you dive with people who can’t dive as deep as you can?
  • 44:10 How do you confront experienced divers that have bad dive practices? The dangers of experience and ego
  • 47:40 Wrapping up buddy diving –  have a partner that’s at or just above your skill level
  • 49:18 Struggling to do one up and one down? Dive with 1 gun!

  • 51:51 Understanding variable conditions – what do spearos need to understand about reading conditions?
  • 54:03 How do people find spearing mentors in Hawaii?
  • 55:59 Spearfishing clubs
  • 57:27 How do you confront people that have decided that they know enough?
  • 58:16 Conditions: you need to learn from local divers – talk to life guards
  • 01:00:03 Online weather resources

  • 01:00:56 How do you know when you are too deep?
  • 01:03:22 The right equipment for the right job
  • 01:05:19 Financial barrier to entry – if you have the wrong gear, you are risking your life
  • 01:08:21 Mannysub –  what do you like about his gear? Premium gear that’s been well designed with great customer service
  • 01:11:14 Rollerguns
  • 01:14:57 Before hunting with a new gun – DO SOME TARGET PRACTICE – properly powering your gun
  • 01:18:16 Pipe guns vs wood guns
  • 01:20:00 Price is a big influence – rigging and using your speargun is a big thing to learn. Mannysub gives you instruction manuals with their spearguns
  • 01:21:32 Mannysub roller conversion kit – Brian is the US and Hawaii rep
  • 01:23:04 How do people reach out and find you and your gear? Rollerspearguns.com and unkolearnuhow.com
  • 01:23:56 We are out of time –  thanks for being on the show!
  • 01:24:44 Outro

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NSP:169 Lisa Ferrier Rafkin | Badass and Frothing past 50

NSP:169 Lisa Ferrier Rafkin | Badass and Frothing past 50

Interview with Lisa Ferrier Rafkin

Today’s interview is with Lisa Ferrier Rafkin, a badass and frothing speara that holds 15 women’s world records! Join us as we chat about her journey in spearfishing, her struggles, memorable fish and some great tips for hunting pelagic fish species and staying safe! She is part of the Sea of Love Foundation where she teaches children to spearfish! She is clearly exceptionally talented at spearfishing and although she hasn’t been doing it for very long, she has a lot that you can learn from when it comes to technique, overcoming challenges and caring for your catch. The species on her list are things like Bluefin Tuna, Roosterfish and big yellow tail to name a few, if you are interested in hunting bigger game fish this is a great episode to listen to!

lisa next to roosterfish

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 05:12 Hello and welcome! Tell us about the Sea Of Love Foundation
  • 06:19 You are softhearted in the day and a badass spearfisher at night! You have 15x women’s world records!
  • 08:12 What draws you to the ocean?
  • 08:57 Your work takes a toll on you, is spearfishing a type of therapy for you?
  • 10:28 What’s your earliest spearfishing memory?

lisa holding a fish on a boat

  • 12:24 You started a new sport at a late age, how did you find the process of starting new?
  • 14:21 Starting with very competent people can be intimidating
  • 15:56 I got my first blue water gun in 2016 after a lot of diving
  • 17:41 What is a “paddy”? If there’s a bird on it, it’s a good sign!
  • 18:46 What size are we talking?
  • 20:10 How do you approach a paddy?
  • 21:23 Explain the hunting around a paddy
  • 22:23 Undersized yellowtail “rats”

lisa and a big tuna

  • 23:17 What does ethical spearfishing mean to you?
  • 24:30 Your awareness of the ethics become nuanced as you develop in your spearfishing
  • 28:05 What was it like learning to freedive at 52?
  • 29:32 Duck dive technique is a huge thing
  • 30:23 What’s the first hunt that stands out in your memory?
  • 32:17 Have you had a problem with shot placement with bigger yellowtail?
  • 33:45 Loading a speargun
  • 35:31 Sometimes you need to struggle

lisa and a hai mahi

  • 37:44 Dealing with excitement when you find a great fish
  • 39:42 The missed opportunities keep you coming back
  • 40:27 Pulling fish in on your shooting line, it takes practice
  • 42:14 Dorado/mahi mahi really test you and your team
  • 43:14 As a novice hunting Bluefin Tuna, what advice do you have?

lisa and 2 yellowtail

  • 46:31 Watch where your line is!
  • 47:08 Are you using a clutch setup? Yes!
  • 48:53 Do Bluefin dive deep when they get scared?
  • 52:42 What tough/scary situations have you had? Getting wrapped in line
  • 54:56 Sharks!
  • 59:05 Black Sea Bass

lisa and 2 mahi mahi

  • 59:57 People wonder how we can love animals so much and still hunt and eat them
  • 01:03:06 Equipment: Riffe speargun and wetsuit
  • 01:04:23 I don’t use a low volume mask, my scuba mask just fits perfectly and I have problems with all the low volume makes I’ve used
  • 01:07:00 Do you do any pool training?
  • 01:08:10 Getting a little extra depth opens up bigger fish and the problem with comparison in spearfishing
  • 01:10:06 Dive within your limits and shallow water blackouts
  • 0:11:24 When I take people to hunt bigger fish I make sure they keep there surface to diving ratio good
  • 01:14:37 Funny stuff!
  • 01:16:53 Lessons learned for drift diving
  • 01:17:41 Shooting a 56lb Roosterfish and almost losing all my gear
  • 01:19:08 What do they taste like?
  • 01:19:53 Bluefin tuna: caring and processing is different than for other fish
  • 01:22:02 Dry aging fish
  • 01:24:49 Treating fish well is an important thing

lisa in the water

  • 01:26:37 Spearo Q&A
    • Single best tip: using pink bands, seriously! It attracts fish!
    • Who’s been the most influential person in your spearfishing?
    • If you had to start spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently?
    • Describe what the spearfishing experience means to you.
  • 01:30:30 Where can people find you on social media?
  • 01:31:58 Outro

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NSP:168 Fully Rad Oregon Freediving Company | Daniel Semrad

NSP:168 Fully Rad Oregon Freediving Company | Daniel Semrad

Interview with Daniel Semrad

Today’s interview is with Daniel Semrad of the Oregon Freediving Company! He is a world record holding spearfishing and freediving instructor that is also be an award winning teacher! He now runs the Oregon Freediving Company with his wife Talya who also holds spearfishing world records and is a competitive freediver representing South Africa! They train in some great conditions, we’re talking about dirty and 6-10 degree water! Listen in as we chat about spearfishing in Oregon, running a freediving shop and teaching students, hunting techniques, exercises and dry training to benefit your diving and a whole lot more. Dan is an awesome guy and a great diver, let us know what you think of this episode!

Oregon Freediving Company Logo

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:03 Hello and welcome Daniel Semrad! Tell us about the freediving/spearfishing community in Oregon
  • 06:08 You’re a freedive instructor, how did you get there?
  • 07:47 You won the Excite Award from MIT for being an exciting teacher
  • 10:30 Water conditions in Oregon
  • 11:38 What suit do you wear in your 6-10 degree water?
  • 13:23 You probably spend a lot of time in the pool with conditions like that. How do you run your courses?
  • 15:14 Buddy protocols in dirty water, what are you teaching your students?
  • 17:56 What role do static exercises play in spearfishing?
  • 19:25 When you feel you need to speed up, slow down. How did this become a reality to you?
  • 22:22 My Octopus Teacher – has that impacted the amount of your customers?
  • 24:09 Talya Davidoff is your wife, she is an accomplished spearo (3x world records) and competitive freediver too
  • 25:10 Tell us about your recordsDaniel Semrad and some fish
  • 28:38 What does your spearfishing consist of these days?
  • 30:08 Walk us through a great day spearfishing for you
  • 32:22 Purple urchins, are they bad over there?
  • 33:48 Are they good eating?
  • 34:50 Fisheries management
  • 37:16 Hunting in Oregon: what species and how do you hunt them?
  • 39:42 What are the telltale signs of the species you look for? Type of rock, seaweed, coral or animals.
  • 42:17 You are covering a lot of ground looking for fish
  • 43:03 I don’t like statics or aspetto spearfishing: hunting in Hawaii and Alaska
  • 45:58 Gear: what do you use? You mentioned using a pole spear
  • 47:19 Do you guys like smoking fish up there?
  • 49:20 Scary stuff: have you had any close calls?
  • 52:08 Spearfishing off a kayak: lessons learned from bad situations
  • 55:22 What obstacles did you find in your spearfishing?
  • 56:46 The delicate balance of doing freediving/spearfishing as a job, how do you balance it?
  • 01:01:04 Understanding weather conditions and making predictions: how to predict visibility
  • 01:03:45 Have you kept a dive log for spearfishing?Daniel Semrad and a blue Lingcod
  • 01:04:53 You have some back health issues? What do you do in the gym?
  • 01:06:44 What cross training has been relevant for spearfishing and freediving?
  • 01:08:30 Dry training can be hard to maintain, have you found the same?
  • 01:09:22 Training resources for dry training
  • 01:10:35 What yoga do you do?
  • 01:11:34 Hate for spearfishing: what criticisms have you got for spearfishing and how do you respond?
  • 01:13:39 Spearfishing on scuba vs freediving
  • 01:14:44 Funny stuff
  • 01:16:38 What’s in your dive bag? Wetsuit, gloves, fins, dive computer, weights, speargun and pole spear, shooting line, buoys/floats and lines, etc.
  • 01:24:08 Do you teach spearo etiquette?Daniel Semrad and a fish
  • 01:25:19 Spearo Q&A
    • Single best spearfishing tip: slow down!
    • What does the spearfishing experience mean to you? Hit the reset button
    • Who’s been the most influential people in your community? My local community
    • Where in the world would you like to go spearfishing? South Africa and Australia
  • 01:27:30 Where can people find you and where is your shop?
  • 01:29:23 Are you running courses again?
  • 01:30:15 Outro and last notes that Daniel didn’t mention
  • Daniel Semrad Instagram
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