Today’s interview is with Eric O’dea of the Backcountry Hunters (BHA) and Anglers and Eric Keener of Fin and Forage! We chat everything 30/30, MPA’s, conservation, hunting and how they all connect. We also have a great chat about the upcoming Catch and Cook comp with Fin and Forage, the BHA and Messermeister. A spearfishing competition mixed in with masterchef with a beach cleanup and urchin culling event with prizes for each different category, this is a great idea and we can’t wait to see this comp happen! You can visit this link to find out more!
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03:25 Hello and welcome Devin and Eric!
05:30 The Backcountry Hunters and Anglers: what is it and why is it important?
08:00 Hunter and conservationist
12:10 Growing up with deer in your garden
14:25 Eric Keener from Fin and Forage, reintroduce yourself!
18:50 30/30: What is it all about?
21:50 What happened in NSW?
26:35 What is your advice to the everyday spearo?
30:35 Citizen science: iNaturalist and how to get involved
36:25 Food changes mindsets and perceptions
41:15 The Catch and Cook Comp! Tell us all about it!
43:25 Beach cleanup prizes
47:00 What are you doing with the urchins you’re collecting?
51:00 Who are the legends that made this possible? Fin and Forage team, Ryan Gentry, @CutProfessor
52:00 Lots of big sponsors and massive prizes!
53:10 The infamous Valentine Thomas story!
58:55 Was your trip succesful?
01:00:25 Devin, do you and Eric ever dive together?
01:01:25 The most fun you can have with your spearfishing friends
01:02:30 “I don’t regard nature as a spectator sport” Discuss!
01:05:20 Belonging in a place you don’t belong
01:06:25 Go to FinandForage.com and on Instagram to find out more about the competition!
Today’s interview is with Samuel Mumford, the frothing Cornish Muso spearo living down under! Growing up in Cornwall, he started spearfishing, frankly by punching them with a blunt speargun. Have a listen to the episode to hear his experience with the Mike Tyson Speargun! From almost getting drowned by a crab to the infamous Cornish Sea Turtle, he has some great tips for hunting fish like Dhufish and Mangrove Jack and has a lot of knowledge other spearos can learn from. With a great attitude and a clear and obvious love for the ocean, we think you will enjoy today’s episode with Samuel Mumford!
Today’s interview is with Jamie Ryves from Norfolk Island who now lives in Vanuatu! Originally a chef, circumstances meant that work was hard to come by which caused a shift in his lifestyle. He now lives on a smaller island around Vanuatu and goes spearfishing twice a week to support his family! He takes some unbelievable footage, if you have any interest in big game fish like Dogtooth Tuna, this will be your new favourite source of video! Stunning conditions, excellent tips for hunting big Dogtooth and personal stories of Samba’s and Shallow Water Blackouts and how he is a safer diver because of them. Check out one of the most underrated YouTube channels around!
02:50 Hello and welcome Jamie! You are from Norfolk Island?
03:55 You live the spearo life and take amazing footage
05:25 The currents are a mystery
06:05 Where did you grow up?
07:50 You are a chef? Are you still cooking?
10:05 You are a specialist Dogtooth Tuna hunter! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fijsU8Goxig)
13:30 You have an underrated youtube channel
15:15 Have you thought about guiding?
16:45 What capacity do your charters have currently?
19:00 You get a wide range of species, which are your favourite?
23:10 Tell us about a good hunt
26:25 You were a bodyboarder too, but spearfishing came easier
28:55 You use a floatline but you have shot a few with a reelgun! Tell us about your gear for hunting them
31:30 What are common Dogtooth hunting problems?
38:30 I need to visit you!
40:10 PB’s and sharks
44:05 How have you studied the sea conditions?
46:05 So you have some extreme structure, tall sea mounts and volcanic rock drop off’s
47:25 How long do you need to stay there for a good trip?
52:20 Freediving in spearfishing: what is your position?
58:00 What about scary stories? Samba’s and SWB’s
01:09:10 How do you train your buddies to dive safer?
01:12:30 Wayne Judge
01:16:55 Funny stuff!
01:18:25 Funniest friends
01:19:55 What gear are you using? Ruku fins, Aimrite wetsuit. 1 spare shaft. 2 reel guns and a double roller from Aimrite. Riffe bungee. Ocean Hunter and Riffe 3 atmosphere floats. Slip-tip spear
Today’s interview is with Matthew Novakovich, the man behind Ocean State Spearguns! Born out of seeing a need that he could fulfill, Ocean State Spearguns are hand-crafted timber spearguns that can be customized to your liking! Want a big mid-handle 5 band blue water speargun? Or how about a short speargun for low viz diving and shooting in caves? Matthew has you covered! Starting as a small hobby, he gave Cameron Kirkconnell one of his spearguns to test and he’s been making more ever since! Doing most of his diving in the usually dirty and cold Atlantic, he has learned a thing or two about making robust spearguns that work well and look good while doing it. Check out OceanStateSpearguns.com to see what he’s doing!
He has some great insights into barotrauma and has a story about how it almost ended his diving career but more importantly – how he responded. If you have a barotrauma and are being told you’ll never dive again then give the Divers Alert Network (DAN) a call! Visit their website Dan.org and view all of their medical info here! Not all injuries are permanent!
02:30 Hello and welcome Matthew!
03:55 You have some nice fish over there like Tautog
Today’s interview is with Will Brunker of Aquagat! An innovator in the speargun world, Will has developed several unique and bespoke designs and components for spearguns! Colourful, tough and functional! He gave up his day job to go into making spearguns and components full time and has been making it work! We don’t talk much about his spearfishing journey but we sure do geek out about spearguns, from designing them to making custom and unique parts and everything in between. Today’s episode is a great one for anyone interested in making their own parts or gear. Be sure to check out Aquagat.com for all the great gear he makes!
03:30 How to write a guest recommendation! Welcome Will!
06:00 You have made a lot of innovation with different materials
07:30 How did you start building spearguns and how do you do it?
09:30 Aquagat is a great name!
12:05 How long have you been doing this?
16:15 How do you manage the balance between work, family and spearfishing?
18:55 What does your spearfishing look like at the moment?
22:25 Mentorship mentality
24:45 Early lessons and experiences in the water
26:45 Dry training
28:05 Speargun accuracy and pool testing
31:15 How do you aim?
32:55 How long should it take to get used to a new speargun?
36:50 Taking your ego out of it
39:40 Let’s talk about your spearguns and components
46:00 Keeping your intellectual property safe and R&D
51:51 Buying cheap gear – the poor man pays twice!
54:30 Tell us about your reels, how many designs did you go through until it worked?
59:35 Do you get many Noob Spearos or mostly experienced ones?
01:01:50 “Where form meets function”
01:05:45 Who do you get your speargun inspiration from?
Today’s interview is with Forrest Galante! Explorer, TV personality, adventurer and spearo, Forest has a rather large resume when it comes to the outdoors, holding multiple spearfishing world records on speargun and pole spear! Having been on the Joe Rogan Podcast and besides his own podcast The Wild Times podcast, he is most well known for his TV shows where he travels to remote parts of the world in search of extinct and extremely rare animals. We are proud to say that his journey was hugely influenced by spearfishing, join us as we have a great chat about his connection to spearfishing and how that relates to the other work he does.
03:08 Welcome Forrest Galante!
05:52 Wild Times Podcast
07:25 Handling large sharks
10:43 First Tiger shark interaction
13:15 We are still learning about sharks
15:10 You’re a HECS man and you’ve been on the Joe Rogan Podcast?
16:24 Extinct or Alive
18:25 Tell us about your adventures
22:15 The reality of working a job like yours
24:40 Your early work
27:30 Opportunity cost
29:30 You have 6 World Records, which stands out the most?
35:30 You seem to like hunting Wahoo, how do you hunt them?
40:00 Getting towed by a big fish
43:25 Bull sharks and Mako’s
48:10 California diving
50:50 Do you hunt with the meal in mind?
53:15 Spearfishing presents unique pressure on species
55:55 What is in your gear bag? 62 inch Diablo Speargun, HECS and Waihana wetsuits, Omer Stingray Carbon 25’s, Riffe mask and snorkel
01:01:45 What are the obstacles that you face and how do you overcome them?