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NSP:188 Devin O’Dea & Eric Keener | 30/30, Catch and Cook 22, BHA & Breaking Apathy

NSP:188 Devin O’Dea & Eric Keener | 30/30, Catch and Cook 22, BHA & Breaking Apathy

Interview with Devin O’Dea and Eric Keener

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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Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 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

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  • 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?

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  • 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!

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  • 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!
  • 01:09:35 Outro

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NSP:187 Samuel Mumford | Frothing Cornish Muso Spearo

NSP:187 Samuel Mumford | Frothing Cornish Muso Spearo

Interview with Samuel Mumford

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!

Check out his music here!

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 01:50 Mitch Noober Story
  • 07:05 Welcome Samuel Mumford!
  • 08:05 You perform music at night and spearfish during the day
  • 09:00 What is your daily spearfishing like?

NSP187 Sam Mumford and mate holding flounder

  • 11:35 Growing up in Cornwall
  • 12:20 The Mike Tyson speargun!
  • 17:00 Respect the learning curve
  • 19:10 A memorable catch

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  • 23:30 East coast vs west coast of Austrailia
  • 26:20 Who are you diving with these days?
  • 27:35 The Dhufish
  • 29:05 Mangrove Jack hunting tips
  • 35:00 What motivates you to spearfish?
  • 36:50 Getting confident cooking fish

NSP187 Sam Mumford holding cray

  • 38:30 What about raw fish and ceviche?
  • 41:35 99 Spearo Recipes
  • 42:35 Introducing mates to spearfishing and drawing on knowledge from line fishing
  • 44:15 What do you look for when hunting?
  • 46:55 Garlic Buttered Western Cray with Med Salad recipe from 99 Spear Recipes
  • 48:35 Scary stuff: Almost taken out by a crab!
  • 53:45 Funny stuff: The Cornish Sea Turtle
  • 55:55 What’s in your dive bag?

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  • 57:45 With your expensive Salvimar Hero 115 Speargun, are you prepared to drop it if you need to?
  • 59:10 What grinds your gears about the spearfishing community?
  • 01:03:15 What are WA’s fisheries like?
  • 01:06:15 Plastic fins
  • 01:11:25 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:15:40 Thank you for being on the show @SamTheWaterman!
  • 01:16:05 Outro

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NSP:186 Jamie Ryves | Dogtooth For Days. Tips, Stories and Mayhem

NSP:186 Jamie Ryves | Dogtooth For Days. Tips, Stories and Mayhem

Interview with Jamie Ryves

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!

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Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 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!

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  • 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

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  • 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
  • 01:27:05 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:34:05 Outro

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NSP:185 Matthew Novakovich | Making Ocean State Spearguns

NSP:185 Matthew Novakovich | Making Ocean State Spearguns

Interview with Matthew Novakovich

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!

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Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:30 Hello and welcome Matthew!
  • 03:55 You have some nice fish over there like Tautog
  • 05:00 David Hochman @SpearItCharters
  • 05:55 Tell us about Ocean State Spearguns
  • 11:15 How do you make your spearguns?
  • 12:40 How many spearguns are you making? Are you making spearguns full time?
  • 15:00 So you started spearfishing again after 15 years!
  • 16:15 What are your diving conditions like?
  • 18:00 Did you just shoredive? What type of diving are you doing?

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  • 19:50 What was a memorable fish to hunt?
  • 21:22 Colour grading your footage
  • 23:25 Striped bass?
  • 26:30 Biggest obstacles you faced starting again
  • 30:40 How much time did your efforts take to benefit your diving?
  • 31:30 Did your dive buddies progress with you or were some more experienced?
  • 35:00 Is your dad spearfishing now too?
  • 36:55 Scary stuff: Barotrauma
  • 40:00 Pin holes in wetsuit ears
  • 41:00 What did the doctor say? You can never dive again!
  • 42:00 What did the DAN doctors say? Yes you probably can! Dive medicine is sometimes more specialized than most doctors have experience with
  • 49:30 What’s next with Ocean State Spearguns? Rollers?
  • 52:30 Social media
  • 54:20 Componants
  • 57:05 Shafts

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  • 57:50 Do you any do any off-shore bluewater diving?
  • 58:40 Do you get a guide when traveling?
  • 59:40 Travel speargun?
  • 01:01:40 Funny stuff
  • 01:04:50 What gear is in your dive bag? Mako and Salvimar wetsuit
  • 01:06:00 Mako fiberglass fins
  • 01:07:10 How long is your ‘warm’ season?

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  • 01:08:15 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:10:00 The speargun building community is great! Where should people look to find out more?
  • 01:11:00 Thank you for being on the show!
  • 01:11:45 Outro

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NSP:184 Will Brunker | Handcrafting Aquagats

NSP:184 Will Brunker | Handcrafting Aquagats

Interview with Will Brunker

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!

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Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 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!

Mini aquagat

  • 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

reel

reel on a barrel

  • 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

big fish shot

  • 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?

barrel with resin in the middle

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Reel components

  • 01:07:15 Tell us about your inverted speargun
  • 01:12:30 How hard are they to load?
  • 01:14:00 D Revolution
  • 01:18:10 How to ballast your speargun
  • 01:21:00 Changing the setup too soon
  • 01:24:15 Should spearos have different spearguns?
  • 01:27:25 Bluewater gun rental
  • 01:29:10 Consistency in rubber bands

speargun and fish

  • 01:31:25 14mm bands vs thicker ones
  • 01:35:30 Tell us some of your funny stories!
  • 01:41:25 How often are you diving and what all is in your dive bag?
  • 01:42:23 Innegra DiveR fins, Ocra footpockets, in-house prototype wetsuit 3.5mm and 5mm. Magnesium supplement and hydration.
  • 01:47:15 Advice for new spearfishing creators
  • 01:50:10 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:52:25 Thank you for being on the show Will!

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NSP:183 Forrest Galante | Explorer, Spearo

NSP:183 Forrest Galante | Explorer, Spearo

Interview with Forrest Galante

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.

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 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?
  • 01:04:35 Thank you Forest!

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