Hot Smoked Spanish Mackerel

Hot Smoked Spanish Mackerel

Hot smoking fish is easy once you get a few things nailed, and should be embraced and not avoided. Brining greatly improves the texture and taste of any smoked fish. Keep it simple with an easy salt brine for just one hour.

Serve the finished smoked spanish mackerel hot with vegetables, with salad or in a wrap. It’s always great. When cooled and refrigerated the smoked fish will keep for at least a week so can be used in a multitude of dishes until you can get out to dive again!

Hot Smoked Spanish Mackerel

Ingredient List

  • 2kg (4.4lb) spanish mackerel fillet
  • 1 cup (300g) salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 handful hardwood sawdust

Hot Smoked Spanish Mackerel


  1. Make a brine by mixing the salt and water, making sure all the salt is dissolved.
  2. Cut fish into 20mm (1In) medallions, leaving the skin on.
  3. Soak fish in brine for one hour, make sure it is fully submerged.
  4. Remove the fish from the brine. Pat it dry and then sprinkle on brown sugar and rub it into the medallions.
  5. Place the medallions in a hot smoker and cook for 18 minutes then turn off heat (Consult the how to Hot Smoke fish section for more details)
  6. Leave fish in the smoker, without removing the lid, for another 8 minutes
  7. The smoked fish is then ready to serve, or remove and cool to use later.

Hot Smoked Spanish Mackerel

This recipe was a submission for 99 Spearo Recipes, our crowdsourced seafood cookbook! check it out here.

James Sakker was the spearo chef behind this creation (and many others). James is Mid-North NSW coast veteran spearo who has a YouTube channel full of his adventures chasing donkey Lobster, shooting class Jewfish and all delivered with class banter and commentary. Subscribe to his channel Catch it Cook it Grow it

The Art of Freediving for Spearfishing: How to Improve Your Breath-Hold

The Art of Freediving for Spearfishing: How to Improve Your Breath-Hold

Did you know that spearfishing almost became an Olympic sport? Spearfishing came close to being recognized as an Olympic sport in the 1960s, but unfortunately, it never actually happened.

Spears have been used for fishing since the stone age. Like anything else, freediving or spearfishing requires discipline and perseverance to get better at it.

Becoming a proficient spearo requires a great deal of training, practice, and experience. Another thing you need to master as a diver is your breathing. Proper breath hold is essential while remaining underwater.

This article offers tips on holding your breath longer when spearfishing and explains the benefits of proper breathing techniques for a spearo.

Proper breathing techniques are essential when free diving or spearfishing because they can affect your body’s physical performance if done incorrectly AND more importantly can kill you (hyperventilation directly causes shallow water blackout and is one the greatest risks to a spearo). Consistently practicing dry-training exercises can help you hold your breath longer while spearfishing.

If you want to know more about improving your breath-hold, check out freediving questions answered by Adam Stern. You can also read more below to learn tips on holding your breath longer.

Another primary concern for freedivers is dehydration. A freediver can be at risk of dehydration due to overactive sweat glands. These overactive sweat glands can make divers sweat profusely in a wetsuit. As a diver, it is crucial to stay hydrated before going underwater. We recommend Aqualyte, an Australian made product tailored for people who pursue high exertion/high dehydration activities like spearfishing. Noob Spearo are an affiliate for Aqualyte so the GOOD news is;

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Tips to Improve Your Breath-Hold

If you want to improve your breath-hold time, do it gradually. Be careful to avoid overdoing it, and proceed at a comfortable pace. Remember to relax and allow your breathing to return to normal (tidal breathing) if you feel dizzy.

Try these tips if you want to hold your breath longer than your usual.

1. Try practicing your breath-hold at home.

You can practice breath-hold dives in your own home by practicing dry training. This training allows you to practice freediving breath-hold from the comfort of your home.

You can practice the three parts of a breath-hold dive while lying in bed or on your sofa. Learn how to practice full breaths, breath-up (cadenced breathing), and recovery (hook) breathing.

2. Exercise regularly to improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Remember that the lungs are an air tank and can only hold so much air. Although your lung capacity is determined by genetics (and how flexible your rib cage is), you can increase it through cardiovascular training.

Cardiovascular exercises are the best way to improve your overall fitness. By practicing some exercises while holding your breath (think safety!), you will develop the ability to hold your breath longer and improve efficiency. Prolonged cardio exercise can help you build lung capacity.

3. You can hire a coach or a professional instructor.

If you are interested in freediving, look for a local training center and check out their courses. When you learn freediving, not only will you be able to enjoy the sport yourself, but you’ll also be part of a community of active freedivers.

Freediving is a lifestyle and an enjoyable sport. Investing in an excellent coach is key to becoming the best freediver you can be.

Importance of Proper Breathing Techniques When Diving

Our lungs have an incredible ability to adapt during exercise. When the need for oxygen rises, our lungs expand and take in more.

Breathing training can teach you to take in more and if you practice O2 exercises, you can extend your hypoxic threshold and make your body use oxygen more efficiently.

Blood oxygenation happens when oxygen enters your body during inhalation and is carried by the blood to every part of your vital system.

When oxygen gets into your bloodstream, it travels to cells all over your system to create energy and sustain your body. Proper breathing techniques are not only important for swimming or diving but also for everyday life.

Muscles need oxygen whenever physical activity is involved, so we tend to breathe heavily and rapidly when running or walking. This is caused by increased CO2. Your tolerance to CO2 can also be improved with training and you can learn to understand the urge to breathe in your own body through training.

Another benefit from proper breathing techniques is that it can help you release tension when exhaling while swimming. This release helps you swim more efficiently and conserve energy, making every stroke count. When you resurface after a dive and have finished recovery breathing, allow your body to return to normative breathing – we call this tidal breathing. Your breathing should be easy and relaxed, exhale away any tension and enjoy the benefits on your next dive.

As you can see, breath control and understanding is important and beneficial for spearfishing. It is one of the most basic things you can focus on to improve your proficiency for spearfishing.

However, always remember that mastering your breathing techniques requires time and dedication. Don’t be in a huge rush just to improve your breath-hold, learn to hunt with whatever your capability is now and enjoy the journey.

Be patient and work persistently. It may take you years to master proper breath control and relaxation, but what you learn during your training can make a big difference in your spearfishing journey.

– Written by Stanley Clark


  1. How to train to hold your breath longer safely


  1. Blood Oxygen Level


  1. Breathe for a better workout


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Dave’s Peri Peri Squid Recipe

Dave’s Peri Peri Squid Recipe

This recipe comes from David Kirkpatrick a man famous for saying (and I quote), “I’m just a guy frying up some squid”. David has spent considerable time chasing Squid in Melbourne and now Western Australia. One tip for hunting squid while spearfishing is to dive bomb them. The alternative style of approaching from on the same level can be difficult. They are also susceptible to coming in to inspect their speared colleagues, so leave your prey to dangle and your mate may take one for himself. Enjoy Davids Peri Peri squid recipe – it looks the goods!
– Shrek



1. Cut squid out str8

Dave's Peri Peri Squid Recipe

2. Score squid on the softer side in the diamond pattern( knife goes through soft side a lot easier, cut deep don’t be afraid)

3.Rub Nandos peri peri salt into cuts (coles sell it)

Dave's Peri Peri Squid Recipe

4. Get oil hot , place squid diamond pattern up so they curl under the sexual heat of the oil.

5. Flip to get a slight char effect.

Dave's Peri Peri Squid Recipe

6. Tilt pan drain off some oil whilst u stack the squid ready to plate up.

7. Eat squid into your neck hole

Dave's Peri Peri Squid Recipe

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Curried Pāua Recipe (Abalone)

Curried Pāua Recipe (Abalone)

Here is a mint recipe from my youngest brother Joash in New Zealand. Pāua is a special treat for most kiwis and so people usually have their own go-to recipe for making the most of them. If done wrong, Pāua can be tough as a gumboot so if you want to get it right and avoid this, follow a recipe (or method for tenderizing) that works for you. – Shrek

  • Serves: 3 people
  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes
Curried Pāua Recipe. Curried Abalone Recipe

Above left: Pāua shell (image:stuff.co.nz). Below left: Pāua or Abalone attached to rock (image: New Zealand Geographic). Right ingredients for Curried Pāua Recipe


  • 400gm Paua/ Abalone
  • 500ml Cream
  • 150gm Butter
  • 1x Brown Onion
  • 3x Cloves Garlic
  • 4t Curry Powder

Curried Paua/Abalone Recipe




Step 1: Slice Paua/Abalone into thin slices – can be tenderized first

Step 2: Finely cut onion and garlic cloves


Step 1: Add 1/3 of butter to hot frying pan, Brown Onion lightly, add garlic and cook for further 1 minute.

Step 2: Add Paua/abalone and for 7 to ten minutes to frying pan – add half of the curry powder cook for a further minute.

Step 3: Add remaining butter, cream and the rest of the curry powder to frying pan. Lower heat and simmer for five minutes.

Curried Pāua Recipe. Curried Abalone Recipe

Additional serving ideas

  • Can be garnished with chives.
  • Goes really well with rice or scalloped potatoes and other sea food cuisine

Special diet information: if dairy free try can exchange butter for coconut oil, and cream for coconut cream.

Curried Pāua Recipe. Curried Abalone Recipe

Curried Pāua Recipe ready to serve

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