NSP:055 101 Coastal Bar Crossing with Bill Corten

Boating 101 Episode


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Bar Crossing with Bill Corten

 

Bills is a renown Australian boating, fishing and bar crossing teacher with many years of experience in the marine industry. A little known fact  about Bill is that he also used to spearfish and play underwater hockey.

These days Bills regularly runs coastal bar crossing courses and the occasional fishing charter. Bills passion is helping guys to get the most out of their boats by teaching them all of the fundamental skills that every boat-going waterman should learn. Managing a bar crossing with all of the variables like swell, tide and wind requires a definite skill set that must be learned.

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Bill takes us through run out tides, big swells and even drunken blokes on a fishing charters. We talk about basic mistakes that many of us make and hear a few stories about what can happen in dangerous situations. There is a huge section and discussion about swell speed, using your throttle on the way in and on the way out, positioning the boat appropriately, using angles to soften landings and maintaining your nerve!

Listen into this episode if you use or want to use a boat to go spearfishing!

Bill Corten Contact Details: Phone (07) 3286 3647 or Email: [email protected]

Beaus Boat. Coastal Bar Crossing with Bill Corten

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If you enjoyed this episode then listen into our chat with Niall Cameron who shares some awesome boating stories

NSP:052 Niall Cameron the Mussel Cracker

 Interview with Niall Cameron the Mussel Cracker

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(Unfortunately we lost a bit of sound quality with this interview so our apologies!)

Bloody cracker interview with Niall Cameron, a small charter boat operator in South Africa. Niall is a tonne of fun and he’s exactly the type of bloke I love to go spearfishing with. Fresh from an Ascension Island trip chasing and landing Yellowfin Tuna with a bunch of experienced Kiwi and Aussie spearo’s, Niall shares some of the valuable tips and wisdom he has picked up over the years. As a regular listener to the Noob Spearo Podcast himself Niall comes prepared with stories and information to share with you. Listen in to find out about hunting the White Mussel Cracker, the advantages to buying your first boat and a truckload of tips from diving in thermocline to disregarding bad advice!

A bit more about Niall Cameron

  • Niall has lived on the coast for most of his 52 years of life. Growing up in Northern Ireland he wast first inspired by a treasure hunting Irishmen (listen to the show for more info) before making the move to Cape Town in South Africa. He also spent some time in Fort Lauderdale, Florida  USA, the Caribbean islands, before moving back to South Africa where he now lives on the beach in cannon rocks (near Port Elizabeth where there are many 17th and 18th century shipwrecks).
  • Niall runs a small charter business fishing and spearfishing. His passion is facilitating a good time for clients and finding fish along with telling funny stories.
  • He loves boats and shares several hilarious stories in the interview about some interesting times out at sea.

If you are ever in Cannon Rocks, South Africa look up Niall Cameron and head out with him on his Big Blue Charter boat!

Interview with Niall Cameron

Niall Cameron (pictured left) with some happy spearo’s

Quick Times

4:00 Niall’s journey getting started spearfishing in South Africa. Irish unorthodox role model Thor Hamilton. Early obstacles include equipment availability/suitability. Riding a motorbike 26kms to the beach!

13:00 Boat diving and starting to find regular fish in much better conditions + early boating adventures and mishaps (Mush and the case of the missing chest hair).

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23:00 Memorable fish story

31:00 Spearfishing Hunting Technique. Planning and preparing because the hunt starts at home when you are watching the weather. Thermocline spearfishing tips and info.

39:00 Toughest situation Niall has faced in the ocean and what he learned from his experiences.

46:00 Ascension Island Trip with some Australian and Kiwi characters.

Niall Cameron with 98kg left of tuna fro m Ascension Island

Niall Cameron with 98kg left of tuna fro m Ascension Island

54:00 Veterans Vault – the white mussle cracker! Tips, cooking, curry and more.

67:00 Funniest Moment

74:00 Divebag

78:00 Spearo Q&A

 

Interview with Niall Cameron

 


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The Speargun, Prop and Ladder Lesson

The Speargun, Prop and Ladder Lesson

The Speargun, Prop and Ladder Lesson

A North Queensland spearo got into an altercation between his speargun and boat propeller. This was the result.

Before exiting the water to get onto his boat he clipped his speargun to the ladder (makings it easier to take off his fins etc before climbing in the boat). Many spearo’s would pass their gun up to the boatie (hopefully handle first and unloaded) or slip their gun over the side or back of the boat before attempting to clamber over however clipping your gun off to the ladder is not uncommon.

After he clipped the speargun to the ladder, removed his gear and climbed aboard, he started chatting to his dive buddies and began eating some food. Distracted they started the boat and began to move off before quickly realizing the gun was stuck in the prop! After shutting the motor down, he went to free the speargun from the prop. Then as he has pulled the rubbers free, the tension in the rubbers has spun the prop and caused it to strike his knuckle which did the damage that you can see to his hand (photos above and below).

He said later “As soon as I put (the boat) into gear I knew exactly what had happened and was upset that the days diving was over.”

Sadly the barrel is more like a bow now and he needed 5 stitches to his hand in a ‘real prick of a spot to heal’.

Speargun vs prop and the results from trying untangle it

After chatting briefly with the bloke over Facebook I was pleased that he agreed to let me share this story here on Noob Spearo. For a guy who sounds like he has some pretty good safe spearfishing practices this is a hard earned lesson. He told me after,
“When I go diving its safety first, treat your gun like it’s always loaded, never bring a speargun in the boat loaded, always make sure you keep an eye on the boat (position) and check on your mates and then I ended up doing this. At least I didn’t get shot, I cant imagine how that would go down, it was hard enough trying to stop the bleeding and it was only an inch size cut”
If you have your own hard earned story like this Speargun, Prop and Ladder Lesson please share it with us in the comments.
Boat Diving Near Miss – “…it’ still in fu*k@ng reverse”

Boat Diving Near Miss – “…it’ still in fu*[email protected] reverse”

Boat Diving Near Miss – “…it’ still in fu*[email protected] reverse” – by Woody Falls

I love it when I see a fellow spearo share a story about a near miss where they not only survived and learned something, but decided to share their story with the rest of the spearfishing community. This tale from Woody is one of those times. His story could have ended up with a completely different result which makes this boat diving near miss an engaging read. I also encourage people to be respectful of those that do share as they have the stone’s to tell their stories which can save others lives.

This is not a hard mistake to make. Many divers have a similar story. Without further comments here is…

 

…Woody’s Story about his boat diving near miss

 

“Up until yesterday I thought boat safety was just a part of diving that just happened. I was a very carefree diver.

As I dropped off the back of my own boat for the start of a drift and loaded my gun, I didn’t realise that the boat was accidentally still in reverse. My arm got sucked into the propeller of the starboard motor and at this point I didn’t realise what was happening. I turned and tried to pull my arm out as my leg got pulled into the port prop, I started screaming as I was being ragdolled. The poor guys on the boat thought a shark had me until I managed to yell (kindly)”it’s still in fu*[email protected] reverse!”

Someone pushed the controls into neutral and they dragged me into the boat where I lay in the back bleeding and choking. The few seconds I was caught in the propellers seemed like a lifetime and in that moment I thought there was no way I was gonna survive. Somehow I did without a single stitch or broken bone.

You can never afford to be complacent as a boaty and although it was an innocent mistake it could’ve cost me my life and it’s a huge sober up. I was extremely lucky to go through a 500hp blender and emerge with only bruising and minor cuts with the wetsuit surprisingly taking most of the punishment, and I really shouldn’t be writing this… (im bloody lucky to be alive)

So stay safe and stay alert because accidents do happen and it can be over in seconds.”

– Woody Falls

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Near Miss Boat Diving with Woody Falls

NSP:010 Doug Peterson, Author of Spearfishing – How to Get Started

NSP:010 Doug Peterson, Author of Spearfishing – How to Get Started

Doug Peterson, Author of Spearfishing – How to Get Started


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Doug Peterson Shore Diving. Doug Peterson, Author of Spearfishing - How to Get Started
Doug Peterson Author of Spearfishing, How to Get Started is a Dentist who runs his own practice in New Jersey (Little Silver Dental Care). He began his journey into spearfishing in 1998. In exchange for some dental work Doug earned a SCUBA certification and some equipment, which then opened the door for him into freediving and spearfishing. Since starting spearfishing he has not put on a tank since, although he still exchanges fillings for good dive gear!

Doug has helped many friends get started spearfishing and after someone mentioned to him that he should write a book about it, he took up the challenge , You can view his book on Amazon here

Spearfishing: How to Get Started

Doug Petersons How to Get Started Spearfishing Book

Doug Petersons How to Get Started Spearfishing

 

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Doug Peterson, Author of Spearfishing - How to Get Started

Doug with a selection of his catches.

Interview Times Quick-Guide – Fast Navigation for Reference

3:00 Scuba Diving and how it helps ease you into freediving and spearfishing

17:00 Banging your head on the boat, something that happens to many spearo’s at some point

20:00 Overcoming common obstacles starting out. Equipment, breathing, technique and relaxing.

25:00 Boating Chat

31:00 Dive Buddy talk, how to be a good one

37:00 Fast Five Facts for Noobs

41:00 Crucial Kit

44:00 Dougs book – How To Get Started Spearfishing

He currently lives and dives in the central New Jersey shore area, after moving from Newport, Rhode Island in 2005. Putting up with dirty water and other difficult local conditions says a lot about his passion for the sport. Doug’s Veterans Vault is in line with his passion in this episode where he talks about some common obstacles getting started spearfishing. To have a look at what a days diving looks like for Doug check out this video, he shoots a nice striped bass at about the 4:50 second section

 

NSP:007 Trevor Ketchion Brisbane Local Legend (our words not his)

NSP:007 Trevor Ketchion Brisbane Local Legend (our words not his)

Trevor Ketchion Brisbane Local Legend


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Trevor Ketchion Bi-Colour Parrotfish Spearfishing

Trevor Ketchion Bi-Colour Parrotfish

Trevor Ketchion is our first featured local legend. He qualifies in the legend capacity for a few reasons.

 

Number 1: Trevor has shared his knowledge and experience with many up and coming guys and girls, that has helped them become more effective and safer spearo’s.

Number 2: He has shot some awesome fish and continues to do so regularly while maintaining humility and the ability to have a laugh at himself.

Number 3: When the weather gets wild and Turbo is crying and cuddling himself at home just thinking about going out, Trevor is already 25km offshore laughing and having a good time

Trevor Ketchion Local Brisbane Spearo

Trevor Ketchion Local Brisbane Spearo

Interview Times Quick-Guide – Fast Navigation for Reference

4:00 Speargun aim technique and advice

6:00 Local Brisbane and southern Queensland spearfishing conditions

8:00 Guide to doing reconnaissance for new ground

14:00 The Haines Hunter spearfishing boat

15:00 Veterans Vault – Heading out on your first trips on other spearos boats. Do’s and Donts

17:00 Seasickness Advice

23:00 Great White sharks and spearfishing

26:00 Fast Five Facts for Noobs

29:00 Crucial Kit for Noobs

34:00 Turbo’s Polespear Q&A

[Tweet “Trevor Ketchion advice on how to be an asset first boat trips spearfishing”] He also shares his thoughts on everything from spearguns to ethics – Enjoy!

Featured Local Legend Trevor Ketchion

Featured Local Legend Trevor Ketchion

Here are some links that are mentioned in the show.

Cetos Spearfishing

Trevors ‘What Not To Do’ Spearfishing Video

Trevors Spearfishing 2014 Video

 

Trevor Ketchion

Trevor Ketchion, proud Dad, spearo and character

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