Interview with Cris Dillon

Spearfishing hunting techniques for days in this interview. Cris walks us through techniques he has used to successfully hunt Bohar Snapper, Kuta (Spanish Mackerel), and Yellowfin Tuna. In the Veterans Vault Cris shares 9 huge spearfishing tips and at least a few will surprise you. His preparation for this interview was excellent and the information shared is absolutely gold. With several world records, countless spearfishing  in exotic locations and his practical South African manner Cris is a real wealth of knowledge and this interview is brilliant.

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I have to admit it, I’m spewing I missed this chat with Cris. Due to time and work and pressures I couldn’t make it so yesterday I had a few rum and cokes and listened to Turbo’s first solo interview with Cris and I really enjoyed it. This is a lekker chat with a cool bloke! I sat there taking notes at times as Cris lays out some great insights and tips that he’s learned from countless hours spearfishing, talking and watching legends spear and applying his own research and theories. The things that stood out particularly for me were his breath-up technique, 3 specific species hunting techniques, Bok Koors (Buck fever in Afrikaans) and his passion for the sport. Have a listen!

Chris Dillon spearfishing hunting techniques.your hands start to shake as the adrenaline

Time Stamps

4:00 Cris’s background and beginnings spearfishing. Stealing his Fathers speargun with his brother and getting into mischief with his love of the water. Underwater hockey, triathlons and Lake Kariba.

7:00 Spearfishing Mentors: Mark Jackson and Adriaan Kriel (AK)

11:00 What changes and improvements did you see when you got more serious about spearfishing in your early 40’s?

14:00 What are some of your most memorable spearfishing catches?

The 3 special fish he landed!

  • Bluefin Tuna Spearfishing World Record 120 kg
  • 115 kg Yellowfin Tuna on Ascension Island
  • Word Record Bohar Snapper (Twin Spot) – 12.7kg

The 3 that got away!

  • Black Marlin
  • Cob in South Africa
  • Wahoo

21:00 Bluewater Speargun discussion

25:00 Spearfishing Hunting Techniques -avoiding ‘Bok Koors’

  1. Bohar Snapper Hunting Techniques
  2. Spearfishing Hunting Techniques for Spanish Mackerel (Kuta or Kingfish)
  3. Spearfishing Yellowfin Tuna Techniques

37:00 What has been your toughest situation in the ocean?

47:00 Veterans Vault – 9 Top Tips for Spearo’s

  1. Less is more. Equipment KISS
  2. Relaxation, breathing cycle and technique
  3. Buoyancy. How much is right?
  4. Trophy fish
  5. Use a belt reel if you dive with a reelgun
  6. If you get a new mask spend 10 minutes per lens with toothpaste to eliminate fog.
  7. Carry decongestants
  8. Always carry a spare weightbelt on the boat > this removes any decision making conflict about dropping it.
  9. De-tension your rollergun rubbers when you are not using it.

61:00 What has been your funniest moment out spearfishing?

65:00 What is your go-to spearfishing equipment?

Spearfishing Equipment Mentioned

  • Alemanni Inverted Roller Speargun – Bluewater Canon
  • Riffe Winged Speargun – Bluewater Canon
  • Rob Allen Belt Reel
  • Rabitech Rubber, Spearguns and Equipment
  • Spierre Fins and Salvimar
  • HECs Wetsuits
  • Elios Wetsuits
  • Alchemy Weightbelt
  • Omer Alien Mask and Sporasub Snorkel
  • SportsTube Travel Case

Put a hole between your big toe and the rest of your toes to let the water drain out after dives.” – Cris Dillon

75:00 Spearo Q&A

  • Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you in one sentence?
  • If you could go back and give yourself some advice, what advice would you give yourself?
  • What current challenges do you face in your spearfishing and how ate you dealing with them?
  • Who is the best person to go spearfishing and why?

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