Interview with Francisco Loffredi

Today’s interview is with Francisco Loffredi from Rio De Janeiro!  A life time in the water and a culture that celebrates spearfishing has shaped Francisco and the way he dives today, from his early days being a commercial spearfisherman to his development into competition and trophy spearfishing, we chat about the reasons that he’s changed his approach, how competition and sport fishing can actually help keep the sea healthy and some of the hilarious stories he’s had a long the way! An absolute legend with the consistent spearfishing performance to back it up, you are going to learn a lot from him! If you speak Portuguese then check out his podcast: Sangue No Convés! We chat everything from diving super deep to spearfishing super shallow, how to land big fish and the in’s and out’s of commercial spearfishing. Thanks for being on the show mate!

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  • 00:13 Intro
  • 08:45 Welcome Francisco from Brazil!
  • 10:15 Tell us about spearfishing in Rio de Janeiro
  • 12:35 Trophy spearfishing and your approach to spearfishing
  • 14:30 Shooting from the hip, being prepared when the opportunity arrives.
  • 16:50 Headshots and penetration – how and when to perform a proper headshot
  • 25:05 What are the prevailing currents?
  • 27:00 Spearfishing deeper than 30m

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  • 32:40 Hunting extremely shallow
  • 34:20 Cheating and nefarious behavior for competitions
  • 29:55 Spearfishing and diving with your son
  • 39:40 What is the Rio spearfishing culture?
  • 41:30 Confronting the spearfishing ignorance in the public: facts vs narrative
  • 46:55 Debating anti-fishing people, sport fishing could be the answer
  • 52:15 Seaspiracy review

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  • 54:05 Cagarras marine park
  • 57:55 Most fish are good to eat, tell the story of fishing
  • 01:00:40 Hired by a top restaurant in Rio
  • 01:06:30 Seafood is a huge passion for you, what are some memorable recipes?
  • 01:13:45 Your favourite species to hunt and how to hunt Grouper
  • 01:16:35 Do you have problems with sharks in Rio?
  • 01:18:40 Tough or scary situation
  • 01:24:00 What dive gear is in your bag? Tell us about your Cressi gear!
  • 01:28:45 What other Brazilian dive gear do you use?
  • 01:30:25 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:39:45 Closing thoughts
  • 01:41:45 Outro

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