Interview with James Beckman @southernspearfishing

Hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna

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The episode covers the equipment, techniques, mindset, buddy system and personal lessons learned by an avid Southern Bluefin Tuna chaser. James Beckman @southernspearfishing is one of Melbourne’s local legends and as such, I organized an interview with him live in the Adreno Melbourne Store (thanks to legend Patrons for funding the trip!). Along with the SBT chat I discover stories and insights from James’s life spearfishing.

Big thanks to James for taking me out for a day spearfishing and harvesting scallops in Port Phillip Bay:) Jetski spearfishing is pretty fun!

James Beckman Jetski Spearfishing


Important Moments

5:00 James Beckman introduction and spearfishing background. Chasing small fish in the shallows, calamari and discovering the stoke.

10:00 Early struggles spearfishing.

  • Overcoming loading challenges.
  • Selecting a correct length speargun.
  • Meeting mentors, dive buddies and finding a community.
  • How to get out on boats. Rules, etiquette basics and paying

19:00 Most memorable catch. WA Dhufish (20+kg)

21:45 Scariest moments in the ocean. Surge hunting on the back beaches of Melbourne

33:20 Veterans Vault: Spearfishing Southern Bluefin Tuna Guide

  • Southern Bluefin Tuna (Australian Fisheries Guide)
  • Background targeting these fish in Victoria
  • Finding where they are located (bait, workups, behaviour)
  • Equipment (an added section with more info at end of interview 80:00)
  • The hunting system (roles, preparation, communication)
  • Caring for your catch
  • Preparation
  • Etiquette with Line Fishing Boats
  • Connect with James on Insta @southernspearfishing

72:45 Funniest Moments out on the Water

75:00 James Beckman Equipment Bag

“Spearfishing is the most expensive way to catch free fish”

80:00 Parting comments and advice on hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna

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