Todays interview is with Lenny Logsdail aka Aquatic Apes! You may know him from Tiktok, Instagram and Youtube, here is his story of how he started spearfishing, how he ended up in Bali, Indonesia and how he went from 0 – 2.3 million subscribers! Hear about spearfishing in Bali and around Indonesia, hunting huge dogtooth tuna and wahoo, island life, filmmaking and Youtube! We hope you enjoy this episode with a legend of the spearfishing Youtube game!
08:00 How to achieve Youtube success
11:30 Moving to Bali, Indonesia
14:20 Indonesia vs Florida
19:00 Your big Hollywood movie career?!
20:40 How to go spearfishing in Bali
28:35 How to get rid of the rust
30:35 Walk us through your speargun and float setup
35:10 How to shoot more big fish
37:45 A budget friendly, DIY trip to hunt Dogtooth Tuna
Interview with Andy from the Stalk Outdoors Podcast!
Todays interview is with Andy from the Stalk Outdoors Podcast! Andy is a frothing spearo and an avid outdoorsman with a particular interest in bow hunting. We chat about his spearfishing story, his days in the commercial dive industry, scary stories and some epic fish hunts! Get some excellent and practical tips on gear, spearguns, fins and so much more. Go have a listen to the Stalk Outdoors Podcast and hear his interviews with other legend spearos and hunters like Trevor Ketchion, Zachary Schmidt and many others! Such a good conversation, thanks for being on the show mate!
Todays interview is with Captain Matt and his First Mate Ben Crisp! A massive thanks to Matt and Ben with Prosail for hosting us on our Whitsundays Spearfishing and Sail trip! The Crisp brothers are veteran sailors that looked after Shrek, Eckart and the crew while sailing around the Whitsunday Islands! With praise all round for dealing with the rugged windy conditions, keeping everyone safe and putting them on some good fish – they did a legendary job this week! Hear some BTS stories of the wins, close calls, spearfishing tips and tricks and the usual banter you’d expect from Shrek and the crew. Again a massive thanks to Prosail and Salt Sessions for making this trip happen!
06:55 Welcome Matt and Crisp!
10:55 Where did your love for sailing start?
14:40 What goes into planning a trip like this?
16:25 How did you start spearfishing?
17:55 How do you dive deep? How to hunt effectively & how to find fish
24:00 Fish species! Red Throat Emperors, Mangrove Jack & the ones that got away
31:55 Teamwork spearfishing: when the fish fight back!
35:40 Matt’s scary stories: pushing your limits too far
43:20 Ben’s scary stories
48:30 Blackspot tuskfish
50:05 Cobia and Bullray
57:30 Line awareness, some stupid decisions and doing way too much at once!
01:02:40 Bombing seamounts, Dogtooth tuna with the Back to Basics boys and tiny coral trout
01:09:20 Funny stories
01:20:00 What dive gear do you use?
01:25:40 What does spearfishing mean to you?
01:29:25 Favourite fish to eat and how to cook it
01:31:00 Dream list of locations or species, rugged conditions and close calls
01:38:30 We had a magic time, we’ll be back for sure!
Todays interview is a report from the Whitsundays Sail & Spear Charter! Some gusty conditions did nothing to kill the stoke of the legends that joined us on the sail and spear charter with excellent underwater conditions, loads of PB’s and some great friendships forged! Here are some stories and reports from the trip, we are looking to plan another trip for 2024 so if you missed this one, the next trip will be for you! A massive thanks to everyone that joined us on our trip and made it so much fun! Another great trip from Eckart and Salt Sessions and a massive thanks to Prosail for hosting us!
A question I get asked a lot is: “Rhys I see you out diving all of the time, but you’ve got 3 kids, how do you do it!?”. Whilst it is true that having a family and spearfishing might seem impossible, it’s actually a lot more achievable than you might think. There is a few small tweaks that you can make that will really help to maximize your time in the water:
1. Support your partner
Your partner’s happiness needs to be priority number 1. Because after all, who else is going to watch your kids from dusk to dawn on a Sunday while you head out diving? I do everything I can to help my partner do her sports/hobbies as much as possible (CrossFit in this case), this might mean picking the kids up from school or helping them to get ready in the morning while she goes to training. The main takeaway is to make your partner feel like they are supported in what they love because it will always come back around.
By prioritizing your partner’s happiness and assisting them in pursuing their passions, you’re fostering an environment of reciprocity that enables you to pursue your own pursuits, such as spearfishing.
2. Prioritize Spearfishing (over all of your other sports and hobbies)
Firstly, you have to drop the notion that you will have enough time to go spearfishing and still do all of your other sports and hobbies.
You want to go spearfishing more? Well then spearfishing needs to be priority number 1 (ok well after your partner and family).
This might mean having to quit JiuJitsu, stop surfing and even cut out meeting the boys at the pub on a Friday night. Anything that remains will need to be tangential and spontaneous. Instead of spending 2 hours at crossfit each time I go to training I will squeeze in a quick 30 minute park workout each week. Remember: your time is limited so make sure to use it wisely.
I have always loved the idea of learning to Kitesurf, but the reality is it would take away 1 day per week and I would need to choose between Kiting and Spearing (of course spearing wins for me).
Two family men doing what they love
3. Do the Mahi (work) to get the Mahi
Spearfishing is a lot of work, you are up at the crack of dawn and back sometimes as the sun is setting. I don’t know about you but I usually just want to go straight to sleep after a big day out. Well it’s time to “pucker up buttercup” because there is stuff to do: gear to washdown, fish to prep, a car to unpack. Don’t expect any help from those close to you. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and do the mahi, this might mean not finishing until late at night and having a terrible post-spearing headache the next day.
A sunset fileting session followed by a drive home in the dark, all for the love of diving
In conclusion, juggling the demands of family life and a passion for spearfishing may appear challenging, but with a few strategic adjustments, it’s more achievable than it seems. The key lies in fostering a supportive partnership that values each other’s interests and endeavors. By prioritizing your partner’s happiness and assisting them in pursuing their passions, you’re fostering an environment of reciprocity that enables you to pursue your own pursuits, such as spearfishing.
Moreover, it’s crucial to reshape your priorities and acknowledge that to fully embrace spearfishing, certain sacrifices may be necessary. This means letting go of other sports and hobbies, recognizing that time is a limited resource. By committing to spearfishing as a primary focus, you’re making the most of the time you have, and any remaining activities become supplementary and spontaneous.
Lastly, spearfishing entails significant effort, from early mornings to late nights spent cleaning gear and prepping fish. It’s a testament to the dedication required to balance the thrill of the sport with the responsibilities of everyday life. While it may involve hard work and late nights, the satisfaction gained from a successful day out on the water makes it all worthwhile. Ultimately, with thoughtful adjustments, a supportive partnership, and an unwavering commitment, the seemingly impossible task of reconciling family life with a passion for spearfishing becomes a reality.
About the author:
Rhys Clay is a family man, Spearo, YouTuber (No Viz Adventures) and Surfer from the Sunshine Coast in Qld, Australia. Rhys loves spending time in the water and bringing home a feed for the extended family. Rhys has recently launched a niche spearfishing product business called Jolly Roger Spearfishing, you can check them out here: jollyrogerspearfishing.com.au
Todays interview is with Brad Corbett, aka @zulus64! In celebration of world friendship day, Shrek sat down with local legend Brad in a closed-for-the-day Adreno Aspley store to chat about spearfishing! Brad is a regular out in the ocean and has hunted some awesome fish, he gives us some of his tips on being a better hunter and how good dive buddies = more fish. Being ex-military and an ex-corrections officer, Brad has a good sense of risk and risk management, hear stories of some close calls where being in the water with a buddy made the difference between life and death. All this and more in today’s episode, let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Todays interview is with Ollie Craig, a hardcore hunter and full-on frother who “makes Bear Grylls blush and Chuck Norris cry.” He’s a passionate great spearo born and bred in New Zealand, he loves what he does and tackles adventure head on. In this podcast we discuss topics like spearing in South Africa, shooting Striped Marlin, smackin’ big Kingy’s, plus loads more of local knowledge that Ollie has crafted, created and acquired over the years of his spearfishing career. Ollie is the founder of Primal Pursuit on Youtube which is STACKED with frothy content and a respectable following. if you haven’t already gone and checked it out it is HIGHLY recommended. Giving the audience raw content of action packed adventures and a true insight into the spearfishing lifestyle that not too many are brave enough to accomplish!
04:10 Hardcore hunter, full on frother, welcome Ollie Craig.
06:28 How did you get started? who got you into spearfishing?
As a hunter on a guided hunt, you become an integral part of the natural ecosystem, pitting your skills and instincts against the untamed challenges of the wild. From the exhilaration of tracking your prey to the deep satisfaction of a successful hunt, the experience is truly extraordinary.
This comprehensive guide will explore the ten essential factors contributing to a successful guided hunting trip. Whether you’re a seasoned hunter or a beginner, understanding and incorporating these key elements will greatly enhance your hunting experience.
1. Hunter’s Checklist
A successful hunting trip starts with thorough preparation. Create a hunting essentials checklist of items to ensure you have everything you need for hunting. The checklist should include hunting licenses, permits, tags, and any legal documentation required for the specific location. Familiarize yourself with the hunting regulations and seasons to ensure compliance.
2. Choosing the Right Hunting Gear
Having the right hunting gear is crucial for a successful trip. Invest in high-quality equipment such as camo clothing, boots, a hunting backpack, a reliable hunting knife, hunting binoculars, and a sturdy rifle or bow.
Consider the terrain and weather conditions to select the appropriate gear. Take spearfishing, for example. Each spearfishing equipment is very subjective, depending on the intent and environment one is hunting. So is hunting on land.
Don’t forget essentials like a reliable knife, binoculars, and a range finder. You will need to invest in high-quality hunting gear when you’re hunting as you want to ensure that your gear is reliable, as good equipment will make things easier for you.
3. Navigation Tools
When exploring unfamiliar territories, reliable navigation tools are essential. If possible, carry a map and compass, a GPS unit, a rangefinder, and a detailed map of the hunting area. These tools will help you navigate dense forests and challenging terrains and ensure you can return to camp.
4. Illumination – Flashlight and Headlamp
As a hunter, you may find yourself in low-light situations, especially during early morning or evening hunts.
Make sure to bring a high-quality headlamp and flashlight will help massively in this situation. They will assist you in setting up your hunting spot, tracking game, and safely navigating in the dark. Also, do not forget to pack extra batteries for backup.
5. First Aid Kit – Your Safety Net
Safety should always be a priority during any hunting trip. Accidents and injuries can happen, so packing a good first-aid kit is crucial. Stock it with bandages, antiseptic ointments, pain relievers, medical tape, and prescription medications you may need. Familiarize yourself with basic first aid procedures as well.
You should also be prepared with your own repair kit if ever any equipment breaks down. Duct tape is one of the most underrated pieces of equipment a hunter can have.
6. Communication Tools
Stay connected with your hunting companions and the outside world, especially in emergencies. Carry a reliable two-way radio or a satellite communication device. These tools allow you to communicate with your group, call for help if needed, and receive important updates.
7. Adequate Food and Water
Proper nutrition and hydration are vital during a hunting trip. Pack lightweight, high-energy snacks and meals like granola bars that are easy to prepare and won’t spoil quickly. Carry an ample water supply or invest in a portable water filtration system to ensure a clean water source throughout your journey.
8. Shelter and Sleeping Gear
A comfortable and reliable shelter is essential for a successful hunting trip, especially if you plan to stay overnight. Consider options such as tents, hammocks, or bivvy sacks that protect from the elements. Invest in a warm and insulated sleeping bag to ensure a good night’s rest.
9. Survival Tools
In unpredictable situations, having survival tools can be a lifesaver. Include items such as fire starters, waterproof matches, a multi-tool, a lightweight tarp, and emergency signaling devices. These tools can help you build a fire, create a shelter, and attract attention in case of an emergency.
10. Knowledge and Skills
No hunting trip is complete without honing your knowledge and skills. Educate yourself about the target game species, their behavior, and their habitat. Practice shooting regularly to enhance your accuracy and proficiency. Continually improve your hunting skills through workshops, training programs, and learning from experienced hunters.
Even if you have the best tools and kits, you are in big trouble if you lack the knowledge and experience to use them. Always remember that your kit should include the necessary skills in hunting, such as basic navigation, familiarity with floras and faunas around the area and basic gun skills.
Just like spear hunting, where you have to learn how to properly do breathing while diving, hunting on land is fairly similar as proper skills and techniques are required from aspiring and even veteran hunters.
Ethics of Underwater Hunting vs. Guided Hunts
The ethics of underwater hunting adventures and guided hunts can vary depending on various factors. In the case of underwater hunting adventures, responsible divers should prioritize species preservation and refrain from targeting endangered or protected marine creatures.
On the other hand, guided hunts must abide by laws, respect hunting seasons, and adhere to established limits to maintain sustainable populations. Guided hunts should prioritize ethical practices such as clean kills, proper handling of game, and the utilization of harvested animals.
By participating in land hunts, underwater hunters can support wildlife management initiatives, promote sustainable hunting practices, and actively contribute to preserving terrestrial species and habitats. This diversification of hunting experiences allows for a well-rounded understanding of ethical hunting principles, fostering a greater appreciation for the interconnectedness of ecosystems both above and below the water’s surface.
A successful hunting trip requires careful planning, the right equipment, and adherence to ethical hunting practices. So before going on your next hunting expedition, consider the things we discussed in this post and apply them when you go hunting.
Info Night: Whitsundays Spearfishing Retreat 6-10 August 2023
We had our info night for the upcoming Whitsundays Spearfishing Retreat with Noob Spearo and Salt Sessions! We invited a bunch of the Noob Spearo community to join us for a zoom call to find out more about the spearfishing and sailing retreat coming up in a month’s time! All your questions + all the details you need to know about the trip: when to arrive, what gear to bring, where exactly to go, what type of diving we’ll be doing, the target species we’ll be chasing and everything else you wanted to know!
Today’s interview is with the legendary David Ochoa! If you don’t know his name PLEASE go have a look at his instagram and youtube channel, you will not be disappointed! Some of the most epic spearfishing footage you will find, David has made a name for himself as a world class spearfishing guide and cinematographer. He was on the show 8 years ago and today makes his comeback to the Noob Spearo podcast with an update on his life, spearfishing stories and his epic camera and film work! Hear all about spearfishing around the infamous Latham island, his camera gear and editing workflow, making a living off of something he truly enjoys and so much more! Do yourself a favour and go check out this video on youtube of his trip to Latham island!
02:55 Patron Curly voice message
12:55 Welcome David Ochoa!
15:15 David is a force in the spearfishing world
18:05 Making a living off of something you truly enjoy
23:00 Spearfishing as a currency
26:35 A FROTHING instagram
29:20 How do you plan a spearfishing trip?
36:30 Video editing workflow
42:05 Social media and mental health
44:05 Infamous Latham: tell us about it!
50:10 Sharing knowledge and tips vs keeping info private
53:40 Warm up spearfishing to prepare for big fish
56:10 I’m a 25m diver – can I hunt dogtooth around Latham?
59:25 What is the appeal of Dogtooth Tuna and social media?
01:10:40 Tragedy in Florida
01:16:30 Video editing, story telling and cutting footage: filming vs diving
If you’re a spearfisher, you know there’s something electrifying about that moment when you dive off the boat and submerge yourself into the mysterious deep blue. Your heart is racing, adrenaline is coursing through your veins, and your senses are tuned to the undersea world like never before.
But did you ever stop to think that these spearfishing and boating adventures serve not just as a source of fun but also as potent boosters for your mental health?
The Mental Health Voyage: Boating, Spearfishing, and Well-being
Imagine this: You’re on a boat, the sun is shining down on you, and the vast, calm sea surrounds you. There’s the faint smell of salt in the air, and a gentle breeze is ruffling your hair. There’s something inherently calming about this scenario, isn’t there? This is the benefit of nature exposure. Being outdoors, especially on or near water, can greatly help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Taking the plunge into the water for a bout of spearfishing also means you’re diving headfirst into a powerful physical workout. Swimming works your entire body, and spearfishing amps up the intensity. You’re improving your physical health, sure, but this also translates to benefits for your mental well-being. Regular exercise is known to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and boost your mood. So, as you’re lining up that perfect shot on a tricky fish, remember: you’re not just working your muscles, but your mind as well.
Spearfishing isn’t just about brute force, though. It requires a high degree of skill, precision, and patience. You need to stalk your prey, move without startling it, and time your shot perfectly. This can be seen as a form of active meditation, requiring focus and calm. Each successful catch can also give you a big boost in self-esteem. After all, outwitting a wily snapper or landing a massive grouper isn’t easy!
One of the best things about boating and spearfishing is the social interaction. Whether you’re part of a dedicated spearfishing crew or just occasionally heading out with a few buddies, these shared experiences can strengthen your social bonds and combat feelings of isolation. There’s nothing like the shared excitement of a good catch or the collective effort to land a challenging fish to promote teamwork and camaraderie.
Last but not least, boating and spearfishing are all about adventure and exploration. Every trip is a new experience, whether you’re discovering a new dive spot, encountering unusual marine life, or mastering new spearfishing techniques. This sense of adventure and novelty can stimulate your brain, making you happier and more satisfied.
So, the next time you’re out on the water, remember: every dive isn’t just a thrilling hunt; it’s also a dive into improved mental well-being. You’re not just landing fish, but a boost to your mental health, too!
Stay tuned for our next section, where we’ll discuss how we can enhance this experience with a bit of fun and humor. After all, a good laugh can be just as beneficial as a good dive. Keep those fins ready!
Riding the Waves of Fun and Humour
Spearfishing and boating may be adventurous activities, but that doesn’t mean we can’t mix in a little fun and humor. In fact, a good belly laugh can be just as therapeutic as a long swim in the deep.
Laughter is often referred to as the ‘best medicine,’ and for a good reason – it decreases stress hormones and increases the number of immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to diseases.
But how can you incorporate fun and humor into your spearfishing and boating trips? Let’s dive into that!
Making a Splash with Boating and Spearfishing Games
Next time you’re out spearfishing, consider introducing a little competitive spirit. Let’s kick things off with a ‘Biggest Catch’ competition. Set a challenge to see who can spear the day’s largest fish. The bragging rights alone will be worth the extra effort!
Not feeling competitive? Try a ‘Scavenger Hunt’ instead. Before you jump in, everyone writes down a fish species common to your location. Then, each diver has to snap a picture with each type of fish during their dive. You might be Spears, but remember, this is a catch-and-release kind of game. Just take a photo, no spearing involved!
If you’re looking for a serious challenge, how about a ‘One Breath, One Shot’ competition? Who can make the most accurate shot in a single breath? This game will test your breath-holding skills and shooting accuracy all at once. Remember, safety comes first. Only attempt this if you’re confident in your breath-hold abilities and always have a buddy watching over you.
Spearfishing Jokes to Keep the Laughter Afloat
Who said spears don’t have a sense of humor? Here’s an arsenal of the best puns you can share with your buddies on your next trip, sure to bring a wave of laughter to your boat. Remember, a shared laugh can be as exciting as a shared catch.
“Why don’t fish play basketball? Because they’re afraid of the net!”
“Why are fish so smart? Because they live in schools!”
“What did the fish say when it swam into a wall? Dam!”
“Why do spearfishers make great musicians? Because they’ve got perfect ‘piercing’ pitch!”
“What do you call a fish with no eyes? Fsh!”
“What do you call a lazy crayfish? A lobster!”
“Why do fish like to know how much they weigh? Because they have their own scales!”
“What do you get when you cross a banker with a fish? A loan shark!”
Feel free to reel these out during your next spearfishing adventure, and remember – the more you share the laughter, the more unforgettable your trips will be! After all, a day without laughter is like a day without diving – it’s just not as good!
Incorporating fun and humor into your spearfishing and boating trips not only enhances the overall experience but also promotes mental well-being.
Crafting Unforgettable Adventures
A boating or spearfishing trip is never just about the catch – it’s about the whole experience. And with a few creative ideas, we can make that experience even more memorable. This not only adds to the joy of the moment but also provides a lasting positive impact on our mental health.
Ever thought of turning your spearfishing trip into a themed adventure? Themed trips could be a fun way to add an extra layer of excitement to your expeditions. Themes can be based on anything from a specific type of fish to marine movie characters. Imagine having a ‘Barracuda Bonanza’ day or a ‘Finding Nemo’ spearfishing adventure! The added element of dress-up or specific goals will surely make for some fun and laughter.
How about a photo contest? Spearfishing offers some spectacular underwater photography opportunities. Why not make the most of them? Set a theme or leave it open-ended and see who can capture the most stunning, fun, or unusual photo during the trip. You could even share these on social media to engage with the wider spearfishing community. This can enhance the sense of camaraderie and connection, which in turn, promotes mental well-being.
But why limit ourselves to the water? The boat ride to and from your spearfishing location can be just as fun. Consider introducing boat games, such as ‘Sea Life I Spy’ or ‘Marine Trivia,’ to keep the energy and laughter flowing.
Remember, it’s not always about the size of the catch; it’s about the size of the smiles, and the depth of the laughter shared among friends.
Spearfishing and boating are not just thrilling adventures but voyages into a world of improved mental health. They offer us a chance to bond with nature, connect with friends, challenge ourselves, and have a whole lot of fun. So, the next time you pull on your wetsuit, remember: every dive is a dive into not just the beautiful deep blue but also a dive into happiness, stress relief, and a healthier mind.
Spearfishing can be tough on the body – so the more physically prepared we are, the better. As both a strength coach and an active spearo myself, I know when I feel physically prepared, my mental game in the water is better too!
We require a certain amount of strength, movement and fitness to load our gun, fin for hours at a time, get in and out of a boat, pull up the anchor, rock hop, pull in fish etc…
The right type of strength training program will have many benefits for spearos including helping us to dive longer, recover better, avoid injuries and dive safer.
However, the wrong type of training can negatively affect our diving and contribute to injuries.
As spearos we need to train smart!
We need to use an exercise program that will have a carry-over to our sport. One that strengthens the whole body, especially the muscles used when spearfishing.
We need to work on things such as leg endurance, upper body and core strength. Having a full range of movement is also beneficial to us. A good exercise program will also include stretches and mobility exercises to help us move better, which will help us dive more efficiently and avoid injuries.
There are even stretches and mobility exercises we can use to release the muscles around the chest and ribcage to promote better posture which will help us breathe better, enabling us to take a fuller breath and increase our bottom time!
I’ve drawn on nearly 20 years experience working as a strength and conditioning coach and my experience as a spearo to design my “Spearo Strength Program”.
This program can be done at home or gym with minimal equipment.
Below are four of my favourite exercises from my Spearo Strength Program that I know, if done regularly, will help you in the water.
BACK AND AB STRETCH
This is a great exercise which will help to correct a hunched back (bad posture).
This type of posture’s the norm these days due to our ever increasing sedentary lifestyles or by doing the wrong type of training.
Posture’s important because it can affect how efficiently you breathe and bad posture will cause many injuries including back, neck and shoulder injuries. All of which can keep you out of the water, cost you lots of money at the physio, chiro or doctor or even lead you to the surgeon’s knife!
BACK AND AB STRETCH VIDEO GUIDE
SUSPENSION STRAP ROW
This exercise will strengthen your upper back and bicep muscles. These are some of the main muscles used to load your gun, pull up an anchor and to do freestyle swim stroke.
HOW TO PERFORM THE SUSPENSION STRAP ROW | VIDEO GUIDE
SUPINE LATERAL BALL ROLL
This exercise will strengthen your legs, back and abdominal muscles and get you strong in all three planes of motion which is important for full body strength and injury prevention both in and out of the water.
This is also a great exercise to use If you have an injury, such as a back or knee injury, because you can strengthen these areas without putting too much load through your joints.
HOW TO PERFORM THE SUPINE LATERAL BALL ROLL | VIDEO GUIDE
BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT
This is a great exercise that’ll strengthen all of your big leg muscles used for finning. (glutes, hamstrings, quads and hip flexors).
We use this exercise to develop leg strength and endurance.
This exercise will increase strength and muscle around the knees which will help to prevent knee injuries.
HOW TO PERFORM THE BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUAT | VIDEO GUIDE
Today’s interview is with Nick Anastasia, aka @teamseamonkeys from Hawaii! Most people think of long boat trips and hours out to sea when they think of “blue water” spearfishing. Nick does his blue water spearfishing from the shore! The unique topography of Hawaii means that within a hundred meters from the shore, you can be in hundreds of meters of water! This brings its own dangers of massive current and swell, but also brings along a whole host of blue water pelagic fish! If Yellowfin, Bluefin and Dogtooth Tuna are considered by-catch, you know you’re in a good spot for spearfishing! Hear stories of epic hunts around Hawaii, close calls far out to sea, some awesome Hawaiian underwater photographers and spearos, blue water hunting rigs and gear and so much more. Go give @TeamSeaMonkeys a follow on instagram for some epic content, guarantied to make you froth!
05:35 Welcome Nick from Hawaii!
06:00 What are you doing in Japan?
08:25 Spearfactor podcast, the Hammer & French Polynesia
Today’s interview is with Eckart Benkenstein from Salt Sessions! Today is all about Southern Bluefin Tuna: how to hunt them, how to land them, how to bleed and care for them and most importantly: how to get the best seafood out of them! Caring for your catch taken to the next level as we also talk about dry aging, ceviche, 99 Spearo Recipes and so much more! Eckart runs some awesome spearfishing and freediving retreats and he has a few trips coming up soon in and around Australia as well as a massive trip to South Africa for a spearfishing and safari retreat! Visit saltsessions.com.au to find out more and book your spot! There’s even rumors of Eckart and Shrek teaming up for a Noob Spearo and Salt Sessions spearfishing retreat soon! Check the links mentioned below and contact Shrek to tell him you’re interested!
Today’s interview is with Dr Kelsea Albert, multiple world record holder, multiple time USA and World champion huntress and at her core, a frothing speara! Apart from her life saving medical work, she has a huge passion for sustainable hunting. She firmly believes in the value of “one shot – one kill” and has spent her life improving her craft to become an extremely effective hunter. Hear stories of how her husband asked her out on spearfishing dates, the perfect poke bowl, tales of her world record Seabass hunts and some new and unique ways to attract fish! Thanks so much for being on the show Kelsea, it’s great to see someone so passionate about hunting! If you could take one thing out of this episode: treat your fish the same way you would a deer!
Today’s interview is with Glyn Sadler! He is part of a group of friends that decided to row across the Atlantic ocean! We chat all about preparing for a massive trip like this, spearfishing off a row boat and how his time in the military has helped his spearfishing. Mental health is a huge talking point, rowing for weeks on end with 3 other men in a tiny boat is going to push you to a place you probably haven’t been before, Glyn has some great thoughts on how to overcome some mental challenges. We also talk about using the bathroom out on the sea and some of the hilarious stories that come with that!
A special Happy Birthday to Glyn’s son Harry and his wife Sarah!
05:25 Welcome Glyn!
06:35 Your military background, spearfishing and ocean rowing
12:00 Mental health
14:40 Useless people
18:00 Resilience and the reality of rowing across the ocean
30:05 Great struggle brings great victory
33:40 A hard reset for your mental health
39:00 How did the bathroom work?
42:10 Spearfishing and ocean rowing
45:05 Tell us about your boat!
52:15 Tell us about this race and the sponsors!
01:00:55 @Adventures_Per_Mare – rowing and spearfishing the UK coast
01:12:15 Australian visitor out on the Atlantic
01:20:40 Spearfishing in Northern Wales
01:25:20 4.4lb Mullet
01:28:20 Spider crabs in the shallows and diving with your kids
01:33:50 99 Spearo Recipes and harvesting food from the ocean
My wife makes these sensational Fillet o Fish knock-off burgers that absolutely destroy the Golden Arches version. Not only do you know exactly what is going into them but you can relive the nostalgic taste and everyone else in the family (nearly everyone) enjoys them too. Trust me, Fake Fillet o Fish Burgers are a dead-set crowd pleaser:) Here is her recipe! – Shrek
Fish (cut into thin portion size square shapes. I used Spanish Mackerel)
Vegetable oil (for frying)
Brioche bread rolls
200g /250g Flour
250ml-300ml Lemonade (add until you have a pancake type batter consistency)
Sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste
½ cup Capers
Salt and pepper
½ cup Gherkins
Lemon and lemon rind
1 ½ cup Mayonnaise
The tartare sauce: Pour mayonnaise into bowl. Chop up capers, dill, gherkins and place into bowl. Add salt, pepper, lemon and lemon rind to taste and mix well. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
The batter: Put the flour, egg, lemonade and salt and pepper into bowl and mix well. Place in fridge to keep cold if not using straight away.
Pour enough oil for shallow frying into wok (or fry pan), place on medium to high heat. You can test the oil with a little batter, if bubbling when placed in the oil is ready.
Dip each piece of fish into the batter and coat well. Place battered fish into oil and cook on both sides for a few minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Place on cooling rack or plate with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.
To assemble burgers, spread a generous amount of Tartare sauce on bottom bun, followed by lettuce, a piece of crispy battered fish and a slice of cheese. Enjoy!
Batter is best when really cold. Placing in fridge until ready to use is helpful or placing two ice cubes into batter when using.
If you have the oil cooking on high the whole time it will burn the batter.
Today’s episode is a chat about the revolution that is ChatGPT! Does AI have a place in spearfishing? Do we still need freediving and spearfishing courses run by humans or will AI take over? We’ve enlisted the helpful and exciting conversation of Trevor Ketchion and James Sakker! We even had a few Patron guests join us as we ask ChatGPT questions about spearfishing and react to them! The top 10 ethical concerns, ChatGPT vs Google, who is the best spearo, where are the best spots, hyperventilation and so much more! We also ask the most important question: Who has the most luxurious beard in spearfishing? Listen til the end to find out the answer! Massive chat that’ll no doubt stir up some controversy, let us know what you think about this!
07:25 Welcome James and Trevor!
10:30 What is ChatGPT?
12:30 ChatGPT vs Google
21:25 10 Biggest ethical concerns for spearfishing: 1: Overfishing
26:40 2. Impact on non-target species
31:45 3. Habitat destruction
37:10 4. Ecological imbalance
44:20 5. Poaching
47:15 6. Endangered species
52:55 7. Human safety
53:45 8. Cultural appropriation in spearfishing
57:35 9. Contribute to invasive species
01:02:20 10. Unethical practices (scuba??)
01:06:15 Who are the best spearos and who have the most luxurious beards in spearfishing?
01:10:10 James, you had a rough spearfishing run!
01:13:50 Patron guests
01:15:00 Trevor’s poo story from the Inter Pac’s
01:20:30 What does ChatGPT think about spearfishing?
01:23:45 What’s coming up on Catch It Grow It Cook It?
Today’s urgent interview is with Sam Wild from South Seas Spearos! Diving and filming Great White Sharks in the water is not for the feint of heart, Sam has had some amazing experiences with them! An extremely talented cameraman and spearo, his skills are being put to great use following his mates around and filming their epic adventures chasing amazing fish! Learn a bit more about Sam and his past, get some insight into filming and producing South Sea Spearos and hear what it’s like to dive with Great White Sharks! He also runs, with his father, the MAHI Spearfishing store which sell some real nice floats, perfect for going up against those one in a lifetime fish! If you haven’t yet – check out their Youtube and prepare for the froth!
06:15 Welcome Sam!
06:45 Lobster hunting in NZ
11:00 Filming spearos underwater
14:10 Growing up in an alternative community
17:20 Tall poppy syndrome and Facebook groups
24:40 EDH – your partner!
29:25 What’s it like diving with Great White Sharks?
36:20 Cage diving
43:55 Fishery regulations
49:40 A memorable hunt or experience in the ocean
52:45 Dive safety
56:00 Your favourite or most interesting species
01:02:45 Scary experiences
01:07:05 Paper Nautilus
01:08:55 South Sea Spearos = Meat Eater
01:10:40 Almost getting speared BY a marlin
01:22:10 Mahi Spearfishing
01:27:15 How do you manage your mental health being so popular on instagram?
01:30:25 Future plans and where can people find you?
Today’s urgent interview is with Sonny Kaeo Landon-Lane highlighting a potential game changing fisheries ban for spearos in Tasmania! The Sand Flathead, Striped Trumpeter, Bastard Trumpeter and the Banded Morwong are all at risk of being completely banned for spearos – are spearos the reason for their decline? How can I get involved and stop this ban from happening? All this and some juicy details about Tasmania spearfishing and dive conditions!
Tom Yum soup usually uses prawns as the main protein but octopus works a treat as an addition or as an alternative. Octopus can turn tough if overcooked. Freezing them for a week helps tenderize them.
The soup is easily made but if Tom Yum paste is readily available, use it. Octopus can be caught wading in rock pools or freediving reefs and weed beds. They can be tickled out of their caves with a spear disconnected from the gun.
Deryck Tan with Perth Octopus
350g (12oz) whole prawns
750ml (3 cups) water
125ml (0.5 cups) chicken stock
3 slices galangal*
3 lemongrass stalks, crushed
5 kaffir lime leaves, crushed
2 chillies, preferably birds eye
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 octopus, cleaned and if desired, cut into bite sized pieces
120g (4oz) mushrooms, preferably oyster
1 tomato, diced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce
3 tbsp lime juice
* The best substitute for galangal is to use 1 tbsp fresh ginger root with 1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice
Shell the prawns
Place water and chicken stock in a pot
Add prawn heads and shells, lemongrass, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, chilies and garlic*
Simmer for 10 minutes
Strain the broth
Add mushrooms, tomato and onions to the broth and simmer for 4 minutes
Add prawns and octopus and simmer for 1 minute
Add lime juice and adjust the taste to suit
Garnish with coriander
If Tom Yum paste is readily available, make the soup with it according to instructions and then add the mushrooms, tomato, onion and octopus
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!
2kg (4.4lb) spanish mackerel fillet
1 cup (300g) salt
6 cups water
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 handful hardwood sawdust
Make a brine by mixing the salt and water, making sure all the salt is dissolved.
Cut fish into 20mm (1In) medallions, leaving the skin on.
Soak fish in brine for one hour, make sure it is fully submerged.
Remove the fish from the brine. Pat it dry and then sprinkle on brown sugar and rub it into the medallions.
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)
Leave fish in the smoker, without removing the lid, for another 8 minutes
The smoked fish is then ready to serve, or remove and cool to use later.
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
Interview with the Legend Crew of the Stradbroke Weekend Spearing Course 2!
Today’s interview is with the awesome crew from our 2nd Stradbroke weekend spearfishing course! Hear from some of the legends that joined us for the 2nd round of spearfishing and freediving courses that Shrek and Keiren ran. From Noob Spearos to experienced spearos getting formal qualifications, adults to young kids – everyone had a great time, learnt new things and improved their abilities! Best of all was getting to prepare, cook up and eat our catch less than 100m from where it was shot. We hope you enjoy!
Today’s interview is with Alexey Vlaskin & Landell Archer, founders of Divebud: a new technology to improve on the concept of a dive watch! Have you ever got lost in the moment while at the bottom of the sea? Ever been at the end of your breath hold but then that fish you’ve been looking for shows up? This can quickly become a recipe for disaster! Divebud aims to eliminate this worry! It is a programmable device that can analyze, set alarms and track your performance underwater. Been down for too long? You’ll get a beep to remind you. Been on the surface for long enough? It’ll beep and tell you! We LOVE innovative products like this, no matter what your stance on using technology in diving is, we 100% support creators like this.
Have you used a Divebud? Let us know what your experience was!
Today’s interview is with Øystein Sundland from the Havkontoret Norwegian Spearfishing Podcast and we talk all things Norway spearfishing! If Norway wasn’t on your bucket list for spearfishing destinations, now it will be! Cold water, big fish, bigger sharks, night diving and some amazing scenery for when you surface, Norway is a semi-hidden gem in the spearfishing world! Hear some stories and get info from a local Norwegian spearo about the spearfishing in Norway, what gear you need and what fish you can expect to encounter. Øystein runs a Norwegian spearfishing podcast called Havkontoret, if you speak the language then here is an amazing resource for you! Have you been diving in Norway? Let us know your experience in the comments!
05:25 Welcome Øystein!
07:50 Tell us about the Havkontoret podcast and how you started spearfishing
11:45 What is the vision for your podcast?
13:30 Norwegian fish farms
17:15 What is the spearfishing scene in Norway like?
18:55 Dill and Scallop pasta
22:30 Halibut! What is it like hunting them?
27:40 Massive Monkfish on little Christmas eve: how to hunt and cook Monkfish
36:45 Your family has some freediving and fishing history
40:50 The spearo lifestyle
44:55 Hunting using the tidal currents
49:30 Keeping spearfishing spots secret
50:25 You have some awesome podcast guests – the Turbot King! And other fish species to hunt in Norway
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.
Today’s interview is with Adam Sellars from The Pressure Project! Freediving instructor, spearo and all round legend Adam Sellars joins us to chat about the instructor side of freediving courses and how he teaches and trains new and already experienced divers to be safer and more effective. He had a natural talent and excelled at freediving deep, far deeper and earlier than he should have! These ‘mistakes’ taught him valuable lessons that he can now share and teach to his students. Hear about freediving in the Kilsby Sinkhole, how to convince your friends or partner to go spearfishing with you and some banter from the 2 legends, Shrek and Adam!
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!
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
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
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?
Today’s interview is with Keiren Limpus & Our Crew over on North Stradbroke Island for the inaugural 3 day spearfishing and freediving course! Shrek, Keiren & 8 other Noob Spearos spent the weekend right on the seaside to learn how to spearfish, get their PADI requirements and get fully immersed in the spearfishing lifestyle with likeminded people! Hear the guys thoughts and experiences from the weekend and how it has affected their spearfishing, taking theory and putting it into practice – right off the back garden! With fresh inspiration from 99 Spearo Recipes, we ate well! Thanks to everyone that joined us and made this possible!
Interview with Ben Dunford, Richard Gomes & Anthony Fraser
Today’s interview is with Ben Dunford, Richard Gomes & Anthony Fraser of the Spearo Hangout Podcast in the UK! If you’re a spearo in the UK, you need to listen to this podcast! The Spearo Hangout is a UK spearfishing podcast where you can find out everything you need to know about UK spearing and some of the awesome stories they have along the way! We chat about spearfishing competitions, targeting specific fish, staying warm and the dive conditions in the UK! Thanks Ben, Richard and Anthony – 3 legends making the most out of the UK spearfishing community!
08:15 Crikey! Welcome Ben, Richard and Anthony!
10:00 You have some absolute legends on your podcast
11:30 How did you guys start a spearfishing podcast?
15:45 Anthony: the punching bag of the podcast!
21:50 Ben, tell us about your spearfishing competitions!
23:40 Criticism for spearfishing competitions
26:40 Buying your first spearfishing gear
33:25 You guys had a good end to spearfishing in 2022
36:50 Competition ethics and fishery pressure
43:05 Why is commercial fishing so disliked in the UK?
51:50 Let’s talk cooking! Salt and vinegar chippies and crumbed fish nuggets
56:20 How do you cook Mullet?
01:00:10 Filleting small fish
01:06:20 What’s your proudest hunt/catch so far?
01:10:35 Wetsuits and staying warm
01:13:45 Memorable fish and cheeky dive buddies
01:23:40 Scary stuff: 3 biggest risks in UK Spearfishing
Today’s interview is with Ben Hohnke, founder of Hohnke Outdoors! A frothing spearo and land-based hunter with an entrepreneurial mind, listen in on his journey through spearfishing from being an absolute Noob Spearo to now. He has several recipes in our 99 Spearo Recipes book and has created some amazing spice rubs that you can order for seafood, white meat and red meat or game. We have a good chat about taking “trash” fish, better ways to harvest abalone and have a good discussion about the influential spearos that helped Ben improve to the spearo he is today, as well as the concept of “Gatekeepers” and the role they play in new divers getting into the sport. Go visit HohnkeOutdoors.com and see the awesome products they have and go subscribe to their Youtube channel as well!
01:30 Old Man Blue voice message
Welcome Ben Hohnke from Hohnke Outdoors! Who are you and where do you come from?
11:05 Where did you grow up and start spearfishing?
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Today’s interview is with Wally Galli! An ex-South African, owner of GT Diving and Marine living in Port Hedland, he tells us the stories about meeting future legends like Rob Allen, some memorable dive trips he done over the years like St. Lucia and a bit on his part of helping Robbie Peck when he got attacked by that Bull Shark. We also hear about some of the history of the NW Spearfishing Club, how he helps get new spearos started, spearfishing competitions and making diving and spearing his business. Wally is unable to hide the passion in his voice when he speaks about diving and spearing, if you’re ever in the area make sure you pay him and his shop a visit!
06:35 Welcome Wally Galli! Where did you grow up?
08:10 St. Lucia spearfishing
09:50 Do you miss South Africa? Meeting Rob Allen
11:10 Rammed by a Great White
14:25 Tell us about your shop: GT Diving!
15:35 Helping Robbie Peck after he got attacked by a shark
18:15 The shark attack seems to have made business quiet
20:35 The coldest Spring into Summer in Port Hedland
22:30 Port Hedland spearfishing and the NW Spearfishing Club + competitions
25:55 I am a complete noob and I walk into your shop: what do you do to get me started?
28:00 There’s always a spot on my boat, just bring your dive gear and we split the fuel between everyone
33:30 Taking on and teaching Noob Spearos
35:50 Everyone needs to know how to operate the boat
39:00 Carbon vs plastic fins
41:05 Support your local dive shop!
43:00 Where can people find GT Diving?
47:10 Thank you for taking time to be on the show!
Today’s interview is with Robbie Peck, survivor of a 3m Bull Shark attack off Port Hedland! On a day with a few unusual things lining up, Robbie was retrieving a fish off the bottom when he got smashed by a 3m Bull Shark! What followed was a harrowing story with some excellent dive buddies who undoubtedly saved Robbie’s arm and life! We chat in detail about the attack, the swim back up to the surface, the boat ride back to port and doing it all with his 4 year old son there with him! Robbie’s response and attitude after this is undoubtedly going to help save someone else’s life somewhere down the road. We also chat about diving around Port Hedland and even talk about some recipes!
Here’s a story that we can all take something out of! Where’s your first aid kit?
08:55 Welcome Robbie Peck, survivor of a 3m Bull Shark attack!
09:30 Tell us about Port Hedland
12:00 So you’re a Kiwi? When did you move?
13:20 What was the experience of being attacked like?
18:10 Unusually aggressive behaviour by the shark
21:00 What did you do in response? Immediate first aid.
23:05 Literally the one day that you took the tourniquet off the boat!
25:00 The trip back to land
26:45 Surviving for my family and being in this situation with my 4 year old son
30:15 What happened when you got back to the boat ramp?
37:55 Why do shark attacks get so much media attention?
40:40 4 things that were different on the day
44:00 Sharks learn fishing and spearo behaviour
45:05 What did the shark do after it bit you?
47:20 Bite Club and chatting with fellow survivor Rick Bettua
49:30 “I knew the risks going into their domain” – open this can of worms!
53:30 Artificial reefs and the benefits they bring
59:00 Will you go back to spearfishing?
01:03:40 Not having a tourniquet actually saved my arm
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!
Today’s interview is with Adam Stern and Ben, Max & Don from Spearo Kids NZ! Adam Stern is back again, spontaneously laughing and giving us some awesome new info coming out of the freediving world., Spearfishing’s effect on personality, physiology, your mental and emotional state and even your bloodwork can be profound! Next up we have a catch up with Ben, Max and Don: The SpearoKids NZ crew! We chat about some of there highlights since last speaking to them, new PB fish and the latest from their competition careers!
The last episode for 2022, it’s been a massive year! Here’s looking to an even bigger one next year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year spearos!
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
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
Today’s interview is with Bert and Joel as we round off our WA trip. More great fish but this time with a lot more sharks! We had such a good day out spearing, everyone landing great fish and Joel and Shrek checking off new and target species. They put some new Old Man Blue gear to the test, trying out their impressive new prototype weight vest! Some sad and scary stories of knots letting you down, getting taxed and hurting some innocent gear. What a great trip with Joel, Bert and Rory! Will they ever find the lube?? Have a listen to find out! Also, a massive thanks to @Deryck.Gyotaku for his amazing print of Shrek’s Baldchin Groper!
Today’s interview is with Bert, Joel and Rory! Crystal clear water and some A-grade diving is in order for today as Bert, Joel and Rory show Shrek around the picturesque WA water near Exmouth! Shooting fish and eating it an hour later, finding huge crays in familiar structure, dealing with sharks and good stories from day 2 of our WA trip!
Today’s interview is with Bert Keulder and Joel Roberts around the fire, having a few brews and chatting about spearfishing! These are the moments where life makes sense, out on the beach around a fire with good mates and great conversation. Listen in and hear about our day and Shrek’s first experiences in the WA ocean! Beach launching boats, Estuary Cods, crayfish diving and so much in between! This is just day 1!
04:50 Welcome to the campfire with Bert and Joel!
07:40 Big GT moment
11:05 Spearos are a type of person
13:15 Welcome Joel!
14:20 Day 1: WA conditions
16:30 Beach launches
23:30 Spearo boats
26:20 Bert loves putting people on fish
31:25 Spearfishing brings a sparkle to your eyes
37:00 Kite surfing when it’s windy
40:50 Crayfish diving!
45:45 Estuary Cod can be divisive!
49:55 We had a great day, tomorrow will hopefully be better!
Today’s interview is with Vin Rushworth! Captaining a research vessel for Fisheries in WA, records keeper for the AUF and an inanely talented spearo, here is a diver with a lot to learn from! He has years of experience in the water on the more scientific side of things, giving him a really good insight into the fish species around him. Shooting massive fish, submitting a record fish, tagging and taxidermy, this one is stocked full of actionable info! A few technical glitches but overall a great chat!
05:40 Welcome Vin! Tell us about AUF record keeping!
07:50 What is a species that has surprised you and how do you tell the age of fish?
09:10 Spearfishing records: how do I submit a record fish?
14:05 Identifying fish
16:50 What do you need to do when you shoot a record fish?
19:00 Rising sea temperatures bringing in different species
22:40 What gear do you use to hunt big fish? Floatlines and reels
24:55 Eating quality of a big Cobia?
26:55 How did you cook your Cobia?
30:10 Preparing for the Inter-Pacific Spearfishing Competition
32:50 Hunting and cooking Baldchin Groper
34:15 Boating fails, anchoring rules of thumb and boat lights
38:10 Tagging fish, crays, whales, sharks and etc!
42:40 Dealing with the risks of shark attack: warning signs
49:45 Scary stuff: cave diving for crays
59:10 Buddy diving system and new divers
01:02:10 Funny stories!
01:04:50 Dead battery! Fish taxidermy
01:10:50 What dive gear do you use?
How to taxidermy a fish skull (by Vin Rushworth):
1. Flesh removal
Over cooking the bones when getting the flesh off seems to lock the yellow of the oil in more. The more you manually clean up or macerate off in water the better the end result seems to be. I prefer a very light boil to baking. Pros use KOH. Take heaps of photos as you pull it apart for reference on reassembly.
When I originally read up on it everything said to use dawn dishwashing detergent as the degreaser. It is excellent at removing grease and oil but also gentle. It gets used on birds after oil spills etc. You can’t buy Dawn in Australia but apparently it is sold as the brand “Fairy” and is the exact same. I have used the lemon coloured one successfully. I put the cleaned up jaw/skull in a bucket of warm water with a heap of fairy and leave it to soak. I check it once a week and swap the liquid out if it is cloudy or smelly. I gave the last one over a month. Some pros use acetone, MEK or unleaded but these all have their complications for the hobby taxidermist.
Do not use bleach! I use peroxide to whiten the bones before assembly. You can get it in bulk from large pool stores or chemical suppliers for not too much. Don’t leave it in the concentrate to long as it is harsh on the fine bones. Monitor closely and transfer into water
I use a combination of superglue and hot glue gun and depending on the join occasionally some hidden wire. To make the posture and angle right place, you can use the hot glue, then after you’re finished easily remove the ugly excess. The photos you took at the start will make your life a lot easier here.
Today’s interview is with Barry Paxman! The legend himself, the creator of Aussie Reels, he’s been spearfishing for 60 years and has some epic stories to share from his time out in the water. From some scary shark stories to the thrill of hunting Wahoo and even the story behind his iconic mask, this will be a good listen! This interview is stuffed full of Noob Spearo community questions, get valuable knowledge and wisdom from a spearo that’s been at it for 6 decades and still going strong!
06:40 Welcome Barry! You’ve been spearing for 65 years!
08:00 Diving in dirty water and dealing with shark attacks, first aid and shark populations
17:40 Noob Spearo community questions: how do you deal with buck fever?
21:00 How do you get back in the water after a forced break?
23:30 Your iconic mask!
26:35 What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in spearing?
29:25 You have a particular love for hunting Wahoo
37:35 Tell us the story of your Aussie Reels
43:30 What gear did you start out with?
47:30 Weight belts
49:00 Tangled in shooting line
50:25 How do you subdue a big fish?
52:50 Trigger discipline and rubber band choice
56:40 Muzzle wrap
57:50 Belt reels
01:00:55 What do you do when you get to the end of your reel line?
01:02:40 Shooting a Marlin
01:04:30 What is your favourite piece of gear and what all is in your dive bag?
01:06:40 Do you use a cray bag like a SeaSac? Tell us about your crayfish species
01:09:00 How do you cook your crays?
01:12:15 Baldchin Groper and Parrot fish
01:14:25 How do you keep the stoke alive for 60 years? What does your dive crew look like?
01:16:00 Family spearfishing
01:18:45 Spearfishing role models
01:21:10 Building a boat
01:23:40 WA people like driving long distances, do you like boating long distance too?
Today’s interview is with 2022 Australian Spearfishing Champions Bryson Sheehy and Tim McDonald! Get an inside look into a national spearfishing competition from the winners of this year’s championship! The allure of competition spearfishing is captured well by their thoughts here, the appeal of planning and executing the perfect day and making some awesome memories! Listen to stories from the 3 day event and some of the memorable fish they encountered before and during the competition. They also give us some of their top tips for scouting, finding new ground and hunting efficiently for a competition – shooting fish on the way to and from spots! Some mega diving here, enjoy it! We hope this inspires you to enter a spearfishing competition!
02:50 Welcome Bryson and Tim: the 2022 Australian Spearfishing Champions!
03:50 When did you decide to enter?
05:40 Team mate mentality and competition rules
09:30 Hunting the Maori Sea Perch
10:20 Why we love spearfishing competitions
13:20 Day 1: Fitzroy Lagoon
16:20 What did you get on day 1?
20:10 Hunting massive Red Mouth Rock Cod in dark caves
22:50 Planning and strategy
27:05 Mental approach to diving
35:15 What makes your team click?
41:00 Understanding fish behaviour
44:15 Why do you love competition spearfishing?
45:35 Tips on exploring new ground
47:40 Time management: things to consider
55:50 Scouting: to shoot or not to shoot
58:50 Diet and warm up tips for competition days. Dealing with cramp.
01:01:05 If I can’t equalize – I am dehydrated.
01:07:10 Day 2: Lamont Reef – shooting fish while swimming to spots
01:08:40 Finning hard and diving strong: how?
01:13:10 How to dive quietly and hunting in the shallows: don’t break the surface
01:18:25 Day 3: when do you feel fatigue?
01:22:30 The fish of a lifetime that got away
01:26:10 You both love your Riffe spearguns
01:28:50 Massive dives getting awesome fish
01:30:25 Searching for the massive Maori Sea Perch
01:33:45 What was it like finding out you won?
01:385:35 You two like the pairs competition format
01:42:10 How do you feel about the next generation of spearos and divers?
01:45:40 Social competitions at clubs
01:48:50 Extra things we forgot!
01:51:45 It was a massive team effort!
01:54:50 Shooting 3 Striped Boarfish with Daniel Mann
Today’s interview is with Josh Halley aka @Souls_Untapped from the Shetland Islands! Describing your dive spots as “Sub-Arctic” doesn’t always spur the most enthusiasm, especially from those used to tropical waters! Josh makes it obvious that braving the cold IS worth it! An almost unheard of spearfishing destination, The Shetland Island’s form an archipelago well north of Scotland and make for some beautiful diving when conditions work out. Get an inside scoop on life and spearfishing from The Shetland Island’s with Josh, aka @Souls_Untapped!
Today’s LIVE interview is with Daniel Mann and we are cooking seafood at Adreno Brisbane! Join us for tips and tricks from Daniel as we process, cook and eat some amazing fish! From carpaccio, ceviche with a mystery species to reverse butterflying and BBQing fish! This is the audio of the night, the video does it far more justice. We will post that as soon as it’s ready! Sit back, relax and get hungry with us as we get a seafood cooking masterclass from a legendary spearo and chef!
Live Interview with Ben Eckert, Adriana Barnes & Trevor Ketchion at Adreno Brisbane
Today’s interview is live from Adreno Brisbane and is with Ben Eckert, Adriana Barnes & Trevor Ketchion and we talk all things freediving safety as it relates to spearfishing! Today we get a masterclass from 3 people with a wealth of knowledge and are horribly overqualified on this subject. Staying safe in the water, how to be a good boaty and keep your buddies safe. What should be inside your first aid kit? Should you contact your local coast guard or sea rescue when you go out? Tips on how to stop bleeding, keep your buddies safe and save your friend’s life. An essential set of skills, leave any questions you have in the comments!
04:50 Hello and welcome to the show!
05:40 Welcome Ben! You are quite an accomplished freediver!
Live Interview with Michael Heitzmann & Ben Eckert
Today’s live interview is with Michael Heitzmann & Ben Eckert of the Brisbane Bullsharks! We talk all things Brisbane spearfishing, gear and training! Both are extremely talented divers in their own right, tonight we host a live interview and Q&A at the Brisbane Bullsharks pool! Loads of info about Brisbane spearfishing, spearing Kingfish, choosing and using gear, dealing with sharks, finding spots and so much more! Which speargun should you get? What’s the best way to load it? How do you handle it underwater? Another in our series of live interviews, we hope you enjoy it and hope you learned something! If you have any more questions for Shrek, Michael or Ben, put them in the comments!
Today’s live interview is with James Sakker and we go through the top 20 spearfishing YouTube channels as voted by the Noob Spearo Community on Facebook! Spearos get to see the world through a very unique lense and sometimes they bring a camera along with them so we can join them on their adventures. Although hugely underrated and underexposed, these spearos have made some amazing videos, some that can compete with professional filmmakers! So here is us getting all these names together so you can watch them!
Today’s episode is a full video, so be sure to check it out on YouTube if you have only listened!
Today’s live interview is with Captain Aaron Young, aka @KeyWestWaterman and @DibsOnBottom_Adventures and Youtube and Instagram! You probably know him from his amazing Youtube videos from out in the Florida Keys, he joins us to talk all about his home, spearing, running charters and getting Noob Spearos into the water! Great info for targeting and eating Wahoo, how to brain and bleed fish, dealing with sharks and line management. If you find yourself in Florida, pay him a visit and get out spearing with him! www.dibsonbottomkeywest.com
03:45 Welcome Captain Aaron Young!
04:40 What are the Florida Keys?
06:40 Living in Mangroves
08:25 How did you get into the business?
09:50 Commercial spearfishing and fisheries management in Florida
12:15 Tell us about your charters! Where did Dibs On Bottom come from?
17:00 Mangrove and Cubera Snapper
18:00 ID fish, how to identify fish in a new place
23:35 Common advice for Noob Spearos
26:10 Teaching and instructing
29:05 How long does it take to become a competent water-person?
31:50 Spearo licence
35:00 Wahoo! Tell us about it!
38:00 Wahoo recipe
40:35 How do you target Wahoo?
45:50 How do you deal with sharks?
49:00 How to kill a fish: how do you brain a fish?
This is a quick (1 min) story from a member of the Noob Spearo Community. Certainly gives you some ideas about working as a Police Diver!– Shrek
Hi mate, I’ve been meaning to send these to you for ages. This will make me the undisputed poo story king!
I was a member of the AFP’s Police Dive Squad for about 7 years back in the late 90s to mid 2000s. These pics are of me looking for a sawn off shot gun that had been used in an armed hold up. The crooks drove past a sewerage treatment plant and the Detectives thought the gun might have been thrown in one of the settling ponds.
I was on overtime, so I had to take one for the team! That said, the air was a lot cleaner and smelt a lot better inside the suit than it did for the boys watching!
I was wearing a chem suit which bloody filled up with air and from memory, I had to wear 40-50 pounds of lead to get me to the bottom. It was so viscous that fins were pointless. I just had to drag myself along the bottom doing arc searches.
The saying I was up to my neck in shit doesn’t do it justice. I was literally in deep shit! 6 meters deep!
Shrek “What a cool gig – besides the pooventures of course. Dead bodies decomposing would be rough too I guess?”
Body recoveries were the downside to the job and unfortunately, I was involved with a few. Almost all our diving was in zero visibility and the adrenaline pump you get when you find the body in that environment (by feel!) is something I never want to experience again.
Fortunately, we never had to recover one that had decomposed too much. Unless a body is weighed down well, the gasses that generate inside as decomposition starts, floats them to the surface within a matter of days. The warmer the water, the quicker the process. Divers aren’t usually required once they are on the surface. Water Police take care of that (or they did back in my day).
Today we celebrate a huge milestone: episode 200! We contacted a bunch of old guests to see where they were now and how their spearfishing has progressed, what they’ve learned since and what’s new in their lives since they were on the show. Who would have guessed a small spearfishing podcast would have reached this point – over a million downloads, thousands of followers and a huge vibrant community of like minded people who all love spearfishing! Here’s to keeping the stoke alive for the next 200 episodes and beyond!
Today’s live interview is with Gunther Pfrengle at Adreno Sydney! An absolute legend in the spearing community, spearfishing for almost 5 decades now, he has had more than his fair share of action out in and on the water. From spearing a 282kg tuna on camera to powerboat records going full steam in thick fog, dealing with sharks to competing in the deepest ever spearfishing competition in Greece, Gunther has had a few exciting experiences! Learn what drove him to get into the water and what kept him there for all these years. Pranger vs flopper, dual weight systems, competition spearing stories and tips and so much more. Have a listen and let us know what you think!
03:50 Welcome Gunther, your reputation proceeds you!
04:50 Growing up in Bundeena
05:25 Early start in the water
07:30 Starting competition spearfishing 1973 and being in a club
11:00 Reality of commercial abalone diving
15:00 Scary story and how spearfishing saved 2 lives
20:30 Sydney to Hobart powerboat record
22:20 Full throttle through thick fog!
24:50 Underwater vertigo and blackouts: what is it like going to the edge?
26:30 How do you draw the line? When is too deep?
28:50 Tragedy strikes and close calls in the early freediving competitions
33:20 Freediving vs spearfishing: Adrenaline changes the game
40:00 The value of competition diving
43:25 Shrek is your partner for his first ever spearfishing competition: what does he need to know?
45:13 Using 2 weight-belts: a harness and a weightbelt
47:10 Where do you attach a dive knife?
49:10 What is your strategy for competition scoring? What do you target first and where do you go first?
53:50 Code brown stories
55:15 Spearo community and friends: what makes a good dive buddy?
56:25 Floats and flags
58:35 What is in your gear bag? Pranger vs flopper
Today’s interview is with 6 of the Central Coast Sealions! Several ex-presidents, the current president and a bunch of super stoked spearos join Cam and Shrek as they chat all things Central Coast diving and how being involved in a club has made a huge difference. Get an window into the inner workings of a spearfishing club from the guys that do it, organising comps to getting noob spearos into the water to being a good boaty, today’s conversation is an interesting one! Tips for diving the headlands, predicting weather conditions, being a good boaty, how to disguise your photos to hide the location and some hilarious stories from the guys who’ve been diving out there. Lots of laughter and some really actionable info, let us know what you think in the comments!
Today’s interview is with Simon Horvath! If nothing else, this episode will convince you to join a spearfishing club! The wealth of knowledge, opportunities and lessons you get through being in a club is a sure way to get better at spearfishing and have a great time doing it. A club will help get you through that first year, teach you things you would have otherwise taken years to learn and ultimately make you a better diver. Another important benefit is being connected to the voice of spearfishing in your area. With so many stories about new protected areas essentially making spearfishing inaccessible and illegal, having a connection your local government to have your voice heard as a spearfisherman is extremely important. Simon has been playing this role for the Central Coast spearos and been a voice for fisho’s and spearos alike.
Go find out about your local clubs and join! If there are none, consider starting one yourself!
03:45 We are midway through our journey, today we make a visit to Simon Horvath!
04:25 Lovely rainy weather
05:10 Central Coast Sealions spearfishing club
07:15 Hawkesbury almost lost 90% of their fishing
10:05 Spearfishing makes you acutely aware of your environment
Today’s interview is James Sakker! It’s day 3 of Shrek and Cam’s East Australian Coast trip and they are chatting with James Sakker! Whales and sharks become a big talking point with loads of stories of encounters and tips for dealing with them yourself. Also some bonus tips for hunting Mackerel and drift diving! Lots of laughter and great stories!
06:55 No lobsters were harmed in the making of this podcast!
07:50 Day 3 on our mission
09:30 You picked an amazing time to come, not
10:55 Big whales and a baby whale
14:25 Tail slapped by a whale
15:40 Scariest whale story
17:40 Diving with Dodgy and a Bull shark!
22:10 Cam’s shark encounter
25:15 How should you handle sharks when you shoot a fish? Keep eye contact, roar or make a loud noise underwater. You’re big, be aggressive. Except Bull sharks.
30:40 Sharks have strict hierarchies, especially Great Whites. A smart shark is a cautious one.
32:10 Encounters with aggressive sharks
35:00 Poking sharks away and a mate getting bitten
41:10 Tagging Great Whites
42:40 Great Whites throughout the world
44:45 Is it blood or movement that attracts sharks?
46:20 Alternatives to poking
48:15 Thoughts on the swimmer taken in Sydney, very unusual behaviour
50:30 Tiger sharks and Dogtooth Tuna
54:20 What is your diving range at home?
56:25 Drift diving = accuracy matters more than time
*a quick caveat from Shrek: Freediving and Spearfishing can be highly complimentary however knowing how they are different is essential so that you can spearfish safely. Freediving is holding your breath in controlled environments with close supervision. Spearfishing is most often done in the wild where your only safety device is your buddy. Because of this, freediving one time to a specific depth in a controlled environment does not correlate to spearfishing. You should not spear anywhere near your physical capabilities so that you always have a margin of safety. Fatigue and sustained diving all day also need to be factored into safe diving as well. Having said all this, freediving courses offer very practical benefits for spearos such as; how to conduct a rescue, streamlining, equalization, understanding of physiology and more. Just don’t expect or try to emulate performance freediving while you are spearfishing. The journey to greater depths takes time, experience, wisdom and opportunity with attentive dive buddies. There is no rush!
Whilst Kilsby is a spectacular place to dive for its crystal clear fresh water, it does have a limited feasible diving depth – unless you want to tech dive with the right equipment into the caves. Not recommended for a Freediving novice.
However, at the end of our course a few of us went on a secret mission to really test our newly acquired skills.
During this particular descent I was committed to only two things and neither included a ‘depth’.
The first: Can I equalise? The second: Am I comfortable? If the answer to both was yes, then I’d keep going, but if anything felt wrong then it was time to abort and turn back.
Well, after a significant ‘breath up’ and the support of some extremely capable and experienced friends, off I went, trying to make everything as streamlined as possible, finning efficiently and not looking down.
The next part was the hardest, trying to stay relaxed, ‘without’ trying to stay relaxed, because the more you think about it, the more instinct kicks in and logic says why the hell are you doing this? Turn back! It’s highly counter-intuitive.
Before I knew it, with all the above in mind and the consolidation of a week’s worth of very deliberate practice under significant professional supervision (read: don’t try this at home), I was hitting the point of becoming negatively buoyant: where you no longer have to kick to force yourself down. You’re so deep that the weight on your belt is now pulling you towards the bottom and you’re not going to float. You’re sinking… sinking, equalising, trying to relax without trying to relax.
It’s getting colder, darker and the line that you’re attached to with a wrist band is starting to ‘wizz’ as you pick up speed.
Everything is going well but it’s colder, darker and the wizz is becoming louder, but so are your thoughts, much louder… should I be getting to the bottom soon? What if I’m going too quickly? Do I have enough oxygen to get back up?
Shit… Equalise… Relax… Ah! Look down!
Can I see the weight attached to the bottom of the line? This hole in the middle of a paddock in the middle of nowhere is deep and I’d like to be found even if I don’t come up. Illogical I know, as I’m attached to the line itself. It seems like forever that I’ve been on this descent, far longer time-wise than I’ve been before.
What do I see?
Nothing… just the line disappearing into the very dark, very black abyss. Maybe it’s time to throw on the brakes, but, before I do, can I equalise? Am I comfortable? Yes. Yes.
Ok, keep going, let gravity do the work. The whole time during this dive I’ve realistically done nothing, just the decision to do it and a few kicks, the work has 99% all been in my head.
But no wonder, right? Your brain is trying to tell you with every one of its alarm bells to turn the hell back, you’re going the wrong way, oxygen is in the opposite direction, stupid! But the other half is saying nope, adventure lies below.
Which is what I love about it. A challenge, going places physically and mentally that most people wouldn’t dare or, realistically and understandably, even consider. But hey, why are we here, right?
I decide to have one last look before calling it, just in case it’s only a few meters away, because man, despite my commitment to those two questions I know myself and I know I’d be pissed if I was only ‘just off’. And… there it was. A tennis ball attached to the end of the line followed by a 4kg kettle bell.
So much excitement but so little time to enjoy it. I’d made it to the bottom, I held onto the line and had a look around. Trying to forget about the pressure I can feel and the overwhelming need to breathe (go on, hold your breath now).
There’s really not much to see. Not a lot grows without light but it was great to see it, the bottom, all the same, instead of hearing about it from others that had seen it and you just have to imagine. No more imagining for me. Must be great being an astronaut.
Then reality kicks back in, you’re only half way there kiddo, you need to get back up! The ascent is much the same but you now have hope and familiarity instead of fear and the unknown. You’re on your way to safety and your friends at the top, plus oxygen too. Talk about a one sided relationship you totally take for granted.
You’re on your way finning upwards but you have to work for it. It’s getting lighter now too and much warmer than you thought it was at the beginning. Probably on account of how damn cold it is down there, but those uncomfortable temperatures fall down the priority list when others, like breathing, take over in the hierarchy.
I see my safety buddy at about the half way mark, arguably the most dangerous part of the dive as it’s the most prone to shallow water blackouts. Adam escorts me to the top as I pick up speed and I become positively buoyant again. I burst to the surface where I grab hold of the buoy and everyone made sure I was ok.
Everyone has a happy but relieved look on their faces as you’ve come to the top safely, then the look of anticipation and serious nods as they wait for you to give the ‘okay’ sign: an indication that you’re in control and not about to pass out. This is followed by ‘hook’ breathing actions that you employ to get oxygen back into the blood stream as quickly as possible. These are also called ‘recovery breaths’ and are useful and good practice for spearfishing as well.
Despite it being a joyous occasion, safety, friends, oxygen, the show isn’t over yet and the danger hasn’t left the building.
Eckart looks at my dive watch and looks away with a bit of disappointment mixed with concern and a wry smile. So does Adam, followed by Isaac. I pull my wrist to look at it as my excitement rises but Adam grabs it and holds my arm down, trying to hide his emotions whilst at the same time looking after my wellbeing and encouraging more recovery breaths. Now isn’t the time for any unnecessary strain on the body, just breathing and recovery!
It’s only a second later that I understand why, my heart is smashing my chest. It almost feels as though people might be able to see it through my wetsuit. He tells me not to smile and tries to calm the excitement on the surface between us all. Telling me to just relax with his arm around me like you might a child that’s just tripped over and needs some support before they take that massive breath and start howling. It’s weird but comforting. No one else seems to think it’s weird, it’s just part of it. You’ve literally just touched new limits and you’re pretty vulnerable physically, so no wonder.
A minute or so passes and I’m allowed to look. Everyone is focused on my reaction. I read the watch face and in massive, extra large text it says… 35.3m!
The biggest smile runs across my face, as it does for everyone else, there are more friends on the banks looking over that have already heard how deep it was, as the Chinese whispers worked as efficiently as they do behind the scenes when I was recovering. Everyone is yelling and splashing the water.
This is great! I can hardly breathe. I feel as though I’ve had a rock put through my chest and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
This was one of the best days of my life! – watch our video of the trip to South Australia below!
10 Ocean Camping Tips And How To Make It More Interesting
Camping is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. But if you’re used to camping in an RV or in a tent near your car, trying something different can add excitement to your next camping trip.
Shrek and Mark filleting up fish while camping on North Stradbroke Island
Ocean camping was always one of the most popular ways to camp. It offers a great opportunity to get away from everything and enjoy the sounds and smells of nature.
Spending a night by the ocean can be a wonderful experience. And during the day, plenty of activities keep you busy: from swimming and fishing to simply exploring the coastline. Here are a few ideas on what to do while ocean camping:
1. Try spearfishing
Spearfishing is a great way to get up close and personal with the fish in the ocean. It can be a bit challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s a gratifying experience. Make sure to check the regulations in your area before you go spearfishing, as there may be certain areas that are off limits.
If you are new to spearfishing, plenty of instructional videos and articles online can teach you the basics. It may seem daunting initially, but with some practice, you’ll be an expert in no time!
2. Go on a nature hike
One of the best things about camping by the ocean is that there are often beautiful hiking trails nearby. Make sure to bring your camera to snap pictures of the stunning scenery. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting wildlife, too- you never know what you might see!
Daly/Luscombe family nature hiking
For an even better experience, bring your dog along with you! It’s a great way to build wonderful memories and connect with nature. Make sure to pack some high-protein treats for your pup to keep his energy levels up, and you are good to go!
3. Collect shells
One of the most classic beach activities is collecting shells. It’s a great way to relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings. Who knows, you might even find a rare shell! If you’re feeling creative, you could use the shells to make some artwork or jewelry.
Depending on the tide and the camping location, you might even be able to find some sand dollars. Be sure not to take too many, though- it’s important to leave some for other critters that rely on them for food.
4. Go surfing or paddleboarding
If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try your hand at surfing or paddle boarding? It’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the ocean waves. Just be sure to heed the lifeguards’ warnings and always stay within your skill level.
If your beach has a lot of people, surfing or paddleboarding can also be a great way to meet new friends! Don’t be afraid to talk with someone while you’re waiting for the next wave.
5. Go fishing
Fishing is another great way to relax and enjoy the ocean views. It’s also a great activity for the whole family- even small children can enjoy the fun! Just be sure to check the local regulations on what kind of fish you’re allowed to catch, and always throw back any that are too small.
Troy and Shrek – first fish for him! Shovelnose caught and released
Fishing is also a great opportunity to try out different cooking methods. If you catch a big enough fish, you could cook it over an open fire for a truly unique camping experience.
6. Have a picnic on the beach
One of the best things about ocean camping is that you can enjoy all your meals with a view of the water. Pack a picnic lunch or dinner and enjoy it on the sand while listening to the sound of crashing waves. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a long day of exploring.
If you’re feeling extra romantic, you could pack a candlelit dinner for two. Just be sure to clean up after yourself when you’re finished- no one wants to find leftover food in the sand!
7. Explore tide pools
Tide pools are a great way to get up close and personal with the animals that live in the ocean. Be sure to check the tides before you go, as you don’t want to be trapped by the incoming waves.
Many tide pools are home to hermit crabs, sea stars, and other interesting creatures. It’s a great opportunity to teach kids about the different animals that live in the ocean. Just be sure not to touch or disturb anything- remember, these are their homes!
8. Go on a whale-watching tour
If you’re lucky enough to be camping near whales, why not go on a whale-watching tour? It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t soon forget. Tour boats often leave from nearby towns or cities, so be sure to do some research in advance.
Just be sure to dress warmly, as it can often be cool out on the open water. Binoculars are also a good idea to better view the whales.
9. Try your hand at beachcombing
Beachcombing is a great way to find interesting treasures washed up on shore. You never know what you might find- shells, sea glass, or even a message in a bottle! It’s a great way to relax and take in the beauty of nature.
Just be sure not to take anything that isn’t yours. Many people enjoy collecting things from the beach, so leaving some for others to find is important.
10. Go for a swim
Of course, one of the best things to do while ocean camping is to go for a swim! Just be sure to check the local regulations on where and when you’re allowed to swim. Some beaches have specific areas designated for swimming, so it’s important to follow the rules.
If you’re not a strong swimmer, be sure to stay within your depth and always wear a life jacket. Swimming with a friend is also good, just in case you get into trouble.
Ocean camping is a great way to enjoy all that the beach has to offer. By following these tips, you’re sure to have a safe and enjoyable trip. Just be sure to leave the beach cleaner than you found it- we want to be able to enjoy it for many years to come!
Interview with Tom Sandstrom, Angus Knox and Cameron Wise
Today’s interview is a little different, join Shrek and his good mate Cam as they go on a spearfishing road trip down to Sydney! Today we are in the Moonee Tavern in Coffs Harbour after a day of spearing, having a few brews, a good meal and a great chat with mates! Shorediving, breaking in new wetsuits, cooking tips and what conditions you can expect when diving around Coffs Harbour. Join Shrek and his mates in the pub after a day of spearfishing!
06:05 Welcome everyone!
07:00 New wetsuits
10:25 Shorediving in Coffs Harbour
11:30 Abalone: size, how to find them and how to cook them
13:50 How is your seafood game?
16:20 Cooking fails
17:30 Mushy Kingfish Pastrami
21:45 Icing fish
24:45 Smoked Mullet
27:35 What conditions can we expect diving here?
31:50 Too cold for Kingfish?
33:30 Tips for shooting big Kingy’s
36:45 Hunting Parrot fish and Dhufish
40:20 Do you wear a GoPro?
43:25 What are the best months for diving here?
44:40 How can someone start diving in Coffs Harbour? Coffs Harbour Spearfishing Club!
Today’s interview is with Kevin Glen former owner/operator of Mantis Spearfishing, a friend of Forrest Galante and the only guy to shoot a Marlin in California! An engineer and innovator in the spearfishing world with countless awesome stories of him and his mates out in the water! From shooting and losing a Sailfish in Durban to tracking down Yellow Tail and Sea Bass in the Channel Islands, he is a great source of information and knowledge in California. Hear some of his stories in the water, the journey of learning to spearfish and the stoke of doing it with great friends. Be sure to check out Mantis Spearfishing and grab their last stock!
04:50 Welcome Kevin! Tell us about this Marlin!
10:10 You engineered a dive float?
13:50 You have an unusual spearfishing story with a bunch of famous friends!
15:55 Setting the record straight on the record Sea Bass with Forrest Galante!
18:55 What’s the spearfishing community like there?
20:10 Wind and swell conditions for the Channel Islands
21:35 Urchin barons
22:05 Sheephead eat urchins
26:05 Mantis Spearfishing – tell us about it! The Roller Muzzle
30:10 What does your spearfishing look like these days? Good dive buddies?
33:30 White Sea Bass
34:50 Vermillion Rock Cod
35:45 Do you think your fisheries are well managed? MPA’s, 30-30 and conservation
40:00 Big hearts, well intentioned but completely disconnected from the real world
42:55 What’s your favourite species to hunt? Halibut, yellow tail and sea bass
44:55 How are you tracking yellow tail down?
46:15 Using bait fish
48:05 Half Moon bait fish
51:45 Memorable fish
54:10 Fighting the fish – how much tension is right?
56:25 Tough/scary situations
01:00:25 Reels vs floatlines
01:02:15 Jewfish, Mulloway or Kabeljou sounds
01:03:45 Designing gear
01:08:20 We need more people like you!
01:12:00 What’s in your dive bag for the Channel Islands? 5mm wetsuit, weightbelt, knife, Scorpio Carbon Fibre fins in Pathos foot pockets, Mantis Spearguns
XTAR D26 Whale Review | LED Diving Torch for underwater foraging/hunting
“Overall, this has been one of the best dive torches I’ve used. It’s bright, durable and easy to secure.” – Cam
Cam lives and dives mainly around Sydney although him and I have dived in Victoria and South Australia using this torch. I asked Cam to put together a review based on the hectic use he has given it chasing mainly Eastern Rock Lobsters. Here is the rest of what he had to say. – Shrek
In particular, the brightness of the XTAR D26 Whale is great, and is probably the best dive torch I’ve used for both brightness and illumination. It has four brightness settings, getting up to a strong 1100lm, which can apparently reach up to 310m on land but also makes a solid effort under the water.
The torch has what it calls the “unique side switch (patented) and power indication”. The power indication light is a really handy warning tool. The light is green normally, but it turns to red when it is between 25% and 5% and then flashes below 5%. The locking mechanism of the side switch takes a little bit to get used to. You need to hold the switch down and then twist it to the left 90 degrees to lock it in place. While locking systems are good so you don’t bump it in tight spaces, this one can be a little hard if you need to use it with one hand or a thumb if your other hand is otherwise occupied (such as reaching for a cray).
At almost 300g it is a bit weightier than most, however, I actually don’t mind that and it doesn’t impact much as soon as you’re in the water.
The lanyard/wrist strap that’s included is actually really good. It might not sound important, but the length of it is long enough to be able to stow it and the toggle doesn’t slip when locked, so you can keep it tied to your wrist without worrying. This is important when it’s not in your hand, as you often can’t feel it through your wetsuit or glove.
The quality seems to be great and it has been relatively maintenance free. I’ve been using it for over a year now without any issues of corrosion or any water appearing to get into the working parts. However, there are two spare O-rings included in case you need them.
A fun addition is that it also has a standard tripod screw hole, which allows it to be fixed to items such as a dive photography system, a handle, or a wrist mount.
Four brightness settings up to 1100lm: 60/200/600/1100
Colour temperature: 6000K
Beam throw: 310m
IP rating: IPX8
Material: Anodized aircraft 6N01 aluminium alloy
Dimensions: 155mm x 46mm
Weight: 293g (including battery)
Battery: 18650/18700/26650 Li-ion batteries (26550 5000mAh rechargeable battery was included in the set with a charger)
Run time: up to 48h on low or 2h on “turbo” (1100lm)
Max diving depth: 100m
Spot light angle: 5 degrees
Here’s a vid of Cam and Shrek using the dive torch in South Australia
Today’s interview is with Rodney Pacitti, aka RoKKiT KiT on Youtube! Today is a gold mine for all things spearfishing and Youtube! Rodney has a successful Youtube channel with almost half a million subs that started off with kayak fishing adventures all the way to solo camping, catch cook videos. He tells us about his channel’s success, how he started it, the tips and tricks he uses, how he films and advice for beating the algorithm! Give his channel a follow and let us know what you think of the interview! Rodney makes a living making these videos, be sure to give them a watch and see what he’s getting up to. What Youtube advice did we miss? Let us know!
03:25 Welcome Rodney! You were requested!
04:30 Tell us about your Youtube channel!
08:25 Kayak fishing
10:40 Kayak diving
12:00 Where do you go kayaking?
14:00 The fishing lifestyle
15:40 How do you film your trips?
18:55 Acting vs real life
20:35 Youtube inspiration
23:55 Your job as an entertainer
25:25 The Youtube algorithm and how to beat it
32:20 What success have you seen from your channel? Are the millions of views paying off?
37:00 What other tricks and tips do you have for your channel?
39:40 Using analytics
42:00 How do you measure your success?
43:50 Best time to post: 7am Saturday morning Sydney time
46:35 What tools do you use to make these videos?
50:35 Dealing with internet trolls
53:40 Dealing with the fame
57:05 Sydney spearfishing – how, when and with who?
01:01:50 Boat diving?
01:03:00 Gold Coast Freedivers pool training
01:05:45 How often are you diving?
01:07:40 What big challenges do you face in spearfishing?
Today’s interview is with Paul Rodriguez of Hot Rod Spearguns! A well traveled spearo that has a passion for making great spearguns, he gives us his best advice on designing and building a speargun and he lets us in on a special project he’s busy with… a travel speargun! It breaks into 2 parts for easy travel and fits back together into a powerful and effective speargun to take with on holiday! All this and more! Is Cobia the best eating fish? Or is it African Pompano? Maybe it’s the Jobfish! Some robust conversation and interesting insights into the different types of spearfishing in different parts of the world. Also, some great advice for hunting Dogtooth Tuna! Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think!
04:30 Hello and welcome Paul!
05:25 You have invented a travel speargun that comes in two parts? How did this come about?
08:55 How do you build your spearguns?
10:40 R&D in spearfishing is long and expensive. How do you protect your IP?
12:55 How does the speargun join back together?
15:35 Mono or dyneema? What length and how strong?
18:30 Line management and avoiding muzzle wrap
22:00 Simplicity is your friend – form follows function
27:20 Tell us about your spearfishing story! Where and how did you start?
29:40 What is the best all-round speargun size?
32:20 Roller’s throw the shaft far but lack penetrating power. What do you think?
34:30 Old school vs new school mentality
37:10 Where are you spearing these days?
37:37 Tell us how you process Cobia?
40:30 Palm sugar for ceviche and smoking fish changes the game
43:10 Rubbers/Power bands – what do you see?
44:40 Most consistent setup uses 14mm bands
49:00 What is a species what you love to target? African Pompano
50:45 Besides the thermocline, what else do you use to target them?
52:40 What are you looking for in weather? Water temp and wind
56:05 As you’ve traveled over the world, what things have you learned about planning a trip to go spearfishing?
58:05 Spearfishing in the Philippines
59:10 What’s the most special fish you’ve ever lost?
01:00:25 Green Jobfish is the best reef eating fish
01:07:05 Tough or scary situations
01:11:30 Having good dive buddies is the most important dive gear
01:13:20 Good buddy diving is also great fun
01:14:10 Funny stories
01:18:22 What’s in your dive bag? JBL Mask, white snorkel, Waihana wetsuit, medium to soft blades, Garmin Mach 1, handbuilt dive knife, Travel Hybrid 120 speargun
01:23:44 Gyotaku is a great way to memorialize special fish