Interview with Rochele Davey (Potter)
Rochele Davey (Potter) is a multiple spearfishing world (and NZ) record holder for many species. I was privileged to spend 4 days with her, Nat (her husband), Rosie and James for a dynamite spearfishing trip in New Zealand. Late on the second day after diving all day, I sat down with Rochele and had the privilege of listening to her spearfishing journey. From adapting a purchase system on roller spearguns to being dragged behind a 107lb Yellowtail Kingfish through a dangerous channel, this interview has plenty of awesome moments! Listen in:)
This episode was recorded on the back deck of Florence Nightingale IV, a 60 Crayfishing Boat at the Three Kings Islands, New Zealand in early March, 2020. Thanks to Patron Listeners who funded this (and every) Noob Spearo trip!
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05:00 Rochele Davey nee Potter introduction and greetings
11:40 A few of Rochele’s Spearfishing World Records. The story behind the 48.8KG (107 lb) Yellowtail Kingfish Battle
17:50 How the spearfishing journey began for Rochele
23:25 Beuchat Spearfishing Wetsuits | Orange Safety Spot feature
26:00 Rochele’s favourite species to hunt and how to hunt them effectively | New Zealand Snapper (Pagrus auratus)
30:00 Scariest Moments in the Ocean
36:15 Struggles learning to spearfish
- Planning a hunt from the surface
- Adopting a hunters finning technique
- Working through speargun reloading and adopting a roller with a purchase system
49:45 Rochele’s Underwater Photography Journey
56:30 “Don’t feel you have to shoot the fish in the head. Just shoot it!”
Rochele Davey Roller Pulley Speargun | Massive Power, Easy Loading
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Great episode! Can I see the pulley system Rochele uses for loading her speargun somewhere?
Hey Kristian! sorry for the slow response. I messaged Rochele and she provided some pics and commentary which I’ve included in the post above. Thanks for the question – Shrek