How To Spearfish Video Series

How To Spearfish Video Series

Aquatic Rehab TV’s How To Spearfish Video Series


This brand new How To Spearfish Video Series is live and available now on Vimeo On Demand.

If you would like the discount code then scroll down to the bottom of the article.

The five videos available so far from Aquatic Rehab TV cover spearfishing equipment, spearfishing with sharks, two spearfishing hunting technique videos for both reef and pelagic species and also a guide to increasing your breath-hold. Here is an overview of the series plus a discount for the Noob Spearo community.

A Bit About Luke


A while ago we interviewed Luke Potts from Aquatic Rehab TV. I learned that he is a well traveled and prolific spearo who fully loves spearing. Along the way he’s been making spearfishing videos and has built a significant community of budding spearos who watch his videos. After being prodded and asked many questions about hunting fish, breath-hold, spearfishing with sharks and all the myriad of issues that confront spearos, Luke decided to have a serious crack at answering all of these questions in a systematic fashion. This is when the idea for the How To Spearfish video series was born.

Taking the many queries and sorting them into groups helped him to separate the biggest issues into 5 topics.

  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Breath-hold
  • Spearfishing Around Sharks
  • Spearfishing Smart Reef Species
  • Spearfishing Pelagic Species

While there is some information available about these subjects online, Luke deals with each in depth and packs a hell of a lot of experience, research, and proven tips & techniques into each video.

How to Spearfish video series

Spearfishing Equipment

This video surprised me. It was the first video of the series I watched and in one hour I learned several things and had a few of my ideas about equipment challenged. Luke is not sponsored by any of the major brands and so the information is biased only by his personal experience. While he does talk about his preferences for every piece of equipment from head to toe, he also explains why he prefers these items over others. Its a video I wish I had watched starting out – it would have saved me lots of time, pain and wasted money in the long term. I think the cost of this video is next to nothing compared with what you will save in terms of both lost opportunities/discomfort and wasted time and money.

new zealand spearfishing snapper



Like Noob Spearo, Luke receives lots of questions about extending breath hold from his community. Many of the YouTube videos and information that is available online is too brief and fails to give developing spearos enough information to make good decisions. Books likes Pelizzaris ‘Manual of Freediving’ are also not immediately useful due to their sheer size and scope. Also, spearfishing is not freediving, its underwater hunting using freediving techniques and so a spearos approach to freediving must be different.

I really like this video because its punchy and has a good thorough coverage of the basics. Safety is covered in a practical manner and Luke pulls spearos back to look at spearfishing from a broader perspective. I really liked the approach he takes to introducing divers to being effective within their current diving limits. He encourages slow progression rather than the misleading techniques encouraged by some videos available online.

This might sound like a downer but his advice can help you to be a very good hunter within your current breath-hold capability while giving you some ideas and techniques to slowly improve your breath-hold at the same time. Highly recommend.

Key Takeaways for me;

  • Grade yourself relaxation technique – highly practical for every level of spearo
  • Developing hunting techniques within your capabilities + why this is an advantage
  • Thinking about reducing oxygen consumption through good technique (duck-dive, finning etc)


Spearfishing Around Sharks


The number one fear for many is sharks. People want to know;

  • What do I do when I see one?
  • If a shark charges me, what should I do?
  • When is a shark dangerous and how do I avoid this?
  • Will I see sharks? How dangerous are they?

In our interview with Luke all the way back in episode 9 of the Noob Spearo Podcast I labeled him as a Bronze Whaler Magnet and if you see some of his videos you will see why. In many of the Aquatic Rehab TV videos you will see Bronze Whalers, Mako Sharks and occasionally other species. He’s also traveled and spearfished widely so he has a good understanding of other shark species that can be encountered such as Bull Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Hammerheads and reef sharks.


In this sharks video guide there is a solid grounding of techniques and tips for dealing with shark fear. Healthy doses of personal stories as well as advice about burley, body language (both yours and the sharks) and some good common sense rules to use in sharky circumstances. If you want to learn more about sharks and how spearos deal with them, this is the best resource available that I know of.

Bronze Whaler Shark visiting his old mate Luke

Spearfishing Hunting Technique – Reef Species


In each Noob Spearo Podcast we ask spearfishing experts and authorities from all over the world what their hunting techniques are as its a crucial skill set for spearos to develop. Luke takes the challenge to present the information seriously, so this section is loaded with tips, facts and research presented with slides, video and narrative to give viewers a fully engaging experience.

Despite talking about targeting the Australasian Snapper this info can be used to target canny and cagey reef species in many parts of the world. The diagrams showing current, reef and structure and how these variables affect fish behavior are phenomenal. Some of the stuff is basic bananas but I can guarantee that 98% of spearos will learn more than a few things watching this video.

Spearfishing hunting technique reef species. How to Spearfish Video Series

Spearfishing Hunting Technique – Yellowtail Kingfish


Like the Snapper video this pelagic guide focusing on New Zealand’s Yellowtail Kingfish is highly informative. Returning to a multi-media presentation style, Luke delivers an in-depth guide featuring fish biology, behavior and habitat. Along with this, he identifies common pelagic fish vulnerabilities to spearfishing, including effective hunting techniques and the mistakes that many make while pursuing them. His approach is grounded in experience followed by research and employs best practice according to what he has observed and experienced for himself.

Look out for;

  • Lateral line system
  • Shot placement – fish biology breakdown
  • School behavior vs lone fish behavior
  • Mindset and body language

Understanding current and topography for spearfishing. Learn to spearfish video series

If I was starting spearfishing all over again I would invest in these videos. I would focus on starting with the video that could help me with my biggest obstacle.

The Discount:)

Luke has offered a discount to the Noob Spearo community!

Use the code noobspearo to save 10% on any videos you purchase:)

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If you would like to hear some more free spearfishing tips and advice + more information about the video series. Listen to our recent chat called ‘5 Tips To Shorten your Spearfishing Learning Curve’

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NSP:044 101 GoPro for Spearfishing

NSP:044 101 GoPro for Spearfishing

Podcast Tips, Accessories and Hacks To Master Your GoPro for Spearfishing

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Finally an episode dedicated to using a GoPro for spearfishing! This episode covers everything from after purchase to post edit GoPro use.

About this episode

We start the episode in the studio, with Turbo and I giving a run through on some of the common questions we get asked and then offer some creative advice about how to solve these problems. We discuss;

  • Water on the lens
  • Fog in the housing
  • The GoMask and other mount techniques as well as some of the challenges

After that we put some media production questions to our Producer Pat Dwyer. Questions we ask Pat include;

  • Where can we find music to use (legally) for our YouTube Spearfishing Videos?
  • What is B-roll footage?
  • How do we capture and use the B-Roll footage in the editing stage?

After that we move on and discover some hard core hacks and tips from Cripps and Takka, the couple behind Underwater Ally Productions. This information combined with Turbo’s Tips provides a tonne of information so that hopefully you can skip some of the lessons many learn the hard way.

We finish off with a big discussion with Aaron Chasse. Aaron’s one of the guys involved in the SpearHeads spearfishing video collaborative who operate mostly out of Florida. In this part of the discussion we focus on essential accessories, settings, and working together to a plan to create good spearfishing films.

See below for all of the links, accessories, and other items discussed in this GoPro for Spearfishing Episode!

Noob Spearo is stoked to bring this interview to you in partnership with Adreno

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Pat’s Links for discovering music for your spearfishing videos

Essential GoPro Accessories for Spearfishing

First up in the GoPro section we talk about some essential additional products, mentioned in this section were (Product Links – Some are affiliate!);

  • Double Power Wasabi Batteries from Amazon here
  • 32 GB Fast SD card here (and a 64 fast one for extreme people here)
  • Head Mount Strap here
  • Tray Mount (Ikelite option here)
  • GoPro Hero5 Black here
  • GoPro Hero4 Black here
  • GoPro Hero4 Silver here
  • The Go Mask here+ multi-adapters to modify your own mask here
  • Gun Mounts are specific to your speargun of choice
  • Watch the SpearHeads Video here about GoPro Mounts

If you have any issues or challenges that we didnt discuss please put them in the comments or reach out to us here

If you enjoyed this episode listen to the full episodes with Jessie Cripps and Michael Takash or Aaron Chasse’s interview here

Other Stuff Discussed in the show

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Guide To Getting Started Spearfishing. This is a post that contains links to many of our best posts, articles, guides and podcast episodes about every facet of spearfishing. Check it out

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101 Freediving for Spearfishing episode – 20% Discounts on the 10meter Freediver (for people starting out) and the 5 Minute Freediver (Dry Training Program for experienced spearo’s)

99 Tips To Get Better At Spearfishing – Amazon E-Book featuring more than 100 actionable tips to improve your spearfishing with help from more than 40 spearfishing experts and authorities from around the world.

NSP:043 101 Drones for Spearfishing

How To Use Drones for Spearfishing

Interviews with UAV Coach Alan Perlman and Adreno Drone Enthusiast Kahlee Andrews

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This Drones for spearfishing episode was inspired partially by watching Drone footage that uniquely captured a spearfishing adventure. The first guest in this episode, Adreno Manager Kahlee Andrews is a former womens spearfishing champion and has taken numerous videos of spearfishing drone footage. Kahlee has been using a DJI Phantom 3 Professional [link here] but she also talks about what she wants to purchase next. I ask Kahlee about her experience’s with drones and how Drones can be used effectively by spearo’s.

In the second part of the show I am joined by Alan Perlman, the founder of UAV Coach. UAV coach is an online drone pilot training center providing courses, free guides and more for aspiring Drone pilots (both commercial and amateur). Alan and Kahlee both answer a range of questions that I had after buying my own Drone and wanting to learn more about the higher end Amateur drones such as the DJI Mavick Pro (here) and the GoPro Karma both of which are yet to be officially released. If you are an adventure based videographer or photographer this is a good introduction into starting and using Drones.

Helpful Times Guide for this Drones for Spearfishing episode

Interview starts with shoutouts, whats coming next, news and updates and a preview of the episode.

Drongo with a Drone Video here

7:00 Kahlee Andrews and drones introduction

Drones for Spearfishing Guide. Pictured Kahlee Andrews

Kahlee pictured with DJI Phantom 3. Calibration time on a steel boat!

Questions I ask Kahlee

    • What are you using & what’s been your experience like so far? (check out the DJI Phantom 3 Professional here)
    • How have you seen them used well?
    • How can drones help people that go spearfishing?
    • What accidents have you had?
    • What is the law in Australia?
    • What Drone do you want to purchase next?
    • Where can people find some of your videos?

Kahlees Drone Video with a Haines Hunter boat group


Links mentioned

  1. Hitting a boat with $5000+ Drone Video here
  2. DJI how to videos here
  3. Join Kahlee on instagram here
  4. Kahlees Blogpost about drones here

If you want to have a go at Drones and learn the basics, check out the Cheerwing I am using here – its a bit of fun and I’ve learned a wee bit!

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24:00 Alan Perlman from UAV Coach

We start off chatting about what inspired him to create UAV coach and he shares a story about his first serious Drone accident. I also talk a bit about my experience with the Cheerwing full manual FPV style Drone I started with (I bought this one of Amazon landed on my doorstep for less than $100).

Alan Perlman drones interview. Drones for spearfishing and adventure videography

Alan Perlman from UAV Coach

Questions I ask Alan

  • What are the main categories of Drones?
  • Guided vs Unguided flight controls?
  • UAV Coach guide to flying a drone here

Types of Drones for videography and photography:

    • What are the steps for someone who wants to use Drones for spearfishing films?
    • What are the best drones currently or soon to be available to us for photography/videography?
    • DJI Mavic vs the GoPro Karma


Legislation and what not to do

  • What are the laws that people need to be aware of in their countries?
  • What are the main areas of concern from a government’s/public safety point of view?
  • A cautionary tale or two about the dangers of drones along with some practical advice for avoiding trouble
  • Where can people find out about the law’s in their area?

Further Places to learn more about Drones

  • Join a flight club (like the AMA in the USA)
  • Create a self study program (UAV coach can help with that)
  • CASA sanctioned flight schools (link here)
  • Facebook Groups (like Qld FPV group here)

Tips to use Drones for Spearfishing Photography

  • Know your aircraft (you don’t necessarily need the latest and greatest)
  • Learn the regulations in your area
  • Flying through a shot (thinking like a videographer)
  • Learning photography basics like light and composition. Planning what you want before you start filming.
  • Find 17 Tips for Drones Photography here and join the UAV forum here

Alan Perlman Drones for spearfishing interview

Further Links and Information on Drones

    • Join UAV coach on facebook here
    • If you would like to check out some of the drones basics course go here
    • If you are an aspiring commercial drones pilot check these courses out
    • Email Alan direct [email protected]


Tell us about your drone experiences in the comments and tune in for next weeks episode 101 GoPro for Spearfishing

Thanks for listening!

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Find out more about the online “10m Freediver Course” and “5 Minute Freediver (advanced 28 day program)” here

Getting Started – the Experience

Initial Spear fishing Experience can be awesome. These videos capture that feeling, the stoke factor from those early spear fishing experiences.

There is nothing quite like coming home with a feed of fish and a big grin starting out. Capturing that early stoke on film and sharing those moments with others is what Harvey Bates has done well in these two videos.

Spear fishing is a lifestyle, a sport and a passion. Video that captures the story and this lifestyle we love is what this page is all about. Please leave comments below if you have any spear fishing videos that you think fit this idea.

Video 1, A look into a NSW spearfishing adventure by Harvey Bates. Subscribe to Under Liquid

Liquid Skin – NSW with Harvey Bates Part 2


If you would like to recommend some great spear fishing video please comment below.



NSP:011 David Ochoa Producer of Inhale, the Azores in One Breath

NSP:011 David Ochoa Producer of Inhale, the Azores in One Breath

David Ochoa Producer of Inhale, the Azores in One Breath

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Possibly the funniest interview yet! David Ochoa is a real entertainer. Hailing from Portugal, David is the producer of Inhale – the Azores in one breath. To find out more about David visit Noob Spearo. The Azores Film project was 5 years in the making and showcases the remote Azores archipelago 900 km of Portugal’s coast. Starring Andre Domingues one of the worlds best spearfisherman, this 83 minute romp through this remote area in the middle of the Atlantic ocean is a Must-See for the traveling spearo. David grew up on on the Azores archipelago and learned much of his technique and skills the hard way and as such he has many stories to share for spearos of all levels.

Download Inhale, the Azores in One Breath here.

For fast navigation through David Ochoa’s interview here are some major moments

17:10 Veteran’s Vault – Spearfishing as a lifestyle – Changing negative public perception of the sport

29:20 Funny Story – Involves Poo, spearfishing and good buddy behaviour

32:40 David Ochoa – not so Fast Five Facts For Noobs

46:15 Josh Goodman’s Roller Gun Question

David Ochoa Spearo, Spearfishing Film-Maker & Portuguese Prankster

David Ochoa Spearo, Spearfishing Film-Maker & Portuguese Prankster. Wahoo right, Reef Donkey or Amberjack bottom left

David Ochoa’s Links

Azores Youtube Promo + His Latest Film ‘Malvas – Fishing Waves

Breathless Productions Facebook

Azores Instagram

For the Veterans Vault in this interview David talks passionately about changing public perception so that spearfishing is seen as the sustainable fishery that it is. He gives honest advice for smart spearo social media posting and encourages spearos and spearfishing business to aim up at a positive lifestyle driven image for the sport.

Inhale, the Azores in one Breath was a successful crowdfunding campaign that we proudly backed. David Ochoa

Inhale, the Azores in one Breath was a successful crowdfunding campaign that we proudly backed

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