Interview with Jamie Ryves

Today’s interview is with Jamie Ryves from Norfolk Island who now lives in Vanuatu! Originally a chef, circumstances meant that work was hard to come by which caused a shift in his lifestyle. He now lives on a smaller island around Vanuatu and goes spearfishing twice a week to support his family! He takes some unbelievable footage, if you have any interest in big game fish like Dogtooth Tuna, this will be your new favourite source of video! Stunning conditions, excellent tips for hunting big Dogtooth and personal stories of Samba’s and Shallow Water Blackouts and how he is a safer diver because of them. Check out one of the most underrated YouTube channels around!

NSP186 holding 2 big dogtooth underwater



Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 02:50 Hello and welcome Jamie! You are from Norfolk Island?
  • 03:55 You live the spearo life and take amazing footage
  • 05:25 The currents are a mystery
  • 06:05 Where did you grow up?
  • 07:50 You are a chef? Are you still cooking?
  • 10:05 You are a specialist Dogtooth Tuna hunter! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fijsU8Goxig)
  • 13:30 You have an underrated youtube channel
  • 15:15 Have you thought about guiding?
  • 16:45 What capacity do your charters have currently?
  • 19:00 You get a wide range of species, which are your favourite?
  • 23:10 Tell us about a good hunt
  • 26:25 You were a bodyboarder too, but spearfishing came easier
  • 28:55 You use a floatline but you have shot a few with a reelgun! Tell us about your gear for hunting them
  • 31:30 What are common Dogtooth hunting problems?
  • 38:30 I need to visit you!

NSP186 jamie with huge dogtooth tuna

NSP186 big doggie

NSP186 big dogtooth on boat

  • 40:10 PB’s and sharks
  • 44:05 How have you studied the sea conditions?
  • 46:05 So you have some extreme structure, tall sea mounts and volcanic rock drop off’s
  • 47:25 How long do you need to stay there for a good trip?
  • 52:20 Freediving in spearfishing: what is your position?
  • 58:00 What about scary stories? Samba’s and SWB’s
  • 01:09:10 How do you train your buddies to dive safer?
  • 01:12:30 Wayne Judge

NSP186 schools of dogtooth tuna

NSP186 holding tuna underwater

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  • 01:16:55 Funny stuff!
  • 01:18:25 Funniest friends
  • 01:19:55 What gear are you using? Ruku fins, Aimrite wetsuit. 1 spare shaft. 2 reel guns and a double roller from Aimrite. Riffe bungee. Ocean Hunter and Riffe 3 atmosphere floats. Slip-tip spear
  • 01:27:05 Spearo Q&A
  • 01:34:05 Outro

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