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Noob Spearo Podcast | Spearfishing Tips, Stories and Interviews

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The Podcast show interviewing spearfishing experts, authorities and characters from all over the world. We dial in on the experience and wisdom from a diverse bunch of spearos from all over the globe. From spearfishing in the cold waters of the North Sea and Arctic to the clear, tropical waters of the great barrier reef, we find spearos with tips to help you improve your spearfishing. Listen into Isaac 'Shrek' Daly and Levi 'Turbo' Brown on the Noob Spearo Podcast free
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Interview with Jerry Guerra In this interview with Neptonics madman Jerry Guerra we get right into equipment. We chat speargun components, rigging FO-Pars & points of difference, proprietary Neptonics gear and more. But it's not limited to equipment. Jerry has a very effective style for explaining core hunting strategies and ideas and I learned a sh#t tonne. This interview is killer. Listen in and Subscribe! Neptonics is a brand well know for high quality spearfishing equipment. They specialize in high grade speargun components and have their own patented and unique equipment. Jerry Guerra's journey started with his own shop in 2004 and eventually he joined forces with Neptonics and became an owner of the business. Learn more at Important Times 3:00 Jerry Guerra Introduction and Background. The Old Man & the Sea and Boy Scouts of America 9:50 Starting to spearfish deep. How it all started 12:00 Spearfishing equipment preparation 17:00 The spearfishing hunting journey to mastery The cone of death. Dropping within a 30ft span of your target fish or structure. Reducing profile. Less intimidation for fish, increased hydrodynamic efficiency Increasing deeper diving accuracy and economy The rock bottom hunting technique. Allowing the fish to relax and return 30:00 Boating reconnaissance and building skills for finding new ground 34:00 Memorable Fish | Black Grouper Behemoth 39:00 Blackout Story | How he survived and what he learned 46:30 Geeking out on Spearfishing Equipment "No one will take care of your gear like you will" - Jerry Guerra Different style Mechs | pros and cons Are there some common issues people have with DIY speargun upgrades? Triggers and handles. Pulling shot issues Safety | Do or Do not have Shafts | preferences Tom asks "A question that I spent a lot of time researching was how to eliminate points of failure, what kind of knots, bungee connected to gun or float, what gauge shark clips, better options for shooting line bungee, basically how do you make connections as fail safe as possible?" Dyneema vs Mono shaft to speargun line aka shooting line pros and cons Muffling noise, parts and accessories? Spectra, dyneema, monofilament, stainless wire. Uses and application Essential 3-4 knots every spearo should learn. Where to learn and where and when to use them Floatline material | PVC, Vinyl, (+spectra fusion - Riffe float lines), thermoplastic, poly lines. Application for each Reels? How and what application should they have? Breakaway setups | Key adjustments to make and changes to your hunting Shark Clips vs D-Shackles What setup did you use to capture a 280+lb fish? Floatline Clutch | Utility 90:00 Planning and preparing for international spearfishing trips Spearfishing Equipment checklist for trips by Jerry Guerra from Neptonics Chlorophyll Warm water plumes and Wahoo behaviour Wahoo hunting technique | racing the fish to mimic the competition drive for bait 99:30 Funniest Moment out Spearfishing | Hunting MahiMahi naked 101:20 Spearo Q&A What is the single biggest lesson youve learned Who is your fav person to go diving with and why? What is something you do a little different than everyone else? Connect with Jerry Guerra @ Email jerry @neptonics.com Links Mentioned Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass – Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier – Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | ‘Spearo Dad’ | ‘Girls with Gills’ | ‘Jobfish Tribute’ How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save!
Interview with Valentine Thomas | Part 2 Second Interview with Valentine Thomas! This episode we cover off what's happened to her in the last 5 years including guesting on the Joe Rogan Experience, attending international fishing symposiums, moving to Florida, shooting a huge Marlin and her very own cookbook - you know pretty much just your average person's last 5 year story:) Listen in! Links Mentioned 06:00 How her perspective and life has changed since our last podcast What has changed? Events, discoveries along the way International Symposium of Fisheries Sustainability, organized by the FAO of the United Nations in Rome. New life in Florida | French Fish and Seafood Cookbook How has that been reflected in her life, choices, and habits Confronting attitudes and dealing with BS Freediving and spearfishing progress. Marlin in Cabo, Baja Fish handling | reducing fresh water to clean the fish before bagging or vacuum packing 19:00 Her work in fighting against certain commercial practices RECENT INSTA POST: Markets and fishing | making better choices and influencing others. Perceived value Seafood labeling and carbon monoxide WASTE: Valentine POST on INSTA: Fisheries are discarding and wasting around 10 BILLIONS pounds every year (conservative estimate!). Why is that? 1- To comply with regulations. If they fish over their quotas or if they accidentally caught species they aren’t supposed to (by-catch) 2- The market value of the fish caught is too low This is why varying our diet and why the variety of species we consume is so important. We create the demand, consequently the market Nefarious practices | impinging on National waters, people smuggling Inequality of fishing laws, fishing law enforcement and some countries inability to police their own waters Traceability and Seafood Labeling | Ecolabels Lionfish - Invasive Problem | Creating consumer demand, incentivizing restaurants and changing public perceptions Also countries with very well managed fisheries now importing a huge percentage of their national seafood intake from poorer countries with less well managed fisheries Aquaculture. Seems to be an amazing idea with lots of problems. Enclosed waterway nets of species like Yellowtail Kingfish cause damage with the volume of fecal matter and also seem to attract disease whereas open ocean fish farming seems to mean large nets can be broken off in storms and become ghost nets and lose their capital investment in the equipment. Reduced Transport Footprints | why do people in Australia demand fish from 1000’s of km away when they have amazing fish on their doorstep. Very short shelf life Different forms of fishing and how they impact the environment. Harvesters (Oysters), purse seine, long-lining, trawling Helping bleeding hearts understand the place and utility of commercial fishing and using quota to ensure stocks are maintained. Using the whole fish | sharing the good stuff with others and promoting good practice 56:50 The Blackout Story from the 64:52 Captain Dan Walsh Speargun Story Please Support Noob Spearo's Partners! . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass – Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier – Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | ‘Spearo Dad’ | ‘Girls with Gills’ | ‘Jobfish Tribute’ How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save!
The Timber Speargun Build Episode From concept to shooting fish with Ed Martin from Killshot Spearguns Important Times 03:30 Ed Martin from Killshot Spearguns Introduction and all about the Florida Keys (his store is in Islamorada). Geography Water Temps Depths and bottom structure Seasonal issues Common species 16:00 The rationale behind this Wooden Speargun DIY build episode + Ed Martins spearfishing background and the Killshot Speargun story 23:25 Errol “What are the pros/cons of Wood VS Pipe speargun in your mind? Duncan Henderson also asks “Why do you choose to work with wooden guns? whats the advantages in your opinion?” 27:50 CONCEPTING AND PLANNING | Making your first speargun advice! What are the crucial decisions to make before you start? SearchingForTheEdge on the spearfishing Subreddit advised prospective gun builders that the number one key is to build your gun around your spear. Don't try to build a gun and then later try to find a spear for it. It's much easier and faster to buy the spear and use it for all the measurements. Is this good advice? Sven Franklin "what is the ideal shaft overhang length as this varies from company to company and personal opinion among spearos?" Joe Pedro "Enclosed track vs open track, how to decide which is best for certain fish targeting setups?" Can we borrow or steal some ideas from the best manufacturers? 48:20 SPEARGUN MATERIALS Composite vs Solid one piece? Wood types? Mahogany, Sepo, Teak etc Glue? Resin? Sealant? Epoxy? What is the difference? Making a test gun What components should I buy rather than make myself? How do you make these choices? Where is a good place for buying components? To safety or not to safety? What tools do I require? What tools do I desire? Clamps, jigsaw, dropsaw, mitresaw, cordless drill, gloves, plastic, straight edge, file, masking tape, rubber for relieving clamping pressure, tape measure, belt sander, verniers, small chisel, router, drill press 66:15 How much time does it take to make a speargun? 69:00 Buoyancy and ballast | How do we work this out? 74:40 Daniel Mann "Why is oil a terrible choice to finish a timber speargun?" 79:00 Care and maintenance 80:30 Duncan also asks “What are the common problems with people's homemade wooden guns?" 92:00 Rubber Powerbands How often do you replace them? Wishbones - the horror of metal wishbones Links Mentioned Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass – Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier – Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | ‘Spearo Dad’ | ‘Girls with Gills’ | ‘Jobfish Tribute’ How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save!
Interview with Rosie Sharman, Blair Herbert and James Beckman In early March, 2020 I traveled to New Zealand with James Beckman to chase fish at the Three Kings Islands. I was invited by Nat a few years ago to head over and this year (thanks to Patron listeners) I was able to make it happen! This episode is a trip debrief after 4 days on the water.... and 5 hours driving.....and at least 3 beers each:) Needless to say, it required a wee bit of editing. Thanks Pat;) Important Times 04:00 Introductions and thoughts on the New Zealand Three Kings experience 10:30 Rosie Sharman's spearfishing journey 15:00 First dive at the Three Kings. The weather, islands and conditions 29:00 Mokohinau Islands, Pink MaoMao. Porae and NZ Snapper 35:30 Bait and Spearfishing 51:30 Rosie's Raw Fish with Three Kings Trevally | Boat Surprise Links Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass - Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier - Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | 'Spearo Dad' | 'Girls with Gills' | 'Jobfish Tribute'
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 who funded this (and every) Noob Spearo trip!   Important Times 05:00 Rochele Davey nee Potter introduction and greetings 11:40 A few of Rochele's Spearfishing World Records. 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!" Links Mentioned @rochele.potter and Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass - Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier - Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | 'Spearo Dad' | 'Girls with Gills' | 'Jobfish Tribute'
This episode is an extremely wide ranging chat recorded on Blair Herbert's Matakana porch. It was awesome to arrive in New Zealand and partake of Blair's awesome hospitality and record this first interview at his place. The conversation focuses on Spearfishing Conservation and related topics but we digress.....a lot. Blair is an avid spearo with a background is Fisheries Management. David Dupavillon is an experienced spearfishing guide and Splash Spearfishing Team Member. ET is knowledgeable and well researched in many facets of the worlds oceans and it's inhabitants. She is currently completing a degree in Marine Biology and is a shark conservationist. James Beckman was my travel buddy and he's also been a past guest on the show Everyone loves spearfishing:) I really enjoyed this chat and my entire trip to New Zealand in early March, 2020. Thank you to the who made it happen! Important Times 05:25 Introductions and background information David Dupavillon Etoile Smulders ET Blair Herbert James Beckman 19:44 About New Zealand Spearfishing. Species, Biomass and Variety 25:00 Kina aka Sea Urchin | Pest or Delicacy? 30:17 Social Media and Spearfishing | Are we converting people to a better way of life? 38:38 Great fisheries initiatives | Melbourne Crayfish Tagging 47:30 Exploitation of people as slave labour on International Fishing Vessels 52:30 Sharks and Fishing | Why can't we hunt them? 62:30 Fisheries Management | How could it be done better? 76:40 96:20 Words of Wisdom Links Mentioned Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save:) How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! 28-day Freediving Transformation |Equalization Masterclass - Roadmap to Frenzel | Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath! | The 5 minute Freediver | Break the 10 Meter Barrier - Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $ | 'Spearo Dad' | 'Girls with Gills' | 'Jobfish Tribute'
Interview with Barret Harvey | African Spearfishing Diaries This interview with Barret Harvey starts off with the background behind several recent videos on the 'African Spearfishing Diaries' YouTube Channel. I was curious as I had seen the 2-3 of his latest videos and they are froth-makers. He has continued to pump out a new 8-12 minute spearfishing vid every week. We also chat about locations and species with plenty of practical tips and ideas along the way. At the 59 minute mark we get right into the skillset required to become a spearfishing videographer. Listen in and subscribe. A Bit About Barret Harvey Barret Harvey is a South African spearo probably best well know as the creator of African Spearfishing Diaries. He started Spearfishing at 15 years of age when he moved from Johannesburg to Durban on the east coast of South Africa. He has been spearing for 29 years. Barret first filmed himself and others spearing when he was 21. So he has been filming Spearfishing for around 25 years. He’s married and now lives and dives in Qatar in the Middle East. He works on a live broadcast team as the specialist Drone pilot but works on both drone and camera for most sports. Important Moments 04:18 Barret Harvey Introduction 07:00 All About African Spearfishing Diaries 12:00 Spearfishing French Polynesia 37:00 Favorite Spearfishing Hunting Technique 41:30 Shot placement discusion 47:50 What has been your toughest moment in the water? Old School WW1 solution for wound cleaning - EUSOL 59:00 How to Make a Living as a Spearfishing Photographer Diving Competence Camera Equipment and Application within the Spearfishing environment. Production Skills Customer Skills and Safety | Building Trust Defining Roles Working with Professional Guides Ultimate Goals and Longevity Passion and Belief Equipment Bag 98:00 Funniest Moment out Spearfishing 103:00 What's in your Divebag? 105:00 Spearo Q&A Connect With Barret Harvey African Spearfishing Diaries Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions Ted Harty’s Roadmap to Frenzel – Get full access to the Roadmap to Frenzel equalizing class (If you can’t frenzel in 30 days, get a full refund!) 15% Discount Code go to NoobSpearo.com/Ted . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation Equalization Masterclass Free Courses | Freediving Safety Course | How to Take a 25-30% Bigger Breath!
Show notes   NSP:118 Ricardo Raposo | The BrasilaSpearo   This episode covers Ricardo’s spearfishing experience from soup to nuts. Ranging from his Father teaching him some original spearo concepts to tossing his children a mask and snorkel, you’ll have to listen to learn about everything in-between!   Big thanks to Ricardo for sharing his spearfishing experience with the NS community!   Important Moments   05:00 Introduction Rio De Janeiro, and what being a spear there implicates. His father is a prominent figure in his early spearfishing experiences! Ricardo has been spearing since about 10 years old! He’s currently passing on the talent to his daughter starting with a snorkeling trip to Mexico in Playa Del Carmen! If we could all be so lucky to have a Pops like that!   10:00 Early struggles spearfishing Learning hunting techniques – practice, trial, and error Diving in an informed location – marine conservation in Brazil is relatively new Learned early on to look for groups of spearos – a tip from Noob Spearo! Learning how to hunt Parrotfish! Learning how to deal with sharks…!   26:00 Memorable catches The fish I’m most proud of, a hunt in Indonesia, staying at a Surf Resort. Giant Trevally, no reel, no buoy, the fish was pulling me down. It was an absolutely epic fight! Ricardo also enjoys hunting (and eating) Grouper; they’re a big target species in Brazil.   35:00 Veterans Vault: The Importance of Being Safe “I never knew about the risks involved when I started, but listening to other spearos and spearo communities has really informed me about how unsafe my diving actually was.” Keeping the snorkel out of mouth during dives Tips Concentration and rest – “When it’s too easy, it’s time to stop” Meditate/relax prior to, and during dives. Lower your heart rate. Proper knife positioning is important – you never know when you’ll have difficulty accessing your tools during a dive Always dive with safety-conscious buddies! Even though we always know we are supposed to do so, we often slip into bad habits Pay attention to your bottom times, and always, *always* exercise proper top time Sustainability – a proper code of ethics is always a good idea. Look after your environment, pick up after yourself, and above all be a good steward of wildlife and natural resources Be selective about hunting, follow your instincts and only shoot what’s legal and proper Use the whole fish (Whole fish cookbook made by some blokes in AUS)   52:00 Equipment Bag New Hammerhead Mask w/GoPro mount on the top. Had some issues initially, but I finally got it working properly. Composite OMER fins, generic dive knives, and recently got a new gun. RIFFE travel gun that deconstruct with a threaded shaft that also comes apart.   57:00 Connecting with Ricardo Find me on Instagram! Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions Ted Harty’s Roadmap to Frenzel – Get full access to the Roadmap to Frenzel equalizing class (If you can’t frenzel in 30 days, get a full refund!) 15% Discount Code go to NoobSpearo.com/Ted . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS!   Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available!   Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range .   . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing     How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save!   Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Full shownotes https://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/catherine Interview with Catherine Sayce Catherine Sayce is a Kiwi airline attendant/insta speara star renown for her sharp sense of humour and self-deprecating wit. She's also New Zealand most disqualified female spearo - and we talk about how to avoid this in the Veterans Vault and have some good laughs along the way. Listen out for some great info on hunting Wahoo. Links Mentioned in this Episode Noob Spearo Community on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/noobspearocommunity/ Noob Spearo on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/noobspearo North Florida Shootout Spearfishing competition Freshwater World Spearfishing Competition Interview Guide + time stamps 08:00 Catherine meet and greet. Background and banter 11:30 Introduction to spearfishing. "Grabbing my fear by the balls" - Catherine Sayce 15:00 Awesome dive buddies 15:40 International spearfishing trips | Forrest Gallante 24:00 Most Memorable Fish Capture | Wahoo - get closer! "(With Wahoo) Don't make eye contact with the fish but check out all the detail in the fish's eye" - Catherine Sayce 32:00 What does THOT mean? Duncan Henderson 34:20 What is the toughest situation you've had out spearfishing? 44:00 Veterans Vault: Avoiding Disqualification in Spearfishing Competitions Paying attention at briefing Monitoring times (particularly time back at ramp, time at briefing) Time management (wear a dive watch) Read the competition rules 51:00 Fish Identification | Learning the species, the rules and regulations governing their capture. Also how to identify in water and spend the time to correctly identify the fish before squeezing the trigger 55:00 Shark Controversy Discussion 62:00 Funniest Moment Spearfishing | Poo Rock and Prizes 65:00 What's in your spearfishing dive bag? 68:00 Spearo Q&A Who have been the most influential people in your spearfishing? What is your next fish goal? 72:00 Concluding remarks and wisdom:) Connect with Catherine on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cattrin_/ Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable. Use the code:NOOB to save! | Softcover available here EVERY Online Immersion (Ted Harty) class available at 28-day Freediving Transformation – Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving – 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with Adam Freediver Stern Adam Freediver Stern is the Steve Irwin of freediving. His contagious enthusiasm has inspired thousands of people to discover the joy of freediving and freedive spearfishing. It was with much excitement that I got on this call with Adam and we had a great time exploring his freediving journey including his struggles overcoming the 'hard charger' mindset and dealing with the resulting issues. We also get into a heap of questions from the Noob Spearo Community and really get into equalizing issues. There is a tonne of info in the interview that smashed some of my ideas and I found this conversation sensational. Love to hear what you think about it in the comments! Adam Stern lives on the Central Coast, NSW and is an Australian 8 x Australian freediving record holder. Time Stamps 5:00 Welcome Adam to the show 9:00 What is the difference is between freediving and spearfishing? 11:00 Adam's non-romantic but quite intriguing introduction to freediving 18:00 Adam Freediver Stern age:31 19:00 Overcoming the 'Gung Ho' and reprogramming the mind 30:00 Kurt "Can you give us a rundown on what the various freediving course levels are?" 37:30 Sven "How can we level out properly when at depth without causing issues of lung squeeze etc (leveling out at depth goes against everything we are taught to do for deeper dives)?" 39:30 Jason "Fantastic, I love Adam's positivity and mindset. Maybe any questions regarding tips on how he enters a state of calmness during a dive to increase bottom time. I feel like I get caught up in the moment sometimes and get too erratic." 43:00 Discussion about Deepweek and what I think about it 45:40 Todd "Adam stern was and still is huge inspiration for it just myself, but everyone in our dive group SinkPhase. We all started out watching his YouTube videos and that’s how I learned to Frenzle. Some of us are part of his Patreon. Please thank him on our behalf of us. The dive group was talking about breathe ups we learned while getting certified. We all had a slightly different breathe up. I started with a 4/1/8/1 but went to a 3/1/10/1 after my course. What breathe up does he personally think works best? We are spearing if that changes it." 52:50 Cameron "I suppose this is a pretty common question but would be interesting to hear Adams opinion: What can a beginner do to see the most improvement in their breath hold?" 56:40 Kyle "How can duck dive effectively with a gun in hand?" 58:00 Adams spearfishing life 73:00 Veterans Vault: Equalizing Masterclass The Basics. What is equalizing and why do we need to do it? Most common equalizing issues and how to approach them. What to do when one ear equalizes but one doesn't. Luke asks "I’ve been struggling with Sinus infection past few months. What is the best way to recover from Sinus / cold symptoms to get back out diving?" Kelly "Hands free equalization. I got his course. I just can’t do it 😩" How do you clean your ears? How do you keep your ears ok for multi-day diving? "Be patient with equalizing as you are trying to do something really weird with your muscles to do a really weird activity." - Adam Stern 98:00 What is one of the funniest things you've experienced out spearfishing or freediving? 102:00 Spearo Q&A What does the spearfishing experience mean to you in one sentence? Who has been the most influential person in your freediving journey so far? What is the single best resource for spearfishing or freediving? Connect with Adam Freediver Stern; for lots of instructional videos   Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing | Simple, Effective, Dependable. Use the code:NOOB to save! | Softcover available here EVERY Online Immersion (Ted Harty) class available at 28-day Freediving Transformation – Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Additionally, learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass – If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving – 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with Philip Van Zijl - Godfather of The "Spearfishing Mafia"! This episode covers Philip’s spearfishing journey from the jump to competition diving starting in Cape Town, South Africa to New Zealand and plenty of places in between. He’s a champion of the sport, an absolute legend. He’s a major contributor to the spearfishing community, and a big proponent of paying it forward. Something he’s coined “The Spearfishing Mafia”. Our community, sport, and the hobby are niche. It’s even more niche than SCUBA diving. Take advantage of it, and build your network.  Big thanks to Philip for taking the time to “pay it forward” on the Noob Spearo Podcast! This episode is provided to you through the support of  Time Stamps!  10:00 Introduction Philip Van Zijl began diving in Cape Town in 1968 at the young age of 16, without wetsuits and just basic gear taking the train to get to where he needed to be. Yellow tail, crayfish, and other good species were some of his earliest accomplishments, always a good feed! A master of limiting out on crayfish during his years in school. He even paid for a year of his time at university from the fruits of his diving! A strong proponent of speargun awareness, make sure you listen to find out why…  Philip personally procured one of his 120cm spearguns from the legendary Rob Allen, what a story! Think you’re bad about keeping old gear? Philip still has his first catch bag he bought in the 60’s.  26:00 Early struggles spearfishing Personally, rigging your own speargun was a bit more difficult without YouTube… “If you give out kindness, it comes back to you.” – Pay it forward! Learning new spots, on your own – pays dividends later on! Sharing your expertise, and knowledge, doesn’t necessarily mean sharing your spots Proper weighting, weight secure locations (Harness vs. Belt)  31:35 Most memorable catch His last dive in Tauranga, NZ with a mate who brought him to a secret honey hole. 15-20 meters visibility, perfect conditions. Kingfish, historically uncommon for the area but are making a comeback. He was diving with some friends, stomach started to sour, and then returned to the boat. After viewing a bait ball of Kahawai, he grabbed his gear and jumped back into the water. Viewing a school of Kingfish, he pulled the trigger and bagged a PB weighing in at approximately 27 kilos! To hear his second most memorable catch on a “popgun”, tune in to 35:43!  38:50 Favorite species to hunt Snapper, hands down. A challenging quarry, requiring a combination of burly and stealth. 3-4k tops, but no monsters like on the GBR. Slow movements, be calm, don’t look directly *at* them, and let them get within target range. Maintain gun awareness so that when the shot presents itself, it can easily be taken. Learned from losing a 6k Trevally years ago. Learn about the duality of the gun safety discussion here!  42:50 Scariest moments in the ocean While shooting a Blue Moki, the bugger got off the spear and high-tailed it into a crevice. Meanwhile, a surge came and pushed Philip into a crevice in which he was stuck. Every spearo’s nightmare. Trying to remain calm, he considered that a surge which can push you in, can also pull you out. Going for broke, he expelled the air in his lungs to reduce his physical profile and was able to get pulled out on the next surge out to sea. Probably the scariest moment of his life. Lesson learned – be very careful when working a crevice while fishing for crays or otherwise.  48:00 Veterans Vault: The “Spearfishing Mafia” Giving back to the spearfishing community is as important as the sport itself. Hospitality within the spearfishing community is unique to the sport – PAY IT FORWARD! Bring your gear as often as possible when traveling so you never miss an opportunity! Reaching out on social media prior to travel and networking can be an incredible asset When traveling with spearfishing equipment, keep “gun” out of your vocabulary. Just refer to it as fishing equipment. It can save you valuable time Cooler bags can be worth their weight in gold when traveling Sharing spearfishing equipment when mates are traveling can not just save on cost but strengthen relationships Be a good host – it comes back around; when you aren’t, well then it won’t will it? How to avoid losing a knife - use some paracord or dyneema, tie it off to a pencil or other instrument, then tie that to the end of the knife. This way, when you drop the knife (not if, but when) it will stay secured  75:00 Equipment Bag Catch-bags are a must, saves you from going back to your plat “float boat”. Avoid harassment from sea lions, seals, or the tax man by simply using a catch-bag. Actually, saved a fishing competition by using one as the sea lions were going from float to float getting chubby on the hard work of humans. Carry two knives – one on thigh and one on arm. To avoid losing knives, use some paracord or dyneema, tie it off to a pencil or other instrument, then tie that to the end of the knife. This way, when you drop the knife (not if, but when) it will stay secured.  1:06 Spearo Q&A Describe what the spearfishing experience means to you? “My Happy Place, oh and the food.” Single best piece of advice ever given for spearfishing? “Dive to your capabilities, don’t overdo it. Have fun, enjoy it, recharge yourself.” Most influential person in spearfishing to you? Jacques Cousteau, major influence. Spearfishing/Freediving library? 99 Tips to get Better at Spearfishing! Had to start all over, what would you do differently? Get a decent wetsuit, a lot earlier. It makes such a difference. A decent speargun too. OMER fins, good foot pockets. Being comfortable when diving is more important than you think! Carbon fins have made a huge difference, but hey back in the 60’s we didn’t have a choice. Don’t look at the brand, look at the fit, and you’ll appreciate it later. You don’t need to spend a fortune to have an effective dive kit. Who is the best person to go spearfishing with now? I’ve got a Band of Brothers here now. I tell my wife it’s my Portuguese adopted son. There’s a few spearos around here and we all go spearfishing together.   Where can people connect with you? Philip Van Zijl Sr. on Facebook, message me and let’s connect for a chat or a dive! Any parting guidance or wisdom for the community? Set the example. A lot of people have different perspectives of spearos, 90% of us are ethical and moral hunters. Don’t publish death piles. It just gives ammo to the greenies. Pay attention to the size of the fish. If there’s a doubt, don’t shoot. If it’s marginal, don’t shoot. If it’s huge, then its legal. Noob Spearo Partners + Promotions Ted Harty’s Roadmap to Frenzel – Get full access to the Roadmap to Frenzel equalizing class (If you can’t frenzel in 30 days, get a full refund!) 15% Discount Code go to NoobSpearo.com/Ted . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especially in AUS! Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBSPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks, you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a free diver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive free divers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are free diver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzel and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one-hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with SCORKL founder David Hallamore then Ninepin Wetsuits Luke Growney This episode is a double episode with two Melbourne based entrepreneurs, David Hallamore from the highly successful crowdfunding SCORKL campaign and Luke Growney the owner operator of Ninepin Wetsuits. I caught up with David in an inner city Melbourne pub and learn about the SCORKL journey so far. The same day I had a full day spearfishing outside Port Phillip bay with Luke Growney and we catch up in his backyard with a few brews. This episode (and Melbourne trip) were fully funded by Time Stamps 3:30 Scorkle Founder and Inventor David Hallamore intro 5:30 What is Scorkle? 8:00 Risks | What are they and how do you use Scorkl safely? 13:00 Who are idea SCORKL users? 22:00 The Scorkl Journey 31:50 Find Scorkl here   Check out Scorkl on YouTube here   37:50 Luke Growney a Melbourne Days Diving 41:00 Lukes story getting into spearfishing 43:00 Ninepin Freediving Suits Story. Find Ninepin Spearfishing suits here   47:40 What equipment struggles did you have starting out? 53:20 Some Boating Electronics Tips: Using Gain 56:30 Scariest moment and takeaways 57:40 Scrounging for scallops, oysters and mussels 62:00 What is your favourite thing about spearfishing? 62:45 Funny Moments Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with James Beckman @southernspearfishing The episode covers the equipment, techniques, mindset, buddy system and personal lessons learned by an avid Southern Bluefin Tuna chaser. James Beckman @southernspearfishing is one of Melbourne's local legends and as such, I organized an interview with him live in the Adreno Melbourne Store (thanks to legend Patrons for funding the trip!). Along with the SBT chat I discover stories and insights from James life spearfishing.  Big thanks to James for taking me out for a day spearfishing and harvesting scallops in Port Phillip Bay:) Jetski spearfishing is pretty fun! Important Moments 5:00 James Beckman introduction and spearfishing background. Chasing small fish in the shallows, calamari and discovering the stoke. 10:00 Early struggles spearfishing.  Overcoming loading challenges.  Selecting a correct length speargun.  Meeting mentors, dive buddies and finding a community. How to get out on boats. Rules, etiquette basics and paying 19:00 Most memorable catch. WA Dhufish (20+kg) 21:45 Scariest moments in the ocean. Surge hunting on the back beaches of Melbourne 33:20 Veterans Vault: Spearfishing Southern Bluefin Tuna Guide Southern Bluefin Tuna () Background targeting these fish in Victoria Finding where they are located (bait, workups, behaviour) Equipment (an added section with more info at end of interview 80:00) The hunting system (roles, preparation, communication) Caring for your catch Preparation  Etiquette with Line Fishing Boats 72:45 Funniest Moments out on the Water 75:00 James Beckman Equipment Bag “Spearfishing is the most expensive way to catch free fish” 80:00 Parting comments and advice on hunting Southern Bluefin Tuna Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Melbourne Spearfishing 101 This is a live panel interview recorded in-store at Adreno, Melbourne. Panel members (left to right) included Luke Latham (Adreno Store Manager), James Beckan (@southernspearfishing), Isaac 'Shrek' Daly and Sven Franklin (Club Spearfish President).  This is a pretty comprehensive chat covering seasons, species, predominant conditions, locations and nearly everything else a spearo visiting/living in the area might be interested in. This live Melbourne Interview and Spearfishing trip was paid for by Thank you legends - I had a blast. Live audience community questions included! Listen in:) Connect with the boys Also Mentioned | Catching Crayfish Time Stamps 04:00 Introduction with Luke Latham 12:40 Developing skills on Melbourne Species 17:15 Finding the right locations, understanding the seasons and movements of fish 20:20 Apps that are useful in the area.  Navionics  Google Earth Triggerbrothers.com.au Windy weather app 25:00 Rules and Regulations for spearfishing 26:20 Community Q&A What are the legal requirements for a dive float and flag in Victoria? FOR SPEAROS in Victoria, any vessel with divers operating from it must always display signals by day or night to inform other vessel users. The daytime diver below signal is the international Code Flag 'A', at least 750 mm long and 600 mm wide for vessels less than 10 metres in length. FOR ALL BOAT/JETSKI USERS on Victorian waters a five knot speed limit applies to all operators within: 50 m of a person, for example a swimmer 50 m of another vessel 100 m of a vessel or buoy on which a 'diver below' signal corresponding to the International Code Flag 'A' is displayed – a white/blue flag. 21:30 How can I improve my breathhold for spearfishing? Sven “I would consider apnea walks for improving my breathhold for spearfishing. Apnea walks are basically holding your breath and counting the number of paces you take” 35:00 Jetski Spearfishing? How do you anchor? Is losing equipment an issue? 37:00 How do you find good ground for finding squid? James "The best ground is Southern Port Phillip Bay. Queenscliffe, Portsea through to Rye. But you can find them everywhere at the right times of year." 40:00 How do you find crayfish in Melbourne and capture one successfully? To catch crayfish while freediving in Victoria it’s helpful to have a torch for looking caves, cracks and under rocks. You also need robust gloves as the spines are rough and you need to protect your hands. Find cracks and caves that are relatively protected from current. When you get hold of the crayfish don’t grab the feelers, go for the base of the horns. 45:30 Do you ever target gummy sharks? 48:20 What is your typical breath hold while spearfishing in Melbourne?  A range of breathholds from the panel was 30 seconds to 70 seconds for most Melbourne spearfishing. These are all experienced divers who dive often. 52:00 Any tips for hunting Yellowtail Kingfish successfullly? Svens advice “Time in the water off Cape Shank or Phillip Island” James “Deal with the excitement and try and calm down. Get some exposure to being in the water around them. Go to New Zealand” Check out the - Use the CODE: NOOBSPEARO Spearfishing Clubs in Melbourne are: Club Spearfish Geelong Freedivers Southern Freedivers Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you. – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
A dilemma is when the two choices in front of you are difficult. If you want to go spearfishing but you don’t have a dive buddy then your choices are; to dive alone or stay home. One choice involves a higher level of risk but also the possibility of fun, solitude and all the other wonders we experience when spearfishing. The other; less risk but a missed opportunity to spend the day out in the water. “Your spearfishing buddy is your only true piece of safety equipment when diving”. This is as close to Gospel truth in spearfishing as it gets, so why dive alone? Full shownotes available here This episode is a frank chat about diving alone. Pro’s, Con’s, everything. Listen to this episode and subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast MORE on the Spearfishing Dilemma A dilemma is sometimes described as being stuck between a rock and a hard place. In spearfishing this inst just a figurative illustration though, it’s a reality especially chasing crayfish (lobster) or another hole dwelling tasty creature. And caves aren’t the only risk, not by a long shot. Let’s add shallow water blackout, boat/jetski traffic, cramp, current, sharks and all of the other less likely risks to the list. The fact is that having a buddy drastically reduces/mitigates every single one of these risks… BUT…. Let’s be honest. Some spearfishing buddies are so shit you might as well be diving by yourself anyway. AND… There are other appeals to diving alone despite the greatly increased risk of doing so. This conversation with experienced spearfisherman Pat Swanson is an open and candid chat about the reality of diving alone. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in our Mentioned in the show [BLOG] [PODCAST] Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with Michael Tropiano Spearfishing Exmouth Western Australia A bloody good chat with Marine Scientist, Eco-Tourism Operator, U/W photography enthusiast and mad keen Western Australia based spearo, Michael 'Tropi' Tropiano. We discuss Exmouth Western Australia spearfishing conditions, species and rules/regs. Tropi came on my radar 6 months ago with a free e-book that he had created for people curious about spearfishing in his area ( free). After checking it out, it was only a matter of time until I had to get him on the show. Listen to this episode and subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast on | | | Interesting Moments 4:00 Intro to Tropi and Exmouth, W.A spearfishing 17:00 Ocean currents, seat temperature and how it impacts biodiversity and conditions for spearfishing 27:00 - FREE 37:00 Fish Movements | Light, Tides and Moon Phases 43:00 From Marine Science to Eco-Tourism. Diving experiences with Humpbacks 59:00 The Gulf vs The Reef | Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with Simon Trippe Better late than never... A much requested round 2 chat with Simon Trippe following our first chat all the way back in episode 1 (). Simon is one of the most passionate and influential spearos in Australian Spearfishing and so it was great to reconnect with him and hear about; coral sea adventures chasing Dogtooth Tuna, his thoughts on the proposed Hawkesbury Marine Park and learn more about spearfishing in Sydney. Listen in:) Pics and More available at Listen and subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast on | | | Links Mentioned Time Stamps 6:00 Simon Trippe Catch-Up. Coral Sea spearfishing charters and dogtooth tuna advice 16:45 Hawkesbury Marine Parks 42:50 Spearfishing in Sydney. Species to target, Spots to explore and conditions 57:30 Frogdive Spearfishing Courses with Simon in Sydney Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with Duncan Henderson Big chat with final year, mechanical engineering student Duncan Henderson who has spent way too long geeking out on spearguns - you'll see what I mean. We chat shaft length, diameter preferences, rubber diameter (the force triangle) along with common speargun issues. Duncan also relives three terrible poo stories and a memorable Yellowtail Kingfish. Enjoy! Listen & subscribe to the Noob Spearo Podcast on | | | Links Mentioned Important Times 04:35 Duncan Henderson Intro and Welcome 10:00 A memorable Yellowtail Kingfish off Castlepoint, New Zealand 29:00 Veterans Vault Band Diameter (14mm vs 20mm), what is better and why? How much load can a speargun mechanism take? Shaft diameter and length. What combinations/rules of thumb are important? Common issues to look out for when purchasing a speargun Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
Interview with Alistair Cooke Central Coast Veteran Spearo Alistair Cooke lays out some diamonds in this chat. We talk hunting techniques for bluewater, attitudes to equipment (+ saving money on some items), getting lost at sea and the worst octopus ever cooked by a spearo. This ones got plenty of nuggets throughout! Listen in. Full shownotes and pictures at https://wp.me/p53L7v-21z A bit more about Alby (from a CCS member); Former Club President of the Central Coast Sealions (CCS) Coffs Harbour Blue Water Classic Winner (2016 or 2017??) Competitive spearo, freedive competitor and instructor Well-traveled spearo who has dived all over the world from the USA, Mexico, NZ, Coral Sea and all over Oz He also makes an incredible effort for the Juniors in the Club and often sacrifices his own ability to get good fish in a comp to chaperone new divers and juniors around to teach them safely how to dive Quick Interview Times Guide 03:45 Alby Introduction. Spearfishing background and the Central Coast Sealions 09:30 Early Obstacles | Equipment and Prioritizing the Important Stuff 15:00 Finding good ground for spearfishing 19:20 From humble beginnings to winning competitions: The Secret! Flashers Burley (Chum) Body Language 35:00 Most Memorable Fish Taken 43:30 What is one of the toughest situations you have had out on the ocean and what did you learn from it? 54:00 Veterans Vault: How to Take Noobs Diving 72:50 Funniest Moment 77:00 Alistair Cooke Divebag | Deluxe chat on Spearfishing Equipment 87:00 Spearo Q&A Central Coast Sealions Club Name of club: Central Coast Sealions Club Location: Breakers Country Club, Dover Road Wamberal (Meetings 4th Thursday of every Month at 7:30pm) Contact details: Size: 30-40 Active Members Summary of club activity: The Sealions are a very sociable club and participate is a large range of fun and social activities with about 30-40 active members.  Whether you are new to Spearfishing or snorkelling we would be happy to show you how to dive and spearfish safely. We also host one of the oldest spearfishing competitions in Australia, the Annual Canada Cup out of Terrigal every February as well as monthly Club competitions. We offer Social Memberships for those who are more interested in the social aspect of diving. Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . How to Spearfish : use the code NOOBPEARO to save! Spearo Immersion Online freediving classes @ 28-day Freediving Transformation. Want to increase your bottom time? Want to lower your comfortable operating depth?  Want to increase your breath hold? In 4 weeks you can transform your physiology to improve your performance as a freediver.  Learn the proven strategies competitive freedivers use to strengthen their performance. Equalization Masterclass.  If you are freediver who struggles to equalize your ears in the 15-30 ft range this course is the answer. 14 videos discuss every equalizing problem and coach you through the difficulty. Say goodbye to Valsalva and hello to Frenzal and make equalizing easy. Tuesday Ted Talks Freediving. 19 one hour live Instagram episodes where I discuss a variety of freediving topics and answer peoples question live on Instagram. Free online courses – How to take a 20-30% bigger breath and how to make the mammalian dive reflex work for you.  – Free online safety resource. View all of Ted’s online freediving classes @
GoPro Settings for Spearfishing BIG chat with YouTube spearfishing superstar Daniel Mann:) This episode is a huge deep dive into making spearfishing videos with GoPros.We chat the most effective settings to pump into your GoPro + an editing system and thought process including which programs you can use. Sprinkled throughout this chat is a tonne of tips and value for the aspiring film-maker. Below are important time event stamps as well as products, videos and other resources shared in this chat. Enjoy! and cheers to Dan for the 2 hour effort and edit! Time Stamps 1:00 PAL Settings | Frame Rates | USA Standard Settings NTSC vs PAL Preferences > Region > PAL 24:00 Resolution 2.7K vs 4K vs every other option (2.7K won) 28:30 Frame Rates 50 FPS 32:40 Field of View | Linear vs Wide | Linear 34:30 Auto Stabilization On | HyperSmooth Lowlight OFF 38:30 Protune ON 39:20 Shutter | AUTO 41:05 EV COMP | 0 or -.5 in good light conditions 43:45 White Balance | NATIVE 45:50 ISO Min and Max Values 100 and 400 respectively 46:20 Sharp | Medium or Low (Sharpen in Post) 48:20 COLOR | GoPro 50:00 RAW Audio | Mics | PT Settings leave off, Auto 53:00 EDITING FILMS Creating a proxy version in a lower resolution version and when you export the file it creates an edited version in the desired (higher) resolution. 56:00 Video Editing Software OPTIONS Adobe Premier Pro DaVinci Resolve Sony Vegas Pro Final Cut Pro AVID MoVavi 62:30 the other Applications Dan Uses 65:00 Toilet Break/Off on a Tangent 71:10 Dan's Editing Setup and System. Editing Drive aka Scratch Disc 92:00 Fast Tips for GoPro LINKS MENTIONED Full VIDEO interview here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK1Zj7PoMDA Accessories for GoPro Video Guide https://youtu.be/skwzD2akvWQ Daniel's Cod Video in Denmark https://youtu.be/O3Rnam7n-qQ Nick Fry YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiSIMW0lgfcMMcKvYOdklQ Daniel Mann on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/daniel___mann/ Young Bloods YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/brodiemoss Submerged Psychos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm1W4n4f_ED3QWOK0TIO2Dg SpearHeads TV https://www.youtube.com/user/spearheadstv Richard Leonard Interview http://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/nsp003-richard-snoek-leonard/ Darren Shields Interview http://www.noobspearo.com/noob-spearo-podcast/darren-shields/ Michael Takach and Jessie Cripps Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53zwEDTOrpY Justin Lee Interview https://youtu.be/xWiSGPegn6w Daniel Manns GoPro Headstrap Setup Video https://youtu.be/UF6g5O33rZI EQUIPMENT MENTIONED (Amazon Affiliate Links) Daniel Mann's Panasonic VLOG Camera https://amzn.to/2XgWNT6 Highly DJI Portable Drone https://amzn.to/2LussJW Ninepin Wetsuits https://ninepinwetsuits.com.au/ Grants Guide to Fishes http://www.grantsguidetofishes.com/
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Clifford Harvey

great podcast guys, entertaining and full of great info.

Jan 19th
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Anton McManus

dead set pearler of a podcast! listened to every episode, many twice. you boys need to pump out more episodes, hate having to wait 2 weeks for a new one! love all the actionable tips and tricks! definitely helped my diving which in turn helped get my first kingy and snapper this past nz summer. plenty of banter, but could probably do with a few more aussie jokes! especially coming into rugby season. chuurr boys, keep it up!!

Mar 7th
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Adam Price

Awesome podcast, every episode has some gold in it.

Jan 9th
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Trent Conatser

Great Podcast!! Very informative and fun!!

May 31st
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Lennard van Eerden

Great podcast, very informative, loaded with actionable stuff and just the right amount of Aussie banter 👍👍👍

May 7th
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