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  1. 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 @ 
  2. Interview with Sam Dawson Sam has significant experience diving all around Australia and regularly dives competitions. Today's chat has some really good insights into equipment and thinking about setups. We also get right into scrounging which is a collection of techniques for effective hunting in temperate waters. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about muffling equipment, entering caves effectively and some ideas about how to use a torch. Listen in:) Links Mentioned | Money Raised $419 | Spearfishing Cleanup Crew Use #onefishoneplastic #catchandclean Noob Spearo Time Stamps 5:00 Sam's introduction to spearfishing. Early lessons learned 9:00 Memorable Fish - Dhufish W.A 13:30 Early Mentors: Mary-Anne Stacey - seven-time Australian Ladies Spearfishing Champion 39:00 Sam's Toughest Situation being chomped on by a shark in the middle of nowhere 52:00 Veterans Vault: Scrounging and Effectively Hunting Temperate Waters 72:00 Sam's Dive Bag 74:00 Spearo Q&A 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 @ 
  3. 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/
  4. 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 @
  5. 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 @
  6. This is a 3 part interview talking about the hazards of spearfishing with sharks. The first section kicks off with Turbo interviewing Mitchell Marriott a Brisbane local spearfisherman who had his first scare with a 3m shark and wanted to learn more about managing sharks while spearfishing. Second interview is with one of my good Twitter buddies Rene Nel  who joins us all the way from South Africa where he recently experienced a severe Great White Shark attack while spearfishing close to Capetown. Rounding out the interview with just a good solid overview and some very practical ideas is local legend Trevor Ketchion. If you'd like to hear more  from or join him on the Submerged Pscho's where you will find some of the best spearfishing videos ever. Whenever you tell someone that you go spearfishing the inevitable question is "but don't you see lots of sharks?". The short answer (depending on whether or not you're speaking to attractive ladies in a bar" is that yes, we do. Most of us do anyway and so it's only fair that you want to learn more about how to deal with shark issues while spear fishing. Listen into this episode for a real good overview of this issue. Leave your comments down below!
  7. 101 Spearfishing with Crocs This 101 audio interview features several stories from spearfisherman who have been attacked by Crocodiles. These guys were nice enough to come on the show and share their stories with us along with the lessons they learned from being attacked by crocodiles while spearfishing. This one is a little off the …
  8. Simon Trippe Australian Spearfishing Academy Instructor Simon Trippe is a passionate and active Sydney Spearo, Australian Spearfishing Academy Instructor and advocate for spearfishing all over Australia. San Souci Sydney is his home club and he has been a regular columnist in Spearfishing Downunder Magazine. Join us as Simon tells us about spearfishing with crocodiles up in …
  9. Interview with Andre Rerekura If you would like to learn more about spearfishing setups for chasing big Dogtooth Tuna, underwater photography or even the mindset of an experienced watermen, then this episode with Andre Rerekura is for you. Andre is one of the co-founders of Terra Australis, a collaborative between some very talented guys who make films in and on the ocean. In this chat we learn a tonne of hunting insights while meeting a spearo whose mindset has shifted from shooting fish every chance he gets to selecting and taking a fish only when he's hungry. If you would like to connect with Andre check him out at Andre Rerekura Creative | | | Terra Australis TV site and links below! IN THE NEWS! 12 Part TV series targeting different species around the world . - Ending Soon! Check out our book here 4:00 Andre's Background 7:00 Starting out spearfishing in Port Macquarie. Broomstick spearguns and an old classic 'Tourist' 10:00 12:00 Early obstacles. Swell, finding spots and working with local conditions. 15:00 Most memorable spearfishing catches. Dogtooth Tuna 76kgs How did you hunt that fish? What was your spearfishing setup? What are some of the biggest things you've learned with equipment setups for big fish? What are your thoughts for shot placement on Dogtooth Tuna? 25:00 What is your favorite spearfishing hunting technique? Spanish Mackerel or King Mackerel (USA) Where do you find them? Do you find they behave differently depending on where you are in the water column? 30:00 How has your mindset changed over the years spearfishing? 33:00 What is one of the toughest situations you've had out in the ocean? 45:00 Veterans Vault - Making Underwater Films What were some of your early mistakes and takeaways filming? What camera and setup do you use? What software are you using for editing? Do you collaborate with editing? Do you have a system for preparing for a video shoot? | | | 64:00 What is the funniest thing you've seen out spearfishing? 66:00 What is in your spearfishing equipment bag? HECS Stealth Wetsuits Octo Masks Rubber weight belt Special Fins 75:00 Spearo Q&A What does the spearfishing experience mean to you in one sentence? If you had to start all over again, what would you do differently? Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why? If you could only choose one place to go spearfishing, where would you go? Who have been the most influential spearos in your journey? Whats the single best best piece of advice you've ever been given (for spearfishing)? If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, what would you say? Where can people come and find Terra Australis? | | | Mentioned in the intro - Free Audio Version on 99 Tips To Get Better At Spearfishing or a book of your choice Easter Sale + NOOBSPEARO code = DOUBLE SAVINGS Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. Huge savings with their EASTER SALE! Get DOUBLE savings with our CODE and the EASTER SALE . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free  Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology Use the code noobspearo to save 20% Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter 
  10. Interview with Travis Hogan Manufacturing some of the toughest gear in spearfishing, Travis Hogan from Aimrite Australia gives us a good rundown on DIY speargun modification. He shares a phenomenal personal story about shooting a 250lb marlin from a trailer boat as well as a scary moment 60 miles out to sea. A fellow crew member was bitten (badly) by a reef shark and had to be taken by helicopter into Cairns Hospital. If you like listening and talking about all the facets of spearguns then this will be a great listen for you. We have a targeted discussion about trying and testing spearguns, personal preference/bias, budget considerations, shooting styles, common struggles and mistakes people make with spearguns. Listen in and let us know what you think in the comments below. Get your hands on 10 tips to become a better spearo, diveday checklist and Facebook private group
  11. Beau Armstrong Interview This episode we chat to Brisbane local lad Beau Armstrong. He’s a regular dive buddy of mine and Turbo’s and we think he’s a top bloke. Beau has a great attitude, pays his way, does his share and always has a cheeky grin. He started out spearfishing about a year ago and while …
  12. Interview with Tim McDonald Targeting species spearfishing with Tim McDonald, what a treat! We have a good Q&A session about finding and hunting Barramundi, Pearl Perch and the infamous Green Jobfish that challenge many spearos. There are some hairy stories in here about boating mishaps, sharks, big fish stories as well as some mindset discussion that might help you take your spearfishing to the next level. Listen into this episode with one of Australia's best spearfisherman, Tim McDonald. [] 'Fan-boy alert' - Tim's been one guy I've looked up to since I started spearfishing 6 years ago. He used to feature heavily in the now extinct Spearfishing Downunder Magazine DVD's, of which I spent countless hours watching. He's an interesting character that many of you may recognize from a highly popular YouTube video 'Spearfishing a 138kg Black Marlin' (vid at noobspearo.com). He gets taken for a ride with his reel gun and captures the entire experience on film. When he's not in the water, Tim serves as a Christian Pastor in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane where he also lives with his family. Funnily enough his son now has the spearfishing bug and has begun slowly usurping many of the Queensland state junior records. Tim is sponsored by Riffe, a trusted name in the spearfishing world for many years so we also speak a bit about some of his favorite equipment. Tim McDonald Interview Time Stamps 8:00 Getting started spearfishing Where did you get started spearfishing? Who was an early mentor? What were some of the obstacles you had spearfishing? What resources did you have to learn? 15:00 What is one of your most memorable spearfishing catches? 17:00 What was your latest spearfishing adventure to the East Coast USA like? 19:00 What is your favorite spearfishing hunting technique? 24:00 What has been your scariest moment on the ocean? 30:00 Veterans Vault - Targeting Species Spearfishing | Barramundi | Pearl Perch | Green Jobfish What are some actionable tips to target each of these species? What do you need to understand about the species? What are some of your personal bests? What are some crucial techniques for hunting each species? Where do you find each species? What body language do you employ? When you have found a good lay on the bottom do you throw sand, rub coral or make noise? 51:00 What is the funniest thing you've seen out spearfishing? 57:00 What is in your spearfishing dive bag? Check out a huge range of Riffe equipment Check out the DiveR spearfishing fins Use the code: NOOBSPEARO at checkout to save $20 on every purchase $200 65:00 Spearo Q&A If you had to start all over again, what would you do differently? If you could go back in time to when you were just starting what advice would you yourself? During your 15 years spearfishing, what is the single biggest thing you've learned? Who is the single best person to go diving with? Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you iun one sentence? Find Tim on Instagram Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the discount code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. . Listen to James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free . Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world . Save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter Exclusive spearfishing equipment deals The latest blog posts and interviews delivered to your inbox 10 Tips To Become A Better Spearo PDF Access to our Private Facebook group
  13. Interview with Taylor Slattery This interview with Taylor Slattery was recorded on Day 1 of a charter to the Southern Great Reef aboard the Eastern Voyager. Taylor has been a part of the Adreno spearfishing team for years and has speared all over Australia. In this interview we get systematic on a single drop. This is a mental blueprint for getting the most out of each dive and maximising your time on the bottom hunting fish. Cool dude, cool chat! Listen in . 1fVgxyg4lipePfSKPT0q1fVgxyg4lipePfSKPT0q BKepbZGk7VNVf3dPXvUp BKepbZGk7VNVf3dPXvUp Important Times 02:30 Taylor Slattery Welcome and Introduction 25:00 The Wayne Judge Medical Evacuation Story | RACQ Life Flight Rescue and Knife Safety Conversation 32:00 Spanish Mackerel Hunting Technique's and Applying the right amount of pressure to the struggling fish 40:00 Speargun Shaft Conversations | Spring Steel and Stainless Steel Shaft Characteristics 45:00 Rob Allen Equipment and Mindset around Spearfishing Equipment 47:55 Mono vs Dyneema Shooting Line Discussion 55:00 Veterans Vault: Getting the Drop Sequence Sorted | Thinking Systematically about each dive! Tidal breathing and relaxing Double preferably triple your surface interval (time on surface after a dive should be 3x longer than your last dive time) Closing your eyes Three stage full breath Reach up and equalize Pull snorkel out of mouth with same hand on descent Do one big pull with other hand through the water Smooth duckdive into 10-12 smooth, powerful fin strokes Focus on streamlining and keep head level 77:00 What do you do when your buddy is spooking fish? 84:00 Funny Moments out Spearfishing 88:00 What are three things people in their few year of spearfishing can do to dramatically improve? 92:00 Spearo Q&A Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing? What does spearfishing mean to you? What is an exciting product you are working on right now? 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! - Use the code NOOB10 to save 10% off anything storewide. Free Shipping on USA orders over $99  | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save $30 on any speargun:)  Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range. 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’  Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing
  14. 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 @ 
  15. 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 @
  16. Interview with Daniel Mann Daniel Mann started spearfishing 10 years ago and in that time he has seen more fish than lots of us will ever see. From serving as president of the Gold Coast Tweed Spearfishing Club to his work filming and editing high quality spearfishing footage with the boys at Spearfishing Downunder magazine, Dan …
  17. Interview with Tim Neilsen Finally after more than 100 episodes partnership with Adreno, I interview the Founder, Tim Neilsen! Tim is a former Australian spearfishing champion with tonnes of ideas about everything from his own personal spearing rig to how a spearfishing retail store should serve their customers. Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android Important Times 4:00 Tim Neilsen Introduction 12:00 Winning the Australian National Spearfishing Titles in Tasmania 17:00 Stopping Smoking 20:30 Most Memorable Fish | Yellowfin Tuna 89kg & a Tongan Sailfish 25:00 Reels on Speargun Conversation 41:00 Shaft Overhang | The Neilsen 500 46:40 Tim's Rigline Setup 60:00 Scary Moment | Boat Near Miss 64:00 Spearo Q&A 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! – Use the code NOOB10 to save 10% off anything storewide. Free Shipping on USA orders over $99  | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code NOOB to save $30 on any speargun:)  Use the code NOOBSPEARO to save $25 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range. 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’  Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. International subscription available! . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing
  18. Interview with John Pengelly Find a Dual spearfishing world record holder John Pengelly joins us and shares the tales of these two special fish taken from the waters of French Polysnesia. On his second day in the Austral Islands John took the opportunity to shoot a 137 lb or 62.6 kg Wahoo that beat out the former record by more than 12lbs. As if the Wahoo wasn't enough John went out again and shot a 240 lb or 109 kg Dogtooth Tuna smashing the former 91kg, 200.4 lb model taken by former guest on the show in Indonesia.  This interview is packed full of practical information and ideas to improve your spearfishing. Listen in! Key takeaways for me from this interview Opportunity (good and bad) comes when you least expect it Body positioning for pelagics + shot placement is crucial (listen for further detail) Stay calm in tough situations by doing the best you can with what you've got + keep a good first aid kit Taking a world record. Using certified scales and taking the second shot with a speargun you loaded yourself Prepare your gear a week in advance of a big trip   As if this bloke wasn't cool enough with two impressive world record fish he then had to go and get himself a girlfriend that loves spearfishing as well (I'm glad she gave him some encouragement to come on the show:)Thanks for giving him a push Hilary! Down to earth, relaxed and insightful. That was my impression of John after an hour chatting with him on this interview. Listen in for some awesome tips and insights from John Pengelly! Episode Time Stamps 5:00 How John started spearfishing 7:00 First memorable fish and learning how to start regularly spearfishing Coral Trout. We have a good discussion about learning early hunting techniques 11:00 French Polynesia - a trip straight off the back of an (unsuccessful) trip to Norfolk Island. John was working at Ocean Hunter in New Zealand at the time when he was given the opportunity to head over and hunt with well regarded spearfishing Gerard Grave aka "G" in the Austral Islands G's French Polynesian backyard. This is one hell of a story about one hell of a trip. Two very special fish taken over several days. 38:00 What were your major struggles when you started spearfishing? Inadequate information Freediving and pushing breath-hold with mates What helped with your spearfishing? Freedive pool training, USFA safety video (link below), mentors and experienced spearos 41:00 What are your current spearfishing challenges? 45:00 What is your favorite spearfishing hunting technique and how do you apply it effectively? Be relaxed and keep your body language calm. Slow movements Take in your surroundings and get out of the 'seek and destroy' mentality Learn fish body language. Watch and observe before pulling the trigger Coral Trout - approach them from the top in free fall. Especially for the cagey big ones! Adopt the attitude that going home empty handed is ok 50:00 What has been your toughest situation in the ocean? (we get 3!) A mate blacking out in Johns early days and timely rescue John's been attacked by a Bull Shark off Lamont Reef A mate falling 7 meters from a rock and landed on his head 66:00 Veterans Vault - Understanding the Oceans Cycles Don't believe everything you hear Keep a Dive Log Develop your own forecasting methods Learn to enjoy the whole spearfishing process 75:00 Whats the funniest moment you've had out spearfishing? 79:00 What is in your spearfishing divebag? 82:00 Spearo Q&A What is the single best piece of advice you've been given spearfishing? Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing? During your 11 years spearfishing what is the biggest lesson you've learned? What does the spearfishing experience mean to you in one sentence? Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why? Mentioned in the show Spearfishing guide Brett Vercoe - Liquid Focus Weatherwatch APP Westpac Rescue Helicopter Air Sea Rescue men and women everywhere RACQ Rescue Helicopter RACQ Life Flight As mentioned our Kickstarter campaign is live and more than 50% funded! Noob Spearo Partners + some spearfishing discounts . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout. Huge savings with their EASTER SALE! Get DOUBLE savings with our CODE and the EASTER SALE . Listen to 99 Tips to Get Better at Spearfishing or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free  . Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world . Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology Use the code noobspearo to save 20% Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter  Exclusive spearfishing equipment deals The latest blog posts and interviews delivered to your inbox 10 Tips To Become A Better Spearo PDF Access to our Private Facebook group  
  19. Trevor Ketchion Brisbane Local Legend Trevor Ketchion is our first featured local legend. He qualifies in the legend capacity for a few reasons.   Number 1: Trevor has shared his knowledge and experience with many up and coming guys and girls, that has helped them become more effective and safer spearo’s. Number 2: He has shot some …
  20. Emanuel Bova from MannySub Emanuel Bova  is competing this year in the Australian team that is going to Greece in the next few weeks. Get behind the Aussie team here! About Manny’s Spearfishing Equipment Journey Manny grew up in Genoa, Italy, and started spearfishing way back in 1984. In 1988 he moved to Sydney, Australia …
  21. Tanc Sade Spearfishing Interview In this interview Tanc Sade shares some interesting spearfishing tales,  from hunting the elusive White Sea Bass off the coast of California to a story about a vindictive dolphinfish that injures his dive buddy. Tanc is a sought after Actor, having recently returning to his base in Los Angeles after shooting in Melbourne …
  22. Interview With 16 yo Rock Hopper Pete Morris +10 Tips to Become A Better Spearo Pete Morris (a regular listener of the Noob Spearo Podcast) joins us from the South Coast of New South Wales to share about his experience’s with rock hopping. His personal experience’s with the dangers of spearfishing from rocky surf beaches were by turns alarming …
  23. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie....this interview is terrible. Turbo and Nikki gang up on me and talk Strayan non-stop....nah jokes. This is a very good interview with a super knowledgeable and a really good communicator.  Nikki Watt is the womans spearfishing world record and Australian record holder for Black Marlin and in this interview she shares the story of their epic one hour batttle. Nikki's observational skills come through loud and clear in this chat and I learned several things about hunting dogtooth tuna and spearfishing equipment. This was a bloody fun interview but let us know what you think in the comments or even better leave us an honest review! Nikki Watt Interview Time Stamps 2:00 Introduction and greeting 5:30 Nikki's spearfishing beginnings and background 7:45 First fish on the spear 8:50 Early issues - equalizing problems spearfishing 12:35 Early equipment lessons and a funny story about using a fuel line for a snorkel 14:50 Did you have a spearfishing mentor? Unique female struggles 21:40 Memorable fish - 154.9kg Black Marlin the womans world record! 28:25 What is your favourite fish to hunt and what spearfishing hunting techniques do you use? 33:50 What is the toughest situation you have experienced in the ocean? 40:00 Veterans Vault - Hunting Pelagic Fish such as Spanish Mackerel, Dogtooth Tuna and Wahoo 53:30 Funniest times spearfishing 54:45 Do you have any advice for women getting into spearfishing? 57:00 What is in your divebag? 61:00 Who is the best person to go spearfishing with and why? 62:55 What spearfishing destination would you like to conquer next? 63:30 What is the single best piece of advice you've ever been given for spearfishing? 63:55 Who has been the most influential person in your spearfishing? Find Nikki on @wattbry_ THESE SPEARFISHING RETAILERS NOW HAVE 99 TIPS TO GET BETTER AT SPEARFISHING IN STOCK:) Actionable info to improve your spearfishing! Adreno - Brisbane. 56 Deshon St, Woolloongabba QLD 4102 Adreno - Melbourne. 1184 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham VIC 3192 Adreno - Sydney. 1/678-682 Botany Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015 Adreno - Perth. 2C / 376 South St, O'Connor, WA, 6163 Spearfishing Superstore - Cairns. 303-305 Draper St, Parramatta Park QLD 4870 The Dive Shop - Port Lincoln. 4 S Quay Blvd, Port Lincoln SA 5606 Frogdive - Willoughby. 539 Willoughby Rd, NSW 2068 Spear and Fish Downunder - Newcastle.  990 Hunter street. Newcastle, NSW 2302 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 or James Nestors ‘Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and what the ocean tells us about ourselves’ free Subscribe to the best spearfishing magazine in the world. Email jeromy@spearingmagazine.com for a super deal for downunder spearos (Australia/New Zealand/South Africa) Use the code noobspearo to save $20 on the full Penetrator Spearfishing Fin Range . Check out the latest in spearfishing fin technology Sign up for ‘The Floater’ – Shrek and Turbo’s email newsletter 

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