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NSP:170 Brian Fern | Hawaii's Unkolearnuhow
Interview with Brian Fern Today's interview is with Brian Fern, aka @Unkolearnuhow from Hawaii! He has a genuine wealth of knowledge on gear and diving from his almost 40 years of spearfishing with a particular mindset towards sustainability and safety. In Hawaii, spearfishing is seen as more of a lifestyle than a sport - that shows in the way he speaks about spearfishing and guides others into it. He is a big advocate for buddy diving and gives us some actionable tips on how to dive safely and more effectively, how to handle Noob Spearos that don't know much about safety and how to confront experienced spearos that have unsafe dive practices. He even has some advice on avoiding and treating ciguatera poisoning! Have a listen and let us know what you think! We need to get Brian back for a 2nd episode, we didn't have time to get through everything we wanted to speak about! Important times: 00:13 Intro 01:50 Spencer Allen on 99 Spearo Recipes 04:53 Hello and welcome Brian! 06:24 Spearfishing in Hawaii is more of a lifestyle than a sport 08:08 Hawaiians seem very connected to their environment, is this true or just the tourists view? 10:40 Invasive species 12:25 Ciguatera poisoning 13:34 What was your experience of that and how did you treat it? 16:11 Alcohol and coffee making the symptoms worse 17:11 When did you start spearfishing? 19:12 Pole spears 21:42 There's no such thing as a shit fish, only a shit cook - do you agree? 22:17 Staple fish species 23:40 You have super clear water which presents it's own challenges 25:40 How did you develop your freediving to be able to hunt those fish and be safe? 28:50 "I want to dive like Ryan Myers - how long will that take me to learn?" 33:10 Learning to be patient 36:15 Diving with better divers 38:37 What about diving with someone that doesn't listen to good advice? 40:32 Learning through time and observation - how to not suck at spearfishing 41:30 Diving with bad buddies - have a game plan on the shore 42:54 How do you dive with people who can't dive as deep as you can? 44:10 How do you confront experienced divers that have bad dive practices? The dangers of experience and ego 47:40 Wrapping up buddy diving - have a partner that's at or just above your skill level 49:18 Struggling to do one up and one down? Dive with 1 gun! 51:51 Understanding variable conditions - what do spearos need to understand about reading conditions? 54:03 How do people find spearing mentors in Hawaii? 55:59 Spearfishing clubs 57:27 How do you confront people that have decided that they know enough? 58:16 Conditions: you need to learn from local divers - talk to life guards 01:00:03 Online weather resources 01:00:56 How do you know when you are too deep? 01:03:22 The right equipment for the right job 01:05:19 Financial barrier to entry - if you have the wrong gear, you are risking your life 01:08:21 Mannysub - what do you like about his gear? Premium gear that's been well designed with great customer service 01:11:14 Rollerguns 01:14:57 Before hunting with a new gun - DO SOME TARGET PRACTICE - properly powering your gun 01:18:16 Pipe guns vs wood guns 01:20:00 Price is a big influence - rigging and using your speargun is a big thing to learn. Mannysub gives you instruction manuals with their spearguns 01:21:32 Mannysub roller conversion kit - Brian is the US and Hawaii rep 01:23:04 How do people reach out and find you and your gear? Rollerspearguns.com and unkolearnuhow.com 01:23:56 We are out of time - thanks for being on the show! 01:24:44 Outro Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android Important Links Noob Spearo Partners and Discount Codes . 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 store-wide. Free Shipping on USA orders over $99 + Free Shipping with promo code NOOBSPEARO at ! #ad #manscapedpod | Simple, Effective, Dependable Wooden Spearguns. Use the Code
NSP:169 Lisa Ferrier Rafkin | Badass and Frothing past 50
Interview with Lisa Ferrier Rafkin Today's interview is with Lisa Ferrier Rafkin, a badass and frothing speara that holds 15 women's world records! Join us as we chat about her journey in spearfishing, her struggles, memorable fish and some great tips for hunting pelagic fish species and staying safe! She is clearly exceptionally talented at spearfishing and although she hasn't been doing it for very long, she has a lot that you can learn from when it comes to technique, overcoming challenges and caring for your catch. The species on her list are things like Bluefin Tuna, Roosterfish and big yellow tail to name a few, if you are interested in hunting bigger game fish this is a great episode to listen to! Important times: 00:13 Intro 05:12 Hello and welcome! Tell us about the Sea Of Love Foundation 06:19 You are softhearted in the day and a badass spearfisher at night! You have 15x women's world records! 08:12 What draws you to the ocean? 08:57 Your work takes a toll on you, is spearfishing a type of therapy for you? 10:28 What's your earliest spearfishing memory? 12:24 You started a new sport at a late age, how did you find the process of starting new? 14:21 Starting with very competent people can be intimidating 15:56 I got my first blue water gun in 2016 after a lot of diving 17:41 What is a "paddy"? If there's a bird on it, it's a good sign! 18:46 What size are we talking? 20:10 How do you approach a paddy? 21:23 Explain the hunting around a paddy 22:23 Undersized yellowtail "rats" 23:17 What does ethical spearfishing mean to you? 24:30 Your awareness of the ethics become nuanced as you develop in your spearfishing 28:05 What was it like learning to freedive at 52? 29:32 Duck dive technique is a huge thing 30:23 What's the first hunt that stands out in your memory? 32:17 Have you had a problem with shot placement with bigger yellowtail? 33:45 Loading a speargun 35:31 Sometimes you need to struggle 37:44 Dealing with excitement when you find a great fish 39:42 The missed opportunities keep you coming back 40:27 Pulling fish in on your shooting line, it takes practice 42:14 Dorado/mahi mahi really test you and your team 43:14 As a novice hunting Bluefin Tuna, what advice do you have? 46:31 Watch where your line is! 47:08 Are you using a clutch setup? Yes! 48:53 Do Bluefin dive deep when they get scared? 52:42 What tough/scary situations have you had? Getting wrapped in line 54:56 Sharks! 59:05 Black Sea Bass 59:57 People wonder how we can love animals so much and still hunt and eat them 01:03:06 Equipment: Riffe speargun and wetsuit 01:04:23 I don't use a low volume mask, my scuba mask just fits perfectly and I have problems with all the low volume makes I've used 01:07:00 Do you do any pool training? 01:08:10 Getting a little extra depth opens up bigger fish and the problem with comparison in spearfishing 01:10:06 Dive within your limits and shallow water blackouts 0:11:24 When I take people to hunt bigger fish I make sure they keep there surface to diving ratio good 01:14:37 Funny stuff! 01:16:53 Lessons learned for drift diving 01:17:41 Shooting a 56lb Roosterfish and almost losing all my gear 01:19:08 What do they taste like? 01:19:53 Bluefin tuna: caring and processing is different than for other fish 01:22:02 Dry aging fish 01:24:49 Treating fish well is an important thing 01:26:37 Spearo Q&A Single best tip: using pink bands, seriously! It attracts fish! Who's been the most influential person in your spearfishing? If you had to start spearfishing all over again, what would you do differently? Describe what the spearfishing experience means to you. 01:30:30 Where can people find you on social media? 01:31:58 Outro Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android Important Links Noob Spearo Partners and Discount Codes . 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 store-wide. Free Shipp
NSP:168 Fully Rad Oregon Freediving Company | Daniel Semrad
Interview with Daniel Semrad Today's interview is with Daniel Semrad of the Oregon Freediving Company! He is a record holding spearfishing and freediving instructor that is also be an award winning teacher! He now runs the Oregon Freediving Company with his wife Talya who also holds spearfishing world records and is a competitive freediver representing South Africa! They train in some great conditions, we're talking about dirty and 6-10 degree water! Listen in as we chat about spearfishing in Oregon, running a freediving shop and teaching students, hunting techniques, exercises and dry training to benefit your diving and a whole lot more. Dan is an awesome guy and a great diver, let us know what you think of this episode! Important times: 00:13 Intro 04:03 Hello and welcome Daniel Semrad! Tell us about the freediving/spearfishing community in Oregon 06:08 You're a freedive instructor, how did you get there? 07:47 You won the Excite Award from MIT for being an exciting teacher 10:30 Water conditions in Oregon 11:38 What suit do you wear in your 6-10 degree water? 13:23 You probably spend a lot of time in the pool with conditions like that. How do you run your courses? 15:14 Buddy protocols in dirty water, what are you teaching your students? 17:56 What role do static exercises play in spearfishing? 19:25 When you feel you need to speed up, slow down. How did this become a reality to you? 22:22 My Octopus Teacher - has that impacted the amount of your customers? 24:09 Talya Davidoff is your wife, she is an accomplished spearo (3x world records) and competitive freediver too 25:10 Tell us about your records 28:38 What does your spearfishing consist of these days? 30:08 Walk us through a great day spearfishing for you 32:22 Purple urchins, are they bad over there? 33:48 Are they good eating? 34:50 Fisheries management 37:16 Hunting in Oregon: what species and how do you hunt them? 39:42 What are the telltale signs of the species you look for? Type of rock, seaweed, coral or animals. 42:17 You are covering a lot of ground looking for fish 43:03 I don't like statics or aspetto spearfishing: hunting in Hawaii and Alaska 45:58 Gear: what do you use? You mentioned using a pole spear 47:19 Do you guys like smoking fish up there? 49:20 Scary stuff: have you had any close calls? 52:08 Spearfishing off a kayak: lessons learned from bad situations 55:22 What obstacles did you find in your spearfishing? 56:46 The delicate balance of doing freediving/spearfishing as a job, how do you balance it? 01:01:04 Understanding weather conditions and making predictions: how to predict visibility 01:03:45 Have you kept a dive log for spearfishing? 01:04:53 You have some back health issues? What do you do in the gym? 01:06:44 What cross training has been relevant for spearfishing and freediving? 01:08:30 Dry training can be hard to maintain, have you found the same? 01:09:22 Training resources for dry training 01:10:35 What yoga do you do? 01:11:34 Hate for spearfishing: what criticisms have you got for spearfishing and how do you respond? 01:13:39 Spearfishing on scuba vs freediving 01:14:44 Funny stuff 01:16:38 What's in your dive bag? Wetsuit, gloves, fins, dive computer, weights, speargun and pole spear, shooting line, buoys/floats and lines, etc. 01:24:08 Do you teach spearo etiquette? 01:25:19 Spearo Q&A Single best spearfishing tip: slow down! What does the spearfishing experience mean to you? Hit the reset button Who's been the most influential people in your community? My local community Where in the world would you like to go spearfishing? South Africa and Australia 01:27:30 Where can people find you and where is your shop? 01:29:23 Are you running courses again? 01:30:15 Outro and last notes that Daniel didn't mention Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android Important Links Noob Spearo Partners and Discount Codes . Use the code NOOBSPEARO save $20 on every purchase over $200 at checkout – Flat shipping rate, especi
NSP:167 Sharkshield Technology | Ocean Guardian with Lyndsay Lyon
Interview with Lyndsay Lyon from Ocean Guardian Today's interview is with Lyndsay Lyon from Ocean Guardian, originally and probably better known as SharkShield! They make a range of products that are designed to make ocean activities safer and to decrease the amount of shark attacks on humans. It works by creating an electrical field that surrounds the diver or surfer that causes a distinct and noticeable reaction in certain types of sharks (namely the ones we humans have trouble with, Great White, Bull Shark, Tiger Shark) and causes them to turn away. Now, making a product that aims to stop shark attacks is a big claim and needs to be backed up by solid evidence and rigorous testing. We had a ton of questions from our community asking the questions that everyone wants to know: Will this stop a Great White from biting me? How close do the sharks need to get for these products to work? Can I trust my life to this? If you are wondering at all about any of these questions, have a listen to this episode and it will answer all these and more! In the links below are several videos of these products being tested and you can see for yourself just how effective they are. Important times: 00:14 Intro 05:00 Hello Lyndsay! Where did the name change come from? 06:42 How did you get involved with Terra Australis and Andre Rerekura? 07:50 Terra Australis did a test with the surf board product 09:00 Tell us about how sharks sense the world and how Ocean Guardian affects sharks 10:47 Do they see in colour? 12:12 What scientific studies have been done? Many marine animals use electrical fields 15:14 What is the effective range? 17:44 What is the shark's physiological reaction to the electrical field? 18:35 Has anyone been bitten while wearing one? What guarantee is there? 21:15 National Geographic has a good video on this with Chris Hemsworth 23:15 Use this as a risk mitigation strategy 24:07 What species are they most effective on? Only 3 main sharks that are a real concern to humans, Great Whites, Bull and Tiger sharks 25:41 Oceanic White Tips and Reef sharks and Mako's, are they effective against them? 27:04 Installing the device into your fins 28:33 Have you thought about partnering with fin companies? Why a fin isn't the best option 30:10 Sharkbanz 31:00 Handheld device for spearos 32:14 Problemswith the first handheld Sharkshield 33:53 We are in a very small industry 37:06 Version 2.0 of the ESpear 38:15 Surfers are the highest risk 38:45 Bubbles also scare sharks 39:24 Shark barrier to replace shark nets 39:56 Does this interfere with other animals? 41:01 Government perspective on drum lines and shark nets 43:00 WA government actually gives you money to buy shark deterrents 43:58 Shark Eyes 46:20 Is there a maximum size shark it will work on? 48:00 Does 1 diver wearing this device put the others at a higher risk? 50:26 Hanging the device on your float or stringer 51:32 What are the long term effects on humans at depth? 53:21 Sharks seem to be more aggressive on the surface 54:52 I see more sharks with my shield on than without 56:40 The inverse square law and how far the field can be detected 57:39 Sharks can only sense electrical fields about 50cm away 01:00: Does the device emit a vibration? 01:00:55 Can these devices aggravate the sharks more? 01:02:46 Practicalities of using this in kelp or on coral reefs 01:04:44 Floating the device 01:06:45 How has Covid affected your business? 01:08:33 Adding an interchangeable battery 01:09:47 Shock protection? 01:11:23 Helping shark attack survivors get back into the water: The Bite Club on Facebook 01:15:13 How do you store the device? 01:16:00 How do you check the charge? 01:17:23 Auto-inflating vest for black out protection 01:18:30 What reduces the effectiveness? 01:20:09 How does it attach to you? 01:20:58 When will you have stock again and where can I buy them + servicing 01:22:57 Warranty 01:25:08 What is the future for Ocean Guardian? 01:26:26 What's your ultimate vision for Ocean
NSP:166 Speargun Accurizing with the Coatesman | Chris Coates
Interview with Chris Coatesman How to upgrade your speargun and miss less fish! Today's episode is with the Coatesman, Chris Coates! He and Shrek talk about accurizing, it is a word, your speargun and go through common speargun problems. We rely heavily on our gear when spearfishing, this episode is all about making sure your hardware is working as best as it can. Roller guns vs traditional spearguns, barbs, bent shafts and everything you need to know to upgrade your speargun, aim better and miss less fish! Interested in roller guns? He has been the authority on roller's for a while now and has released a great video series on Youtube and his website called , it's everything you need to know about roller guns! What accuracy issues have you experienced? How did you solve them? Let us know in the comments! Important times: 00:14 Welcome to the show 05:15 Welcome back Chris Coatesman! 06:09 Spearfishing equipment cannot come back through the door 08:28 Every spearo has accuracy issues 09:53 The difference between weekend warriors and competitive spearos 11:02 First place to look, is your shaft straight? 12:15 I dive with at least 2 guns 14:20 Using the correct shaft 16:39 Why I use Rob Allen gear 19:08 Bro science vs engineering, practicality trumps the science 24:15 When buying a gun, make sure the shaft is aligned 25:11 I don't make shafts and I don't have handles 27:10 The downsides of homemade gear, don't just make things cheaper, make them better 30:57 Next thing to look at is tuning your barb 33:20 There is a reason you work through troubleshooting in a specific order 35:30 Wishbones and shooting line, dyneema vs mono 44:42 Keep your guns the same 46:39 You can't compare speargun prices to other sports. A speargun will last you 10 years if you do it right 48:27 Remove all doubt, have gear you can rely on. Carry spare parts 53:20 Fail fast and move on. Know where the issue is 55:22 Aiming tips and techniques 57:10 "Bad spearfishing shoot small fish" 58:19 01:00:34 What aiming style do you use? 01:05:22 Different techniques for different situations 01:07:44 Pool shooting for confidence 01:01:32 Don't wait for your gear to fail for you to take maintenance seriously 01:16:38 Thank you for being on the show Chris! 01:19:43 Outro and final thoughts Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android Important Links Noob Spearo Partners and Discount Codes . 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 store-wide. 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 (CODE: NOOB28 for 15% off) | 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 $ | Wickedly tough and well thought out gear! Check out their | ‘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
NSP:165 Spot Burning | Fin and Forage's Andrew Miller and Charlie Robinton
Interview with Fin and Forage's Andrew Miller and Charlie Robinton Today's episode is with Andrew Miller and Charlie Robinton from Fin and Forage! Spot burning is a highly contentious issue being faced more and more often as the sport of spearfishing grows. Picture this, you've spent the past 10 years roaming around your coastline and you've found a handful of really productive spots that almost always have good fish and is full of life. You have a friend that is new to spearfishing and is keen to get out to a spot to shoot some good fish, so you decide to take him along with you on your next trip. You both have a great time and shoot some great fish, take a few pictures and go home with some awesome stories. You then see that this friend has posted pictures of these awesome fish with clearly visible landmarks in the background, maybe he mentions the area in the post, or just simply tells his buddy who then tells his buddy, etc. You then go out to your secret spot expecting it to be vibrant and full of life as usual, but as you arrive you see other boats and other spearos already there and the previously full of life reef now has almost nothing left on it. This is what spot burning is, you share your secret spot with someone who then shares it with someone else and so on and in no time your secret gem of a spot is now void of life and you need to go searching again. Listen in for a great chat on this topic that is so close to so many spearos and fishermen alike. The ethics of keeping spots secret, how to find better spots without compromising and pissing off other spearos in the process and how to treat and manage the resource that is the ocean in your local area. Message from Matt (): "I found an app called . You can change the background of any photo in 30 seconds. Very handy." What do you think of spot burning? Have you been burnt or have you burnt a spot without realizing? Let us know in the comments or send a us a message if you'd like to stay anonymous! Important times: 00:12 Hello and welcome to the Noob Spearo Podcast! 06:05 Welcome Charlie and Andrew from Fine and Forage 07:34 What is "spot burning"? 09:26 Some people care about keeping spots secret and some don't 10:48 How much spearfishing is "too much" for an area? 12:27 Some species are more vulnerable to spearfishing than others 13:46 Noob spearos vs older spearos 16:36 The 30-30 agenda and MPA's 19:44 What mistakes do noobs make? 21:35 How should you ask people for spots? 23:35 Metadata in photos 27:54 Physical community vs online community 30:59 Knowledge of good spots is a high barrier to entry 31:53 Find a local spearfishing shop and build a relationship with them. 35:30 Spearfishing is kind of like Pokemon 35:49 Do a charter trip 37:54 Be mindful of how you portray the spearfishing experience 41:37 There's no licence to be able to dive, no basic skills explicitly required before starting - dangerous situations 43:02 Old Man Blue's message 47:41 Good rules to not burn spots 50:02 How should you treat photos? 52:27 Treat people's spots as a gift, not a right 54:03 Last thoughts and thank you to Charlie and Andrew 55:11 Shrek's final thoughts Listen in and subscribe on iOS or Android Important Links Noob Spearo Partners and Discount Codes . 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 store-wide. 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 (CODE: NOOB28 for 15% off) | 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 $ | Wickedly tough and wel
Always Helpful and Educational
This is truly a podcast for noob spearos and I really appreciate it. It’s always got new tips and reminders that I value and it’s presented in a very organized and entertaining format. Not to mention the great accents and Aussie junior - it’s always good for a laugh. Thanks for continuing to produce this labor of love and finding guests with a variety of experience. It keeps the show fresh.
Great info for Noobs and Mossbacks alike
Always a worthwhile listen! The stories from guests are educational, informative, and entertaining. The perspectives of different spears from around the world are enlightening and remind all of us spearos that we’re connected through our passion of spearing responsibly and sustainably.
Keep up the great work!
As a new spear fisherman, this has been great. Lots of fun interviews and lots of great tips.