1 hr 2 min

U.S.A. Women's Spearfishing Team, Part 2: Melody Engle Artemis

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Melody Engle is the captain of the U.S. Women's Spearfishing team, which is headed to Sardinia next month for the Spearfishing World Championships. She tells us what it's like to condition for World's, how to master your mind as a freediver, and how her own headgame was influenced by a background in competitive figure skating and skydiving. Plus -- targeting fish, stone shots, and the ecology of the marine ecosystems we depend on.
3:00 The best tasting fish is a fresh fish
5:30 Speara - woman who spearfishes
8:00 A typical spearfishing outing; Determining 'drop' location based on quarry
10:00 Where to aim on a fish... a "stone shot"
11:00 Distance from fish when you shoot + you ARE the reel... you have to swim the fish to the surface
12:00 The quality of your shot can influence how quickly sharks pick up on that animal's demise
13:00 A good spearfishing friend fends off a shark (!) while you get your fish to the surface
15:00 Diving for a Cause + Ted Harty's freediving course
19:00 Getting into freediving in your 50s (with a background in figure skating and skydiving)
21:00 Being captain of the U.S. Women's Spearfishing team
24:00 U.S. Women's Spearfishing Team headed to World's in Italy in September: World Spearfishing Championship 2021; Plus, if you have any to spare, their GoFundMe page is still active. (Plus... it's a WINNING team!)
26:00 The U.S. Women's Spearfishing Team is relatively new compared to teams in other countries. Follow them on Insta @usa_spearfishing_womens_team and Facebook @USAWomensSpearfishingTeam
27:00 How team members are selected
27:30 U.S. Women's Spearfishing Alliance - conservation & camaraderie
33:00 Shooting a 68-pound yellowfin tuna in Costa Rica
37:00 Decline in Florida hogfish in the past couple years
38:00 Reef-safe sunscreens (like Stream2Sea)
43:00 A high-level competition mindset is about disciple, mastering your nerves, being present
46:00 What's the fate of the fish caught during spearfishing tournaments? Fresh fish are sacred to many
50:00 Ciguatera poisoning
55:00 Freediving + black out risk
58:00 Do you have a boat? It's an obstacle to entry for many

Melody Engle is the captain of the U.S. Women's Spearfishing team, which is headed to Sardinia next month for the Spearfishing World Championships. She tells us what it's like to condition for World's, how to master your mind as a freediver, and how her own headgame was influenced by a background in competitive figure skating and skydiving. Plus -- targeting fish, stone shots, and the ecology of the marine ecosystems we depend on.
3:00 The best tasting fish is a fresh fish
5:30 Speara - woman who spearfishes
8:00 A typical spearfishing outing; Determining 'drop' location based on quarry
10:00 Where to aim on a fish... a "stone shot"
11:00 Distance from fish when you shoot + you ARE the reel... you have to swim the fish to the surface
12:00 The quality of your shot can influence how quickly sharks pick up on that animal's demise
13:00 A good spearfishing friend fends off a shark (!) while you get your fish to the surface
15:00 Diving for a Cause + Ted Harty's freediving course
19:00 Getting into freediving in your 50s (with a background in figure skating and skydiving)
21:00 Being captain of the U.S. Women's Spearfishing team
24:00 U.S. Women's Spearfishing Team headed to World's in Italy in September: World Spearfishing Championship 2021; Plus, if you have any to spare, their GoFundMe page is still active. (Plus... it's a WINNING team!)
26:00 The U.S. Women's Spearfishing Team is relatively new compared to teams in other countries. Follow them on Insta @usa_spearfishing_womens_team and Facebook @USAWomensSpearfishingTeam
27:00 How team members are selected
27:30 U.S. Women's Spearfishing Alliance - conservation & camaraderie
33:00 Shooting a 68-pound yellowfin tuna in Costa Rica
37:00 Decline in Florida hogfish in the past couple years
38:00 Reef-safe sunscreens (like Stream2Sea)
43:00 A high-level competition mindset is about disciple, mastering your nerves, being present
46:00 What's the fate of the fish caught during spearfishing tournaments? Fresh fish are sacred to many
50:00 Ciguatera poisoning
55:00 Freediving + black out risk
58:00 Do you have a boat? It's an obstacle to entry for many

1 hr 2 min