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Scuba fins :(


Still haven’t had time to go get my replace fin. So had to lend a pair of scuba fins from a friend, which, to my horror, had been cut in half.
I have no idea why and the only explanation he could offer was “I don’t know my dad did it for craying”.

So we get to Bantry Bay. John, Tyrel (his brother) and myself. There was a little swell coming in but nothing to worry about. It was Tyrels first time spearfishing so we were hoping for decent vis and a few fish.

Well the vis was shockingly bad 2m at the most and no fish to be seen but we stayed in for about an hour regardless. Showing him a few things, like how to dive, breathe up, duck dive and other interesting things. He did struggle as he was borrowing gear.

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Posted by on April 23, 2011 in Ramblings

 

Video – Spearfishing Amberjack, Mutton, King Mackerel


Guys spearfishing some good looking fish.

Video was shot over multiple days with a modified GoPro HD at R5 setting.

Gun is Abellan Denton 110cm with twin 16mm short bands

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Videos

 

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The return…

The return…

Just heard from Eckart that he has my new fin. Yay, I can go diving again. But as the topic reads “The return”, the return of what?
Well, the return of my fin obviously but unfortunately the return of some nasty looking waves and swell that have ruined any chance of getting into the water on the Atlantic side of Cape Town.  Spearfishing will have to be put on the back burner for now.  So instead I will add another Video.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2011 in Ramblings

 

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Video – 12 foot Tiger Shark

Video – 12 foot Tiger Shark

A friend of mine knew about this story but when he found out that I had actual footage of it (guess he didn’t feel like youtube’ing it :p) he asked me to show him, thought I would post it here too.

Ryan McInnis, Craig Clasen, Brian Head and Cameron Kirkconnell boated 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico for spear fishing. Photographer D.J. Struntz dove alongside them. He was working with McInnis on a video about the sport.

The expedition went as planned until a 12-foot tiger shark approached the group. Clansen took on the formidable predator when he spotted it was about to attack a dive partner, resulting in a two-hour combat that ended in the shark’s death.

They’ve engaged in spear fishing for years and frequently encountering sharks. But this time was different.

You can read the whole article here – > Mail Online – Diver Fights off Shark (Along with some amazing photos)

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Posted by on April 14, 2011 in Videos, Videos for the Week

 

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Hoe om ‘n haaiaanval te voorkom…

Hoe om ‘n haaiaanval te voorkom…

As spearfisherman (Spearo’s) we will one day encounter a shark.  It really doesn’t matter where we hunt or how many spearo’s are with us.  Those sharks are going to be curious and will talk amongst themselves about which one of us tastes better.

Here are 6 very important tips on avoiding a shark attack.

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Tips and Tricks

 

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A fugly Dolphin…

A fugly Dolphin…

My boss’s daughter went with her husband and his friend from England to go Shark cage diving.  I don’t see the appeal, as a spearo you encounter sharks pretty often and do not have to fork out the R900.  Albeit you do not have the safety of the cage but you do have a buddy with you and each of you is armed with a speargun….not much solace in that thought though.

Anyways Angie (Boss’s daughter) posted the below picture on Facebook and one of her friends made this comment:

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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Ramblings

 

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Davy Jones’ Locker

Davy Jones’ Locker

Went off yesterday at Saunders again for an afternoon dive with John.
It was the quickest dive of my life.  As I jumped in water ran over my one blade thus anchoring it to the rock.   My foot pulled out of the pocket and my poor fin was swept away in the retreating water.

We spent about 20minutes trying to find the damn thing, but with the swell getting bigger and all the kelp it was like searching for a needle in a stack of needles.  As every kelp stem, for a split second, looked like my fin.

Not impressed!

 
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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Ramblings

 

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Apnea Trainer

Apnea Trainer

Here is a little program I found to help with breathing and breath holding.

Apnea Trainer <- follow the link and download it from ‘Richocet’ first post.

Just download it and run, it is a very simple and easy to use little program and you can do it when ever you are sitting in front of your PC, I do it at work.

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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Tips and Tricks

 

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Video – Spearfishing in New Zealand


Great video I found of some guys Spearing in New Zealand.  Great use of the kelp and structure to ambush prey and to get close/inbetween them fishes.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Videos, Videos for the Week

 

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Loading your Speargun

Loading your Speargun

How to… Load your Speargun.

It is not uncommon to struggle to load your first speargun and suspect it has come with too short a rubber.  If this is you the chances are that you are not doing it right – speargun loading is 80% technique and only 20% strength.

Before we start lets get a few safety points first:

  • Never ever load your gun out of the water.  To practise pulling back the rubbers note how far back the notches are and remove the shaft to prevent accidental loading.
  • Modern spearguns must be loaded on your chest not your hip.
  • Generally the higher up on your chest you can get the handle the easier it will be to pull the rubbers the rest of the way.
  • It is easier in the water with a wetsuit on.

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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in Tips and Tricks

 

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