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The Freedive Spearfishing podcast

Join Shrek as he interviews spearfishing experts, authorities and characters from around the world.

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Noob Spearo Podcast listeners are saying;

"This podcast has improved my diving dramatically. I binged listened to all the old episodes over a few weeks and I'm completely caught up now. I take notes on my phone to further research anything the guests or the hosts (Turbo and Shrek) talk about or suggest to do. Over the last 4 months I've gone from a 5 meter pot shot diver to a 12 meter+ diver with over 1:30 dive times and good fish to show for it. All thanks to the information these guys have put out in this podcast. Keep up the great work!" - Kurty

"This is the first podcast I've ever listened to, and I am averaging about 4 episodes a day since that first listen. These guys are awesome and so are there guests! Best motivation to do training! Only problem is I'll run out of episodes soon and have to wait a whole week for a new one..." Pete

"The amount of tip, ideas and laughs I've had from Shrek and Turbo and it has all improved my spearfishing 10 fold. Essential for any spearo, and highly recommend it, you won't regret it! Always hanging for the next episode! Keep it up boys! And while your at it get their book 99 tips to get better at spearfishing! Yew!!!" - Yupz

"Have been listening to Turbo and Shrek for a while now and those weirdos make me come back every time for more.... even though I'm located in Southern California. I guess I'm stoked to hear how people catch their fish all over the world!! Keep it coming boys." - Sebastian

"Guys, honestly, This podcast has been amazing fuel since my surf buddy and I started spearing just over three months ago on the southern california coast. We're pretty much just shore divers right now, but we've been hitting calico bass, yellowtail tuna, and sheepshead by just jumping off the beaches. We're starting to meet some people with boats so we're stoked. My pre-dive tradition is getting amped off a noob spearo podcast before I hop into the water after work. Keep them coming because I just finished listening to the 17th episode and I felt a little post partum depression coming on. I've learned loads from your show and need to keep soaking up the wisdom. Thanks!" - DippnDotts

"I recently got into spearfishing and couldn't believe my luck when I found this podcast after a random search. Not only are Shrek and Turbo incredibly funny and easy to listen too - but the way they have formatted the show is really engaging, informative and interesting. Hearing from Pros and veterans is invaluable to a newb like me and the information from these podcasts alone has made a world of difference to my diving and hunting. So if you're like me and your absolutely loving the sport and simply can't get enough info on and about spearfishing this is the podcast for you! Well done guys, you're keeping me well and truly stoked! sterling job!!" - Stu in Southern California

"Been an avid podcast listener for nearly a decade and this is my first review. This podcast is laid back, informative and absolutely essential for the new spearo. Great list of domestic and international guests. The most dangerous time for a spearo is in those first few months and It's good to know there is a easily accessible resource that I can point my mates to when they are starting out. Cheers shrek and turbo!" - CoxyADF



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Dec 11, 2017

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 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?

Umberto Pelizzari - Manual of Freediving

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?

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65:00 Spearo Q&A

  1. If you had to start all over again, what would you do differently?
  2. If you could go back in time to when you were just starting what advice would you yourself?
  3. During your 15 years spearfishing, what is the single biggest thing you've learned?
  4. Who is the single best person to go diving with?
  5. Could you describe what the spearfishing experience means to you iun one sentence?

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