Nov 28, 2019
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 Patron Community Members! Thank you legends - I had a blast.
Live audience community questions included! Listen in:)
Connect with the boys
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.
25:00 Rules and Regulations for spearfishing
26:20 Community Q&A
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:
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” More information about improving your breathhold for spearfishing can be found here
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 ‘How to Spearfish Kingfish Tutorial’ on Vimeo - Use the CODE: NOOBSPEARO
Spearfishing Clubs in Melbourne are:
Immersion Online freediving classes @ www.onlineclasses.ImmersionFreediving.com