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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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Jul 27, 2021

Interview with Tony Alcock aka Tazyarns

Today's episode is with Tony Alcock, one half of "Podcast Yarns With Az And Taz" team, he now has his own podcast! A surfer, musician, jujitsu practioner, spearo and banana farmer from Far North Queensland, he has been spearing for the past 30 years and has a ton of valuable insights! Find out about Flinders Reef, his love for boats, hunting tips, dealing with sharks and crocodiles and how he has recently started diving past 10 meters with the help of Az! Come have a listen for a good laugh and some great tips, let us know what you thought of this episode in the comments!

Important times:

  • 00:12 Good day and welcome to the Noob Spearo Podcast!
  • 01:01 What all does Tony do?
  • 01:29 Announcements and some sad news
  • 06:36 Hello Tony!
  • 07:40 Tell us about yourself
  • 09:28 How long have you been spearfishing?
  • 10:29 Line angling vs spearfishing
  • 10:54 Half the day fishing and half spearing
  • 11:19 Tides and crayfish: painted and green
  • 13:54 How do you cook crays/lobsters? How do you prepare them?
  • 15:16 Spearfishing with Az and his great buddy system
  • 16:24 A lot of your diving is shallow, why is it so dangerous? You need a buddy after 10m
  • 17:24 Are you diving in current?
  • 17:55 Where are you and where do you boat out to?
  • 19:00 The lifestyle up there is very different
  • 20:25 What it like being a banana farmer?
  • 21:05 Full moon makes your fruit grow quicker on the week leading up to it
  • 21:19 Being a farmer you're more in tune with the weather and seasons
  • 24:10 Back to boats, you're selling one now?
  • 24:47 I'm going back to an aluminium boat
  • 27:20 Tell us about your boat history
  • 29:41 Are you someone who can just fix everything on a boat?
  • 30:47 Flinders reef and a funny story
  • 33:23 What do you shoot out there and what good stories do you have from there?
  • 37:00 Coral trout
  • 37:56 Fishing with a big mothership
  • 39:07 What do you want to do there this time?
  • 39:27 Are sharks a problem out there?
  • 40:32 What's your experience being in the water with tiger sharks?
  • 41:38 The smaller sharks are the more aggressive ones
  • 44:36 White and Black tip reef sharks
  • 45:44 Have you been spooled before with your reel gun?
  • 46:46 What about jelly fish?
  • 47:29 Tell us about surfing
  • 50:46 Good boating behavior and how to be a good boatie
  • 54:44 We're going on a spearing trip, not a snorkeling trip
  • 56:35  Some people are more freediver than spearo
  • 57:35 How do you approach and hunt Jacks?
  • 59:01 Great hunting tip
  • 01:00:10 What's your biggest Jack?
  • 01:00:59 So you've been spearing deeper lately? What has Az been teaching you?
  • 01:02:31 A dive watch was a great investment
  • 01:04:08 Tuck your chin into your chest when you dive down, slow down and relax
  • 01:05:39 Weather apps
  • 01:07:42 Do you pay attention to chlorophyll and water temp?
  • 01:08:21 Barramundi and crocodiles
  • 01:10:40 Avoid swimming with crocs
  • 01:11:19 Cone shells
  • 01:13:11 Tell us about your podcast
  • 01:14:31 Funny story with music and Youtube
  • 01:15:53 What's in your dive bag?
  • 01:18:02 GoPro's and masks
  • 01:19:49 You have anxiety for a reason
  • 01:20:57 Suits with kevlar
  • 01:23:08 Spearo Q&A
    • What's the best piece of advice you have been given?
    • What would you do differently if you started over?
    • What's the best spearfishing lesson you've learned?
    • What is spearfishing to you?
  • 01:25:55 Thank you Tony
  • 01:28:23 Jordan's voicemail
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