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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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Oct 20, 2021

Interview with Brian Fern

Today's interview is with Brian Fern, aka @Unkolearnuhow from Hawaii! He has a genuine wealth of knowledge on gear and diving from his almost 40 years of spearfishing with a particular mindset towards sustainability and safety. In Hawaii, spearfishing is seen as more of a lifestyle than a sport - that shows in the way he speaks about spearfishing and guides others into it. He is a big advocate for buddy diving and gives us some actionable tips on how to dive safely and more effectively, how to handle Noob Spearos that don't know much about safety and how to confront experienced spearos that have unsafe dive practices. He even has some advice on avoiding and treating ciguatera poisoning! Have a listen and let us know what you think! We need to get Brian back for a 2nd episode, we didn't have time to get through everything we wanted to speak about!

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 01:50 Spencer Allen on 99 Spearo Recipes
  • 04:53 Hello and welcome Brian!
  • 06:24 Spearfishing in Hawaii is more of a lifestyle than a sport
  • 08:08 Hawaiians seem very connected to their environment, is this true or just the tourists view?
  • 10:40 Invasive species
  • 12:25 Ciguatera poisoning
  • 13:34 What was your experience of that and how did you treat it?
  • 16:11 Alcohol and coffee making the symptoms worse
  • 17:11 When did you start spearfishing?
  • 19:12 Pole spears
  • 21:42 There's no such thing as a shit fish, only a shit cook - do you agree?
  • 22:17 Staple fish species
  • 23:40 You have super clear water which presents it's own challenges
  • 25:40 How did you develop your freediving to be able to hunt those fish and be safe?
  • 28:50 "I want to dive like Ryan Myers - how long will that take me to learn?"
  • 33:10 Learning to be patient
  • 36:15 Diving with better divers
  • 38:37 What about diving with someone that doesn't listen to good advice?
  • 40:32 Learning through time and observation - how to not suck at spearfishing
  • 41:30 Diving with bad buddies - have a game plan on the shore
  • 42:54 How do you dive with people who can't dive as deep as you can?
  • 44:10 How do you confront experienced divers that have bad dive practices? The dangers of experience and ego
  • 47:40 Wrapping up buddy diving -  have a partner that's at or just above your skill level
  • 49:18 Struggling to do one up and one down? Dive with 1 gun!
  • 51:51 Understanding variable conditions - what do spearos need to understand about reading conditions?
  • 54:03 How do people find spearing mentors in Hawaii?
  • 55:59 Spearfishing clubs
  • 57:27 How do you confront people that have decided that they know enough?
  • 58:16 Conditions: you need to learn from local divers - talk to life guards
  • 01:00:03 Online weather resources
  • 01:00:56 How do you know when you are too deep?
  • 01:03:22 The right equipment for the right job
  • 01:05:19 Financial barrier to entry - if you have the wrong gear, you are risking your life
  • 01:08:21 Mannysub -  what do you like about his gear? Premium gear that's been well designed with great customer service
  • 01:11:14 Rollerguns
  • 01:14:57 Before hunting with a new gun - DO SOME TARGET PRACTICE - properly powering your gun
  • 01:18:16 Pipe guns vs wood guns
  • 01:20:00 Price is a big influence - rigging and using your speargun is a big thing to learn. Mannysub gives you instruction manuals with their spearguns
  • 01:21:32 Mannysub roller conversion kit - Brian is the US and Hawaii rep
  • 01:23:04 How do people reach out and find you and your gear? and
  • 01:23:56 We are out of time -  thanks for being on the show!
  • 01:24:44 Outro
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