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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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Feb 2, 2022

Interview with Deryck Tan

Today's interview is with Deryck Tan from WA. An Equine Dental and Veterinary Surgeon by day, mad spearo/gyotaku/cooking seafood chef type dude by... I suppose day too! He is an extremely talented artist specializing in the art of Gyotaku - making fish prints! What started as an interest quickly became an obsession, from experimenting with his first fish to now taking commissions. Have a listen to some of Deryck's funny stories and lessons he has learned along the way and get some tips to get into doing your own gyotaku! Deryck is also great in the kitchen and is passionate about seafood, in particular the underrated species. Learn about tempra vs tempura, alternative fish species and get some insight into abalone and urchin cooking.

Have you also been inspired to make your own gyotaku? Tag Noob Spearo in your posts, we'd love to see!

Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:45 Welcome Deryck!
  • 05:40 Tell us about yourself!
  • 06:35 Cooking inspiration
  • 07:05 Where did your passion for gyotaku come from?
  • 10:45 Why are Dhue fish so hard to shoot?
  • 12:56 Meeting Bert from Old Man Blue for his cray loop
  • 14:20 How did you start spearfishing?
  • 16:45 Spearfishing course and diving deeper
  • 19:53 What skills did you get out of your spearfishing course?
  • 21:42 Tell us about your gyotaku! Tell us about the stamps
  • 25:25 Who buys your artwork?
  • 27:55 What materials are you using?
  • 30:35 How to gyotaku: Thaw and clean fish, pat dry, use scrap rice paper to remove all the moisture especially around the eyes, dilute ink, paint fish with ink but NOT the eyes, get rid of excess ink (use cotton or material), Circle piece of paper to keep the eye protected. Put paper over fish and push it in. Pull it off, add details to the eye, add your stamp.
  • 35:45 Difficult to gyotaku: crustaceans. How long do they take?
  • 38:00 Do I lose the meat if I gyotaku a fish?
  • 39:18 Gyotaku mural
  • 40:00 Where do you get your inspiration from? @gyotakunaokistyle and @fishingforgyotaku
  • 41:45 Tips for trying gyotaku for the first time
  • 42:45 Spangled Emperor and tempra vs tempura
  • 43:55 How do you make a tempra sauce?
  • 48:55 What do you like to drink with your fish?
  • 50:00 99 Spearo Recipes
  • 52:20 Urchin/uni
  • 57:45 Walk us through the journey of getting and building your speargun
  • 01:00:30 Diving in current and caves with a reel
  • 01:05:15 What is your favourite species to hunt in your area?
  • 01:09:10 Tell us about your zen mode
  • 01:09:50 Diving with buddies or alone?
  • 01:14:45 Funny stories!
  • 01:18:45 What else is in your dive bag? Old Man Blue Cray Loop!
  • 01:22:35 Favourite sustainable fish
  • 01:25:15 Spearo Q&A
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