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"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

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"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

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Jun 1, 2022

Interview with Paul Rodriguez

Today's interview is with Paul Rodriguez of Hot Rod Spearguns! A well traveled spearo that has a passion for making great spearguns, he gives us his best advice on designing and building a speargun and he lets us in on a special project he's busy with... a travel speargun! It breaks into 2 parts for easy travel and fits back together into a powerful and effective speargun to take with on holiday! All this and more! Is Cobia the best eating fish? Or is it African Pompano? Maybe it's the Jobfish! Some robust conversation and interesting insights into the different types of spearfishing in different parts of the world. Also, some great advice for hunting Dogtooth Tuna! Enjoy the episode and let us know what you think!


Important times:

  • 00:13 Intro
  • 04:30 Hello and welcome Paul!
  • 05:25 You have invented a travel speargun that comes in two parts? How did this come about?
  • 08:55 How do you build your spearguns?
  • 10:40 R&D in spearfishing is long and expensive. How do you protect your IP?
  • 12:55 How does the speargun join back together?
  • 15:35 Mono or dyneema? What length and how strong?
  • 18:30 Line management and avoiding muzzle wrap
  • 22:00 Simplicity is your friend -  form follows function
  • 27:20 Tell us about your spearfishing story! Where and how did you start?
  • 29:40 What is the best all-round speargun size?
  • 32:20 Roller's throw the shaft far but lack penetrating power. What do you think?
  • 34:30 Old school vs new school mentality
  • 37:10 Where are you spearing these days?
  • 37:37 Tell us how you process Cobia?
  • 40:30 Palm sugar for ceviche and smoking fish changes the game
  • 43:10 Rubbers/Power bands - what do you see?
  • 44:40 Most consistent setup uses 14mm bands
  • 49:00 What is a species what you love to target? African Pompano
  • 50:45 Besides the thermocline, what else do you use to target them?
  • 52:40 What are you looking for in weather? Water temp and wind
  • 56:05 As you've traveled over the world, what things have you learned about planning a trip to go spearfishing?
  • 58:05 Spearfishing in the Philippines
  • 59:10 What's the most special fish you've ever lost?
  • 01:00:25 Green Jobfish is the best reef eating fish
  • 01:07:05 Tough or scary situations
  • 01:11:30 Having good dive buddies is the most important dive gear
  • 01:13:20 Good buddy diving is also great fun
  • 01:14:10 Funny stories
  • 01:18:22 What's in your dive bag? JBL Mask, white snorkel, Waihana wetsuit, medium to soft blades, Garmin Mach 1, handbuilt dive knife, Travel Hybrid 120 speargun
  • 01:23:44 Gyotaku is a great way to memorialize special fish
  • 01:25:20 Spearo Q&A
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