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North Coast Yellowfin Tuna Spearfishing
A little while back I wrote a blog about me finally spearfishing a Yellowfin Tuna off the back of a pod of dolphins. (Spearfishing a Lucky Yellowfin Tuna) Andrew Clarkson just pulled this off again!!
|Andrew Clarkson 35kg Yellowfin Tuna|
Here the message he sent with the pic:
Thought I would send you a pic of the yellow fin that I shot yesterday. Clocked in at 35Kg, also off the back of a big dolphin pod. Super stoked as I missed out on one in December but managed to nail this one - my biggest fish to date. Was an awesome experience!
Anyway well done to Andrew great fish, hope the sushi was epic too.
Zululand Spearfishing Yacht Adventure
|The Nomad somewhere off the east coast.|
I have just returned from an epic spearfishing adventure off the Zululand coast with Trevor Foster Black a freediving enthusiast and his business partner Ben Schoff. We sailed out of Richards Bay on the Nomad a 50ft catamaran and headed north towards the boarder.
The first night was fairly hairy as we went straight into a 35knt south west wind. I guess it was good for getting up north - not so good easing into the sea legs dept. The weather worked out well in the end with light southerlies pushing us up the coast and then a gental north east wind brought us back 5 days later.
We were very blessed to have nothing but perfect diving conditions, with visibility ranging from 20m - 30m. This trip was all about the secluded dive spots up the coast that we rarely dive because they are just too far from anywhere practical by a beach launch.
|Ben soaking in the deep blue.|
Some of the places I have not dived in years and it was good to see those pristine reefs in the far corners of Zululand. Its funny how all the fish that know you are not allowed to hunt seem to come right up to you almost 'laugh' at you. Off Banganek one large shoal of big Twin Spot Snappers had me freaking out, it was absolutely amazing to see.
Trevor an avid freediver took to spearfishing like a duck to water. After some the basic technical spearfishing issues where grasped, it was just a matter of finding the fish. His best dive was off Mabibi were he shot 2 lovely Couta which became instant sushimi and again dinner later that night.
|Trevor loving the spoils.|
Hunting Kakaap how ever turned out to be the most fun .. even though they were frustrating at times. I had a really beautiful oversized one taken by Potato bass. Fortunately this was the only fish we lost the whole trip. We did not even get hassled by the sharks too much, much to the guys disappointment I think. We even dived 9 mile on the way home hoping to spice things up and alas no sharks.
The yacht trip was epic, dive all day ... eat fish most meals. I even, much to Ben's protest, begged to have steak on the way back home .... I guess thats how you know that you are doing thinks properly :-)
|The most relaxed way to spearfish?|
So on the way home, with a gental North East pushing us at 12knts we had a braai with a couple beers on the back and watched the sun set as we ended our trip. It was too fantastic for words.
Revolutionary Spearfishing News Video
Today the Top Shots Channel launched their first revolutionary spearfishing news video. This unique concept features any news worthy spearfishing video footage. This way guys get their great achievements and moments 'aired'.
This is slightly different from the 'Top Shots' Series where the 'best of the best' spearing shots are featured. This is more of a current events and news worthy video show. So if you go out on a spearfishing adventure and have a fantastic day at sea or come across something very unique ... or even something funny and manage to capture the action on your Go Pro, mini cam or even cell phone send it in. (contact - email@example.com)
In this first news edition Aimrite spearguns have sponsored a speargun to a lucky winner who shares the video on their FaceBook profile. So if you want to stand a chance at winning an Aimrite speargun then share the love and share this link: http://youtu.be/SfNgAKfjXsE
It is aslo good to hear what you guys think ... so post a comment and let me know what you think of this video.
Aeris F10 Spearfishing Dive Watch Gets Clocked
I thought you guy might find this interesting. I clocked my trusty old Aeris F10 dive computer. I have had the watch for at least 2 years and have put it through its paces. The watch has with stood some serious abuse to the point where even the plastic ridge on the rim of the watch has been worn round from getting ground down in crayfish holes :-)
|My Aeris F10 about to get clocked!|
Any way I thought I would take a pic after the dive where I clocked 9997 dives ... it would have been cool to have gotten 9999 tho. Not sure when I will be able to do this again. Man it will be amazing if I clock this again on this watch ... I will definitely retire it if I do. It can then sit on my bed side table and tick away.
The only down side is that it reset all the history when it went back to zero. And for some reason it now turns off if i go into the dive history. Taking the battery out seems to bring it back from the dead, so all good.
So just incase you were wondering whether or not to buy an Aeris F10 ... there is no doubt in my mind.
Maybe Aeris will send me a new one for the good punt.... nudge nudge wink wink :-)
Top Shots - Spearfishing Series - Giant Trevally Showdown
The video has an Iggie (Ignobilis
) from Gerhard Vosloo and one from Rodney Ive. There has been a fair bit of a tussle going on the voting poll to who has the best shot. Guys are seriously analysing each shot down to the bone!! It's got quiet heated once or twice as it does on facebook.
Check it out: Giant Trevally Showdown Poll