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How To Don Your Wetsuit

Written by Splash on November 22nd, 2016.      0 comments


Getting in and out of your new open-cell wetsuit is probably a bit different to what you're used to.  Follow the steps below and it'll be easy...

The Quest for the Elusive 20lb

Written by James Goodall on November 12th, 2016.      0 comments


Most spearfishermen dream of shooting a big snapper (the 20lb mark). Well I was one of these lucky people.

Some mates had organised a mid-winter spearfishing trip to the far north of New Zealand and had invited me along with them. The destination was Doubtless Bay on the East coast of Northland. The lads had been up there the previous year and had a cracker of a trip spearing snapper over the 17lb mark and of course this got me excited as we were heading up around the same time again this year...
Topics: Spearfishing

Stay Safe - Be Seen, be heard!

Written by Hayden Salmons on October 12th, 2016.      0 comments


There are only a few things that will plunge the heart into your gut faster than surfacing from a dive to find the boat is nowhere to been seen. You look left, then right and then left again... the heart starts to pound. Floating alone, you feel like a piece of driftwood with no control over where you are going or what might happen. The vast ocean all around, just bobbing, waiting & waiting.

Snapper Snooping

Written by Matt Lind on September 20th, 2016.      0 comments


Over the next three months we’ll see the best spearfishing of the year.  Not because of good weather or good water conditions but because of the number of snapper and where they move to.  Sometime during October the water temperature is going to begin ramping up and when it gets to about 18 degrees a major change will take place...

Hunting Yellowtail Kingfish

Written by James Goodall on September 12th, 2016.      0 comments


With the summer months fast approaching so are the increasing numbers of kingfish. knowing where and when to find them is the key to success. Finding these Kingfish always seems to have the same common conditions, the biggest being current followed by structure and baitfish. If you combined these three conditions you are in with a good chance a finding these tasty yellowtail.

How To Tie Knots

Written by Splash on August 26th, 2016.      0 comments


Learn the most useful knots to Spearfishermen...

Choosing an Octopus

Written by Hayden Salmons on August 12th, 2016.      0 comments


Your octi is a vital piece of gear and choosing the right one for you is important. The goal of all alternate air supplies is the same: to provide a second chance air supply if your regulator or your buddy's fails during a dive. Octis then deliver air on demand at ambient pressure, but are usually set to reduce...

Look After Your Catch And It Will Look After You

Written by Bart Mackenzie on July 26th, 2016.      0 comments


As spearos we spend so much time and money in our pursuit of fresh fish. The gear, the fuel, the boat, the charter, the search and the dive all add up. There are many joys along the way, however, the fundamental goal of spearfishing is to take quality seafood home to eat. It can be a bit of a pain to look after your fish and process it all after a long day spearing. However, selective, sustainable seafood of a high quality is what we are all about and time needs to be spent to ensure the quality of the product. I am a firm believer that all fresh fish is quality and with appropriate care and the right recipe it can taste great...
Topics: Spearfishing

Keeping The Passion Alive

Written by Hayden Salmons on July 12th, 2016.      0 comments


Splash's Tech Guru, Hayden, shares his journey from Novice to Instructor to Tech-diver to Spearo...

How To Choose Your Gun

Written by Matt Lind on June 12th, 2016.      0 comments


One of the biggest choices when you’re starting out spearfishing is which gun to get.  With the enormous number of spearguns available now and the amount of information and theories floating around it can be hard to know where to start.  I’ve used and tested a heap of guns over the last decade that I’ve been selling them and below I’ll try and outline the main things I look for.

Freediving with Sharks

Written by Steve Hathaway on May 12th, 2014.      0 comments


As each summer rolls around, something more predictable than the All Blacks being named favourites for every Rugby World Cup occurs. Along with the usual buzz in the air as we prepare to hit the beach for the hugely-anticipated Christmas holidays, the sensationalist shark hype begins.
Topics: Freediving, Wildlife

What Lives Under That Wharf?

Written by Steve Hathaway on April 9th, 2014.      0 comments


I was pretty excited when I got a call about doing some underwater filming for the Port of Tauranga, documenting marine life in the harbour and around their wharves. Sure, this doesn’t sound like a glamorous job, especially because the harbour clarity was still recovering after a record 12-hour rainfall, but I was convinced I was going to find some incredible life in one of New Zealand’s busiest shipping ports....

Diving with Orca

Written by Steve Hathaway on December 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Something that fires me up more than anything is spending time in the water with large animals. So when Dr Ingrid Visser (NZ’s Orca researcher) asked me three years ago to film orca underwater for her research, this was something that I had only ever dreamed of doing!

Diving at Karikari

Written by Steve Hathaway on November 12th, 2013.      0 comments


Karikari Peninsula is a place of stark contrasts. Visiting for the first time, you are immediately faced with desolate, arid-looking countryside that obviously has great extremes in its weather. Bearing the brunt of cyclonic tropical storms and long dry summers, life on land is tough. Yet this harsh landscape offers no hint of the lush contrast that lies in the surrounding turquoise ocean...

Arch Diving

Written by Steve Hathaway on February 12th, 2013.      0 comments


There is something about diving arches that really gets my blood going. In one short dive you could easily see more life in one tiny area than if you combined a dozen dives in other locations! Recently I watched an episode of Robson Green’s Extreme Fishing show. He was about to jump in and have a spearfish. The backdrop showed a group of islands, one of which had an arch running through the middle of it. Without any knowledge of the area, my immediate thought was that, if that were me, I’d visit the arch first, as it looked the most likely place to get a feed...