World Record Holder – Spearfishing
I’ve always been into diving for as long as I can remember. It started with catching Crayfish and Shellfish whilst snorkelling as a young kid. Then I moved onto tank diving from the ages 15 to 30 in a big way anywhere up to 200 dives a year. With spending so much time under the water I learnt so much about where certain fish species live and about their characteristics witch put me on the front foot for when I got into spearfishing.
When I was 18 my brother and myself started up a commercial fishing business out of the Bay of Islands. Over the following 15 years the business grew to be very successful, my brother and myself always said if we couldn’t think like a fish we would never be able to catch them and catch them we did. At the age of 35 I decided I wanted to take a step back from the long hours working on the boats. Now I spend long hours in the water enjoying what the ocean has to offer from a different angle.
The great thing about spearfishing is that it is your choice to pull the trigger or not, that what makes it the most sustainable kind of fishing there is out there. Ive only been seriously spearing for three years and can’t see the love for it dwindling. Some days you might shoot nothing other days you might shoot a World Record but at the end of every day in the water you would have learnt something and have a story to tell.
Over the years I’ve used a lot of gear and have found Beuchat to be the best and most reliable gear I have ever used. The quality of the equipment is second to none. The Beuchat Spearfishing suits fit like a glove, their cut and amount of panels make the suits the warmest and most comfortable I have ever worn. Beuchat spearfishing guns are top of the line gear from the Marlin Revolution to the Marlin Hero you will not be disappointed with any of their range. All can handle whatever you will put them through and I’ve really put them through some serious testing.
I currently hold Two IUSA World Records for, Snapper and the IUSA and IBSRC World Record for Yellowtail Kingfish and a handful of New Zealand Records as well. And Three IUSA World Records for Trevally, Green Jobfish and Yellowtail Kingfish on a Polespear. With chasing big fish the best chase you have of landing your trophy fish is having the best gear you can get.
Earlier in 2019 I also took part in the World Freshwater Championships held in Lake Taupo. Along with my Dive Buddy Moss, we were stoked to win the event and be crowned World Champions, it was a pretty special win!
One other thing I have learned and its so valuable if I’m not enjoying my day in the water its because I'm taking it to seriously, so I slow down and relax. My diving capability doubles and I enjoy the day so much.