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Posted By: long john
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2008 at 6:28pm
Time for a bit of showing off. If we can keep the thread to just photos and a short description of the victims downfall/why we were stoked etc, that would make for a more interesting thread than one that gets sidetracked (as they tend to do)
Please note that a congratulatory comment or 10 is very welcome but will be deleted after a couple of weeks in order to keep the thread snappy

Getting a good fish shore based is really satisfying, I reckon. They always seem to be hard won. Snotted this guy at Hot Water Beach on the way home from the Mercury Bay Open. The comp had been a disaster with my partner and I getting the awesome catch of two butterfish and two blue mao mao for our 6 hours of hard slog.
The fish was mooching in a shallow gut and I spined him with a long shot. The flopper didn't penetrate and the spear fell out but I chased him down and crash tackled. Was just shy of or just over 20lb?

Proud member of the Glen Innes Spearfishing Club

Posted By: tiras
Date Posted: 15 Sep 2008 at 8:22pm

10kg king shot at the outpost in the heat of summer!!

4.5kg- 5kg boarfish shot at the chicks

20lb shot in the far northern comp was swimming along a weedline when i saw his tail sticking out of the weeds so i dived down and as i got close to him, he stuck his head out just to far and was greeted with a piece of steal. 

6kg taken on a early morning shore dive at mathesons bay, also managed a cray and a jd on the same day.

2kg cray my biggest so far. 

sharkbay gurnads the one that got away.

11 gurnads!!


Posted By: Rusky
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2008 at 1:55pm
Best kingi to date at 23kg.  Taken at chicken islands in amongst a few smaller ones.

And a 8.1kg Boarfish my personal best as well taken on same day as kingi.  This guy i dived down straight on top of and he bolted a few metres so I waited him out on the sand and he came within range and i squeezed the trigger.  Arrrggg, safety was on so quickly took it off and nailed him behind the eye pretty much rooting him.
My first and many more JD's on a day out with Herby.
And me and herby's first Gurnard's.


Posted By: campbellc
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2008 at 3:49pm

First ever snapper

Biggest kingie 18.5kg
Biggest cray 4.4kg

Posted By: pomblasta
Date Posted: 16 Sep 2008 at 6:36pm">  
big coral trout chesterfield reefs
 I have lived on a 62 ft sailing catamaran ,"seeka", for 6 years and have been sailing the south pacific with my father for that time. one one of or regular trips overseas , we were travelling form Australia to New Caledonia, we decided to stop mhalf way for a break. so we sailed into the chesterfield reef group and dropped anchor off ille longue.was a beautiful spot as you can see and no one else was there. no land animals, only sea birds and fish. good for me :) . so we stayed here for about 3 days and did some beach walking and diving, fishing and SPEARFISHING. the fish above are a few of the coral trout caught, while diving saw trout up to 25kg!!!! i wasnt game to shoot anything that big but tried my luck with a few smaller ones. the bigger one you see was the first i shot. i jumped out of the dinghy and loaded my gun, looking around in the 20-30 metre visibilty i saw him just finning there looking at me as though he had never seen a bloke before. whack was the sound as my shaft penetrated this poor fishy Wink no naughty thoughts now guys haha. he fought well pulling hard and with a lot of power. however where there is a plus there is a minus, the sharks were prolific. The place was absolutely snooing with the buggers, some were game enough to come close but recieved the sharp end of a spear.. soon enough though there were too many sharks around to keep an eye on so ikt was time to get out. seeing that we were at least 3 days full steam away from anywhere i didnt want to have an "accident" as it were.">">">

Skipper says : the beatings shall CONTINUE , until morale improves!!!

Posted By: duckweed
Date Posted: 20 Sep 2008 at 10:10pm
Got this snapper on wellington reef today,was a long shot he was just in the fading viz.
Put 21mm rubber on a 1.3 gun,with a 1.2 spear.good combo

Posted By: herby
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2008 at 6:48pm

13.5kg grass carp.
Shot in 0.5 metres viz, in a random river on a random side road in the middle of the Waikato. I could see its back out of the water and shot at it, I was expecting a little black koi of about a kilo to keel over and die so I was a bit surprised when this fella jumped out of the water like a dolphin, with my spear lodged half way down its body.
2.4kg wild goldfish.
Shot it in the Chelsea sugar ponds.... Horrible place to dive. Dead
Big Johnnie.
Got him at the Chicks. Saw it when I went down to free the anchor, surfaced, called for a gun, got one, went down and snotted it.
Not a big boarie (4kg) I just really like the photo.
Dumb as dog ****.
2 of 4 from Barrier with LJ and Crabbo.
Clean missed a monster and a couple of minutes later knocked a few scales off another. Cry A couple of minutes after that I shot the bigger of the two fish in the pic, which still didn't cheer me up. 
I knew how to snoop before this tri but it was the first day that snooping and Herby really got along and everything clicked properly. It helped that the day was as fishy as buggary because I could afford to make mistakes and learn from them because I knew that there would be another fish over the next ledge. I think everyone new to snooping needs one of these types of days to learn. LJ got 5 that day I think?
It was one of those days that you probably could have got your limit if you were so inclined.
You can see a trunked kingy carcass on the ground to the left too. I shot it because it had a big gaping wound on its gill plate and I thought someone in our group had shot and lost it (we were all spread out over a large reef system) but it turned out to be an old would that was healing. The tough bugger had a patch of exposed gills!
*On a side note - we stopped off at some reef on the way home and Vicky Crabtree stoned a kingy. I was the only one with a camera on board so took the glory shots of her and emailed them to her a few days later. Fast forward a year or two and I am sightseeing in Europe, of course I drag the girlfriend into every dive shop I could find. In one of these dive shops in Paris (near the Notre Dam) I went to the counter to pay for a wetsuit and lo and behold there is an Immersion poster with the photo of Vicky I'd taken!*
3.5kg Blue cod.
Another fish which is dumb as dog ****. It kept hanging around when we were paua diving so I smashed it.
Location: Mokes
About lunch time after snooping for almost nil result and the day seeming to be one of those somewhat fishless days we all dread  we decided to get a few pinkies. We anchored in the lee of an island which had vertical walls on the ocean side where we’d got pinkies before.
The plan was to all go our separate ways to snoop the shallow areas, then meet up on the wall to do the deeper dives together.
My piece of ‘snooping’ country turned out to be ‘unsnoopable’ – no cover, no weed, just a barren slope with two grumpy looking Scorps and a school of small squid.
Because of the crap area, I just swam straight round the island to the pinky wall. As I got near the wall, there was a 20 metre wide 20 metre deep crevasse, I peered over the ledge and a nice snapper was just cruising along, which I nailed with a semi-long shot from the surface.
That was a good start, maybe there are fish here after all?
There was still no sign of the others, which was a bit gutting, because the bottom out from the wall is twenty five metres or more in some places and I wasn’t going to do that alone. I decided to just swim along right up against the wall and see what I could see.
After going about 30 metres there was a small dent in the wall, in which I saw a few baby snapper milling about. I slunk down the wall, right in the weeds and looked over a small ledge about ten metres down. There was a school of about fifty little babies, with a few of 2-4kg sprinkled in amongst them all out in open water.
I retreated to the surface, breathed up, and dived again, using the same route and perching on the same ledge. This time there was a snapper of about 5kg hanging just out of range in the open.
Another retreat. Another breath up. Another dive onto the same ledge.
Looking down from my ledge there were a lot more snapper there than before, but they were all less than 4kg, and I wanted the fiver I’d just seen. After a while I noticed movement above me, bugger me if there wasn’t a pair of good sized snapper doing synchronised swimming. They pissed about doing circles and what-not with each other (spawning?) until finally the bigger of the two put himself side on and in range so I let rip with a head shot with my new 120. I didn’t know if the shot had gone right through (I don’t think my 110 wouldn’t have even touched it), so I let the whole rig go, hoping it would hole up. Well, it didn’t, and I ended up playing it like a kingfish in open water.
I was soooooooooooo gentle with it, not putting much pressure on it at all, because I still didn’t know if the spear had done its thing properly.
Anyway, as I got it up nearer the surface, I saw a long dark shape swimming towards my fish. I first thought I was going to lose it to a shark, but no, it turned out to be Adam (Rusky) who put a second shot into it. Sweet as! I hauled it in and saw that the spear had gone right through its cheeks, just below the eyes, and was in no danger of tearing out. It was secured without any dramas.
My first 'Puk! Just a wee guy at 6kg, but a puk is a puk.
We had dived all day for no result and we were slowly making our way back to the ramp and diving various spots on the way. We were on the last stop before hometime diving a kay or two from town in bugger all viz. I happened to dive right on the upcurrent edge of a small reef and lay there watching all the blue moki milling about. All of a sudden a puk shot in from the side, did a U-turn and began to bolt off in the direction from which it came. I took a quick snap shot which somehow connected with its head which hurt it badly and it was dead by the time I had it to the surface. Couldn't have been happier!  
Earlier in the day we had been diving a pretty grim spot and I wasn't having much fun, then one of the boys comes up from a dive raving about the size of the tarakihi down there. I thought 'right, thats it, I'm gonna go down there and smash one then jump in the boat 'til we move spots'. So I did just that.
The tarakihi was a shade over 2kg.
First trumpeter 3+kg
We were dropped into shark infested waters at a virtually un-dived place called Boundry Rock. Boundry rock rises vertically from 30ish metres and breaks the surface. We would go down the side and lay on a small ledge at about 17 metres and peer over in to the scary depths below. There were fish schooling all through the water column, and amongst the blue moki and tarakihi schooling mid-water were a bunch of these guys. MJL and I both stoned one each, we then moved a bit inshore and HAND FED HAPUKU!!
Puk from a 10 metre deep weedline at a place called Natikitik.
Lining up a 3.5kg cray.
Got it in the end, and it worked my hands over big time and actually bit me, I aint sh ittin ya, it pulled my thumb to its mouth and BIT me!
Day 1 on the Gurnies.
We'd heard of the gurnard swarms that idiot stickers were getting in to fairly close to home, so decided to have a crack at them with a spear.
Plan A. was to simply swim around over the sand flats which didnt produce any (just a turbot! (see below))

After a bit of a re-think a Plan B was formulated.
Plan B. was to set burlies at various depths and shoot them from that.
After an hour of Plan B being about as productive as Plan A we were close to packing it in. I dived (think we decided it was our last dive of the day) and finally saw one of the little guys crawling along. I blasted it and hit the surface with a big grin and renewed enthusiasm so we stayed a bit longer and ended up with nine, which we were stoked about as it was our first proper bash at them. 
Went out to Barrier mid-winter with a 5-10 knot variable forecast which should have been a 20 knot forecast anyway we found a sheltered bit of coast and I was first in. LAME- I couldn't see my fin tips!
I swam in to shore and it opened up a wee bit to 4 metres. Ewwww. I swam for about an hour and had only seen 2 snapper, one of 500g-1kg (hard to tell in the viz) and another that was a smaller version of the first. LAME. Eventually I came to a patch of rock with a bit of wash on it and covered in mussels. No sooner had I mentally noted the betterness of this bit of coast compared to the rest, I spooked a ~5kg snapper. LAME.
It was now time to up my game, so I snooped harder, and concentrated more, than I had done so far, because of the renewed enthusiasm of actually seeing a worthwhile fish.
About 2 minutes after spooking the 5kg, I approached a sharp bend in the rocks. I was on the surface right up against the waterline looking down through the muddy water for non-existant snapper in the gut. There were, as expected, none in the gut. LAME. A bit of movement to my left caught my eye, a nice snapper was cruising along the coast about half a metre below the surface, much like parore do. Thinking back, I would have been in plain view but I hardly moved a muscle, relying on camo+poor viz+staying still and just lined it up and shot it through the gill plate and out the opposite pectoral fin. NOT LAME!! It went spastic, thrashing around on the surface, jumping clear of the water twice, landing on the rocks, generally flipping out. I swam it out to deeper water and played it for a few seconds then brought it in and gave it the iki. Booya!
Later on in the day Tiras got a couple of snapper (and a napolean) to 3kg, we built a nice burley but no good ones came in, I got a johnnie on my first drop on a weedline which felt like a squillion metres deep in the lame viz, and didn't see another fish worth shooting all day. We got a couple of crays, then called it a day.
Snapper went 9.24kg - My first 20! Stoked
The most horrid thing ever. The koi that swallowed the world.

First Boarie and a trev, 'Lil B. Not much to say on these two, saw them both from the surface, swam down and boom! The boarie was from the weedline running N/S, on the west of the Island, and the trev was from a school of 5-6-7 on the southern weedline. My trev was the smallest in the group by a long way, but was the only one that offered a shot which I took as it was departing (which is why the shot is down near its tail  ) There were a couple in the school that looked to be over 10kg. I really wanted one of them, but pretty stoked with this one.
The greatest photo in the world??

Yellow emperor. By all accounts a very tricky fish in Tonga ( even our guide Ben hadn't managed to spear one before Big smile), but I think I just got lucky and found one that hadn't read the script.
Speared him from above as it was entering a cave, got it in the tail Embarrassed.
Dourade tropicale. Absolute bas-tards of things. You see heaps, but somehow they evade capture almost every time. Stoked with this- my first (and so far, my only) one...well actually, I've shot a few bubbas, but none that really count.
63.3kg Napolean wrasse (Wally). First minute of the first dive of the day, on the first day of a week long trip. Boom.
First proper decent goldie, I've shot half a dozen wee ones, but this one is my best.
So far that kingy is the only one I've shot that has pulled my float under.

Posted By: Snoop
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2008 at 9:35pm

A few favourites, not for their size, more the stories behind them..


Bounty Hunter goes Tribal

Reason: I survived a full dive day with Marcus "The Bounty Hunter" aka "Conan" Movember Northland shorie.  Give you an idea how tough he is... the mo of his was there before Movember... My snap only went to 18 pounds, but after about a 1000 mile swim, Marcus' piss poor effort only went to his pb of 24 pounds.  Something to work on in 2008
Boarie Death

Not big, but gee this critters just plain *iss me off.  Spent a year being taunted by my dive buddies for not being able to slay "the mokis of the north".  It wasn't that one busted off, it wasn't that I put my mates on their first ones... it wasn't that they would bolt when I was 20 metres above them... it was a combination of all those things that drove me nuts...  Boarie death recorded last week.  *****s.

First decent snap on snoop, 19 pounds, from kayak dive up north.  Special because was in Auckland at 12pm, by 5pm had landed this one from a snoop through kelp to the edge of a ledge... text book and just loving it.
XO Kingie

Kingie Crockett doing the Axemen proud.  Took about 15-20 minutes to bring this big boy up. 31.1kg.  Proof that a 1.2m RA with double wrap, slip tip and 30 metre bungy will allow you to bring in a big "gut shot" kingie.  My tinny second shot stoned it... Sweet
The Day Got Better

A personal favourite, moving around a boulder, I spotted this moocher in 6 metres of water ahead of a section of weed on sand, resting.  Dived down before the weed, leveled off and made out his outline through the weed, nailing him.  Special day

On Target
Who else would be proud of nailing a Porae "because I could".  None other than our brave club captain.
Diving with the Godfather
Twin 19s.  Aaron "The Godfather" Dowman is an awesome diver and taught me heaps about the mighty snapper when I first started targeting them up here... Sweet

Epic Day At Work

Took the sales crew out to GB for a spot of heli-fishing. I brought the dive gear.  Toured all my spots at 200 metres above on the chopper, awesome.  Must buy one!
The Old "My Sinus' Are Blocked Will Snoop The Shallows and Shoot A 22 Pounder Routine"
After working the weedlines of Little Barrier as a team... Matt "Kingie" Crockett shoots a John Dory then declares "I can no longer dive deep as my sinus' are acting up" so off to the shallows he goes and screaming like a little school girl he shoots a 22 pounder in 1 metre on snoop.

The Great 20 Ouncer

We will give him **** for the next year, trust me. 
Burley was snooping along minding his business when all of a sudden he came over a gut and there it was ... the fish we all dream of ... the monster moocher. Placing a solid holding shot Burley needed all his years of experience to keep this one from getting into a cave and breaking off. At last after playing it like a master he had it in his hands ... and he too joined the 20 ounce club ... well done mate.     
Good on you Navy Seal...


Axemen Spearfishing... "Putting the crap back into elite"

Posted By: mjl
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2008 at 10:37am
Spent three days out of the Hokianga last game season.  We were trolling around for stickfaces the idea being that I would film my mate smacking one.  The marlin thing never really happened but I was graciously allowed to put my camera down long enough to jump in on a log and nail this fella.  Went just over 6kg and was at least three times the size of the next biggest in the school.
Week before I got the mahi I was in the Chathams.  I was lying on the bottom hoping a school of 'puks was going to come back in when I saw  this boy hanging around.  Couldn't really tell the size but thought it must be quite a good.  When another turk I thought must have been at least 2kg swam between me and I could still clearly make him out behind him I realized he was really big.  Went 2.41kg - 90g off the record which has stood since 1977.  AArrrg
This guy was one of at least 100 hapuka we had schooling behind the boat.  An amazing sight.
The long-nose emporer on the left is probably my most satisfying gish to date.  Had spent five days trying nab one of the cunning ******* and literally in the last half of the last day finally got him. 
Couple of snaps that we berleyed on a shore dive within 1500m of one of the country's most popular tourist beaches
First day I managed to talk a mate into taking his thundercat out to the chicks.  Managed this 7.4kg number in boulder bay.  Bear hugged him all the way back to the boat cos of the big bronzies that had been cruising the weedline with attendant kingies instead of remoras.

Posted By: Rusky
Date Posted: 30 Sep 2008 at 7:52pm
This has to be my most satisfying snoop in the last year or so.  I was working a bit of coast, and redfox about 200m down the coast from me was working his way up to meet me at a designated point.  I glided over some good terain, then came around a nice round rock, and on the other side was this 3.5kg snapper resting up in the weed. 
His senses told him he was in BIG trouble, and he started building up momentum.  It was however too late and a quick draw was in order to seal the deal.

Posted By: Hightower
Date Posted: 03 Oct 2008 at 9:45am
Went for a dive up north with my new underwater camera and was lucky enough to find loads of packhorse crays hanging out in our cray spot. I didn't grab any myself, and between the five of us diving we only grabbed three for a feed.
Was really nice to see so many crays in such good water too. Holly grabbed this bugger that was sitting under a bit of kelp on top of a boulder.
I snapped this photo of one packy that came wandering up to me. Still my favourite underwater photo so far.

Posted By: Diver Dan
Date Posted: 03 Nov 2008 at 4:16pm
Sorry - more snappers!!!!
In eight years of commercial kina and paua diving I got to spear plenty of good snapper, and saw a heap more that saw me first. I can recall clearly seeing 5 fish that would be at least current record size, none of them were fish that immediately bolted off, but all of them knew where I was and wouldn't come into range. The biggest I shot during that eight years would have been about 12 kg. It is ironic that in the time either side of my commercial diving career I picked up record snapper.


Before the Poor Knights was fully closed, you could spearfish for a limited range of species - snapper being one of them. One day in 1995 we dived the Pinnacles off the Knights. I found a brick just off one of the main rocks with a good amount of tide running onto it. The viz was great 20 metres plus, and as I peered over the front of the rock I saw snapper everywhere. At this stage I hadn't shot the elusive 20 pounder, so only a decent snapper would do. It took me 20 minutes of peering over the front of the rock to finally get into a position for a shot on what I thought was a good fish. The clear water deceived me, and I found I was much further away than I realised. I put in a couple of hard kicks, and just as it started to take off pulled the trigger. A perfect upper gut shot!!! The fish dragged itself into the kelp, I dived down and hugged, getting well spiked by the dorsal fin in the process. I spent the trip back in the boat staring at the fish which just snuck past Darren's record of 14.0kg - 14.1 kg.


Fast forward 12 years to the Hen and Chicks. Diving with Wooly and some other mates we were scouting for the Nationals, this time at West Chick. I found a lovely weed edge off the eastern side of the island, and followed it out. Big schools of trevally, koheru, kahawai and kingies were all about me, and I eventually succumbed and knocked over a kingy of about 16kg. While I was dealing with it the tide pushed me back off the edge, and a big white topped rock came into view. It looked like a likely place, so I did a few exploratory dives. Well, apart from the pelagics, it was dead as a doornail. I thought, one more dive. Cruising down the edge of the rock it was absolutely lifeless. I got to about 20 metres and noticed a big grey shape in a shallow gut - bloody drummer - second look, definitely no drummer! I continued sinking, and at a range of 2 metres hit it high in the shoulder, with the shaft exiting by the pelvic fin on the other side. It took off powerfully, and tried to get into a narrow crack. I pulled it out, and as soon as I had it off the bottom it pretty much gave up. I swam it back to the boat, hugging it all the way. Back on land weighed in at 15.04kg, reclaiming my record. There are bigger ones out there though!

Posted By: long john
Date Posted: 03 Nov 2008 at 9:32pm
  200 Pounds of Death

10.) shot at the aldies with Aidan Conways 83cm Croatian special

9.) A bit naughty this one as I'm not sure that it really was 20. Anyway, it was very, very close if not.

8.) Shot off a fish burley at the Hen, gun cam styles

7.) PB for me 11.1kg only a coupla weeks back at Whangamumu

6.) Out with the crew from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

5.) Same exact rock a few weeks later. Legendary aussie Rob Torelli was on board and thought I was the bomb. I was a little bit proudEmbarrassed

4.) 1st 20 taken with a solid gut shot

3.) Kawau Island with Ed. Seen a few gooduns there but this is it so far....
2.) Sail Rock. Shot out in the open from a school of a dozen or so in 15-18m. I dunno, fish are where you find them.
1.) With Spence, Paul. Taken from the chicks in less than 2m.

Close but no cigar. About 19.5lb taken from chicks on a dive with TSW and Giggles. Was about my 2nd snapper
Again, about 19.999lb, mokes.
So, there it is. I guess I'm a little proud but seeing them all lined up like that, I dunno, that's a lot of dead fish. 
At least Bender will be proud of me....Big%20smile


Proud member of the Glen Innes Spearfishing Club

Posted By: loose unit
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2008 at 9:28pm
9.7kg snapper , 1st over 20 pounds

Posted By: KeriBOI
Date Posted: 09 Feb 2009 at 11:10pm

Well here goes it, Not just slayed fish but a selection of everything from my very short spearing career

Where it all started

First touch of a decent snapper

First speared fish, handmade spear, a nail and a flax stalk

Slayed Fish


Cleaning up tintanic

First 20lb, from the Nine Pin, Bay of Islands

Gurnards with Herby

First decent johnie

Tongan Napolean

50lb Kingy from Little Barrier

22kg Kingfish, hen and chicks


I also like to take the odd photo, flooded my underwater camera last year so getting a new one soon, heres some of my favs

Big snapper lurking. You can see this in colour in Sam Mossmans new snapper book ISBN 978-0-9582829-6-3

Matt from Wildblue in Tonga

Goat Island Blue cod


More Dolphins

Fun Times

Draging mates out for the first time


Trips on tintanic with blair from Ocean Hunter, Some of my best dive trips

Nearly every dive trip you will see something different

Clubs, Comps and Nationals

Its not just the diving that makes it. ALot of fun had at club trips, comps and nationals. Recommend them to everyone

Bluefins Club winning the mudgeway

The Big Three winners, nationals at Karikari 

Typical bbq at nationals

Ronald getting left behind at Paihia to Russell

Monique getting a decent kingy (c)photo John Anderson

Gary Conway with biggest snapper he stole of John

Having a batch full with 20 people = fun times

Well stoked freezer

Its not a surf rack, its a gun rack!

Secret breathhold trainning before nationals

Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!

Posted By: BRUNTY
Date Posted: 11 Feb 2009 at 9:52pm
a few of my pix over the last few years
                                  shark out west                                               trev in atu                                                                                                                          king with homemade gun         boary                                                                                     little snappamy first ever turkey                                 ? 1st comp, first snap for the day 5kg flipper almost made me shart that day Clapgo flip                            my first boat , umm bo LOL
the king was my 2nd ever and we went from opito bay out to whale island that day Thumbs%20Up foolish a Confused gotta love the old seegull.
 We had a bbq and sum ki on board and the fantastic seagull in all her glory siezed up Censored
i looked at hoon and said ahh crap ? we had a brain storm ? my  idea was to un bolt the seagull and row home Clapwould have been the wise thing to do ? hoon had a better idea ?
put the cooking oil on the open sharft and belt the crap out of it with a dive wait ?Ouch
dam it the bloody thing turnd over ?
cooking oil then went into the tank and we were away
and still thankfully alive to tell the story

Posted By: camdog
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2009 at 9:08pm
went 6kg,shot t off cape brett n 250m,got 2 more smaller ones,all from under a packing crate

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Posted By: Andr'e
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2009 at 3:44pm
Stoned this boary on a weedline in 15m at the Mokes on Saturday. It went 5.4kg.

miss by an inch miss by a mile

Posted By: David C
Date Posted: 03 May 2009 at 2:28pm

Me & Mark with two good D'urville Island crays, caught in 2-3 meters of
water in the middle of winter. My biggest so far, they both went 3.3kg

PB kingi 18kg, shot in the Marlborough sounds on the last dive of the day.

Second ever snapper on my first proper go at snooping.
I spotted this guy in a gut from the surface with around 8 smaller guys hanging
around him, I dove down and slowly finned to the edge of the gut while hiding in the weed.
I lost sight of the big one and had an easy shot at the other 5+ kilo fish but held off because I knew he wasn't far away.
Near the end of my breath he came out from behind a rock, I extended my gun and stoned him behind the eye.
Choice! he went 18lb.

Tai Ellis with his first snapper from a pinnacle off the Alderman Islands. 15lb

Another PB for Tai shot off the Alderman's he weighed in at 24kg after one heck of a battle.

Freediving the Riwaka cave with Andy MacDonald. What an awesome experience in the clear 9 degree water. Photo is Andrew in the entrance

Posted By: long john
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2009 at 1:06pm
My Super TrevsEmbarrassed Anyway, I never get to even see big trevs. Everyone else gets them or sees them while snooping but it wasn't until this summer just been that I even saw a decent one and even then he was moving off. So my PB up to this point was only about 3kg.
So I'm sneaking along at the barrier over some shallow foul on the edge of a reef system when a school of drummer swim by, accompanied by a monty trev. I duck dive and drill the trev with an awful under the skin stripe shot and it goes mental, into the weeds and all that with me in hot pursuit. I grab it and thank god the shot held and then I notice a big mob of monty trevs are milling around me. Evidently the one I'd just shot was an outlier from the school or whatever so I calmly as I can reload (which seems to take an age), all the while intentionally NOT looking at them, then dive to the bottom still not looking for them and then peek out of the weeds. They were still there though fairly cagey now. I just took a quick look in their direction and as they moved off shot at the one with the steepest forehead, working on the rationale that it was prolly the biggest? Anyway, the shot hit him behind the eye and then he bolted and the spear fell out! Aiyee, I almost cried. I put in a half assed effort at finding him but then the boat came so that was that. As I was just beginning to sort the gun, I spied a great silver/green flank in the weeds. It was my trev, dead as a dodo. I rammed the spear through it's guts as a precaution but it never even wiggled.....until an hour later when I was trying to fillet it. It endured about 20 stabs to the head and several blows with an empty beer bottle before giving up.
In some ways it's a bit of a shame finally scoring the hoodoo fish- another target ticked off the list really but I guess I could always take up handspearing....not.
6.4 and 5.5 kg?

Proud member of the Glen Innes Spearfishing Club

Posted By: cartoonz
Date Posted: 30 Jun 2009 at 6:30pm
Mikes made everyone else's "Hall of Fame" so thought he might as well go in this one.
I read in the Truth News paper a few years ago that he was quite keen to "Soap up and have a splash" whenever he could get away from the farm? There were a few handy shore dive spots near by I beleive...Geek

Posted By: Altair
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2009 at 10:39am

13lb Snapper from the broken islands and a couple of pannies.

22lbs my biggest snapper so far.

My 1st two tarakihi. the 1st one came in on my snapper burley in about 9m.

Biggest kingi 29kg and a 8.2kg Snap


AmberJack shot in Raro

Some of my best U/W Pics from Raro


Parrot fish


Posted By: chong
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2009 at 8:57pm
Been a long time since I posted (or swam) .. anyhow .. this is my first boary caught in Jan 09

Posted By: SpearoMike
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2009 at 7:34pm
Went out today with Bokken over Port Underwood. Sea was the flattest its been in a month but viz was 5 mtrs at best. So not that crash hot.
Went out from Robin Hood bay in me 2.6mtr rib to afew bays around and jumped in. Was surprised at the massive number of large paua just under the boat at 3mtrs. No issue getting quota arond there. Biggest we got was 14cm.
Heaps of bugs in berry I must have picked up 10 (and left another 15odd) of them but ended up with 4 males so was happy with that. Surprised how many were around. I managed 10 butters and some good paua. All in all very good adventure dispite the viz.

here fishy fishy.......... ><(((((º> ............><(((((º>

Posted By: spear crazy
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2009 at 9:13pm
heres some of my better days

Axemen Spearfishing... "Putting the crap back into elite"

Posted By: bigmacg
Date Posted: 10 Oct 2009 at 9:57pm

This is my first snapper and boarfish, got them on the same weed line. i got the snap one day then the boari the next... or the other way around i cant remember?

Posted By: SpearoMike
Date Posted: 27 Nov 2009 at 10:21pm
Me and Bokken went out to Port  Underwood Today. We left Nelson at 0630 and arrived at Robin hood at 0830 where we loaded the gear into me dingy and putted around a few bays.
Fair to say the conditions where very average, well thats probably too nice, it was crap. But who's going to let that hold you back.  Viz at best would be 3mtrs. Temp was good, swell map said 14d. Heaps of crap in the water.
Found a few crays around the place but most either too small or just that too far back to reach and of course a number missed for being to slow... Usual story, you've dropped ya gun and a nice butter swims by. Unfortunatley for a few Butters the gun wasn't that far away and some quick shots and bad placement meant for a few extra's in the catch bag.  Bokken got his first cray which is awesome plus a couple of butters.  Don't think the cray had many legs left after that.
I managed a little better (luck of the draw), 6 crays, 8 Butters and 10 Paua.  I can tell you dragging around that sort of weight is a struggle. But its nice coming home with a good feed. Already have people wanting seafood for Xmas, least this will cover it all thankfully. Next time its all mine!
The conditions were getting worse during the Am into the Pm. Whilst the viz didn't change the wind and swell came up a little. The trip home was memorable with my Pontoon Dingy filling half way up with waves that kept coming in. The Wind was blowing the spey into my eyes which made it hard to stear and as more water comeing the flippin motor stopped. Not ideal really. Grabbed the paddles but managed to get the thing going Thumbs Up and we were away, only to keep filling up with water. Faster/ difference. Figured it was a good way to keep the fish and crays etc fresh right....... Didn't notice but a cray got out and was swimming around the dingy. Bit of a laugh as one does not expect to see the food swiming in ones boat.Embarrassed

here fishy fishy.......... ><(((((º> ............><(((((º>

Posted By: hud2
Date Posted: 06 Dec 2009 at 10:52am
check it out.

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2009 at 1:06pm
 A snapper (4kg) and Trevally  (2.4kg) taken from ti point.">">

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: cpt kernow
Date Posted: 22 Jan 2010 at 1:20pm
This was the first week of Jan.

Could've taken a boat load but one each was ample.
This was the same day I had the "Safety on" incident with my snapper.

And one of the many meals. Baked fillet with cheese and onion, Also made one of the best curries I've eaten outside England.

Posted By: hud2
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2010 at 8:27pm
caught this sucker in the chilly waters down south.  put up a good fight too. . .

Posted By: bigmacg
Date Posted: 30 Jan 2010 at 11:29pm
fish from jan 2010.
before i go back to school Cry
15 lb snapper. 2nd snapper shot on a weedline.
boarfish shot just after that snap above same weedline. i got another boari around the same size a couple days before but i cant find any pics of that
biggest kingi yet shot on new years day the 1st. good start 2 the year.
this snapper is my first to brake the 20 lb mark. it weightd in at 10.5 kgs - 23 lbs
also first snapper shot of a ground burley.

Posted By: SpearoMike
Date Posted: 10 Feb 2010 at 8:59pm
Took the day off work on Monday to go out spearfishing. Plan was to be in Havelock at 8am sharp for meet the boat, that did not happen really, first run for a new boat - 12 mtr alloy 3 jets (cruzed at 32knots and top speed of 45) had a few issues, e.g lost keys, someone forgot to fill a hole etc which meant we did not get away till around 11am. All good when you get a phone call from work at 3.50am to go in and help work before leaving. Precious sleep gone!. Anyho we left and headed for Durville. Conditions were good, was a bit bumpy when we got to open sea but as soon as we rounded the top of durville as you can see in the pic was flat az.
Viz was around 10mtrs which for the SI is great and nice and warm. Spend a few hours in the water and really enjoyed the viz and fish life. Not much around in terms of other species but area had nice large bommies coming up near the surface and dropping away to 10mtrs, nice weedlines with sandy patches. Its almost what you expect in the NI and expecting to see a Snapper around. But as you can see in the pic Butters and Moki. Some very large butters and good moki. I managed 11 butters and 3 Moki which is not too bad by my standard. Other guy only managed 2 butters...
Jumped in around some working birds to see if there is any kings around but as my luck goes, nothing.

Headed back into Ketu bay which is popular for scollies, only issue was heaps of dredges had been pulled through and it made a mess of the bottom. They were hard work even for the divers in the water. Managed my deepest dive with no issues at 19mtrs. Its amazing how deep you can dive when you don't know how deep it is when you go down.
All in all a good day, viz and terrain made for a really great day.
A long day in the end. Got home at 10pm.

here fishy fishy.......... ><(((((º> ............><(((((º>

Posted By: Altair
Date Posted: 10 Mar 2010 at 10:16pm
hey guys, here is a vid i made end of last year... -

Posted By: Bad uncle
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2010 at 10:05pm
my first moki, so very happy with it, will be getting smoke, so cant wait to eat it

Posted By: random
Date Posted: 07 May 2010 at 4:30am
This thread looks like it could use a bit of a boost. Im not really too much into Writing anymore, but here's a bunch of pic's from around the world to keep you amped on diving. Dont forget theres a whole bunch of other species outside NZ waters.
Not all of them are found on your tropical holiday to Vanuatu and the likes either...
just a little something to keep you guys going through the winter....

Posted By: tab47
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2010 at 7:16pm

First ever Boary taken on my fourth dive ever. Me and my mate sammy were out at slipper island off whangamata dived down and saw him sitting head tucked into the weeds with a mate beside him.

Also got my first Kingy on the same trip pretty stoked (you can tell by my big dumb grin), was a really gud trip!

Posted By: JRDO
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2010 at 10:41pm

Once upon a time in 2009 I went diving at a special little spot known as Ti point, we took my 4 kilo chilly bin. This was a special day for me because we equaled the best ever Bluefin diver to JD ratio. If you're not a trusted Bluefin member you might never know that ratio. Shame.

Another day, much longer ago, I went diving at little barrier, on Fizzles lazercraft, he was the current national champion and the legendary PTP was with us. After 45mins diving old goldie rock, they had zero and I had found this 6kg model sitting facing the current under the demi's and even a JD to boot, result. As I was ghosting down on this fish I was stoked when I identified it as a Trev, I'd never seen a big one and was hoping it's have a bit of fight, shot it through the spine. Such a shame there was water on the lens of this shot, it's classic. I wish I still had a smoothie.

LJ can you delete all the boring comments out of this topic, I'd do it myself but you'd have to make me a moderator and I don't think I'd get much support for that motion??

BANNED from doing anything about anything anymore.

Posted By: spear crazy
Date Posted: 29 Jul 2010 at 10:22pm

chicks, 3 snapper up to 4.5kg, a boarie and 2 crays(ones a goodie)

super deep goldies to the axemen

15lb snap snooped in coro, stoned this bad ass. Was in really good condition and was full of baby  reef fish(leatherjackets etc)

coromandel polespear mission! very succesful, missed out on a big boarie by being over zealous and chasing it

Axemen Spearfishing... "Putting the crap back into elite"

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2010 at 8:22pm
Hen,3.5kg Snapper

2 Nice Crays

Haul from the hen less 3 crays and a turkey

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2010 at 8:22pm
Qaz with the RECORD Grandady Hapuka. A new stride for NZ Spearfishing. Cheers Qaz

Qaz with his PB cray

"Seperating the men from the boys"

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: Qaz
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2010 at 10:10pm

Somethings are best left unsaid Rusky

As for this picture, well...theres some bigger than my so called "PB"

A fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other.

Posted By: KeriBOI
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2010 at 6:19pm


Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes; after that, who cares?! He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!

Posted By: Qaz
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2010 at 7:52pm

A fisherman is a jerk on one end of the line waiting for a jerk on the other.

Posted By: jvins
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2010 at 10:10pm
     1, didnt weight them but they are the biggest so far

Posted By: kolt45
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2010 at 12:57pm
LJ, delete this post along with all the other non-worthy ones!!!

Posted By: Mullins
Date Posted: 16 Aug 2010 at 9:01pm
Ok have posted these before, but that was in a previous iteration of the HOF before LJ accidentally trashed it. I haven't really done anything notable (except for the last pic) since, so I'm just trading on the same old pics. 
Nassau grouper shot a couple of hours after blacking out on a 113m dive. Cheered me right up.
6.something kg warehou from Mana in the middle of winter
Couple of goldies from quite deep off the Mercs
10.2kg boary from the Mercs
40kg kingy from White. Only time my Riffe actually came in handy
Satisfying kind of a steephead. Diving the wall at Aitutaki, dropped amongst a big mixed school of napoleons and these guys.
Cod from Kapiti. Deep diving off Tokahaki in cold water and a 7mm suit. Joy. Was 37m to the sand from memory, I have the dive log somewhere. Realised it was a bit silly and eased off, because there was really no effective safety in that vis/current. But it was fun.
Marlin that really should have known better than to swim right in close to shore
3rd deepest dive by a human thus far

Posted By: pathos
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2010 at 9:15pm

Ok i hope this is worthy of the hall of fame bit of a story to go with it I dont know how to rotate the photo sorry. LJ if the yarn to long just delete it.

The day I shot this jobbie had to of been one of the most spectacular days spearfishing I have ever had. I was living on the gold coast at the time the weather had been great for about a week and reports of 30 mtr plus vizo off the coast had me very excited. I got a call from a friend called Denis he was diving the next day and had a spot for me, i was in. We crossed the tweed bar just after daylight it was calm and as we passed over the top of fidos reef i could clearly see the sand and reef below we still had viz. We headed straight for nine mile reef a nine mile round trip from the tweed bar. We could see the reef from some distance away the water was churning on the top when we reached the front edge I peered over the side and could clearly see the sand at 25mtrs we headed up current about 100mtrs and I geared up and jumped in as soon as I hit the water I realised the current was ripping and the front edge would be coming up really soon as I approached there was a wall of surgon fish from top to bottom in amoungst them masses of stingrays all different types and lepord sharks small cobia and a big school of giant trevallies towards the bottom before I knew it I was sucked over the front edge (no point even trying to swim back) I was so blown away I had forgotten to dive. The front edge of the reef jumps up from 25mtrs  to solid reef up to about 15mtrs then slowly slopes off again into 20-28mtr with large sandy areas known as sand holes. anyway the fish life died off and as I angled in the current for the first sand hole shapes appeared bellow me crusing the bottom Sharks I headed for the bottom as I did so I realised there were dozens of sharks all different kinds black tip whalers, snub nose whalers, bull sharks some quite large10-12 foot. I hit the bottom pulled up a mtr or so of float line into my spare hand grabbed the bottom and held on. ( when diving ripping current and wanting to maintain a position on the bottom this is crucial as your floatline soon goes tight making it impossible to manuver you gun) The sharks were not aggressive well not yet anyway, just hanging in the current around the same area a couple made passes at me on the bottom the last of which I gave a gentle poke befor heading for the surface. My heart was racing nine mile was alive what was coming next? I saw the glow of the white sand approaching and headed for the bottom big speckeled surgons everywhere and large spangled emperors boosting off accross the sand. I hit the bottom took up some slack in my floaline threw a couple of handfulls of sand up, head down and waited counting to 10 and just like ray said in there they were smaller fish within range big boys hanging off nine mile jobbies. I picked the closest fish and drilled him. I hit the surface and sharks were appearing on the bottom by the time I had the jobbie subdued I was over the back edge and the boat was on me , what a drift. The second drift I just b- lined straight for the first sand hole I wanted  more jobfish flesh . The sand hole approached I breathed up and headed for the bottom this time I waited a little longer before looked up massive spangled emperors within range and in came the jobbis agin I looked back to the bottom waited and again drilled the closest fish. This time headeding to the surface the sharks were on me I hauled the fish with me a upon hitting the surface yelled for the boat they were starting to get nasty. My turn boatie next drift gave me time to compose myself and stop my hands shaking, hell this sport can have its moments. Next drift I had my sights set on one of the bigger jobbies I had seen in the school> again I legged it for the first sand hole breathing up the whole way it was 26mtr to the sand and I needed all the bottom time I could muster. This time I threw sand up and wriggled my elbows and knees into the sand and waited head down for  as long as I could handle I slowly peered up smaller jobbies close by and then a larged fish came that little bit closer I lobbed a shot and boom- shanker drilled him tearing towards the surface the sharks were on me again in second amazing how the come from nowhere so fast they were aggressive and I thought I was going to loose my prized jobbie I hauled him with me squeeled for the boat this time and with shaft and jobbie in one hand gun in the other made lunges at the tax collectors as the rushed me The boat was on me pretty quick and I was out of there. The biggest jobbie weighed in at 13kg and it was one of the most exciting days spearing I have had.  

Posted By: kolt45
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2010 at 1:45pm
First 3-pronged goldie??  As for hall of fame, that's all I got.

Posted By: kolt45
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2010 at 1:48pm
Well, I did get this jobbie, just shy of 10kg

Posted By: kolt45
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2010 at 1:55pm
My PB polespear kingfish from Mahia, 23kg.

Posted By: TG
Date Posted: 19 Aug 2010 at 2:32pm
I'm not even going to try. Or maybe this one, was cool for me! It's head was bigger than mine, surely that must count?


"Of all the things I lost, I miss my mind the most"

Posted By: herby
Date Posted: 21 Aug 2010 at 9:13am

Posted By: JoshL
Date Posted: 25 Aug 2010 at 10:07pm
Very long time since i've been on here.
Here's my best snap.
10.8kg Great Merc

Posted By: Nick W
Date Posted: 21 Sep 2010 at 1:31pm
Just a few of the better things I have shot.
36kg kingi Hawkes Bay
25kg kingi Napier
Couple boars from coromandel
8.75kg Snapper Coromandel
4.51kg Packie
Just short of 4kg Red cray
Coral lobster from Vanuatu
First Goldie 1.25kg
Gurnard from the sounds
Kapiti squid shot on the run from a fair distance
Ruby off Hawkes bay
NZ record albie at 10.07kg (just for you DD)
Puka (6kg at a guess)
3 fish 1 shot (was 4 but the 4th ripped off)
20kg doggie (just crazy powerful these fish)
5Kg trev
And for the land hunters a couple of stags 8pt sika and 12pt red

Posted By: scotty123
Date Posted: 02 Oct 2010 at 11:27pm

My first jd and the 1st one i was as well ever haha i have seen.

My first kawai and 1st butter. stoked haha allsome day at army bay with kirlu7

The SFFB way!

Posted By: tom1
Date Posted: 19 Dec 2010 at 9:48pm

my first 20+...

went 9.45kg, or 20.8 in old money!!  The boys got nothing off the idiot sticks!
Got it off the other side of that stack in the background, was from a group of a dozen of the same size, except for one, which looked half as big again as the restShocked

Posted By: tom1
Date Posted: 20 Dec 2010 at 9:22pm
been 18months in the making that fish, can go back to weedlining nowLOL

Posted By: jvins
Date Posted: 22 Dec 2010 at 10:27pm
Well, its my first time posting somethings here, been to Pania reef today, rough seas, very bad vis, bout 2 mtre, but i guess it paid off to go out today;
Spear that one from one of the outer reef, mangled my shooting line pretty bad on the reef and had to give him a bit of 90cm love had the end. Biggest fish so far, 30,2kg, Stoked.
Hail for Hawkes bay!!!!!

Posted By: Diver Dan
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2010 at 9:46am
Nice fish JVINS - you need to learn how to hold your fish properly for the camera though. It does help when you are a midget like me! This is a 30kg model from Cuvier this year.

Posted By: sAsLEX
Date Posted: 03 Jan 2011 at 5:28pm
Not the biggest, but my first.

Date Posted: 09 Jan 2011 at 7:38pm
Better put at least one in here for now 14 kilo of mokes snap,he ha.


Posted By: Reel Screamer
Date Posted: 10 Jan 2011 at 7:06pm
First Packhorse crayfish caught up North out of Doubtless bay. Biggest one went 3.5kg.

And a 3kg Trevally taken from a school of Parore at the chicks the other day.

Posted By: mumford
Date Posted: 12 Jan 2011 at 8:59pm
So our xmas adventure started in auckland we drove to wellington and then proceded to drive the entire east coast and east cape on the way home,This taking 13 days. After 10 days of undivable murk we spotted a clear spot in te kaha. I swam out and afer 15min had this on the end of my gun. This is my first ever kingi and it came in at 20.7kg.I dont think the smiles ever gona go.


Posted By: Chaff
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2011 at 11:23pm

Not up to the standard of most of the 'hall of famers' on here but it was my birthday and my biggest kingy and snapper to date. Got the Kingy back from Taratara smokehouse today, very professional service, I highly recommend them, hope it tastes good too!!! :)

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 23 Jan 2011 at 4:28pm
5.5kg snapper off a burley
10kg snapper on snoop. first 20+lber
First Boary Taken from the Hen

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2011 at 10:28am
[QUOTE=_Jimmy_ ]

where can i get a set of spear crazys scales kelpy. it's about time i got some.

spearcrazy wasnt with us when i shot any of these fish and i was using  my mates scales which also weighed this fish. which went 23 on the scales.

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: Northland Bill
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2011 at 12:15am
First ever snapper. Shot in the BOI, went 15 pounds.

Posted By: -Luke-
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2011 at 6:33pm
Originally posted by herby herby wrote:

There's 2.2 pounds to a kilo, not 4.


Rolled out for a film at GBI last sunday hoping to find some clean water.
Found some ok vis (15m hazy) on the mainland side so jumped in only to have the camera sh*t itself on me. Got the reel gun out and had a play on a reef while the crew was targeting crays. The eastern side of the reef produced two good boarfish on a shallow weedline (8-12m). The western side had some good ledges that produced a couple of good snaps snooped within 5 minutes of each other. Saw a few more good ones over another ledge on the way back to the boat but had fish in both arms with no floatline. Haven't had a spear in a while so was pretty stoked. Fish on right was 19LB.. unsure of left. 


Posted By: pomahaka
Date Posted: 13 Feb 2011 at 11:00pm

Posted By: Gundry
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 2:16pm

Prob not really worht of hall of fame but its in my own hall of fame haha.  The fish in the inside is the biggest Butter fish I ever had and to be honest next to my kingy is the 2nd biggest fish i have snotted so far.  Just was thinking I might contribute my litte fish.  This was over the break in matarangi these were shot north of Anareke point Im not sure of the name of the specific bay we were in but was the most butter fish i have seen 2 was enough for a feed though.

Winter is Meh

Posted By: Gundry
Date Posted: 17 Feb 2011 at 4:04pm
Always keen for a BBQ didnt weigh the fish or measure it but it was almsot as long as my arm from shoulder to wrist so I would say around 60-65cm mark and as far as weight goes I would say somewhere between 2.5kg and 3.5kg large range. Was not really thinking about it at the time to be honest was actually lucky the missus came around the corner before I got to the filleting table so managed to actually get a picture of it.  Got a couple pannies that day as well was a great dive in fairly average Vis but was a first for me on many levels, first shark seen while diving for instance as well as the narliest swell surge I had been in up to that point out at some place called lion rock I believe.

Winter is Meh

Posted By: Geofinz
Date Posted: 21 Feb 2011 at 7:53am

Being a decidely average spearo I thought this fish might be my only opportunity to post something in the hall of fame. Out at Gt Barrier on RQ, needing a break from my unsucessful snooping in the shallows I found a shallow weedline around the 8m mark. I thought, who knows there might be a boariie hanging around but didn't really expect to see one. So I was delighted when I saw this guy from the surface, swam down and he turned nicely to present me with the easiest of shots. Back on the boat he went 7.7kg. (edit btw my very first boarie)

Posted By: mozz
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2011 at 1:37pm
If you hold it up to the camera it gets biggerLOL
a rare calm day in the caribbean during winter

Posted By: bigbrett
Date Posted: 27 Feb 2011 at 10:21pm
So headed up to the Bay of Islands for a work sponsored cruise on a well-known tourist boat.  Anyway work sponsored cruise = work paid for spearfishing session!!!  Anyway got into the water on Friday night as the rest of the workmates were preparing to fish - viz was less than 1.5m so after a few dives to the bottom not being able to see anything I decided to pack it in.
Saturday morning quick dip at Mussel Rock - no luck.  We then cruised around the BOI until anchoring up near some islands (which shall remain nameless)! 
Workmates went ashore to explore and I swam the approx 400m to the nearest rocks I could see around the island.  Viz was approx 7m so I cruised around in close to the rocks and decided to burley up and attempt to get some snapper.  This is where it is important to note that I have NEVER shot a snapper before!!  Anyway after about 30min in the water the snapper came a calling - took a shot at the biggest one I could see - hit it but unfortunately it was a gut shot and it tore lose of the spear!  Disappointed I continued on my mission to get something to eat (plus I had talked up the fact that I would shoot something on this trip that if I didn't the shame would have forced me to resign!!).  About 30m from where I had set my first burley I found what I thought looked like a fantastic spot to hunt bigger snapper so again the kina burley was set and I lay in wait.  My patience finally paid off when about 10min later more snapper moved in - most of them smaller than legal, but on the edge of viz loomed a larger snap.  I waited for him to come closer and the struck!  Nailed it near the top of the head in a good holding shot - problem was like the newbie that I am I had shot down and my spear was now imbedded in the sand at the bottom with this snapper going ballistic!  He made his way all the way up my shooting line where he was promply ikied.  Satisfied that I had shot a great snapper I continued the hunt and after about 30min I came across a nice gully approx 8m deep, saw a snapper below me, but rocks everywhere so no shot was on.  Decided it would be a great idea to chase this snapper out of the gully into more open space so I could get a shot off.  Did exactly that and once in open water, approaching from behind the fish I dived down and levelled off at about 5m to line up my shot.  As I did this the fish turned broadside presenting a nice target.  Fired off and nailed it just behind the gill plate.  The snapper then proceed to got ballistic - as expected, but unfortunately for me it dived straight down and managed to get the flopper caught on a rock at the bottom - about 8m, which just happens to be about my current diving depth limit!  Well sure that the fish wasn't getting off the spear, and determined not to leave it behind I pulled out my knife, breathed up and headed down to get my fish and my spear.  As I am writing this storyit's obvious that I made it back up ok, if a little out of breath!  All in all a great dive for me saw heaps of massive red Moki glad to know the spearos up there are leaving them to live : and heaps of other fish, which i don't know the names of so didn't shoot them. - ).  Pic below is me with my first two snapper.  To put things into context, for those of you that have met me, you will know I stand 6'5" so fish look small in comparison but I'm happy to estimate the bigger of the two at over 5lbs :)  Not big fish but my first snappers so thought I'd share my excitement with you all :)

Also known as "Dory Rider"

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2011 at 7:39pm
hit up ti point on friday to check out the vis for saturdays summer series comp. Ended up with the usual jds, ky, butterz etc. also added to the list was this boarfish.(5.5kg Pb)

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: spearbean
Date Posted: 31 Mar 2011 at 5:44pm

Probably not the biggest for some people but this is the second JD I have speared in a week on the west coast Wellington. Didnt have scales so no weight

Posted By: Kelpy
Date Posted: 04 Apr 2011 at 7:47pm
17kg Kingy (p.b) from the chicks

dont weigh it, dont say it

Posted By: Unclejake
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2011 at 10:50pm
10kg Moki. Photos by the wonderful MJL.

Posted By: Smoo Diver
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2011 at 6:44pm
22kg of Chatham Island Puka.
All thanks to Wild Blue and Floyd

I should really get around to shooting a Kingfish one of these days...

Posted By: Bull
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2011 at 5:56pm
almost 18kg. Dont have a better resolution image yet.


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Posted By: Smoo Diver
Date Posted: 16 Apr 2011 at 6:22pm
Slightly better...?

Posted By: Northland Bill
Date Posted: 17 Apr 2011 at 5:47pm
Used my carbon sutu for the first time today. First dive down and shot one of the three hiding in the shade. Shot in the BOI also

Love it!!!

Posted By: TackleIT
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2011 at 9:43pm

34 kg kingi shot on Saturday down the east coast

Posted By: TackleIT
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2011 at 10:17pm

My mate told me about this site and I thought you guys might appreciate these pics heres another veiw of it! good to know theres such intrest in this awsome sport

Posted By: TackleIT
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2011 at 7:04pm

for those who wanted to hear more. Me and my mate went out from Te kaha in my boat to pretty **** conditions with viz about 5 meters or so we hit up a few spots with not much luck on the kingi front seeing just some rats. so we headed in close and started burling up and shooting a few snapper. I droped my gun on a rock to get some kina a next thing this mass of a kingi swarm past so i quiclky dove down and grabed my gun( a 100gun with two rubbers) and chased the kingi for a good 10m before getting my shot off i hit it bang in the middle with the spear coming out near it pectoral fin. it went nuts when i hit it and draged me a good hundy meters before i could get my mate to come over with another gun. by the time he got to me it had pulled me a good 300meters from where i shot it. i pulled him up close to me and got another spear through his head after abit more of a battle a had him by the gills and we got the beast into the boat! was one hell of a mission!

Posted By: Unclejake
Date Posted: 13 Sep 2011 at 8:11pm
It has been too long since this thread was added to, so being the shy kind of guy I am: Here is a photo of Bull (photo credit: Floyd)

Note how the horizon dips down on someone's side of the boat

Posted By: herby
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 11:21am
Quietly stoked with this.
9 snapper, apparently four were over 12 pounds, all shot before lunch time on the eastern side of Barrier, September 2011 
The day afterwards I got lucky and got the bigger of these two while standing in knee deep water;
Luck played a huge part.

Posted By: TG
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 11:24am


"Of all the things I lost, I miss my mind the most"

Posted By: Blue Asparagus
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 11:26am
I must say I am in auw with what you guys get up to, very impressive stuff. Specially the puka shots

Ultimate GAME Fishing Adventures. Northland

Posted By: spearbean
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 11:37am

1st Snapper at GBI weighed in 7.2kilos

Posted By: Spider Monkey
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 2:41pm
^ Well done that man! I thought you're smile would of been bigger though.

Nice camel toe......

Posted By: spearbean
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 3:25pm
^ cheers like to call it a moose hoof though

Posted By: Spider Monkey
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 3:51pm
The old moose knuckle eh! Well it worked.

Posted By: Gareth27934
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 9:01pm
2 things:
Why are you looking down there?
Now that you've pointed it out, Small moose.....

Posted By: JamesHB
Date Posted: 22 Sep 2011 at 9:05pm
Nice work Simon, thats a bloody good fish!

Posted By: spearbean
Date Posted: 23 Sep 2011 at 8:42am
Originally posted by Gareth27934 Gareth27934 wrote:

2 things:
Why are you looking down there?
Now that you've pointed it out, Small moose.....

A seal was wanting to take my catch off me and I was not letting that happen

Posted By: fish food
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2011 at 11:04am
Some of my best dives i think.
1st dive at the barrier on chaffs yacht i shot 8 snapper and 3 trevs
1st 20lbr
2nd 24lbr on a shorey snoop.

1 of a few over time that i thought were 20 that had shrunk by the end of the day.
My best stringer of gurnards

Best haul of JDs off a weedline dive i got 5 and the boary, i could have shot ten jds that day but filmed the rest and got some nice film. should have shot them all tho.
Best fish i shot in tonga a coronation trout that i got on my first shorey dive.
Biggest kingy ive shot without a floatline

Posted By: long john
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2011 at 11:23am

The unofficial N.Z record caramel drummer; one thousand and twenty four fighting grams of muscle, sinew, teeth and testosterone. Ah, glory days

Proud member of the Glen Innes Spearfishing Club

Posted By: Diver Dan
Date Posted: 16 Oct 2011 at 12:07pm
It's either a record or its not. Its not.

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