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    Posted: 09 Jan 2011 at 11:14am
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In less than a month I'll be in sunny, sunny Invercargill and staying for at least a year - so, where the heck can I dive down there? Are regular dives even possible or is it only on rare calm days?
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Hi Kuuni, give this guy a call hes in dunedin, but knows all the boys down there,
here is the details for the south Island champs,would be a good place to meet most of the divers from down that way
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Kelvin Milne   [email protected]

SI spearfishing  champs 2011

Location :Tautaku Beach, South Otago
Date : 5th February 2011
Registration & Briefing : 8:00 am Tautaku Beach Carpark
Competition Start :10:00am              Competition Finish : 2:00pm

 
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there is some very good diving to be had down the bottom of NZ heeps of paua crays  trumpeter ,  and the water can be very clear , there is a club in Invercargill
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There is plenty of great diving around Southland - trumpeter, blue cod, butterfish, Blue moki, paua and crays. Bluff has some good diving, right from the harbour entrance and along the coast. Some good shore diving around the Catlins. There are heaps of options. I can give you some contacts if you PM me.
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Argh, bugger - I won't be there til the 6th Ouch  Cheers though.
What's the club name?

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I will be shifting to Oamaru on the 30th - I will have a boat by then text me or call my on 021 026 26667 or at the Oamaru Library.
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I,ve edited my post with kelvin,s contact he will be able to give you a lot of info
 
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Great! Thanks guys - now I've just gotta sort a 7mm suit Tongue
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you should only need a 7mm for winter, I dived down there in the comps in a 5mm for 4 hours with out getting cold
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Kuuni, I head down to Invercargill fairly regularly for work. Will be down twice in Feb if you want to catch up for a swim at some point.
 
I've done a little in the Catlins from time to time but that's about it. Often see divers out by the lighthouse in Bluff, looks pretty nice around that area.
 
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Originally posted by oldfela oldfela wrote:

you should only need a 7mm for winter, I dived down there in the comps in a 5mm for 4 hours with out getting cold
Yep, 5mm is OK for much of the year.
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gidday I'm looking at going spearing in fiordland. Is it possible to spearfish in milford sound without a boat? and is there very good access if so?
 
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Not really, the bit you can drive too is dominated by the river/estuary. That said, I haven't dived that far in. So if you can get below the freshwater layer, you might find something. 
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Originally posted by clash clash wrote:

gidday I'm looking at going spearing in fiordland. Is it possible to spearfish in milford sound without a boat? and is there very good access if so?
 
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Seem to remember a fair chunk of milford is a reserve. Check out the brown trout under the fishermans warfes. But don,t touch the fisherman treat them as pets lol.
If you can get down to one of the other sounds like "George" or an area called the fingers???. We got pup hapuka in 50ft of water along with the cod, trumpeter etc. The crays can get to scary size in shallow too.
 
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Mean. Were you spearing the puks?
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I'll be interested to hear if you go! I think I cleared out all the cod from my first spot... Cry
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No we were anchored for the night in one of the sounds and someone dropped a line over the side. After been in the water all day spearfishing was not high on the agenda. Saw one or two while picking pua along the north side of charlky inlet. The crays in the photo came from the southern end of Fiordland were gathered for a function in about 20minutes by three free divers the size limit was they had to fit in the pot we had so we left bigger ones alone.
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Whoah! So you actually saw a couple? Awesome. More info, more info!!!!!!
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Trip to Fiordland to satisfy your mainland Puk fetish LJ??
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yes, yes, yes, yes, YES!
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