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Forum: Pacific Northwest 09-12-2015, 01:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,281
Posted By diver pat
Re: Oregon spearos - Albacore Tuna Success!

Great work! I can't say I agree with some of your advice though - I think straight shafts are better than slip tips. Slip tips cut through the meat easier I reckon. Also, I think a shorter powerful...
Forum: Freshwater Shooting 02-09-2015, 03:20 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 35,445
Posted By diver pat
Re: 2015 Fresh Water Nationals

It will be good for the event - haven't received my invite to be part of the NZ yet, might have to wait a long time! I am sure they will enjoy your hospitality
Forum: Freshwater Shooting 02-06-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 35,445
Posted By diver pat
Re: 2015 Fresh Water Nationals

They are small, average less than a pound, but spearing that many refines your skills! They are also pretty skittish, and you have to chase them down!
Forum: Freshwater Shooting 02-06-2015, 03:18 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 35,445
Posted By diver pat
Re: 2015 Fresh Water Nationals

I would love to get there, but a long way to come. Here in New Zealand we just had our 6th annual Great Lake Taupo Catfish Cull - brown bullhead catfish were released here a while ago, and fishermen...
Forum: CMAS World Freedive Spearfishing Championship 11-05-2014, 04:15 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 90,354
Posted By diver pat
Re: 2014 World Spearfishing Championships

Some people are into competitions, some people aren't. Competitions without doubt make you an adaptable and thinking spearo, often able to fish in less than ideal conditions. There are some very good...
Forum: Diving Safety, Accidents and Incidents 07-31-2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 29,023
Posted By diver pat
Re: Careful out at the paddies

Great work! Well done!

FYI - the rescuer shouldn't ditch their belt if at all possible. If for some reason the person being rescued sinks, without a belt you can't help
Forum: Pacific Northwest 07-06-2014, 02:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,568
Posted By diver pat
Re: Albacore 2013

I shot a couple of albacore this year (in New Zealand) using a 110cm Rob Allen with single 16mm rubbers. It was light and manoeuvrable, and it was just a question of the fish coming close. Long guns...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 06-07-2014, 02:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,840
Posted By diver pat
Re: Norcal ab dive

jjjjjjjjjjjjeremy are you for real? The guy isn't poaching, and as they say, you have no proof he didn't follow the rules. Lighten up. I imagine those abs tasted great! You need to watch out for...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 05-16-2014, 03:45 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 93,033
Posted By diver pat
Re: N.W. Visibility Updates

Orca are great to dive with - if you get the chance, do it!
Forum: 2013 Best Trip Report and/or Video Challenge 01-04-2014, 11:42 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 69,857
Posted By diver pat
Re: OFFICIAL Nomination Thread for the 2013 Trip Report and/or Video Challenge

Original Poster: Herby
Trip Report and/or Video Thread Title: Video: Cook Islands
URL: http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=155066
Geographic Region: Australia, New Zealand and Indo Pacific...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 12-03-2013, 12:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,449
Posted By diver pat
Re: New gun??? JBL North East

Nothing that exciting Josh - Snapper - world record - had the NZ record for albacore for a week! A few other bits and pieces.
Forum: Pacific Northwest 12-02-2013, 03:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,449
Posted By diver pat
Re: New gun??? JBL North East

Ouch! That hurts Josh! I actually just retired my favourite gun - can't even imagine how many kilos of fish it has accounted for, as well as the records it has shot. I decided I couldn't bare losing...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 11-30-2013, 07:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,449
Posted By diver pat
Re: New gun??? JBL North East

I don't Josh, I was trying out a friend's JBL.

I use a 75cm Rabitech for low viz stuff, but for tuna I use my 120cm or 130cm singles rubber guns, 7mm Rob Allen shaft. Keen to use a reel on the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 11-29-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,449
Posted By diver pat
Re: New gun??? JBL North East

I'm with you Josh. I had a play with the JBL last weekend, and I could not believe how heavy it was. I just about had to take a weight off my belt! Well built though. I just could not imagine what...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 08-26-2013, 03:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,907
Posted By diver pat
Re: Tolavana Massacre

Great write up Mike - the type of diving you guys do - what I call scrounging - really appeals to me. Love the tropics, love being in New Zealand, but will have to get over your way and go for a...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 08-14-2013, 05:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,899
Posted By diver pat
Re: Who wants to smack some Albacore? Oregon tuna are in right now..

Blue sharks aren't a problem, although they can sneak up behind you - not a problem if there are two of you in the water - I often do solo missions so have developed a good head swivel!
Makos are...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 08-13-2013, 05:22 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,899
Posted By diver pat
Re: Who wants to smack some Albacore? Oregon tuna are in right now..

I am fortunate that the albacore where I live are generally quite close in, often within a couple of miles of shore. On the down side, the average fish is probably 5-10lbs, but I generally see a few...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 08-10-2013, 05:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,899
Posted By diver pat
Re: Who wants to smack some Albacore? Oregon tuna are in right now..

All I can say, is get closer than you think you need to, and give them a lead - they are moving way faster than they look! I hope you nail some!
Forum: California Spearfishing 07-22-2013, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,562
Posted By diver pat
Re: How to dispatch a bluewater yellowtail?

Good advice Richard, and I acknowledge you have to get closer to a fish for a head shot - but that is a good thing! I also agree with your advice about the shot in the back third of the fish -...
Forum: California Spearfishing 07-22-2013, 04:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,562
Posted By diver pat
Re: How to dispatch a bluewater yellowtail?

I would avoid using a slip tip, use a straight shaft instead. I tend to prefer solid head shots these days, but NOT through both gill plates! Reels are a pain with yellowtail, because it is harder to...
Forum: California Spearfishing 07-07-2013, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,035
Posted By diver pat
Re: What did we see?

Yellowtail do sit stationary at times - I have speared a couple of big ones like that.
Forum: Australia, New Zealand & Indo-Pacific 03-11-2013, 04:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,943
Posted By diver pat
Re: NZ snapper

If you call him Peter to his face you will never get out with him!!! Only his mother calls him Peter!
Forum: Pacific Northwest 03-08-2013, 01:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,568
Posted By diver pat
Re: Albacore 2013

Always welcome Josh. My sister lives in Raglan now too - somewhere else to stay! Albacore - saw some nice ones last weekend - maybe 12kg? Biggest speared was the one in the photo - 8kg?
Forum: Pacific Northwest 03-07-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,568
Posted By diver pat
Re: Albacore 2013

If you want to do something different I would recommend it - I am lucky where I live in NZ because we don't have to go far offshore. You don't need a long floatline, big float or big gun, in fact a...
Forum: Australia, New Zealand & Indo-Pacific 02-14-2013, 04:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,202
Posted By diver pat
Re: World record Yellowtail kingfish

Might have to visit! Yep, still in New Plymouth
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