SPEAR FISHING CLUB COMPETITION 1970s

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SWIMMING WITH SHARKS

December 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

Published in "Sea Frontiers" (Florida) years ago as a double page.

Published in “Sea Frontiers” (Florida) years ago as a double page.

Ilford B&W film that could be processed with color film.  Test shots, late afternoon light plus flash.

Ilford B&W film that could be processed with color film. Test shots, late afternoon light plus flash.

Big Seal Rock.

Big Seal Rock.

 

 

 

An original Shark Girl in 1988

Shark Girl in 1988

© jh harding

© jh harding

Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

Some people make the mistake Grey Nurse sharks won't bite.  They can be quite active very early in the morning.

Some people make the mistake Grey Nurse sharks won’t bite. They can be quite active very early in the morning.

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At 'big seal rock' - (further south is 'little seal rock').

At ‘big seal rock’ – (further south is ‘little seal rock’).

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Australian Spearfishing Champion ( December 1966)  Peter Kemp met a large white pointer shark off the fisherman’s beach rocks at Seal Rocks.   Spearing alone off the beach in the 1960s, Peter met the big shark in relatively shallow water about four meters in depth.  There was no visual threat displayed – just a heart-thumping sudden jolt of adrenalin.  Today’s small video camera’s are capturing such moments nicely.  This example recently recorded off South Africa.

 

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Still shot from the video

Still shot from the video

CATCHING BEACH WORMS

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Tosh (Bill) was a professional worm catcher. Worms make excellent bait for beach fishing.

‘Tosh’ (Bill) was a professional worm catcher. Worms make excellent bait for beach fishing.

The method: drag a rotten rabbit (in a bag) in the shallows when a wave recedes. The worm then sticks it's head out of the sand for a look for the smelly food.  A sharp eye and a quick hand is required to catch the worm before is vanishes again under the wet sand as the next wave arrives.
The method: drag a rotten rabbit (in a bag) in the shallows when a wave recedes. The worm then sticks it’s head out of the sand for a look for the smelly food. A sharp eye and a quick hand is required to catch the worm before is vanishes again under the wet sand as the next wave arrives. Easy for the experts.bill Toshcrabs

 

FREE DIVING DAY 1964

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

French 35mm still camera promoted by Jacques Yves Cousteau (but not made or designed by him) first appeared in Australia during 1963.  Pictures shown here were taken by one of these cameras. Price one hundred pounds. About $2000 today - or more.

French 35mm still camera promoted by Jacques Yves Cousteau (but not made or designed by him) first appeared in Australia during 1963. Pictures shown here were taken by one of these cameras. Price one hundred pounds. About $2000 today – or more.

Port Hacking Penguins spear fishing club members

Port Hacking Penguins spear fishing club members

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Val and John Harding.

Val and John Harding.

Valerie holds large Yellowtail kingfish

Valerie holds large Yellowtail kingfish

Valerie with John's fish

Valerie with John’s fish

Valerie took this picture, sunlight flare on lens

Valerie took this picture, sunlight flare on lens

OLD SEAL ROCKS 1960s

December 23, 2012 § 3 Comments

Tough conditions for swimming around the rocks looking for fish.

Tough conditions for swimming around the rocks looking for fish.

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The was an old guy living in that tiny hut for a few years after 1964.

The was an old guy living in that tiny hut for a few years after 1964.

 

Kay Milburn a friend of Ron and Valerie Taylor

Kay Milburn a friend of Ron and Valerie Taylor

Boarfish are not so common anymore.Boarfish are not so common anymore. Wally Gibbins was a pioneer spear fisherman and early visitor to Seal Rocks - he led the way.  This is the first trophy for a speared fish. 1951.Wally Gibbins was a pioneer spear fisherman and early visitor to Seal Rocks – he led the way. This is the first trophy for a speared fish. 1951.

Part of the 1960s sea lion colony at Big Seal Rock.

Part of the 1960s sea lion colony at Big Seal Rock.

Big Seal Rock picture with a Rolleiflex.  75mm lens.Sea lion or fur seal picture made with a Rolleiflex. 75mm lens. These former hotel exterior advertising art forms are modern treasures for collectors. Photographed in 1968.These former hotel exterior advertising art forms are modern treasures for collectors. Photographed in 1968. outdoorcooks.jpg

Our first view after leaving the bush and coming down a steep hill into the village.

Our first view after leaving the bush and coming down a steep hill into the village.

Van Laman became Ben Cropp's first of three wives. Van Laman became Ben Cropp’s first of three wives.  This story from December 1963. Grey nurse shark jaws, possibly from Montague Island, off Narooma and identical with local sharks.Grey nurse shark jaws, possibly from Montague Island, off Narooma and identical with local sharks. Netting mullet off the beach 1970Netting mullet off the beach DeHavilland Tempest aluminium boat with 40 horsepower Evinrude was not a bad outfit in 1965DeHavilland Tempest aluminium boat with 40 horsepower Evinrude was not a bad outfit in 1965 In the 1960s people were dying after eating toads in error.In the 1960s people were dying after eating toads in error. Fathom magazine story , Mr George Davies (veteran spear fishing authority), shark hunting eraFathom magazine ‘Big Game Spearfishing’ story photographed at Seal Rocks            FATHOM MAGAZINE Issue 4  <Click to view Pictured:  Mr George Davies (veteran spear fishing authority), shark hunting era with Ben Cropp, Keith Greyson, Van Laman, Bill Arrowsmith. Fathom cover is Bruce Farley with kingfish at Sugarloaf Point. Kingfish inside pages picture is Bob Grounds at Sugarloaf Point. Grey Nurse shark jaws are needle-shaped – designed for holding fish. Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor November 1963 at Seal Rocks when they first located a large nest of huge lobsters - many with eggs.Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor November 1963 at Seal Rocks when they first located a large nest of huge lobsters – many with eggs.

Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor found the nest of large lobsters at Seal Rocks.

Vic Ley and Arthur Taylor found the nest of large lobsters at Seal Rocks.

Grey nurse have twin dorsal fins which helps make them easy to ID from bull, tiger and great whites which all have a single large dorsal fin.Grey nurse have twin dorsal fins which helps make them easy to ID from bull, tiger and great whites which all have a single large dorsal fin. Trolling for bonito at Big Seal. (Fishermen were not friendly to us, a boat of four fee diving fish hunters)!Trolling for bonito at Big Seal. (Fishermen were not friendly to us, a boat of four fee diving fish hunters)!

28 Grey nurse sharks at Big Seal Rocks was a stunning sight. Above and swimming into a strong current swam a school of eight large Hammerheads and five whaler sharks.

28 Grey nurse sharks at Big Seal Rocks was a stunning sight. Above and swimming into the strong current a school of eight large Hammerheads and five whaler sharks together. The school suddenly broke up when they saw a lone free diver.

1-2012-12-024THREE JOHN’S  John Harding (senior), Robert ‘REG’ Grounds, John ‘Harold’ Harding about 1964 – photo by John Barlow

Georgie Gee and friends netting mullet 1969

Georgie Gee and friends netting mullet 1969

Mullet netting First Beach 1969, cameraman with 16mm underwater housing gets a few shots in the shallows.

Mullet netting First Beach 1969, cameraman with 16mm underwater housing gets a few shots in the shallows.

PILOT WHALE RESCUE

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Big day at Seal Rocks when a dozen false killer (pilot whales) became disoriented.

Big day at Seal Rocks when a dozen false killer (pilot whales) became disoriented.

 

A trailer arrived with dozens of wet suits for volunteers to wear.  There must be an organization for whale strandings?

A trailer arrived with dozens of wet suits for volunteers to wear. There must be an organization for whale strandings?

Boat Beach

Boat Beach

A truck arrived with racks of wet suits for volunteers. A fast food company dinated a van load of hamburgers, someone placed a bucket near the shop for coin  'donations'. (The bucket disappeared when half full).  Local radio broadcasts brought crowds of new curious visitors. It was a Friday night which helped boost numbers.A truck arrived with racks of wet suits for volunteers. A fast food company dinated a van load of hamburgers, someone placed a bucket near the shop for coin ‘donations’. (The bucket disappeared when half full). Local radio broadcasts brought crowds of new curious visitors. It was a Friday night which helped boost numbers.

Faces reveal emotions. The pilot whales remained calm as volunteers kept them upright.  Most were saved.

Faces reveal emotions. The pilot whales remained calm as volunteers kept them upright. Most were saved.

YELLOWTAIL KINGFISH TRAPS “BANNED”

December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment

Adult yellowtail kingfish about 10kg

Adult yellowtail kingfish about 10kg

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Speared with a multi-pronged head (pranger).

Speared with a multi-pronged head (pranger).

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Anchored in deep water about twenty feet under the surface.  No bait was required.  The fish liked the safety aspect - to their detriment.

Anchored in deep water about twenty feet under the surface. No bait was required. The fish liked the safety aspect – to their detriment.

 Rolleimarin underwater camera was  top of the range product in 1960s

Rolleimarin underwater camera was top of the range product in 1960s. Aluminium “Tempest” was hard riding and strong – although rivets often popped loose. 40 horsepower outboard was mostly run full throttle.  Boat manufacturer  DeHavilland was amazed to the  extent of repairs, under warranty, regularly required.

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