December 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.
December 23, 2012 § 3 Comments
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. Netting mullet off the beach DeHavilland 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. Fathom 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.
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)!
December 23, 2012 § Leave a comment
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.