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.
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.
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)!
THREE JOHN’S John Harding (senior), Robert ‘REG’ Grounds, John ‘Harold’ Harding about 1964 – photo by John Barlow