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    I use the Merou Tuna, and also the Omer Pelagic both hold a massive amount of line and have silky smooth drags. Was considering a wally potts for my blue water hun, but i think I might just go with a floatline when i do all this.

    Well for shallow stuff, I am going to be rigging my Nikon DSLR with an Outex cover and fisheye. Battery life on my Nikon can last all day shooting. You'll run out of memory before running out of battery. But my DSLR only shoots 1080p at 30FPS. But it's not bad to use that in conjunction with the GoPro.

    The Outex is around $250-300 and can go to 33F so it's suitable for shallow stuff.

    What I really love about the GoPro is the frame rates and what I really hate about the gopro is the battery life. Even with the battery still isnt that long. Plus Ive been having issues with the camera not functioning properly with the BacPac attached.

    Ive always been scared of those "bag" type cases for my dslr. It just seems to easy to pop a hole in them. Have you used these before? Plus 30 feet limit is pretty shallow.

    No worries Dan, I thought since you were the webmaster, it could be, it's all good I have all the info and will repost it when appropriate. I'm actually held under my own contract for the time being on the videos, but some photos are fine...

    Anyways, did a neti pot this morning cause I could feel something small coming on, and now I feel like a million bucks. Now if the weather would only cooperate, I could get out in some bluewater and go try for some wahoo...

    1. Thanks for the intel sir. :toast: I have been using Tea Tree Oil for only about 3years now. I second that it is powerful stuff as you wrote. (but I have used if for years on my GFs boobies with no noted size increase :rolleyes1: )
    2. Can we see more :bouncinboobs: of the "main superstar actress" ?

    Thanks for sharing and nice to see you here on Speardiver :toast:

    Haha, I'll post photos of the entire trip as soon as Im able to. As soon as the show aires ill ask dan to bring the orrigioanl thread back to life and bring it up to speed. I have about 200 gigs of just my bull shit videos to go through to make a behind the scenes documentary, but I have next to no time right now. I've been crazy busy with my jet ski rental and preparing for Christmas so I hope to get started in it in the beggining of the year. I have started a sort of story board in my head, trying to find good tunes and what not. I have a good friend in this industry that might help me out. Im used to making 3-9 minuet videos on my computer, not 45- 90 minuet movies. I fear it'll kill my poor MacBook if I tried making something that big.

    Sorry if I missed that part, i had about 5 different replies from three completely different types of forums going on with only 39 tabs open..haha.

    Tea tree oil, is like gods gift to the to shapelock, moonshine and boobies...It has a multitude of uses.

    Remember that Chris Rock bit on Tussin', and how it was the cure-all?? What he really meant, was that Tea Tree was the cure-all...One thing i did read online is that you should be very careful about putting it in your ears as it is easy to put too much. I always made sure that when i put the tea tree oil in my ears, it was ONLY 2 drops and i laid sideways for a few seconds and turned back over with a paper towel or napkin i my ear. I never over did it and it always worked for me and everyone else that used it. I even got the old time salvage guy that was with us using it, said they used to use it all the time back in the day, it was like a medicine cabinet in a bottle.

    The peppermint oil is to be used ONE drop at a time. And just before or after someone is getting sick. One drop, dont over do it. It has a diminishing return on the second and third drop...

    Over the past few months I spent a lot of time in the water. Not doing anything cool like spearfishing. Some of you might have read the thread about the underwater documentary for a japanese TV show, i took it down for confidentiality sake, but will post it back up in a few weeks after its aired. Along with a sleuth of new footage and behind the scene stuff...Anyways... Initially we were only supposed to have about 15 minuets of footage in the hour long documentary, but as things progressed I was told that we were going to be doing around 25-30 minuets..needless to say, since i was the only videographer, that added a massive amount of pressure to me and my planning. Aside from diving in sebastian(which was absolutely horrible) and the times we went to the keys, all the back and forth driving at night, sleeping a few hours did take a toll on my system. Most of the crew lived on the boat in Sebastian while it was at port, and I stayed at my place or hotels when we were in the keys filming (too bad in sebastian)...One guy would get sick and the rest of the gang would after that, mostly sinus issues and ear aches...

    Okay, TWO things that I recommend that every diver should use as it 100% without a shadow of a doubt made the difference of me diving/filming or not was...A NETI Pot, And Tea Tree Oil...oil in your ears and neti pot for your sinuses. I would honestly fill a thermos with hot water and mix it out on the boat some days when i was bad. instant relief. It also saved the day when the main superstar actress got sick and couldn't dive as well. I bought her a neti pot and now she carries one with her everywhere she goes when she travels the world...she told me she just used it on another film shoot as well...she was only there for 9 days at roughly 11k a day...there was absolutely no time, what-so-ever for days down...

    Seriously, get both and keep them handy. I like to use the oils on dive days even if my ears dont hurt. a few drops and its like and instant relief on your ears, and its almost like you can hear better as well.. I had my ears professionally cleaned before the trip and they are clear, so its not my imagination but the oil really helps.

    As far as the neti pot is concerned. There are several points i must make about it.

    1. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use 100% filtered water, never tap water, and none of that water with electrolytes or any bull shit like dont want to get any nasty bacteria growing in your sinus cavities. Boiling also works. Make sure to pour some water on your arm to be sure its not too hot.
    2. Always, sterilize the pot by nuking it with a little water inside it, dump it and put fresh stuff.
    3. Make sure you mouth is open when you are pouring. Or else youll clog back up again.
    4. When you are done flushing, blow your nose out and wipe your face so you dont look like a 2 year old, and switch nostrils, then do it again. I like to do them twice. Youll wish you had one sooner.

    Also, for those that get seasick or know of someone that does. There is one instant cure, peppermint oil. One drop, bam...done. Worked ever time with the non sea fairing japanese...ive used it on jet ski tours and boat trips as well.

    Im lucky to live in a place where i get to see these on a regular basis. I was out just today at American Shoal Lighthouse, and saw one swim right by. Also came about 2 feet from a HUGE turtle as well. Unfortunately, i did not have my camera in my hands but i did get these over the past few months.

    Last week AndrewK called me up, said he and his gf were coming to the keys and wanting to all try and get out on the water with a friend in Kw. A few plans fell through on doing a key west trip, so we decided to take one of the boats in Summerland (mm24) out and do some reef diving. We started off at Looe key, which is one of my favorite places down here, because Andrew and his gf had never been. Let me say this to everyone, If you come to the Florida Keys at any point in your life, you are doing yourself a HUGE injustice if you dont visit Looe Key at least once...seriously..30+ mooring balls and an underwater paradise. I enjoyed it because i was also able to warm up and get my dive reflex started...anyways, we play and have fun ZERO jellies and pretty good vis. Despite the west winds we had the day before and the north winds we had that day it was surprisingly good, very calm too. We basically decide to work the reef from outside looe key management area and keep on trucking to american shoal. After leaving Looe Key, our second stop wasnt too far away. We proceed to dive for 20 minuets with next to no luck but with at least 150,000,000 jellies all over. I dont think ive seen them this thick in a while...the term, walking on jellies was an understatement. We were just on our way to the boat about to move , and i make drop down and see a small but legal black swim into a hole. I tell andrew there is something down there, wanted to recheck, and breath up to dive it again. I do a slow and leisurely dive down, actually it was one of those sloppy form not even looking at where im going sort of dive, I turn and literally bellied to the bottom. I stayed there motionless mentally making fun of myself for such sloppy form, and started slowly looking around, I see right in front of me as if one of the giant coral heads was literally crawling, I blink my eyes, focus a little better, look again and sure as shit, a BEAST of a grouper gives me the stink eye puffs his gills, then slowly starts to swim away. I was almost in shock that he did that at first, it actually caught me off guard for a split second. How was i going to let this fish mean mug and me like that in front my friends?? Luckily I had my trusty and always dependable 58 Koah Euro in my right hand. I start to take aim slowly, but he is almost too close to get a good shot off. He is fading away, just like my breath-hold. I start to make (very slow) ground on him and then...BAM!!!...I let the steel fly and it sunk into his body, it disappeared along with the fish in a big massive cloud of silt.. Next thing i know, my Merou reel starts zipping out line. In the back of my mind, i knew i got a good shot, but all of a sudden, I started to question the flopper, the shot, how much power he still had, the mono, the crimps, how much reel line I had, potential reel backlashing...ect ect..all at once. Slowing a freight train down like that isnt always easy. i knocked him down to about 10% and he still put up one hell of a fight. Of course everything preformed flawlessly, I get to surface to call out for andrew. The fish takes about 50-60 feet of line out and then stops. We were only diving 37 feet, so i know he wasn't too far from me. I had swam closer to the boat in case i needed to get my float-line ready to clip on,...the reel stops and there is just a solid tension....all i could hear was my heart beating, and my lungs gasping for air, it was almost euphoric. I didnt know if the fish had slipped off and was gone if he was holed up or what. I pass the gun to Andrew and follow the line only to see it passed under a rock, through a ledge, across a sandy patch, and towards a HUGE ledge...I come up from a pathetic breathold and decide that a small tank might be a better option as the big reef shark I saw two dives before looked awful hungry. I clip the tank right to my belt keep it between my legs, and start the decent. I followed the line under the rock and directly to what appeared to be another rock with a piece of fan coral on top of i got closer, it was really a dead grouper, with his pectoral fin facing up flapping in the current like all the fan coral. I do a full 360 head turn for the taxman, grab the lifeless beast, and start making my way up top to andrew. Which coincidentally enough, was in La-La Land at the time, I can only assume that he was so amazed by my Koah that he was unable to properly focus on anything else, sooooo I shoved the fish right in his hand. He practically jumped out of the water, I dont think i have ever seen anyones eyes so big. He starts laughing and woo hooing like a girly-girl (admittedly, i might have a little bit as well) I heave twice to get his motionless body onto the deck of the boat and sigh with great relief while resting on the dive ladder...This was a PB for me, largest black weighing 30lbs. I was pretty stoked. We pull anchor and move to the next few spots, where Andrew turned into a lobster hunting champion and managed to bag 4 legal lobster. Honestly Im lucky if I see 1 per trip. We continued our way out to a wreck that andrew did a bounce dive and got himself a nice big permit on. Made our way to American Shoal lighthouse for some more action which i got a nice hog and a jelly fish sting in my mask. We hung out around the lighthouse, laughed our asses of at all the bird shit and went back in to clean up and cook our catch. The permit, and hogfish were covered in panko bread crumbs and fried, while the lobster, were wrapped in bacon and seasoned with a little old bay..dinner and beers, ended a perfect day.

    I promised not to show any evidence of andrew doing any sort of freediving, but i couldnt help it.

    Which way is it to the beach ??

    Truth be told. Ive had my 2 mil rob allen suit for a year and a half almost two and as god as my witness, when i get home. Its usually late and dark, so my suit goes in the dryer..

    i never thought id admit to this on a public forum but here goes... Id say its been in the dryer at least 100 or more times. Smtimes i forget about it and itll go longer, most of the time it goes in for about 30-45 minuets. My roomeate just the other day said, its crazy how perfect and almost new my suit looks. And its one of the longest running piece of gear i have used since starting spearing. Im rough as hell with it, i lay on the bottom, kneel, up in rocks whatever. I had only one part of the stiching come undone, basically a single thread on the pant. I put a few hlaf hitches on it with a needle and its never came back. I wear the suiit year roun and scuba dive with it regularly. Not only does it keep my skinny ass warm, but it has held up suprisingly better then most other suits ive seen. Not only is the matrial still like it was the day it was born, but the outside looks brand new still as well, and even still has that new smell too.. I held it up to my friend suits for comparison, and it was hard to tell the difference between the two. I have read on countless forums and sites about how heat will destroy your wet suit, and found almost no indication that people are even stupid enough(like me) to do it....but in the end, this RA suit is still rocking like a champ.

    This was the first time ive read this thread, i really enjoyed the photos. I know a person that has been to cuba from key west quite a few times on a jet ski. The spearfishing would be great there but i do agree, it would be cool to bring a bunch of stuff to leave there for the locals.