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Looking for people in suffolk/norfolk for advice in spearfishing locations I have never been and I have my first setup on the way just any advice in general would be much appreciated, thanks
 

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Welcome. Long ago, I lived in Suffolk, near the coast for a couple of years. Unfortunately, long before I got involved in Spearfishing. I'd be interested to hear if anybody has managed to successfully spearfish on the east coast, around East Anglia or Yorkshire even.

I know there can be decent sea angling from the Yorkshire, including cod - years ago, great blue tuna upto 900lb too. And Lowestoft still has commercial fishing boats landing a variety of species. Whether the visibility, currents and other conditions are conducive to spearing though I don't know.
 
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Welcome. Long ago, I lived in Suffolk, near the coast for a couple of years. Unfortunately, long before I got involved in Spearfishing. I'd be interested to hear if anybody has managed to successfully spearfish on the east coast, around East Anglia or Yorkshire even.

I know there can be decent sea angling from the Yorkshire, including cod - years ago, great blue tuna upto 900lb too. And Lowestoft still has commercial fishing boats landing a variety of species. Whether the visibility, currents and other conditions are conducive to spearing though I don't know.
Thanks for the info I have been looking north apparently a guy freedived the cromer pier and it was swarming with life might go give that a try will let you know how it goes
 
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Thanks for the info I have been looking north apparently a guy freedived the cromer pier and it was swarming with life might go give that a try will let you know how it goes
Hey, I've seen spear fishers a couple times when diving on the Rosalie at Weybourne. Always plenty of fish round there plus lobster and crabs galore. I live in Cromer and I've not seen anyone speros round there personally and I think they've banned normal fishing from the pier recently (according to my neighbor) though I doubt that extends to spearfishing.
 

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Hey, I've seen spear fishers a couple times when diving on the Rosalie at Weybourne. Always plenty of fish round there plus lobster and crabs galore. I live in Cromer and I've not seen anyone speros round there personally and I think they've banned normal fishing from the pier recently (according to my neighbor) though I doubt that extends to spearfishing.
Awsome cheers for that I'll check it out I dont think it was a spearo at cromer just a normal freediver think they swam a little ways out to find life
 

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Awsome cheers for that I'll check it out I dont think it was a spearo at cromer just a normal freediver think they swam a little ways out to find life
It would be great if there was freedivers who frequent Cromer - I'm looking for local buddies to practice with. Have you done a spearfishing/freediving course?
 

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It would be great if there was freedivers who frequent Cromer - I'm looking for local buddies to practice with. Have you done a spearfishing/freediving course?
I haven't done a course yet I'm looking at the Frenchman Ltd in devon exeter 6 hour drive but deffo worth it
 

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I haven't done a course yet I'm looking at the Frenchman Ltd in devon exeter 6 hour drive but deffo worth it
Yeah there's nothing our way. I went to Newquay last year (in-between lockdowns) and did my Aida 2. Was hoping to go to Montenegro this year for level 3 but I'll be doing that in country as well. I did it with FreediveUK who also do spearfishing courses - a little further than Exeter :)
 
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Yeah there's nothing our way. I went to Newquay last year (in-between lockdowns) and did my Aida 2. Was hoping to go to Montenegro this year for level 3 but I'll be doing that in country as well. I did it with FreediveUK who also do spearfishing courses - a little further than Exeter :)
Oh okay thanks I'll have a look at them too I was speaking to the one and only daniel mann (youtube him!!) He was the one who recommended the Frenchman he has been diving with him aslo
 

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That would be

That would be cool though I recommend doing a course first as you learn about shallow water black out recovery and other things related to safety.
Yeah I agree I do know the dangers of blackouts triple your time above water after you dive for example 2 min underwater 3 mins above will deffo get a course done though
 

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Oh okay thanks I'll have a look at them too I was speaking to the one and only daniel mann (youtube him!!) He was the one who recommended the Frenchman he has been diving with him aslo
I like his videos even though I don't poke fish with sticks myself. Halibuut! gets stuck in my head sometimes lol
 
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Theres a few things to consider. Its not much to learn but I'd appreciate a buddy whos practiced recoveries and swb awareness with an instructor
Yeah I completely understand safety always comes first I'm looking to do the course in may or june just awaiting my polo sub suit to arrive
 
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Nice, they're top level suits - you'll be warm. Got a computer yet?
Went with the 5mm might grab a 7 too for winter or abroad later on and I dont have one yet just waiting for end of month to finish my setup not sure which watch to buy any suggestions
 

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Went with the 5mm might grab a 7 too for winter or abroad later on and I dont have one yet just waiting for end of month to finish my setup not sure which watch to buy any suggestions
5mm Is fine for UK summer/autumn and a good all rounder for if you go abroad unless its very hot/cold water temps. I got a Suunto D4F but its only been used in the pool while swimming because of lockdown.

I spent some time looking at different ones - the Salvimar One and the Seac Pantner looked also good as entry watches but the DF4 seemed a bit more refined suited to me.

Whatever you get, I would recommend getting one specifically for freediving/spearing, as even though diving watches have an apnea mode, not all of them measure rest times between dives. And you inevitably have more modes and options to cycle through - not ideal when you just want to dive.
 
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