Life in the top end certainly has its advantages if you love the outdoors!
Check out Chris Burnhams great edit from our top end!
We sent some dry bags out to video review guru Evan Leeson to give the once over.
Fortunately he only had positive things to say about our range of dry bags and our waterproof phone case.
Make sure you leave a comment below and let us know what you think of the review? We were pretty impressed with Evan’s video skills!
This years Blue Water Classic on the 16th of March was a trying event for all the divers involved. With a massive sea running and filthy water, by the saturday morning only the brave were left at the shore.
Check out the video of the event captured by Louis from Drystore.
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Which material is not commonly used as a shooting line?
Spearfishing has a rich father son tradition. Which of the following father, son combinations are not well renowned spearfisherman?
Diving with a buddy makes spearfishing much safer. A recent campaign to promote buddy diving was called…
Which of the following is not a spearfishing brand
Which rail gun manufacturer produced a gun that was sort after long after production ceased, noted for its green handle?
True or False, yellowfin bream can grow up to 6kg
Small Kingfish up to around 5kg often form large schools and can make catching larger fish difficult. For this reason they often refered to as…
This fish appears as a flat colour underwater but when removed from the water has these colourations. It is a:
Which of these mediums is not commonly used for building guns barrels?
Which of the following is not a type of spear tip?
Which of the following fish is known to stare head on at a diver making a hard target to aim for?
The tropical species known as a Fingermark has many names. Which of the following is not a commonly used name for Fingermark?
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Team drystore headed north on the weekend in search of some fresh fish for the freezer.
After driving a couple of hours up the coast we found a good looking spot and made the mission out to an inshore island that looked like a good enough spot to try for a Baldchin or a Dhufish.
When we got closer to the island the big watchdog seal made himself known by barking us down like an unwanted postman.
Upon landing on the island we discovered it was a nursery with mothers and their baby’s littered across the the island. Not wanting to disturb the tiny baby’s we bolted into the water and were followed by a group of friendly seals who played with us in the shallows.
Ranging from deep to shallow water, mulloway are a popular target for divers and fishermen alike and hold a special place amongst anglers with Jew Holes kept secret and visited in the cover of darkness or when no one is around. Finding these fish can be a needle in a haystack proposition, but when you do happen upon a school, make sure you keep it to yourself or you might find within a short period of time the fish aren’t there any longer.
These 5 tricks have come about over years of looking both successfully and mostly unsuccessfully for these fish. While you might get lucky and find a fish straight away, many anglers and divers spend years without finding one, often until shown a hole or technique. This list applies to fish found on headlands. Finding fish in deep water or on beaches is a different affair.
The experience of encountering a monster mulloway in shallow water is somewhat unforgettable. It is hard to describe the scale of a school of 30kg fish holed up in 1mtr of water. During the day jewfish can often be found in shallow holes seeming to rest up and generally drift passively on the bottom in washy rubble areas.
Areas that are broken and provide wash, without the direct pound of the surf, give mulloway a place to rest without getting too battered into the rocks.
Inhabiting such shallow water in close proximity to rocks, makes Mulloway vulnerable to heavy fishing pressure. Going beyond the regular spots and seeking out untouched stretches of coastline with prominent rocky headlands is a great way to adventure and find new spots.
Having dived with a school of jew in the same hole on numerous occasions during the day, My curiosity was peaked to find out what they get up to at night. I ventured into the regular haunts with a torch on two separate occasions and was surprised not to find any fish, in a spot that held fish over 80% of the time. On my way back in I came across a couple of smaller jew ferreting around the shallows looking intently active.
Remember to target other fish as well! It makes finding jew all the more rewarding, and many frustrating hours can be avoided if you spread your attention to many fish!
Chasing a feed of small fish is always fun.
Winter in southern climes is sees the seasonal run of pelagic fish like spanish mackerel and cobia head north with the warmer water. Species like Bream, Snapper, Whiting and tailor are more of a year round proposition and get a little more attention from spearos in the winter. We headed out in hope of a snapper and although there were no monsters around we managed to get a good feed of fish, and Dan ended up with a small pan sized fish for the table.
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I had a disastrous day out on the water in the kayaks when taking a couple of mates spearfishing out to a local reef.
With crystal clear water we all got a little too excited and let our enthusiasm get in the way of our preparation! Having a relatively new kayak and being the first trip out for the other guys, I will admit that I was way to relaxed about securing gear onto the kayak before making the trip through the 2-3 feet of swell and as Murphy’s law dictated, the something that could go wrong, a flip of the kayak, did go wrong.
The result was a lost Iphone, snorkel and mask, and just about all the other gear onboard spent about half an hour in the ocean before we could recover it. Luckily the weight belts sunk straight down and we methodically retraced the path from kayak roll to find them sitting on the sand.
As with all good troopers, once we fell of the horse we got straight back on! I spent 2 hours diving without a snorkel which was laborious to say the least, and nearly speared a nice snapper which did a matrix manoeuvre around my spear. Dan managed a nice little Jew in the wash and Luke speared a great Tarwhine.
The day was somewhat saved by the few fish we brought in, but having my iPhone (which was in a dryphone case) lost to the sea with a bunch of my marks on it, was very disappointing.
Seeing as the kayak has no in hull storage, I have since changed my setup so that everything in secured in a drybag that is secured to the hull. In the event of a roll over, even at a worst case senario that the drybag snapped off the hull, it would still float with all my gear safe and dry within!
I encountered my first Bluefish while diving in the solitary Islands.
The fish was around 45cm and sitting at about 8mtrs depth. Unfortunately at that depth the blue was more of a grey but the spots were still visible on it’s back which made me double take on the odd looking drummer! These fish are pretty uncommon in NSW but are prevalent out in Lord Howe Island. I wonder what ecological conditions prevented them from establishing healthy populations in NSW? Possibly too much competition from species like Drummer and Blackfish, or perhaps not enough small offshore islands to inhabit.
It was pretty tame and I was able to get pretty close for a few photo’s.
Congratulations to Daniel Mann! He was the first one in with all the species correctly identified!
We’ll try and get another competition up shortly so stay tuned!
Name as many species of fish as you can see in this photo to win a waterproof dryphone case for your phone.
One answer only and must be submitted by the 20/1/2013. The person who can correctly identify the most species will win!
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A couple of underwater Mulloway photo’s taken in the Coffs Harbour area. Jewfish are a hard fish to find and get close to but with the right technique they are somewhat approachable.
Got some great mulloway photo’s and some cool footage.
Here is a short spliced version
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There are a number of dry bags on the market to suit almost all smart phones. Some offer shock proof and waterproof claims.
While the dry phone case from drystore is not shock proof it is still 100% waterproof and perfect for all ocean lovers!
All functions of the phone can be accessed through the case and while we don’t recommend using the case underwater, we have tested them extensively (our tester took his phone out surfing) and when used correctly they can be fully submerged without incident.
One of the best uses for waterproof iPhone cases is fishing. Most modern smartphones will allow you to use a gps application like Navionics to access charts, upload your marks and navigate to them.
For fisherman this means you can use your phone as a backup GPS, safety device and phone!
Check out the dryphone case from drystore.com.au dryphone waterproof iphone case
After some solid hard work sloggin it out at the computer the new website is up and running, with need for some tweaks I’m sure!
Always happy for feedback or bugs you might find!