About Me

EP001: Who The Hell Is Bret Whitman
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Photo: Michael Orr
Bret Whitman

Growing up in Orange County, California my first love was the ocean. I started surfing from an early age and wanted to spend as much time in the ocean as possible. This desire led to my friends and I getting SCUBA certified at a very young age. In 1990, I was 12 years old when I dove Catalina Island for the first time. Before the first dive of the day, there was a guy who jumped in the water without SCUBA gear but he had really long fins and a speargun. I remember watching him dive down, and all the other divers were talking about how they saw him at 90' just cruising by them.  I was immediately interested in this strange new activity.

  My Early Days of Spearfishing

In 2000, after college, I decided to move down to San Diego with a buddy of mine. Now with true independence, I dedicated my life fully to being in the ocean. I started surfing bigger waves, and breath hold diving became an important part of my life. I was able to land a job working as a diver for the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program. This was perfect for my progression as a diver and waterman. At work, I met others like me who were into to surfing and spearfishing also. I got my first boat and we began diving more around the kelp beds in Point Loma.

First Boat AKA The Death Trap
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Paddy Hopping With My Son, Hunter
Spearfishing Renaissance

In 2015, the 200+ pound bluefin tuna showed up off the coast of California starting a "gold rush" for fishing. Now you could shoot the fish of a lifetime right in our own backyard. This led to a popularity explosion in spearfishing here in California. For of this, I turned my focus from the kelp beds to bluewater. Chasing after tuna caused me to fall in love with spearfishing all over again. Currently, I am focused on sharing the information I have learned over the years with my family, friends and now YOU!

Noob Spearo Podcast Recorded 7/20/2020

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I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the Noob Spearo Podcast. During this podcast Isaac and I discussed diving and hunting in poor visibility. I sharing some tips on gear and techniques to enhance your diving experience in these conditions. Enjoy!