North Shore Times : January 9th 2014
Fresh tucker: Darren Shields eats raw white flesh from a large horse mussel he collected while spearfishing. Out of the Fish tea: Darren Shields, 48, with a good sized snapper caught while spearfishing at The Noises in the Hauraki Gulf. Veteran spearo: Dave Shields, 70, holds one of the day’s snapper caught while spearfishing at The Noises. blue The Shields family of Torbay has become synonymous with the sport of spearfishing inNew Zealand. Grandfather Dave, 70, father Darren, 48, daughter Gemma, 24 and son Jackson, 21, have all been national champions and hold dozens of records among them. Reporter Maryke Penman joined them on a trip to The Noises, a group of islands in the Hauraki Gulf, on a beautiful spring day in November. Here are some photos from the trip. Dual catch: Above, Darren Shields with two trevally speared at The Noises. Scolly entree: Left, Bob Neville, aka ‘‘Boston Bob’’, counts and measures scallops collected byGemmaand Darren Shields. Horsing around: Below, Dave Shields, 70, tucking into a horse mussel found while spearfishing at The Noises in the Hauraki Gulf. Suiting up: Gemma, left, and Darren Shields prepare to go spearfishing with friend Kent Remihana, right, in 10 to 15-metre waters off The Noises. Catch count: Left,Gemma Shields, 24, counts the day’s catch on board the family boat.
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