by Darren Shields
Darren Shields, underwater adventurer, free diver and spear fisherman extraordinaire.
An adrenalin filled adventure. Big fish captures are never routine — the challenge becomes how to go beyond the normal and take it to the edge. Exotic locations can help but in the end the challenge is a personal one that the author revels in. Try jumping into the water 50 miles off the west coast with nothing but a snorkel and a spear gun to chase giant tuna; it really does focus the mind.
A winner of six New Zealand National titles and New Zealand’s representative to world and international spear fishing events. He started a specialised spear fishing business Wild Blue, which went on to become a market leader in innovation and product development.
Not content with business success he developed his skills as an underwater cameraman filming and marketing his own DVDs that show the underwater world he loves. A chance meeting with Graeme Sinclair lead him to film the underwater sequences shown on one of TV’s most popular shows Gone Fishin’ and he now regularly features on the show.
He has also written numerous articles for underwater magazines and has a regular feature in New Zealand Fishing News.