I had a day out free-diving and spearfishing at the Aldermens yesterday with a couple of mates. Water was still a coolish 16 degrees at the surface. Vis from 7 - 14m.
It was a good day out but spots were not firing as well as we had hoped based on earlier trips. Very few pink maomao round, no kingfish seen, no terakihi in the usual spots. I had one very pretty swim with loads of blue maomao, sweep etc. It was also a bit of fun hanging in the weed at the edge of the islands shadow watching schools of snapper cruise past out in the light.
Notable thing for me was: 3 separate spots, 3 seals, 2 that tried to steal my fish, 1 that succeeded in stealing a snapper.
Also, the "Double your depth" training with the Auckland Free-diving Club is already making a difference. I felt comfortable doing 1m 30 sec free-dives to 18m - sitting on the sand and waiting for terakihi to come in (which they didn't!)