Name: Chris Burnham
Hometown: Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
Where you live: Nhulunbuy, NT, Australia
How long have you been spearfishing: 11 years
Top 3 places you have spearfished: Ascension Island, Coral Sea, Nhulunbuy
First fish: Brown Sweetlip (Mother in law fish), was so stoked hahaha
Top 3 fish landed:
1. 101kg Yellowfin Tuna (1500 King Venom)
2. 38kg Dogtooth Tuna (1500 King Venom)
3. 28kg Mackerel (1200 Super Venom)
What fish to you think about hunting the most: Big Dogtooth Tuna for sure, by far the pinnacle of spearfishing.
Top 3 dream fish not yet landed: Big Dogtooth, 10kg+ Jack, 8kg+ Longnose Emperor.
Biggest and/or most impressive fish/creature you have seen: The 360kg (800lb) Blue Marlin that John Regan shot over in Ascension Island, I just remember seeing it swim in and watching John dive down with the 1500 King Venom placing a perfect shot straight down through its shoulder.
Best dive trip you have been on: The second time I went to Ascension when all of our crew landed dream Yellowfin Tuna, all over 100kg.
Favourite Gun: 1500 King Venom, definitely has landed the most amazing fish out of my guns.
Scariest/Craziest thing you’ve seen while diving: The saltwater crocodile I saw last year while putting my fins on just before I was about to swim out to dive the spot it was sitting on. Either that or the small whaler I stabbed with my dive knife out of desperation, he swam straight past the fish I had on my spear at me.
Plans and goals for the coming year: Always keen to go back to the Coral Sea but I am looking forward to exploring some new dive locations around the world, chase some different fish and explore new countries.