2017 WAUC Annual General meeting

The 2017 WA Undersea Club Inc AGM was held at Allegro Pizza l’Hermitage in Claremont on Tuesday the 11th of July.  There was a great turn out with over 40 members in attendance to review the WAUCs achievements over the past year and elect a new committee for 2017-18. Not to mention announce the winners of the Mackerel1000 and Yellow Tail Kingfish competitions.

WAUC AGM 2017 - Audience 3


Up for grabs were some amazing prizes supplied by our fantastic sponsors. Just for attending the meeting you were in the running for one of two $200 Spear West vouchers supplied by Adam Bushby. In addition, one of our lucky early bird financial members could win an Andre roller gun valued at $1000 supplied by Wayne from Andre Spearguns Australia.


The night began with some delicious food paid for the WAUC, and a few frothies before the proceedings were underway. The financial report was given by our hardworking Treasurer Lio Herbert, with a strong emphasis on the fact that the WAUC has reinvested a majority of its earnings back into the club and its members in the form of freedive course subsidies, competitions and prizes! Not to mention a mammoth 332 financial WAUC members for 2016 – 2017!


After concluding the financial report a new committee was elected for the 2017-2018 year. This was made very easy by the willingness of our members to step up and take on the challenge of fulfilling the many roles on the committee. Welcome to our new and continuing members of the WAUC – Aleks Ceklic (Vice Chairman) Lio Herbert (Treasurer) Heidi Schlesniak (Secretary). General committee membersMichael Treble, Darren Aitken, Dave Watson, Graham Gould, Rory McLeod, Courtney Kelly, Caleb Moore and Brad Vale.


It was time to announce the door prize winners and the early bird financial member prize draw. The lucky winners of the $200 spearwest vouchers each, were John James and Jeremy Macmanus. The winner of the $1000 Andre roller gun was Jordan Ringrose! Congrats guys! A very greenrooms give away of $1400 worth of gear just for being a financial member!

Prizes and winners (19)

Prizes and winners (21)

After the formal proceedings had wrapped up, it was onto the fun part of the evening in announcing the WAUC competition winners. Winners of the Penetrator Yellowtail Kingfish competition each received a set of Penetrator fins supplied by Larry Gray.


The results for the YTK were:


1st Liam Ronzitti 14.84 kgs – Full Carbon Penetrator blades

2nd  Matt Greenaway 12.20 kgs – Clear Penetrator blades

3rd – TBA

Prizes and winners (3)

Prizes and winners (5)

Prizes and winners (1)


The Mackerel1000 results:

The place getters all received bluewater kits made up of flashers and/or Rob Allen belt reels spooled with dyneema.


1st Darren Aitken 30.85kg – $1000 cash and a KES bluewater gun

2nd  Dan Byrne 23.33kgs – $300 cash & a bluewater kit 

3rd Dan Bertling 22.80kgs – $200 cash & a bluewater kit 

4th Ash Bertling 22.75kgs – $100 cash & a bluewater kit 

5th Michael Bretagne 20.22kgs – $100 cash & a bluewater kit 

Most entries also Darren Aitken.


Prizes and winners (15)


Now for the highlight of the night. As some may already know, our long serving Chairman of the WAUC, Graham Gould was stepping down after 8 years at the top and many more years on the general committee. Graham Gould has helped to make the WAUC the premier spearfishing club in Western Australia and with his guidance at the helm to become the most proactive spearfishing club in Australia, if not, the world. Graham is always the first to greet new club members and has acted with professionalism throughout his time as Chairman. Graham has put huge amounts of time and effort into the WAUC and it was time to reward him for all of his hard work. Graham was presented with life membership to the WAUC along with a gift of Blue label Johnnie Walker as a token of appreciation from the club. We wish Graham all the best with his future endeavors, however he will continue to involvement in the club as a general committee member.

Graham (10)

Thank you to Chris and the staff at Allegro Pizza l’Hermitage for hosting the event. Thank you to the committee, both new and old, for your tireless work in keeping the WAUC running so smoothly. Thanks so much, to our many sponsors that supported us over the last 12 months and beyond, without these guys, the club prize pool would not be so lucrative. Also, thanks to sponsor guru Phil Carson for all his sponsorship work this year!


Lastly to all our members, thanks for your support over the last 12 months and here’s to another great year ahead for the WAUC filled with lots of new social weekends away and newly created format competitions.


Heidi Schlesniak



Mackerel1000 2017 – 2018

Hello members and friends,


After six successful seasons of Mackerel1000 competitions in WA – due to popular demand from East coast spearfishermen, the WAUC have decided to open up the competition to all Australian spearo’s! We are stoked to announce we are going national AND we are even more stoked to have secured Aimrite as the sponsor for the competition! Aimrite diving gear is quality, Australian made heavy duty and made to last, the perfect weapon to take down big game.


Prize categories – Heaviest speared Spanish mackerel (Scomberomorus commerson):

1st prize -$1000 cash + limited edition Aimrite Super Venom 140 speargun ($1599)

2nd prize $300 cash + Aimrite Signature Series Wetsuit ($549)

3rd prize $200 cash + Aimrite Venom X 120cm ($499)

  • 1 x mystery weight prize – WAUC merchandise pack


$60 for non-WAUC members.

$30 for WAUC members


Bank Details:

West Australian Undersea Club BSB: 086495

Account: 561399074

Please use reference: M1000, your initial and surname



Rules and entry forms:

Mack1000 2017/18 Rules and Entry

Forms can be completed electronically or traditionally. If you wish to complete on your smart phone, you must download ‘Adobe Fill & Sign – Easy PDF form filler’

WAUC Annual General Meeting 11 July 2017

Hi members

Its that time of the year where we need to get together to have some fun and get a bit of official club business settled. Come and celebrate another year of the West Australian Undersea Club Inc!

We have the catering all sorted with finger food on the menu and drinks available from the bar. Over the night we will revisit the years events with a rolling display of pics and videos of the Glynn Dromey, Beagles and Rotto Cray comps! We will also announce the winner of the 2017 Mack 1000 and Yellow tail kingfish competitions.

As a special one off bonus for being a financial WAUC member, we will be drawing a random prize of an Andre Reef Roller Gun worth almost $1000 as a give away.

In addition, we will give away 2 x $200 Spearwest vouchers as door prizes to 2 lucky financial members. Make sure your WAUC membership is paid before the 10th July to be eligible for these awesome prizes. Another way the WAUC gives back to its members!

The West Australian Undersea Club Inc Annual General Meeting 2017

Tuesday 11th July 2017
231A Stirling Highway

Order of business:

  • Food served 6.45pm
  • Official meeting starts 7.15pm.
  • Financial report
  • Committee reports
  • Election of new committee
  • Formal meeting closed
  • Mack 1000 presentation
  • YTK presentation.
  • Drawing of raffle prizes


Graham Gould

Thanks to Andre Spearguns AU and Spear West for the prizes that we will give away to 3 random financial members



Guam Interpacific Spearfishing Champs 2017

Recently the WA Undersea Club sponsored a club member (Dan Byrne) to assist him to compete in the inter-pacific Spearfishing championships in Guam.

Attached is the report of the championships.

InterPacific Report Guam 2017


Glynn Dromey Pairs Competition – 29th April, 2017

Arriving at the Lancelin beach sign on point with the sun yet to be seen it was more like a scene from the south coast; it was freezing! At this point I was wishing I had bought my 5mm winter suit rather than the 3mm summer suit! As the pairs began to arrive the anticipation was building. 14 pairs signed in and after a quick safety meeting the 2017 Glynn Dromey pairs spearfishing competition was underway. Quick off the blocks were last years champs Mael and Troy in the nifty v17r; they had set the bar high last year and weren’t about to lower it this time around. Myself and Ryan were not in such a rush and slowly prepped ourselves in the not so luxurious but trusty tinny! This was the first offshore mission in the tinny in quite some time however the launch went smoothly and soon after we were pottering up and down the beach waiting for our buddy boat under the control of experienced (nice way of saying old) skipper Joe P.

As we began to make our way out of the safety of the reef we noticed a fellow spearo crew in some trouble; unfortunately the power pair of Ben Coy and Graham Carlisle were to play no further part in the day with engine trouble ruling them out. Making our way out beyond the inshore reef the conditions were looking fantastic the wind was down and the swell was behaving itself, however as we ventured into the 15-20m mark the water was not clearing up and we were bound to be swimming in minimal visibility. As we parted ways with Joe P and his crew myself and Ryan decided to hit some shallower reef in the 8-10m mark, as we peered over the gunnel into the water and could not see the top of the reef we knew we were in for a tough days diving. Visibility in the first spot was around the 2-3m mark with a lot of particle and debris in the water and strong surge around. We quickly changed spots and headed for the south side of little bomba break usually decent for popular competition species such as goatfish, tarwine, silver trevally, sea sweep and baldachin grouper. We anchored a good swim off the breakers as the swell was already beginning to rise the visibility did not improve from here on out as we moved in closer to the breakers the fish life did improve however we were unable to find any of the fish that we were looking for.

After a lot of diving and being bashed around the breakers we decided to pull the pin on that spot and move on, in the process we came across a few other competitors who were all struggling in the unfavourable visibility also. Moving further inshore things went from bad to worse where the visibility was so bad I almost swam directly into reef on several occasions (i would say less tham 1m at times). After returning to the boat we decided to make our way back toward the lancelin jetty and eventually found a small patch of bearable visibility closer to the islands however no fish were to be found. We agreed to pull the pin and head back in to the beach where the swell had defiantly risen as the surfers were out in plagues. With a bit of help from mother nature we retrieved the tinny and headed to the local park for a quick freshen up.

We returned to the beach to see if anyone else had decided to return home early and ran into Caleb Moore, Sam Phatouros and their boaty ‘shark attack survivor’ Sam Dawson. Here is a quick recap of their day: “Looked fishy on the way out, lots of bait and free jumping tuna seen as we travelled way up the coast. But it was quite obvious the swell had jumped up a lot overnight and that was very evident when we hit the water, with a lot our favourable ground proving really surgy and a distinct lack of quality fish life. A few hairy moments when we swam into some shallower ground, only to hear a short sharp warning from Sam as I look up and see a 3m wave about slam on top of us. Definitely up there with some of the toughest conditions I’ve dived in.. Move to some shallower ground inside the outer reefs that had some protection from the swells, while the vis wasn’t good it provided us with better conditions and fish life for most of our species to weigh in. A few more times moving spots but it was obvious with the tide change the water was getting dirtier.

Heading back to the beach thinking we had flunked our whole day, but after chatting to fellow competitors most of everyone found it just as tough as us. Definitely made that roast beef and gravy roll taste great after pinballing around the reef in all the surge all day haha” – Caleb Moore As the conditions worsened retrieving was becoming more difficult but there were many helpful spearo’s on the beach willing to help out and everyone was able to be pulled safely out of water. The weigh in was held at the Lancelin Angling Club and as the pairs began to sign off with the very vigilant Sam Phatouros, the stories began to be told and it was evident that many pairs had just as tough day as us! It was apparent that those that travelled north of the islands found some decent visibility with some reports of up to 15m visibility around wedge island. A total of 8 pairs signed off and 6 pairs weighed fish in. A few large heshen bags with recognisably tails protruding proved that several divers had a decent day on the water even in the unfavourable conditions.

Last years champs Mael Coret and Troy Eggins had done it again with 9 species for a total of 1700 points they had blown the competition out of the water ;D (pun intended). There bag included a 13+KG Spanish mackerel a 8kg+ YTK, dhufish, baldchin grouper, silver trevally, breasea cod, goatfish, sea sweep and Tarwine. The next closest was Nick Croucamp and his partner Justin Edwards who shot 5 species. Third place went to Caleb Moore and Sam Phatouros with 4 species, in fourth place was Ross bullet and George Turzi with 2 species and finally 5th place was Sean Price and Matt Hansen also with 2 species. The mystery prize was a formality and went to Joe Petrovich and his Baldchin Grouper. After the shield was handed over to the victorious pair of Mael and Troy for another year and the prizes were distributed to all the lucky winners the hungry (and thirsty) spearos enjoyed a delicious beef and gravy roll and a few well deserved frothies.

Thanks to all those who helped to make the day run smoothly, Special mentions to Graham Gould, Aleks Ceklic, Michael Treble and all our generous sponsors, in no order; SpearWest, Andre Spearguns AU, Penetrator Fins, SpearAus, Neptonics Australia, Powerdive, Dive and Fish, Shark Shield and Ross Bullet and Family. Also, thanks to the Lancelin Angling club for hosting us again this year.

Last but certainly not least, the family and friends of Glynn Dromey, for letting the WAUC hold this event in his memory each year.

-Heidi Schlesniak

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2017 Glynn Dromey Species list


2017 Glynn Dromey rules and release form


Glynn Dromey 2017 poster copy


WAUC & Penetrator YTK Comp

WAUC-Kingfish-comp Rules

Spear_West_Kingfish_Challenge copy

SpearWest Metro Masters – Sunday 12th March

March12 poster sized

2017-Spearwest Metro comp rules


SpearWest Metro Masters 2017 Results








With the new spearfishing season upon us, we saw a new spearfishing retail outlet unleash on Perth. Spear West (www.spearwest.com.au), with a serious online presence and a retail store front in Osborne, its a store that will meet and exceed the needs of the most particular spearo. The WA Undersea Club was most excited when SpearWest offered to sponsor the first north of the river, SpearWest Metro Masters! With some epic prizes on offer the hype in the WAUC only comp was high.

The forecasted conditions were almost ideal, with a late shower in the day. We weren’t disappointed when the day came. We had low swell and light winds off Two Rocks. We had 8-10m viability in most spots on the day. We had some difficulty with my vessel but my dive buddy Cameron Bates managed a 11kg local Dhufish on the first spot!

Overall, it was a well organised and run competition. 19 pairs registered with 9 pairs weighing fish at the end of the comp. Although at weigh in the weather had turned in a torrential downpour, thankfully we had a roof over our head at the designated weigh in area.

Now to the results:

1st Chris Barnes , Brett Lester 1618.20 points
2nd Troy Eggins, Matt Greenaway 1151.50 points
3rd Daniel Minchilli, Rob Hosgen 1093.40 points
4th Steve Oakes, Matt MacNeil 925.00 points
5th Darren Gebbitis, Marek Beliniak 491.00 points

Most meritorious Troy Eggins with a 17.06KG Spanish Mackerel – only one of the day!
Special mention for a Dhufish caught by Cameron Bates 10.92KG Dhufish – the biggest Dhufish shot for the comp.

Special thanks to those who contributed greatly towards the event, but couldn’t manage to compete in the day’s events. Without you guys comps like this wouldn’t happen – You know who you are! Looking forwarded to next years event!

Biggest thanks to Adam Bushby at SpearWest, without sponsor support these comps cant happen, so make sure we support them  www.spearwest.com.au

Michael Treble
WAUC Competitions Officer

Mackerel1000 for 2016/2017

We are back at it – this year we come back bigger and better with a 12 month competition rather than 6 months

Vast array of prizes to give away thanks to our sponsor Neptonics Australia + cold hard cash $$$$




WAUC Meeting – Tuesday 14th February


Hello all,

Hoping you’ve been getting into some of the early season Mackerel swimming around the place. The water is certainly warming up.

We have a special treat lined up for this months club meeting. We are proud to announce we have secured a guest speaker, John Adams, the author of “How to use a fish finder”


John is an absolute guru on the set up, use and tuning of your echo sounder/fish finder and the WAUC is stoked to have John on board! Sounders can be daunting at the best of times, however, when mastered, a good sounder makes a huge difference to hunting out those bombies that aren’t always obvious on the charts. John will present to us for one hour – learn from the best to improve your skills! John will also have his much anticipated books for sale on the night also – this is not to be missed!

Tuesday, 14th February – (Yes its Valentines day…..maybe bring the lady along?)


M.A.A.C (Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club)

West Coast Drive, Marmion

Drinks will be available at the bar for purchase, however, no food is provided.


The meeting opens at 6pm and will go until approximately 9pm


  • John Adams – How to use your fish finder presentation
  • New member meet and greet
  • A few drinks with mates, new and old and talk about fishy tales

As always, visitors and non financial club members are welcome to attend.