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

 

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WAUC & Penetrator YTK Comp

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SpearWest Metro Masters – Sunday 12th March

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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 $$$$

 

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WAUC Meeting – Tuesday 14th February

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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”

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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!

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

Venue:

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.

 Time:

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

 Agenda:

  • 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.

Aleks

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Albany comp species list and rule 10/12/16

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Dampier Spearfishing Classic 2016 results

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After the initial competition date was cancelled due to bad weather, Sunday, 19 November 2016 saw the competition finally go ahead. Graham Carlisle from the WAUC in Perth flew up and helped run the show on behalf of the club. Graham ran an information session the night before which turned into a few beers and quite a few burgers consumed at the Hampton yacht club.

The next morning it was all systems go! The weather conditions were near perfect and depending on where you were launching from – the dinghy’s had the advantage as it was low tide. After waiting for thirty minutes for the tide to lift the boat, we slowly putted out following another pair in their dinghy. We had an awesome day ticking off quite a few species on the competition list. After a fruitful day of hunting, we slowly made our way back to the weigh in. It was apparent that we may have got a little side tracked with the time, or more accurately, we couldn’t get Graham Carlisle out of the water! Anyway, by that stage the swell and wind had picked up a little and made the ride home bumpy – however, with the hammer down, Trent got us home with 2 minutes to spare before disqualification.

The turnout at the weigh in was great, with some 40 people in attendance.  The location for the weigh in was perfect and there was plenty of food getting demolished pretty quickly by hungry spearo’s.

A little background information

The trophy awarded was a custom built plaque featuring a Red Emperor in memory of two locals, Matt Penington and Lawrence Smith, who recently lost their lives recently doing the thing that they loved – diving and fishing. Also, both of their best mates were participants in the competition, Trent Hardy and Dan Byrne.

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The final score came down to 3 points between the two pairs Trent Hardy and Blake Caddy and the other pair Dan Byrne and Mike Lewis. Both teams had 10 species weighed in and it was pretty intense at that point. In the End Dan Byrne and Mike Lewis took out the trophy and the pair speared some very decent fish, including, the only Red Emperor that weighed, also earning Dan the fish of the comp.

Results

1st place Dan Bryne and Mike Lewis (1976 points) – 2x Dive course vouches donated by Fusion Freedive

2nd place Trent Hardy and Blake Caddy (1973 points) – 2x roller guns donated by Walli Galli @GT DIVE

3rd place Graham Carlisle and Josh Binzer (1630 points) – 2x Adreno spearfishing vouchers donated by KBSS Engineering

Juniors – 1st Place Finnlay Simpson and Josh Martin (213 points ) – 2x RA float lines and floats donated by Apex Club

Best Fish – Dan Bryne – Red Emperor (4.815 KG) –  Aimrite Gun donated by Aimrite

Mystery Prize – Elias Dungey – SpearX Wetsuit donated by SpearX

All in all it was a great competition – definitely fun and healthy competition had by all, with most, if not all, competitors going home with a prize. Next year is set to be even bigger and better!

Thanks to the WA Undersea Club for putting on the competition. Huge thanks also to the sponsors (in no order):

Fusion Freedive

GT DIVE

Dimech Mechanical

KBSS Engineering

SpearAus

Hampton Harbour Yacht Club 

Aimrite

Apex Club 

 SpearX

Also, thanks go to the guys that made this happen, special mentions to Graham Carlisle, Graham Gould, Dave Price, Chris Barnes and Ryan Arkelidis.

Until next year,

Blake Caddy

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Dive and Fish Rotto Cray Competition 2016

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Dive and Fish Rotto Cray Competition 2016

 
Conditions were looking ideal leading up to the competition, sub 1m swell and under 10 knot winds for the morning. 15+ knot winds were forecasted for the mid afternoon.

Come weigh in time, jumbos weren’t frequently weighed as in previous years. Depending on where one dove, the sea was relatively surgey and saw many jumbo holes empty or they were hiding deep sheltering from the surge.
 
With $1000 worth of prizes being given away, it saw 12 WAUC boats on the beach come the 1pm deadline. With some 45 people in attendance under the gazebo for the free food and weigh in proceedings in the picturesque Thomson’s bay.

Now to the winners: 

1st  – Nathan Goh – Crayfish weighing 3.36kgs
2nd – Joe Petrovich 3.14kgs
3rd – Phil Carson 3.04kgs

 
Combined weight of 3 Cray’s winner – Nathan Goh (8.98kgs)
However Nathan cant take home 2 prizes, next best was Joe – 8.1kgs – Joe cant win twice either, next was Heidi – 7.48kgs
 
Random mystery weight – Ben Coy – 2.66kgs
 
Lightest/smallest legal cray – Des Swartz -380grams
 
In closing, a big thanks to club sponsor Dive and Fish (www.diveandfish.com.au) for the prizes and club sponsorship once again for another year. Without our sponsors these events wouldn’t be possible, so please support them!
 
Also thanks to the WA Undersea Club, specifically its members Chris Barnes, Ben Coy, Joe Petrovich, Graham Gould and Aleks Ceklic for their help in running the event.

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Dampier Spearfishing Classic 2016

Dampier 2016 Species List

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Revised Dampier comp poster 2016