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
WAUC Competitions Officer
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 $$$$
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.
Dampier Spearfishing Classic
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.
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.
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):
Hampton Harbour Yacht Club
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,
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.
With the new financial year, WAUC are happy to announce we have been successful in gaining a safety grant from RecfishWest. In a nutshell this means we can offer the WA Freedive community subsidised, aka discounted Freedive courses!
However, different from last year, this year we have switched up our approach in the initiative. Now for the first time, you can select the provider and location of your Freedive course to gain the discount! Provided the training provider meets certain criteria