The West Australian Undersea Club proudly presents the Mackerel 1000 competition for 2016.
There are prizes for heaviest speared and best photographed Narrow Barred Spanish Mackerel.
Cost: $30 for WAUC members
$60 for non-members
When: 1 January 2016 to 30 June , 2016 inclusive
Firstly, the WAUC committee would like to wish all our members and friends a happy 2016 – may this be the year of more epic adventures on the water and we hope you land that dream fish!
Secondly, we invite you to attend the first meeting of 2016!
We have loads of exciting items to discuss, combined with an ultra cool art demo from club sponsor, Kraken Ocean Art on the Japanese fish print technique called Gyotaku. This is an beautifully artistic way to remember a memorable catch and have it hang proudly on your wall – NOT TO BE MISSED!
Time: Tuesday, 19th January 2016
6pm – 9pm approx.
Food provided by host – gold coin donation accepted
Tania Douthwaite and Adam Coy’s
25 Jeffery Street
- Fish Print aka Gyotaku demo by Kraken Ocean Art- if you want to bring along your own fish to have a fish print done, text Tania – 0439 770 038
- Mackerel1000 for 2016 – New year – New format – Competition is now open! entery forms available at the meeting.
- New WAUC Merchandise NOW available – new vinyl boat and car stickers v3.0 are on their way from the printers – pay on the night to ensure you dont miss out and you get a couple for your rig!
- Meet and greet new financial WAUC members
- FREE WAUC TEE-SHIRT for new members – there has never been a better time to join the WAUC, for $55 small ones you become a member of the biggest and most proactive club in Australia AND you get a free WAUC tee!
As always, visitors are welcome to come along and see what the club meetings are about!
See you all there – this will be an informative and fun meeting not to be missed!
Spanish mackerel numbers this year were thin and scattered with few divers reporting regular sightings. Nonetheless some good fish were landed and entered into the MACKEREL1000.
This year’s event, which started in February and ended in October, attracted a field of over 50 entrants. Next year’s will run from January 1st to June 30th. The first mackerel entered was shot by Ryan Power at Yallingup in early February and the last in October by Caleb Moore at the Monte Bellos Islands. In between those two points in time and space there were many fish shot and entered
The largest mackerel shot and winner of the main prize of $1000 was shot by Joe Petrovich in August up at Carnarvon. There is also the trophy. Mael Coret came second with a mackerel shot in late May at Rottnest.
Other people to share in the prize pool of $2,600 included Caleb More, Riley Moore and Julian Boland.
Heaviest- 1st Place Joseph Petrovich 27.70kgs
2nd Place Mael Coret 24.75kgs
3rd Place Caleb Moore 22.70kgs
4th Place Troy Eggins 19.95kgs
5th Place Joseph Petrovich 18.56kgs (donated to WAUC)
Mystery Prize winners – Julian Boland and Riley Moore
We are waiting on the final results for the photography part of the MACKEREL1000 which are expected in the next week.
The Dampier spearfishing classic was organised by the WA Undersea club and sponsored by GT Diving, Our Exmouth House and Rob Torelli Down Under. We aim to foster a competitive spirit between spearos and promote the virtues of selective hunting. The competition lasted 11 hours but there was months of work for the organisers. The process of putting together a competition isn’t easy, it takes a committed team with large amounts of energy to do all the background tasks required to put on such an event.
Our day started by waking up before dawn, the excitement built as we spoke of plans and tactics for the day, we loaded gear, prizes, weigh in equipment and laptops. As we made the quick drive to sign on it looked like the weather gods were smiling on us! Low winds and cool conditions saw the crowds start to roll in and competition started in earnest. Heavily advertised the WAUC’s first spearfishing competition in Dampier had an outstanding turnout! We had 31 pairs of eager spearo’s signing in on the day and 40 new members joining on the morning of the competition to the WAUC family. This amount of interest from Dampier spearo’s massively exceeding WAUC’s expectations and thus, leaving the organisers with a stack of paperwork to complete!
As the buzzer sounded the competition started, the fleet departed. Many chose to go via land to their spearing grounds, however, our boat started the long run in search for clean water westward. We arrived at our first spot and immediately see a large school of Golden Trevally and Queenfish came up behind the boat, then everyone scrambles for gear jumping into a milky 20m viz. The flashers go over the side with a cry of “Red Emperor” goes out. Darren and I both dive to 20m, Darren got a nice shot on the Red. I had the tough choice between a Trout, Bluebone and Emperor. I surface with a nice Black Snapper – the perfect start to the day. Both diving pairs start burley trails which leads to our main problem of the day, sharks. Whilst the reef we chose was clean, it also seemed to be a favourite for big Bull sharks and Bronzies. A few good macks are lost before we decide its time to hit the shallows.
We rock into the shallows, the skipper putting us on a shallow coral/bombie field in 5-6m, a quick burley trail brings out some more Trout and some of the best Blackspot Tuskfish I’ve seen. We quickly shoot a few 7-8kg species for dinner before the current pushes us down the burley trail looking for big Jacks, a few 4-5kg models are seen but none of the bigger ones wanted to come into range. I eventually spotted a large Longnose Emperor on the edge of vis and spend the next 30 minutes trying to win a meritorious fish, these are great fish to hunt and stalk.
Fast forward to weigh in, we were greeted by a crowd of some 100 spearos and on lookers, Karl and Blake immediately get onto the BBQ. Darren, Graham and myself start the long process of weigh in while Caleb the token club Photographer started doing the rounds getting some photos of the competitors. Unfortunately my laptop decided it wanted to join in the diving and went for a swim, lucky the phone was a worthy backup. 24 pairs decided to weigh-in at the end of the days diving. I was excited to see what came in. The eskies were comprised of Trout, Mangrove Jacks, Bluebone, Spanish Mackerel and Cobia seemed to be the flavour of the day.
Eventual winners Mark Pascot and Brian Myers took an early lead and hang on to it to win the competition with 7 species and their Estuary Cod taking full points, essentially giving them 8 species. The rest of the field was fairly close with 2nd and 3rd weighing-in in 7 species and 11 pairs weighing in 5 or 6 species meaning 4th and 5th were hotly contested. A couple of disqualifications of good divers occurred due to not being back on the beach for weigh in on time opened up the field. Honourable mentions go to the two Triple tails, two Red Emperors, two Black snappers and one nice Flathead. Also, the fantastic new junior members who landed fish comparable to our senior divers, we definitely will be adding a junior prize category to future competitions in Dampier.
Congratulations to our winners:
• 1st Mark Pascot and Brian Myers
• 2nd Justin Oleary and Raymond Kaestner
• 3rd Karl Reece and Bryce Hollins
• 4th Graham Gould and Wally Galli
• 5th Terry Howe and Eli Oliveros
• Mystery Prizes: Richie Chapman and Ryan
A big thank you to our sponsors: GT Diving, Our Exmouth house, Rob Torelli Down Under – without our sponsors these competition wouldn’t be possible!
A special thanks to our support staff Ben Coy, Joe Petrovich, Graham Gould, Darren Aitken, Karl Reece, Caleb Moore for their tireless efforts behind the scenes, at weigh in and cooking the BBQ. Blake Caddy and Dave Price for the many hours on the phone and looking after all the Perth boys so well.
And finally a big thankyou to our new members and existing members of the WA Undersea Club who entered the first WAUC Dampier competition. WAUC are already planning some new events in the not too distant future for our new North West members and some certified club scales are on the way for our members to use. It was great to meet you all, thank you for your good humour whilst I ran my first event. Please join the new WAUC Pilbara Facebook group and once your membership email comes through join WAUC Gold for the latest member only updates.
If you would like to help out with future WAUC events or even sponsor the WAUC or an event don’t hesitate to contact me.
WAUC Secretary and Sponsorship officer
Application forms found here:
WAUC freedive course application January 2016 Part 1 & 2
Hi Members and Supporters,
The Club has revamped it’s Events Calendar to include two more Competitions as well as a Club Champion award. Competitions are a great way to test your skills, socialise and meet other spearos, as well as have a great days diving. There is a good mix of Regional and Metro comps, so everyone gets a chance to be involved.
Remember these are mostly member only comps with free entry! So don’t forget to renew your membership if you haven’t done so already.
DAMPIER COMPETITION Sat 10th October 2015
CRAYFISH COMPETITION Sat 14th November 2015
METRO COMPETITION Sun 3rd Jan 2016
BUNBURY COMPETITION Sun 7th Feb 2016
ALBANY COMPETITION Sun 6th March 2015
GLYNN DROMEY MEMORIAL Sat 6th April 2016
BEAGLES COMPETITION Sat 7th May 2016
MACKEREL 1000 1st Jan to 30th June 2016
YTK Comp 1st Jan to 30th June 2016
Club Champion 1st July 2015 to 30th June 2016
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