Its that time of the year where we need to get together to have some fun and get a bit of official business settled. Come and celebrate another year of the West Australian Undersea Club inc!
WAUC have the catering all sorted with complimentary finger food on the menu plus drinks are available from the MAAC bar. During 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. Also we will announce the winner of the 2016 Mack 1000 competition and who gets the $1000 cash!
We will also be randomly drawing a prize of a SpearX Spearfishing wetsuit! Also, a couple of door prizes will go to two lucky WAUC financial members – so make sure your membership is paid up before the 12th July to be eligible to win these prizes!!
The West Australian Undersea Club Inc Annual General Meeting 2016
6.30pm – Tuesday 12th July 2016
Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club,
West Coast Drive
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
See you there!
The day started before first light with the organisers setting up a gazebo next to the main jetty in Lancelin. Rain and grey skies from an early morning storm greeted competitors but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the 20th annual Glynn Dromey, Western Australia’s biggest spearfishing competition. The rain continued during sign on but as the sun rose it eased and we were presented with flat seas, variable wind and low swell.
Thirty two (32) pairs signed on and at the diver’s briefing the competitors received their competition tokens, safety information, rules and new sign off procedures. The horn sounded at 7:00am and a sea of nervous competitors gunned their engines and the fleet of boats scattered to all points of the compass. 3/4 of the fleet headed north whilst the remainder headed south to the Bomba reefs.
Lancelin is a challenging place to reliably find and spear good fish, this really adds to the challenge of the event.
The West Australian Undersea Club Inc would like to thank the sponsors for generously donating over $8K of prizes
Andre Spearguns AU
Lancelin Angling and Aquatic Club.
We started the morning as part of the fleet that headed south. We quickly shot down and hit one of the shallow bays picking up Salmon, Sweep and Tarwhine. A quick look at some of the usual reefs showed that the current was mild and opposite to the standard Lano current. Although we managed to pick up Harlequin and a nice Goatfish we didn’t see any Baldchin or Pelagics. We made the call to head north and on the way saw birds working, jumping in on one of my favourite reefs I saw Spanish, Sharks and Broadbar, unfortunately they proved very flighty. The reef showed great life, I passed a couple of nice Blue groper and a heap of bait as I swam to a section I knew had a big cave network. First dive on the cave produced a nice Dhu, I quickly started to burley as I saw some decent Blackass, a solid Baldie came in and I managed to get a stone shot into it, another fish in the boat. 12pm and we had a solid bag of 9 species; Dhufish, Pink Snapper, Baldchin, Harlequin, Skippy, Salmon, Tarwhine, Goatfish, Sweep. Deciding we needed Pelagics we ran back central and set a nice chum line, plenty of bait was around but the fish were flighty and the sharks plentiful, we made the decision to head in early..
There is a certain element urgency that comes with diving competitions which I enjoy as a contrast to my normally very relaxed style. When the first hour or so passes and you still haven’t landed or even seen a fish on the competition list, you challenge yourself to think about where will be the best spot to go next. Added is the extra buzz you feel when you finally spot a fish that will score good points (and taste great), then you draw on all your skills as a spearfisher to make sure you successfully land the fish.
The final run back to the beach is full of a mental replay of the day’s encounters, if fish were lost, what could have been done differently, wondering how the other guys went and what other fish have been speared, all of which will be revealed at the weigh in.
The day had started poorly with no fish on the boat by 10am. Phil had a reef some way south which he promised would give us 4 species. Phil’s special spot was anything but, Graham spotted a Dhuie through the panel and it seemed my worries about Phil talking it up would prove unfounded. Leaving Graham to his fish I started following the edge in 14 meters of water as Phil had described looking for a large Baldchin groper or a random Mackerel. The viz was clear and current mild. Diving to the bottom, I waited… and waited… annnd waited…. nothing. The next few dives produced a coterie of small baldies, wrasse and sweep which were following from the bottom as I finned over the surface. This was turning into a good swim.
The ‘edge’ Phil had given me was proving anything but, the broken weedy limestone crumbling onto clean white sand without a ledge or cave was uninspiring so I shot one of the sweep. Finning along I slowly eviscerated the fish to set up a long curtain of finely shredded burley over 200 metres long. The last time I used this technique, two tiger sharks circled Heidi and me for 15 minutes until she tickled the 11 footer with her spear and they left us alone.
About 50 metres after the last of the sweep a blue missile glides under me at 5 metres and I dive down to its’ level and glance away. I look back, and see the mackerel’s head turn but not enough, with gun out front I kick hard and shoot from 5 metres away. The spear goes in near the left shoulder and as I find a little while later, exits at the right gill slit. It weighed 15.50 kgs and helped our points tally as we ended up with 5 species and seventh spot.
Weigh-in and presentations
This year we were very lucky to be able to hold the weigh in at the Lancelin Angling and Aquatic Club facilities. The vene was ideal not just because of the poor weather conditions but also as its a perfect location with a nice grassy area next to the outdoor undercover area and a massive indoor area for presentations with a bar and kitchen serving refreshments.
The weigh in always brings out the club spirit, everyone exchanging stories from the day and the past plus banter and fooling around with a certain level of concentration and eagerness as each pair’s catch is examined and weighed by the weighmaster.
Weigh in was a big affair with 23 pairs entering fish. Some of highlights include Cameron Bates’s Spangled Emperor, Mael Corret’s 20kg YTK, Joe Petrovich’s Spanish mackerel and a number of great size prized Baldies and Dhufish.
Competition was tight with only 30 points separating first and second place, last year’s runners up outscoring the 2015 champions. There was as little as 4 points between some places through the rest of the field.
1st Troy Eggins and Mael Coret 1720.8
2nd Chris Barnes and Darren Atiken 1694.6
3rd Caleb and Riley Moore 1361.5
4th Ben and Graham Carlisle 1227.1
5th Tim Schiffermuller and David Ingham 1224.8
6th Gary Gilgallon and Ross Bullock 1014.8
7th Graham Gould and Joe Petrovich 930.4
8th Jason Shaw and Kris Dawe 748.8
9th David Greirson and James Luchetta 679.2
10th Brendon Moelart and Jonathan 677.3
A special thanks to those who helped out with the running of the competition Chris Barnes, Graham Gould, Joe Petrovich, Ben Coy, Graham Carlisle, Tim Meir, Jason Mellor and Caleb Moore.
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
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.