RUSTYS SPEARFISHING CHALLENGE 2018 – ALBANY

With 10 Pairs entering Rusty’s Spearfishing Challenge the weekend just gone in Albany the Albany boys turned out in force with also a few venturing down from Perth to attend as well
The weather turned it on with the locals referring to it as an “Albany Glass off” with variable winds but tending mostly to light South Easterly winds and swell at 2.1m the conditions were great providing access anywhere for people with all sized boats and or access from the shore. Water temperature was 19.5. Conditions were overcast with the odd spit of rain. There was though also a shower of disappointment for two pairs that arrived late to the weigh-in by 2min who unfortunately were disqualified, one of the pairs missing out on third place…

The place getters were as follow
1st Place
Ben Bloxsome and Darryl Piper
10 Species
2028 points
2 x Hammerhead Jurasic 110cm rail gun RR $330 ea
2 x Sporasub sport shoe RR $145 ea
2x Sporasub 2mm gloves $40ea

2nd Place
Rory MacLeod and Michael Brooks
9 Species
1732 points
1 Rabitech red blade free dive fin set RR $149
1 x Epsealon black free dive fin set RR $145
2 x Hammerhead tuff sock pair RR $48 ea
3rd Place
Ben Coy and Graham Carlisle
5 Species
1081 points
1 x Rabitech Reaper mask RR $100
1 x Rabitech Mammalian mask RR $100
2 x Hammerhead dyneema glove RR $35 ea
Mystery Prize
Matthew David
1 x Salvimar rubber weight belt RR $110
1 x Omer dry box RR $30 ea

WAUC RECORDS BROKEN

With Graham Carlisle on fire lately breaking records he again got another 3 WAUC Records in this name with those being as follows
• Snook this time weighing in at 3.36KG (Only 140grams off the State Record!) with the previous record being held by Graeme Evans at 2.380kg in 2012
• Western Black Rock Fish (Black Drummer) weighing in at 2.4kg, the previous record was held by Nick Extract at 1.330KG in 2014
• Moonlighter weighing in at 1.66kg, the previous record was held by Zoran Djuric at 1.35KG in 2011

Tom Matheson nailed an “Albany GT’ also known as a Skipjack Trevally coming in at a WAUC record-breaking weight of 4.82KG! Beating Liam Ronzittis record of 2.18kg which he only got in February this year.

Stuart Parkers sambo coming in at 30.5KG which broke the previous WAUC record of 22kg held by Dave Strickland since 2011

Please note guys that now on our webpage you are able to enter your WAUC records (members only) via the following link. You are able to upload photos and all of the information required to be sent in the page will prompt you to enter them ensuring that none of the details are missed the webpage address is http://www.waundersea.com/wauc-record-submission/

Only a handful of Dhus were attempted to be weighed in with only one of them making the minimum weight and coming in at 4.64KG
Other memorable fish taken was Michael Brooks Blue Groper coming in at 24KG, #Blue_Burgers_for_dayz

A massive thanks to the Main sponsor Rustys Marine, without sponsors like this with their generosity events like this, are hard to pull off. We urge all to support the business that supports the WAUC.

With Sidewinder Catering putting on an American Style smoked BBQ the food was a hit as well
Also a special thanks to all of the people who helped organize the day as well as volunteered their time on the day to help get it all sorted.