Independent Shark Shield Freedom 7 study

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Shark Shield Freedom 7

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2012 WAUC only, Beagles Spearfishing comp results

Beagles wrap up – Joe Petrovich

We arrived at the site on Friday night not hitting any animals but passing through a booze bus about 10kms north of the Lanno turnoff. The cops were positioned well at the bottom of a gully which meant that doing 100kmh there was no chance of turning around before they spotted you. Zoran was stopped and found Fisheries were there as well. Not much point, he was going not coming.

Most guys rocked up Friday night with Cam arriving Saturday morning having launched at Leeman. He dove Corner Break and picked up a Spanish which weighed in at 21.22kgs gutted and gilled.… Read more

2012 Glynn Dromey Spearfishing comp results

Click on link below for full wrap up written by Joe Petrovich

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WAUC presents, Glynn Dromey 2012 Spearfishing comp

The annual Glynn Dromey Memorial Spearfishing competition for 2012 will be held on Saturday, April 14.

The Glynn Dromey Memorial Shield is organised by the West Australian Undersea Club and is advertised both locally and interstate. It aims to foster a competitive spirit between spearos and promote the virtues of safe selective hunting. It is a pairs freediving event held at Lancelin each year since 1994 in remembrance of Glynn Dromey, an accomplished spearo who passed away in the 80’s from cancer. The event is conducted from individual boats. Those without a ride but wishing to enter can contact the WAUC Spearfishing Dive Organizer (David Robson).… Read more

First WAUC Bunbury Spearing Comp, 2012

Early start early finish.

D Stick came around Friday night and dropped off some shark shields to take down to Ockys Water World. He wasn’t going in the comp. The irony of entrusting me with 5 of them wasn’t lost on him. He almost asked for a receipt. I hadn’t dived the Bunbury area nor the stretch of coast to Hamelin Bay near Augusta. With his advice I mapped out a plan dependant on the conditions for the day.

I knew the ground around Bunbury was fairly bare and there were 2 shallow(< 15m) divers on my boat so that ruled out the deeper parts. Naturaliste reef and the Bouvards are 40kms to the west and north respectively but the forecast was for a strong sou wester to come in midday. I hadn't dived around Yallingup but knew there was more ground and more species. The drawback was the hour drive each way from Ocky's shop plus kitting up and down. It left us about 4 hours of boating time. The closest ramp was Quindalup near Eagle Bay but Dave advised that Canal Rocks although further south was the same distance by road and closer to Sugarloaf Rock by boat, with all that ground in between. So, up at 3:30am and drive to the shop for sign-on. Gotta love those early starts. Not. Ben was good company and at the shop Ocky and crew had the bacon, eggs and toast going strong. No espresso, something to work on for next year. Twelve pairs signed on and the comp got underway at 7:00am. With Tania and Dale in the car we arrived at Canals and launched at 8:30. Went past indicators, saw a boat there and made a mental note to dive it on the way back. First stop after sounding a lot of ground yielded a Foxfish and Harlequin in 15 metre viz. Ben munted his shaft on a 25+kg Sambo. The ground was mainly kelp covered limestone to 19 metres with the very occasional clean rock. I saw one hole with 2 just size Dhuies and other fish. Second stop was a pinnacle near Sugarloaf which came up out of 24 metres of water to 10 metres. I immediately thought of Kingfish and Mackeral. Half an hour later and Ben shot a Sambo. The rock had small sea sweep and one tiny Dhuie on the bottom. By now it was eleven fifteen and the next dive would be the last. I sounded the 10kms back to the ramp but nothing leaped up. Our last dive would be Indicators. I saw a school of buff in the shallows and went searching for a dropoff. After a few dives I was in 25metres of water. Diving to 15 a Mackeral scoots past my right side. I stop, avoid eye contact. He turns. I am at 20 and shoot him from below. It’s a good shot and is gutted and gilled within 4 minutes. Quarter past twelve and we must leave now to make sign off by 2:00pm at Ocky’s. We get back with barely minutes. Some people were loud, some coy and some standing back with their own ideas. The sauce was flowing and by now the fish had been presented and bums accommodated in plastic chairs. Sausages, potatoes, quiche, pasta salad and chicken. The catering was great. But it’s not the food everyone had turned up for. It was the fish. Seven pairs weighed and highlights were Mike’s Long Snout Boarfish and my Mackeral of course. Surprisingly there were no other Spanish shot or seen. Being on Ocky’s boat and with Shane’s local knowledge, Jack and Zoran were red hot favourites. Graham went towards the Bouvards but said the ground was good but the fish weren’t home. He did manage a nice Swallowtail. Deacon and Adrian had a day off and weighed a Skippy. Nick E managed a nice King George. With seven new members on the day!! I am sure to put names to faces for future gatherings.… Read more

Crab season in Cockburn sound opens 15th December!

As the weather warms up Blue Manna or Blue Swimmer crabs start emerging from the depths around Perth. You may take 10 per person or 20 per boat if 2 or more persons are on the boat.

However, please note the closures below, outside of these closure zones and times, the taking of crabs is permitted anytime.

Happy hunting 🙂

CLOSED SEASON FOR BLUE SWIMMER CRABS

Peel-Harvey Estuary – closed season, 1 September to 31 October

Fishing for blue swimmer crabs is prohibited in the Peel Inlet and the channel entrance, Harvey Estuary and Dawesville Cut from 1 September – 31 October.… Read more

2011 WAUC Cray Competition

The annual WAUC Rottnest Cray Comp was held on Saturday with 26 people making the weigh-in and Zoran’s boat, late. Matt was called away to work and Jack Moss had an incident with a fishhook which required attention.

This year the weigh-in was held at Porpoise Bay due to Thomsons Bay staging a 1600 metre swim thru. The committee after much consultation decided to keep the same date but change the presentation location. With no facilities everyone had to bring their own food and drinks. This was preferable to the hundreds of people expected at the Quokka Arms Hotel where we usually are for this event.… Read more

Western Rock lobster/Crayfish season

Crayfish/WA Rock Lobster season opens on the 15th of November 2011 and runs to the 30th of June 2012. You must have a licence to collect crayfish and you are limited to 6 per person or 12 per boat

New size limits are in place this season, namely 76mm

Check the fisheries website for further information:

http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/docs/pub/FishingRockLobsters/FishingforRockLobster2011-2012.pdf

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2011/2012 WAUC Upcoming Events & Competitions

Upcoming Events & Competitions for the WA Undersea Club:

  • The following are the confirmed club event dates (pending weather) for the next 12 months:- Southern Escape, WAUC only weekend away, 19 & 20 November (Location TBA)

    – Rottnest Cray comp, WAUC only, December 3 2011 (Rottnest)

    – New Competition and Club Meeting, WAUC only, 18 February, 2012 (Location & Details TBA)

    – Northern Exposure, WAUC only weeekend away, 3, 4 & 5 March 2012 (Location TBA)

    – Glynn Dromey, Open to all, 14th April 2012

    – Beagles Comp, WAUC only, 12 May 2012

    – M****************0 BRAND NEW COMP, Open to all, winner gets great $$$$, 16 June 2012-14th August 2012 (More details coming soon)

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2011 Glynn Dromey Spearfishing Results

We had 18 pairs enter the Glynn Dromey Memorial Spearfishing Competition – 2011 on Saturday morning. The wind was gusting 20 knots from the east and the swell was 1.2 to 1.5 metres, pretty much as forecast. The viz varied from 2 to 15 metres depending on dive location and water was 22-23 degrees. Of the 18, 14 pairs weighed in.

The results:

First Place:
Rob Higgs
Ross Bulluck
7 fish and 1187 points

Second Place:
Darren Gebbetis
Brendan Bright
5 fish and 1144 points

Third Place:
Troy Eggins
Rik Weekes
3 fish and 732 points

Fourth Place:
Graham Gould
Joe Petrovich
3 fish and 660 points

Fifth Place:
Ben Coy
Michael North
3 fish and 586 points

Best Junior: Jack Moss
2 fish and 367 points

Mystery Fish: Nick Extract

Thankyou to all the sponsors.… Read more