Spearo clean up Malabar Beach

Attendees to yesterday’s clean up at Malabar were treated to glorious weather conditions and participating divers came through with some pretty spectacular rubbish hauls to match. Fantastic work being done by all, but special rubbish mentions for the large part of a boat hull retrieved, as well as a section of pipe so large you might have thought we were digging up infrastructure in the bay.

Pat Mullins and Derrick Cruz did the hard work salvaging this boat off the rocks at Malabar

A massive thanks to everyone involved in a great morning out, over thirty spearos assisted on the day. Thanks too to the invaluable boaty assistance provided by Ben, Shane, and Dan. A Malabar clean up definitely deserves to be a fixture on the calendar, perhaps Little Bay as well, it is a fantastic way for spearos to give something back to the local community.

Lastly a special thanks goes out to the legends at Adreno Sydney for both their physical help on the day, Pauli and Jake you were great, and the generous prizes donated for the event, vouchers being awarded for the best rubbish hauls. Thank you Adreno’s Craig Seadog, your enthusiasm to assist is always appreciated.

Some of the team involved on the day

The mystery lucky door prize is yet to be drawn and revealed. Stay tuned for that one!!!

Randwick Council sent a supportive message post clean up, aware that spearfishers care for their environment and community well being.

Alex Sehrig

Don’t miss this Sunday’s Malabar clean up comp!

Malabar clean up comp

The Sans Souci Dolphins have decided to open up their annual Malabar Rubbish Dive to everyone and to make it a competition.

We will have an onshore and an in water division. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs in both divisions.

Adreno Spearfishing Sydney is throwing in a whole heap of vouchers (2x$50, 2x$30, 2x$20) as well as one major mystery price.

We intend to give away the prices for the most rubbish collected etc. But there might also be prices for the most meritorious piece of rubbish, the biggest turd or the most sinkers and golf balls 🙂

We will have a safety boat/GARBARGE and safety jet ski.

Local businesses are supporting the event with donations of food for the after work feast as well as vouchers and prices.

The event is FREE but there are some conditions of entry:

USFA qrcode
  • Divers must have a float with a flag and rig line.
  • Divers must have USFA or AUF membership. If you haven’t got either you will be able to purchase one on the day.
  • Here is a QR code for a $5 one of cleanup day membership
  • Do not bring a speargun.

When: This Sunday, 18th of September.

Safety briefing and sign on is at 08:00 sharp.

Diving and collecting finishes at 10:30 sharp.

On shore and in water collectors must sign on and sign off!

Lets do this, Lets cleanup the bay and have some fun with it!

Don’t miss this one guys!

Big Fish Competition – 2016

Big Fish Competition Results 2016

After a postponed comp on 27th February the comp was held the following Saturday, 5th March.

Open

  1. Steve Nash Kingfish 15700
  2. Darren Coulter Kingfish 15500
  3. Kyle Johnston Kingfish 13700
  4. Luke Beckinsale Kingfish 13100
  5. Alby Cooke Kingfish 11200
  6. Steve Elias Black Drummer 2380
  7. Jacob Elias Black Drummer 2200
  8. Guy Thornycroft Gold Spot 1700
  9. Bill Rule Spangled Emperor 1390
  10. Angus McCook Morwong 1000

Junior

  1. Hayden Montgomery Gold Spot 2180
  2. Patrick McGimpsey Black Drummer 1810
  3. James Blair Red Morwong 800

Haden Mongomery
Haden Mongomery

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Alby Cook
Alby Cook

One Up One Down – USFA NSW Championships – 18 October 2015


One Up One Down

The inaugural State Championship was held at that great, usually fishy, accessible location on the Central Coast, Norah Head. A rock hop event, the location was chosen as it offers a variety of depths and fishing ground and safe leeway depending upon the prevailing wind at the time.

As I arrived at the sign on location early I had time to check out the area and was pleased that the event was safe enough to hold with just a light SE wind puffing away. I begin setting up the area when the Montgomery “brothers” arrive on the scene, talk about keen! Still 90 minutes until swim off.  Steve Montgomery had just come back from a USFA members trip to NW Island and had embraced the calm, warm and clear waters of the tropics spearing some great fish while Hayden Montgomery (no actual relation) is a frothing young spearo who at 15 has already captured an abundance of great species that many spearos even three times his age are in envy of. The two lads ripped in and helped me set up which was greatly appreciated.

Josh Green and Zane Hutchison Junior Champions

With half an hour to swim off many more “Sea Lions”, members of the local spearo club, had rocked up Bailey Ives, Zac and Pat with a mix of the usual suspects from the Sans Souci Dolphins – Mudcrab Marsh, Paz, Cohan and the Alliman and Canada Cup champion the Handsome Mexican Cruz; good to see some Neptunes from Newcastle (the Green clan) and South Coast Barracudas Joe Hyzdal, and the current NSW champion and king of the south coast Jack Lavender. Jack had really enjoyed the previous social pair event the USFA had run where he had keenly offered to swim with a young newcomer to offer many tips and techniques.

NSW Open OUOD Champions Jack Lavender and Joe Hyzdal

A briefing of the regulations was given – such as the 4 metre rope the surface diver needed to be connected to, while his dive buddy (the one under) uses a standard length rig cord, swapping to the shorter cord when it was his turn to remain on the surface, that one diver in the pair must always remain on the surface.  The restricted species sheet discussed, where only 1 only of some basic species, such as red morwong, were to be weighed in between a pair. The scoring today was 100points a fish and 10 points per kilogram, Simon Horvath very kindly took two juniors with him as we did have an odd number of divers sign on.

Mentor and Grommet Champion Simon Ross and Mal Green.

By 0800 the safety boat with pilot Joe Brennan and co-pilot Nathan Gradidge had launched Al Cooke’s beautiful Haines 600r (a big thanks for lending your tub for the day Al), and we had twenty three of the keenest spearos in NSW signed on, briefed and ready to brave very difficult diving conditions. There was an unusually strong current mixed with cool, dirty water that belied the calm surface conditions and thus for the first time in my memory in a comp every competitor was back well before finishing time.

The hard luck stories are always worth listening to, for a laugh, though I did feel sorry for young Jay Bain and his early exit from the competition due to losing a fin in swimming through some surf attempting to spear a huge Bream that was on dry land, I know, you will have to ask him yourself.

OUOD537Lachy Green towed his dad Phil around all day, or was it the other way around? Depended on which Green was telling the story.  The father and son team came across a nest of bugs and had 4 splendid specimens in their keeper bag. Another father and son team was Rabbit Kyle and his 10 year old son Max, Max is beyond keen and they brought in some nice fish, Max landing two great Red Rockies himself and they looked likely to take out the Grommet section until another Green member, the youngest, Malakai and his mentor buddy Simon Ross brought in the same amount of fish with just a slightly heavier total bag.

Aaron Puckeridge and his float towing partner himself a former NSW champion like Aaron, Ben Bayfield, had an indifferent day and they brought in 5 fish as well, they were both pleased to see an esky and hot meat pies at the weigh in. Josh Green the biggest and probably the ugliest of the Green siblings, and his great mate Zane Hutchison weighed a good swag with 8 fish and they looked the winners as the last group to weigh in arrived, Jack and Joe from the ‘Cudas, they presented a smaller weight though with 9 fish to edge ahead of the Newcastle juniors to be crowned the inaugural NSW One Up One Down Pairs champions.

Class Diver Points
Golden Oldie Joe Hyzdal 980
Silver Oldie Phil Green 538
Junior Champion Josh Green & Zach Hutchison 887
Open Champion Jack Lavender & Joe Hysdal 980
2nd Open Josh Green & Zane Hutchison 887
3rd Open Aaron Puckeridge & Benny Bayfield 550
Largest Fish Rock Blackfish – Cohan Jones 3075gm
Convenor’s Choice Bream – Hayden Montgomery 1150gm
Sportsman’s Award Simon Horvath

Young blokes going hard on the dogs eyes

This event will continue, as will its more social format where the younger and new USFA members are teamed up with experienced spearfishers who pass on valuable expertise to their allotted partner.

The overwhelming feedback form the divers repeat several key points:

“It’s definitely safer”

“I relax so much more knowing my buddy is over me, my diving just naturally improves”

“Far more enjoyable way of spearfishing a comp”

“So relaxing having someone right there with you”

“I love it when I see my partner stuff up”

It is a given that when you are relaxed and confident you are going dive better, it’s a given if your buddy is slightly at higher level than you that you will be drawn up to his level by diving with him it’s a given that diving one up one down with your surface buddy right there watching your every dive is safer, it’s also a given that it is great to share experiences with your mates who are right there to witness what you saw.

Looking forward to diving in the next one. Date out soon, keep January open.

Simon Trippe

You can find the Rules and check out what you need to know at http://usfa.org.au/one-up-one-down-pairs/