As discussed at the February club meeting, we’ve decided to bring the final Surf Coast Cup competition (the “shore” comp) forward by one month. It will now be held in place of the previously slated March Underwater Photography Competition, with this comp being postponed until April sometime. The club calendar has been updated to reflect these date changes.
The final Surf Coast Cup comp will now be held on Sunday, the 25th of March. Specific location and time will be announced closer to the date, with a final call made the Friday before. Keep an eye on the news section of the GFD website, or our various social media accounts for information as it comes in.
Dont forget we have a club meeting tonight! This meeting is open to all, so come on down to the Sir Charles Hotham at 6:30pm to have a drink, a meal, and a chat about what the club is up to and spearfishing in general
Dear GFD Members,
Apologies for the late notice, but due to valentines day, and to avoid any potential conflicts with your spouses, the club committee has decided to reschedule this months club meeting to next Wednesday (the 21st).
Meeting will start at the usual time (6:30pm) at the Sir Charles Hotham hotel in Geelong. As usual, you dont have to be a member to attend, so feel free to drop in and say hello.
In other news, Southern Freedivers Inc. will be holding the 3rd annual ‘Blue Fin Battle’ this weekend in Portland. With a cash prize of $500 dollars for the winning pair, and other cash prizes on offer, if the spearfishing itself isnt enough to lure you down to Portland, maybe the prospect of making mad bank will be.
More information is available on the SFD website forum competition section, with an info pack to be posted soon (presumably at the same link). For more info, check that link in the coming days, or keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Good luck to everyone competing this weekend!
On Sunday, Geelong Freedivers Inc. hosted the second competition of its inaugural “Surf Coast Cup” spearfishing competition series. This comp was a designated boat comp. Having already postponed it once before, and due to predicted conditions in the days before, we set the launch spot well into the bay at Indented head, to allow our smaller boats to be able to safely launch and take part.
We had a total of 3 boats and 10 divers participating, and what a day it turned out to be!
Conditions were much better than expected, which in turn, allowed for some of the competitors to concentrate on trying to get more interesting species than you would otherwise expect from a bay boat dive.
Fish of the day goes to Steve, with this stonking 22.4 Kilo Southern Blue Fin Tuna.
Our scoring system differs slightly from the VSC Scorescheet, with a species weight and multiplier used to calculate score, with a 5 species limit.
Though the number of weigh ins doesn’t necessarily reflect it, Sundays fishing was absolutely superb.
Scores are as follows:
Steve – 1 species, 44,800 points – 100%
Tyson – 2 species, 4814 points, 10.7%
Luke – 1 species, 1062 points, 2.3%
Nam – 1 species, 780 points, 1.7%
As I am sure most of you are aware, Geelong Freedivers Inc. was scheduled to hold the second “Surf Coast Cup” spearfishing competition last month, which unfortunately had to be put on hold due to unfavourable conditions.
The Geelong Freedivers Inc. committee have tentatively scheduled this comp to be held on Sunday the 4th of Feb.
This competition will be a Boat comp, and will be held out of Queenscliff. More details will be posted closer to the date.
Due to the extreme variability of the weather this weekend, the committee have decided to cancel the club social dive that was scheduled for this coming Sunday (7th of Jan).
Looks like Victorian Fisheries Authority are installing some FAD’s (Fish Aggregation Devices) off Torquay in the coming weeks.
This is good news for sports fishing in the Surf Coast. Cant wait to get out there!
More info is available from the VFA Facebook Post:
Dear Club Members,
The 2017-2018 Geelong Freedivers Inc. Club Spearfishing Championship (CSC – formerly known as the Species Challenge) is now open for weigh ins.
The main changes to this years comp format is as follows:
This year we see 14 new species added to the score sheet (bringing the total to 24), broken up into 3 Categories, Cat A having a 15 point max score, Cat B a 10 point max score, and Cat C with a 5 point max score.
We’re also allowing gutted fish to be weighed in (to maximise the edibility of the fish being weighed in).
We have a club weigh point in Belmont and one in Anglesea (details in the rules), with hopefully another two weigh points coming online soon to maximise your weigh in opportunities. Weigh ins can still occur on any suitably certified scales (just ensure you provide the scale certification # if using non club scales).
This competition will end on the 31st of May, 2018.
Full rules and conditions can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y4KXd67Y9TYIHzldz0ovOORtxngkDAfRZch1mtpKP9E