Firstly apologies for being 2 months late with this post!
Waaaay back on the 2nd of December we held the first underwater photography comp with an anticipated location of springs beach in Point Lonsdale however the hard southerlies made us relocate to Swan Bay.
The photo comps have been a really fun event and everyone who has participated in the past have really enjoyed it. Due to schedule conflicts we only fielded 5 people (which I don’t mind as it’s less competition for the series mawhahahaha) but everyone had a great time. For most, if not all of us, it was the first time having dived in Swan Bay (another good thing about photo comps is we hold them in sanctuaries where we normally wouldn’t be diving).
I’ve been told in the past that Swan Bay plays a vital role in the echosystem and acts as a nursery for a lot of fish species and looking at the photos from the day we can say that this is true.
Due to conditions we called the comp on for 4 hours, suited up and hit the water. Most of us caught a few species early along the pier and then headed out to other objects like mored boats before searching the endless grass beds.
After our time was up we were all on shore sorting out our photos and cooking/eating our usual post dive BBQ.
We have a comp scheduled for this weekend 20th of Jan, it’s supposed to be the second event for the surf coast cup which is the boat comp but due to postponing the polespear comp last year we have decided to call it on for this weekend instead.
The swell is going to be down but we will be getting some SW winds which might make the ocean unfavourable. With this in mind we will tentatively call the comp on at Aireys Inlet with a back up location being Steels rocks in Portarlington. The final call will be made Saturday evening so stay tuned!
The Surf Coast Cup is open to all AUF members not just Geelong Freedivers. Don’t have a polespear but still want to come along and meet some people, have a dive and enjoy a BBQ afterwards? Then sign up for the social dive but be sure to check the BBQ option so that we can get the catering right.
Next weekend, Geelong Freedivers Inc. have the boat competition component of our principal Spearfishing Competition Series – The Surf Coast Cup scheduled to be run.
Sunday the 20th will be the preferred day to run the event, with Saturday the 19th as the backup.
Event signup and payment is online via the club website event signup page, and must be completed 24 hours prior to the event commencement. We’ll get the event up on the signup page in the coming days.
Launch location will likely be either Queenscliff or Indented head boat ramps.
Final call as to if the event is going ahead, and details of the specific launch points and weigh in location, will be made on the Thursday night prior to the scheduled start of the event (the 17th). The announcement will be made on this news feed and our various Social Media channels.
The Surf Coast Cup Boat Comp is an enjoyable, fun, relaxed spearfishing event. Last year we even saw a Southern Blue Fin Tuna weighed in, so there is always the chance of finding and landing some excellent fish!
If you are planning on competing, please let us know ASAP (via FB – use the group, or email firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can get a good feel with regards to the number of competitors versus available boat places.
The last Geelong Freedivers Inc. meeting for the year will be taking place this Wednesday, the 12th of December. Meeting kicks off at the usual time (6:30pm), at the Sir Charles Hotham Hotel in Geelong.
This meeting we will have Dave Torelli swinging by to talk to us about (amongst other things) the Australian Spearfishing Championships, being held next year in Port Fairy.
We’ll also have an exiting instalment of our “Species” Quiz, with a bit of a Christmas twist.
The meeting is open to everyone, not just club members, so feel free to drop in, grab a meal, grab a drink, and say hello!
The GFD Committee have decided to call ON the scheduled photofishing comp for this Sunday, the 2nd of December.
Even though this is scheduled as the “second” photofishing comp of the photofishing series, its will actually be the first, as the previous comp had yet to be run due to difficulties in getting suitable conditions.
Be at the Springs Beach carpark in Point Lonsdale at 9:00am on Sunday, for pre-comp safety briefing, gear check, and sign on.
As this coincides with a scheduled club social dive, club members who were not planning on competing in the photofishing series are welcome to attend & dive with us in a non-competing capacity.
This comp is open to all AUF members.
If you are planning on attending, ensure that you use the the competition entry form on the website to sign up prior to the event. For club members who wish to attend as a social dive, please use the “Social Dive” category when signing up.
Comp cost is $15 dollars, which includes post dive BBQ. Members attending for the social dive & want the BBQ, please ensure you check the BBQ option on the sign up form ($5).
As this is a marine park, make sure you leave your speargun at home.