Dear Spearfishing Enthusiast,
Welcome to the latest newsletter from Blue Water Hunting International Pty Ltd.
My apologies, it has been a while since our last Newsletter and l plan to keep the Newsletter more regular keeping our readers up to date with all our Blue Water News.
I hope all of our readers have been keeping well and enjoying their diving. I have been kept very busy with my abalone diving commitments, both private and group spearfishing charters along with plenty of local diving and competition spearfishing.
The 2009 year got off to a great start and l spent a lot of time diving and filming along my local Victorian coastline. This included a lot of filming for my latest DVD “Hunters and Gatherers”. Released in December, Hunters and Gatherers is proving to be very popular production with the crayfish diving segment and the footage from my world record Southern Blue fin Tuna capture proving to be the most popular.
2009 continued to be an exciting and successful year with numerous private charters to select destinations through out Australia. These included Dirk Hartog Island, Wilson’s Promontory and the Great Barrier Reef /Coral Sea off Cairns. Some of these charters have included selective SCUBA spear fishing trips. (Obviously, these have only been conducted in states that still allow spearfishing on SCUBA) These private customised charters with both freediving and SCUBA diving hunters are proving to be very popular and allow the guides to spend more time with the clients and thus enhancing the overall experience.
2009 saw BWHI run their annual Coral Sea expedition out of Cairns, Queensland, Australia on a new and very comfortable charter vessel. With just seven paying clients and 2 guides (Rob Torelli and Dr. Adam Smith) and two great tenders the trip was always going to have a fair chance of success. Add magical weather, great fishing and great company and we did in fact have an awesome trip, one of the best ever! Every person landed a Dog Tooth Tuna and numerous Wahoo were landed. The very fit and consistent Eduardo Godhino from the UK also landed a fantastic Yellow Fin Tuna weighing in at 38 kg whilst USA funny man (and a bloody good diver) Jim McCollem took the heaviest Dog Tooth Tuna with a 47 kg specimen. The very popular and rapidly improving Victorian spearo Billy Hayes wrote an article on his first trip to the Coral Sea in the latest issue of International Freediving and Spearfishing News titled “The Coral Sea – a pelagic paradise”.
This year we have two Coral Sea trips booked on the same vessel visiting similar reefs out of Cairns. The first trip is fully booked but we do have a few places remaining on the second trip in late November/early December.
At the completion of the November Coral Sea expedition l stayed in Cairns to lead a pioneering blue water hunting expedition in search of the Big Eye Tuna aggregation. This trip proved to be some of the most successful and exciting days blue water spearfishing and freediving l have ever experienced! The open waters of the Coral Sea provided us with crystal clear waters and a massive gathering of Big Eye Tuna, Yellow fin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Marlin and dozens of Whale Sharks. Over several days my clients enjoyed spearing some “world class” Big Eye Tuna and other quality pelagic fish. Then there were the ever friendly Whale Sharks that would always approach us on every dive. The Big Eye tuna aggregation or “The Boiling Sea” as it is known exceeded even my wildest dreams and expectations! I have written an article on “The Boiling Sea” in issue 61 of International Freediving and Spearfishing News.
BWHI have a few trips planned to this new destination in November and l am very confident of success again this year.
2010 promises to be another successful year. On a personal note, l was lucky enough to have a great start to the year winning the Australian Open Spearfishing Championships for my seventh time. This win meant a lot to me and l have decided to “go out on a high” and retire from competition spearfishing at this level. Hopefully, l will still be able to compete at some of the blue water spearfishing competitions on offer around the world. This year’s Nationals were keenly and closely contested and l am proud to say that BWHI guides took out three of the top four places. Congratulations to our newest guide Murray Petersen for his second placing and the ever consistent Drew Fenney for his fourth placing.
The past few months have seen some exceptional “local” blue water spearfishing in Victoria,Australia, with numerous Yellowtail Kingfish being landed. The most noted catch was a new State Record 21 kg specimen taken by Drew Fenney down at Wilson’s Promontory.
The attention down south here in Victoria now turns to the Southern Blue Fin and Albacore fishery in the West of our State. The reports are that things are starting to fire up as the water cools and the tuna come through. Good luck to all divers heading off shore having a go this year.
BWHI are running a few select day trip charters in the peak of the season (late April/May) to this region X Portland, Victoria.
Local readers will be pleased to read that after several years of procrastination l have decided to buy my own quality charter vessel for spearfishing charters in South Eastern Australia. The new vessel is my dream boat and is in survey for 6 passengers plus two crew. The 24 foot fibreglass boat is made by White Pointer Marine and is based on the old 243 Haines mould and layout. I will power it with two large four stroke outboards and it will be a fast, reliable and very comfortable riding charter vessel. The vessel which will be trailaerable will be completed by July 2010.
To check out more about these amazing vessels go to www.whitepointermarine.com.au
In May l lead a charter over to West Australia on a new live-a-board vessel to the Shark Bay/Dirk Hartog Island area. I had been struggling to find an ideally suited vessel and am now very happy with this new vessel. This charter is now fully booked but we do plan for several more trips here in March-May 2011. Be sure to be reading International Freediving and Spearfishing News next issue and our next Newsletter for a trip report.
In June 2010, l head over to Florida for the Blue Wild International Spearfishing Expo. BWHI have taken a stand for both days, (June 5th and 6th) and will have some amazing new video footage on show from several of their new destinations. I look forward to catching up with many of my clients and friends from across the globe.
Until next issue which is due out in June 2010, safe diving to you all.
Director, Blue Water Hunting International Pty Ltd.