Recap – USOA Nationals – Noyo, California – August 2, 2017

August 2, 2017
USOA Nationals – Noyo, California

The Owen Churchill!!! If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. It is the holy grail, the Stanley Cup of US Spearfishing. A trophy that was gifted by the one and only Owen Churchill to US Spearfishing in 1950. Circling the base of the trophy are the US’s past national champions, for team and individual. In addition to the honor of having your name etched into “The Churchill”, it will forever signify the hard work, sweat, blood, time, some tears and sacrifice that you and your team have poured into the pursuit of such an honor of accompanying US Spearfishing greats. At the 2016 US Spearfishing Nationals in Beaver Lake, Arkansas, they announced that 2017’s bid was won by Cen Cal and that it was going to held in the chilly, windy, rough waters out of Noyo Harbor, Fort Bragg in California. At the announcement, teammate Ryan Myers and myself took a deep breath. It was as if Ryan and I had any hope in making the US team to compete in Portugal at CMAS’s 31st World Spearfishing Championships. We would have to do well where most do not. It was then that we started to devise a plan and pick our third member of our team.

Our initial plan was to try and find someone local, but everyone we knew was already on a team and finding local knowledge was going to be a challenge. Then we thought, who do we know that can crush fish? My buddy Spencer Haskins was first choice. Better yet, he is also on the HECS elite team with Ryan and I. So it was done, we had our team. Now came the hours of YouTube videos, pictures, blogs and calls to friends in hopes of starting to paint a picture of what we would be up against in terms of fish, competition and weather elements.

All reports came back the same, be ready to not feel your fingers and toes! The water is going to be cold and visibly will be poor. Your kayak will flip in the wind and waves, however if you can find fish, you will be able to spear them… only thing is that all the local divers will already have found those fish, so be ready to race to your spots. However well you think you’re going to do, times that by two and that’s more realistic. Ryan and I slowly realized that being the top 10 was going to be a lot harder than we ever thought. It was set and we were going to need thick 7mm wetsuits, 20 plus pounds of weight and lots of time to search under every rock to find our fish. Before long, it was time to head North. Ryan and team mascot/manager, Sam drove their Toyota Sienna van cross country from Miami to Fort Bragg just so we would have a vehicle. A lot of credit to Scott Eastman who drove his 27 ft trailer from Reno, so we would have a place to stay or we would all have been sardines in Ryan’s Sienna. We planned on putting in two solid weeks of scouting, which should give enough time for our bodies to acclimate to the 49 degrees cold and dirty waters of NorCal.

Hours of scouting and miles of kayaking, searching under every rock and crack is boring enough and hard to stay motivated. Add in water so cold, that your gums tingle and after just a short time, your thumbs stop being able to push the buttons on your flashlight. But, at least you don’t have to worry about your feet hurting from your pockets because you lose feeling all together about an hour into your day. It was hard to stay focus but was work that needed to be done and with Portugal being the carrot in front of my nose, I kept chugging along. In the days of scouting, I personally wasn’t seeing much of anything great. In talking with the other competitors, my morale kept falling as it seemed everyone had found their big lings and spots that they had dove before were still holding fish.

It was the morning of the 2017 Nationals and the spearfishing gods gifted everyone that was not from NorCal the most surprising gift: flat like a lake, calm waters. Not a whisper of the wind or ripple of a wave. It was as some locals described it “A once every 10 year calm!” I was pumped! Ryan and Spencer were pumped! It wasn’t anything like we had scouted. Our morale instantly jumped through the roof, but our high hopes were short lived because not only did we get to dive in this never before calm water, but so did the rest of the field of extraordinary spearfishermen and women. Paul Young, who sat in first after 2016 Nationals, now gets to dive his backyard in epic conditions. His team consisted of legend, Mike McGuire and his son,
Kelston. I want to say up and coming but he’s already here and at 16 years old, Kelston is dominating in both fresh and saltwater. The ever dangerous Dennis “Chicken Leg” Hossler, was teamed up with World competitor Alex Reynaud and always a threat, Greg Fonts. A few other strong local dive teams consisted of some serious local power and knowledge of the area. I remember thinking, “Here we go, this what we wanted, a fight to earn your spot on Team USA. Here we go, it’s go time! Do you! Just dive!”

As all the competitors loaded their kayaks on the beach, it looked like the giants were playing “Pick up stix”. It wasn’t long until it was time to stage, before the Coast Guard blew their horn signaling that it was 9 a.m., which meant it was time to go to your favorite spot. There was a 30 minute travel time, which meant you have 30 mins to go anywhere you like, but you weren’t allowed to enter the water until 9:30. I paddled to my first spot which was a lingcod. I paddled right to his home and dropped my anchor. I got there about 10 minutes after the start and took my time clearing my mask and getting ready before it was time to enter at 9:30 sharp. I slipped in, loaded my mini Aimrite and descended along the underwater ridge to my ling’s home and he was home. A quick shot and my first fish was shot not 3 mins past 9:30. From there, it was hop scotch from spot to spot trying to collect all my pieces. At 2:15 p.m., I lined up and landed my last Rainbow perch to fill my catch quota of 16 fish. At this time, I wound up my anchor and stored all my gear into my kayak. I felt good, I found some monster cabezons that filled my 10 RGC (rockfish, cabezon, and greenling). I had two lings (but not too big) and I had my four perch. With an hour and 15 mins before it was time to stop diving, I started paddling around and talking to fishermen and to the other divers in trying to figure how my catch would measure up. I felt good and thought my stringer was going to be hard to top.

Upon hearing the horn of the Coast Guard signalling the 2017 US Spearfishing Nationals had come to an end, the buzz on the beach as everyone started pulling fish out of their kayak hauls were amazing. Kelston pulled out a monster lingcod, by the looks of it, it looked to bury the 20 lb mark. Local Kona boy moved to Cali, Wasen Van Ventura, had an equally large one if not bigger. Other’s catches were impressive, with huge vermillion rocks, a prize fish in the Northwest. Soon, it was time for our team to carry our bags of fish to the scale to see where we sat. Spencer was first to weigh his catch. He had a rough day, that found him scratching his head after most of his fish weren’t home. But being the “White Hammer” that he is, he still crushed it and came
in with very respectable catches. Then, it was my turn and upon seeing my catch I felt strong and felt good. My three big cabezons and 16 total fish put me in at 83 points, which sat me in 1st place. However, it was short lived as Ryan “Meow” Myer’s snuck in like a cat with a massive catch of big fish, complete with four beautiful vermillion rockfish. His catch shot him to the top with 99 points. When the scales were done tipping, that’s where he would stay, with me in 2nd place and Adam Suave in 3rd place. The big fish honors went to Wasen, with a 21.22 lb lingcod.

Mixed team champions went to father and son duo, Paul and Jacob Castillou and Kathy Cosby taking individual woman’s champion honors. To our surprise, three warm water boys from Hawaii and Florida took the National Champs Team Honors. To say we were pumped and stoked is a true understatement, cloud 9 billion is where we were smiling. I want to send a huge thank you to Cen Cal Spearfishing for organizing an amazing meet. With more volunteers than I had ever seen, seas of blue shirted volunteers greeted us on the beach and at every turn they were there with a helping
hand. Everything was awesome! 2018 Nationals will be in Tampa, Florida. Hope to see some new faces, so start preparing now!

Fish Lake Fun Dive – July 15th 2017

July 15th 2017
We had 25 divers at our fish lake dive and lots of fun
11 pros
14 novices, some brand new divers. A huge thanks to all our sponsors for making this happen
Sportube. Hammerhead. JBL. IMERSION. Mares. Yazbeck. You all rock
A big thanks to Ted and his wife for their hosting this fun event
The food ,prizes, dive plan
It all went well
Lots of fish
Lots of new divers
Lots of fun safe diving
This is what building our sport
Looks like
Congratulations to all our new divers and the great job they did
And our top 2 divers from Las Vegas Matt with 55 fish and Courtney with 39. Well done

Next event
US National
August 26 lake mcconaughy Neb

Starvation September 9 Utah

2017 Spearfishing Calendar

2017 Spearfishing Calendar

Sponsored this year by the Freedive Shop
Freedive Shop

May 18-20, 2017
Worlds in Lake Mead, Las Vegas Nevada
http://www.freshwaterworlds.com

June 10, 2017
Lake Mcconaughy – Nebraska
Casey Sack: 308-520-6879 csack99@hotmail.com

July 15, 2017
Fish Lake – Utah
Ted juniperhollowoutdoors@gmail.com
PDF Flyer

August 2, 2017
USOA Nationals – Noyo, California
RMSA can send 3 teams, let us know early if you want in.
Alex Reynaud alex@addictionspears.com

August 26, 2017
Freshwater Nationals
Lake Mcconaughy – Nebraska
Casey Sack: 308-520-6879 csack99@hotmail.com
Mike Ban goodbrew33@yahoo.com
Register at http://platteriverscubadivers.com

September 9th, 2017
Starvation Reservoir, Utah
Ryan Peterson ryan.peterson91@hotmail.com

Cold Colorado Pike Hunting

There are a bunch of small lakes here in Colorado. On this day we went up to a small town with an even smaller lake with a freezing temperature. There were four of us in our car, my dad, my brother and our good friend Danny. Once getting to the lake we unpacked, my brother realized he left all his gear at home (a 45 minute drive) so he had to go back. I didn’t want to go in because i knew the water would be cold, but seeing that the car was gone and i had no where to sit I decided to get in. Thank goodness for WETTIES 5mil wetsuits, that water was cold! The lake was pretty small so I followed my Dad around. The viability was about 6’ and not a single fish. After 45mins i was ready to get out, but my brother was still not back and my towel was in the car. So my dad and I found some cups and did some practice shots, finally we decided to swim in. In about 6’ of water pretty bored, i was messing with the moss. I looked down and saw some pretty colors, my first thought was “those are cool rocks” so I started poking “them” with my gun. To my surprise those “rocks” started moving and out came my pike! At first i was so surprised that I didn’t think to shoot till i saw it slowly moving away. I reached my Rob Allen 80cm snapper and shot it near the belly as it swam away. At first I thought I had missed it, so I pulled in my shaft and saw the this monster on the end! I pulled and grabbed the fish tight afraid at any moment he would wiggly free, I came to the surface and showed off my prize, screaming for joy and help 🙂
Savanah Mc Guire
16.66 pounds Northern Pike pending world record.

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Starvation Report 8-20-16

What a great dive. We had perfect weather great vis and lots of fish.
Starvation is almost never like this and with the super support of the FRESH WATER FISH SLAYERS , FWFS, everything went well.
A big Thanks to Carl Cooper and family for hosting the food on there private property it was a nice get away from the zoo at the lake.
We hope to have the FWFS run this event every year a little earlier in Aug. before school start.
Highlight of the meet included lots of new divers that got to shoot there first fish and win $100 prizes. 10 of our 17 divers were NEW to these competitions or spearfishing or both.
And the great food !!!!!!
Thanks to all the new spears and welcome to the tribe.
On a special note Duke got his son to dive with him and shot an 18 lb toad of a carp, and Mike got his 15 yr daughter to dive comp for the first time and slay some nice fish including a big small mouth bass.
Bring a friend to Stagecoach Co. Sept 24th and spread the fun.
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Starvation Reservoir, Utah – August 20th, 2016

Starvation Reservoir, Utah – August 20th, 2016

Starvation Reservoir, Utah – August 20th, 2016

8:30am Check in
9:00am Guns in the water
3:00pm Guns out of the water
3:30pm Weigh ins (in the parking lot by the boat ramp same as last year)

Rules:
Novice Division: 10 carp, and 5 game fish. 1 point per fish 1point per pound.
Pro Division: 10 carp at 1 point per fish 1 point per pound, and 5 walleye/trout
at 3 points per fish 3 points per pound.

We will meet for check ins in the same parking lot as weigh ins. Just south of the boat ramp. (Look for the big blue/grey van with all the dive stickers).

After weigh ins we will give everyone a map and directions to the property where we will have food ready and set up for prizes and to get your RMSA t-shirt if you’re a new member.

Again if you want to camp for free at the property with us you are more than welcome. There is plenty of room, and the more the merrier. Give me a call or text and We’ll make sure you find your way there. 8018223813.

If you have any other questions or need a dive partner let me know.

http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?p=2113634#post2113634

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Deer Creek Report – Fun Dive July 2016

We had 14 divers at the Deer Creak fun dive. 10 in the pro division and 4 in the Novice division.

The strategy for the meet of shoots only 5 BIG carp and 5 walleye worth the extra points made for a very interesting finish.
Carl with only a pole spear to took 2nd with both big fish: 16 lb carp and a 7 lb walleye

Nate took 3 and nailed all his walleye early on, so he was going to be tough to beat.

Kelston took his first big first place: shooting 11lb average in carp and finishing his walleye collection in the last minutes of the meet. His strategy of up grading his carp as he went along , but waiting every dive for any possibility of Walleye paid off in the last 30 minutes as he worked hard for the last 2 small walleye.

In the Novice division the Evans kicked but with 1st & 2nd and took home the gold: a nice gun and great mask.

Save Aug 20 2016 for Starvation.

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TRITON X OPEN September 17, 2016

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TRITON X OPEN
September 17, 2016

Location:

Caspar Beach RV Park & Campground – Mendocino, CA 95460

Schedule of Events:

6:30 AM Check In begins: Fill out waivers, Check-in. Tournament Starts (You can start as soon as all paper work has been accepted.)
12:30 PM Food Available and weigh-in available. Please weigh-in as soon as you check back in.
1:30 PM ALL DIVERS must be checked back in to qualify. The award presentations and participation raffle will start immediately following the completion of the weigh-in.
3:00 PM (estimate) Raffle Begins; you or a representative must be present to win.

Cost:
Early Registration (by August 5th): $55
Registration (by September 5): $70
Same Day and Late Registration: $85

Pro Registration $30 (Must Qualify, see below)

*Cost includes Lunch, Shirt, and possible prize. Please be sure to select shirt size at check out.*

2016 Triton X Open Rules

1) Hunting by means of FREEDIVING. No tanks or re-breathers.

2) No SCUBA scouting

3) All divers must check-in at Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground.
•Check In starts at 6:30 am. You may begin diving immediately after you check in.
•Divers must check back in no later than 1:30 pm. You must check back in to receive your shirt and food ticket.

4) Motor-powered boats are prohibited. All other forms of transportation are allowed. Kayaking is encouraged.

5) Only spearguns loaded by the diver’s own strength are permitted.

6) No chumming.

7) Competitors must abide by all California Fish & Wildlife rules.

8) Competitors are responsible for taking home their own catch.

9) Infractions of the above listed rules, including the listing of eligible species below, the DFG regulations, or unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification.
Species and Sizes:

Competitors may weigh in only ONE FISH FROM EACH SPECIE and/or ONE ABALONE ONLY and/or ONE SCALLOP ONLY to count toward the Tournament! Five fish Maximum.

Fish, Abalone and Scallop must meet or exceed Tournament measurement to count toward Tournament prizes.

Only FISH and ABALONE will be counted towards total aggregate score!

Specie/ Tournament Size
Abalone: 9”
Scallop: 5″
Black Rockfish: 14”
Blue Rockfish: 14”
Cabezon: 15”
Halibut: 22”
Kelp Greenling: 14”
Lingcod: 30”
Olive Rockfish: 14”
Perch: 14”
Vermilion: 14”
*Any other fish NOT mentioned above will not be accepted.

Scoring and Prizes:

Entry Divisions: This is a new change for 2016 please read!!!

Pro: This one is all for the glory!!! If you have competed in Nationals in the last 5 years or are sponsored you must register in this category. There is no prize, just a place on the trophy if you are 1st place Pro. Price includes T shirt and food.

Masters: Competitors ages 55 and up will be entered in this division. Top three Master will be awarded prizes. If you qualify for masters but would rather compete in General division please do so.

General: For all competitors who do not qualify for above divisions.

Jr: : For competitors 17 and under!

The top scoring diver in the Pro/General divisions will have their name put on the Clint Koberstein trophy.

Each competitor will be allowed to weigh in one fish per specie that meets the minimum tournament size requirements listed above, as well as one Abalone only. They will receive 10 points per specie plus 1 point per pound up to 20 pounds. Maximum score of 30 points per specie. Divers may weigh in up to 5 fish maximum (on the specified list above). They can also measure in one Abalone only; the abalone scoring will be counted towards total aggregate.

This year there will be a prize awarded for biggest Scallop! Only 1 Scallop may be entered per diver. The scallop will not be counted towards the diver’s aggregate score.

Only Abalone and Fish are counted in total aggregate points.

Prizes will be given out for the biggest fish, for the 3 largest Abalone by length, and for the largest Scallop.

Prizes will also be awarded for the top aggregate scores as follows: top 5 General/Masters Division, top 3 Masters, top Woman and top Junior (under 18 years of age).

The Perpetual Clint Koberstein Trophy will be awarded to the #1 General and the #1 Pro Division Winners. This Trophy is in memory of our first winner of the Southern California Picasso Open.

Top Scallop will have name put on largest scallop trophy!

Competitors may win more than one of the main prizes if they are very good hunters or very lucky!

The weigh master has the option to disqualify a fish /abalone deemed unsuitable for any reason.

Every competitor that doesn’t win one of the aforementioned categories is eligible for the participation raffle. Where most of the prizes for this event will be given out. For instance, there will be many wetsuits, spearguns, fins, etc. given out in the raffle. Competitors are limited to winning one prize each in the participation raffle.

Why a Species Meet?
Freedive Hunting is the only method to practice “Release before you Catch” rather than “Catch and Release” as is done by all other forms of sport fishing. Freedive hunters are given the opportunity to select an individual fish and let the rest swim by and/or, select their trophy abalone, rather than stressing and endangering several animals, until a suitable one is harvested. A Species Meet was created to determine the most proficient freedive hunter by establishing rules in which diversity, rather than total aggregate weight of a catch, will prove who the most successful freedive hunter really is.

Registration and Refund Policy:

Competitors may register at the day of the meet, but if you pre-register, you pay a lower entry fee. This year there is amaximum of 150 divers for this event. In the event of inclement weather on Tournament day, all prizes will be raffled that day. Competitors less than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian co-sign their disclaimer form.

NO REFUNDS! If you are unable to attend the event and have already registered, you may have someone pick a prize for you.

Fun Dive – Deer Creek Reservoir, Utah – July 30th, 2016

Deer Creek Reservoir, Utah – July 30th, 2016

The meet will be held at the Peterson Group pavilion.
FREE entry fee to all RMSA members
Under 15 competes for FREE
Check in @ 8:00 am at Peterson Group pavilion
Guns in the water @9:00 am
The reason for the 1 hour delay between check-in and start is so everyone has a chance to get their boats in the water (sometimes there is a line to launch and it can take some time)
Guns out of the water @ 2:00 pm
Weigh-ins start @ 2:30 and you must be checked in by 3:00 at the Peterson Group pavilion
Rules:
Novice/Jr. Division: Max of 10 Carp and 5 Game Fish, 1 point per fish and 1 point per pound.
Pro Division: Max of 5 Carp (1 point per fish 1 point per pound), and 5 Walleye (5 points per fish and 1 point per pound)
You must decide what division to compete in at registration. (If you have ever won an event or scored more than 150 points in a meet please enter the pro division.)
Prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd in each division as well as Biggest Walleye and biggest Carp
There will also be a small raffle.
***Everyone is responsible for removing their own fish.
More information here:
http://www.spearboard.com/showthread.php?t=190054

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10th Annual Mexican Shootout – Palapas Ventana

10TH ANNIVERSARY of a one-of-a-kind spearfishing experience at resort in La Ventana, Baja California Sur

JOIN the Palapas Ventana family and spearos from around the world for four days of friendly competition and fun

SPEARFISH the world-class waters of the Sea of Cortez with wahoo, marlin, pargo, grouper, roosterfish and MORE

GIVE BACK by doing what you love and raising money to support local schoolchildren .

RESERVE your spot today!

contact@palapasventana.com

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