Spear Time News Flash

There’s a spot on Sunday If you want to go to the Mayor. “I’m keen” was my instant response before I had the chance to think that it’s the beginning of July and bloody cold. Well, lucky I didn’t change my mind as the day was a stunner. Off out the entrance all rugged up in our club beanies and polo-fleeces. The sea was flat and only a light zephyr of a breeze. Into the water at Tuhua reef and the water was clear and a comfortable 16 degrees. With good 7mm free dive suits, 5 to 6 hours in the water during winter isn’t a problem when there’s no wind to chill you off while in the boat.

It also helps when there is a brisk current running across the reef which means you have to fin constantly to stay where you want to be. Later in the day while in the area between Western Bay and South east Bay I had a visit from our resident turtle which Leitchy has named Little William. We got some pretty clear video footage of him, and comparing it to footage taken late last year of a turtle further around towards the Marine Reserve, I’m convinced they are two different ones.

As a few of us have seen them over the last couple of years it seems they are resident all year round.

With a few nice fish in the chilly bin, no wind at all and the sea like glass it was off home.

So during winter if someone says there’s a spot for you, don’t think, just say yes. Believe me its a much better way to spend a Sunday than mowing the lawns.

You may have noticed that the club has a new web site up and running. I’m sure there will be plenty about in this newsletter. One of the tabs is headed up as Spearfishing and has several drop downs.This is where you will be able to find any info on what the “spearos” in the club are up to. Instead of having our own forum, we have linked to a nationwide one which has been around for a few years now.

The link takes you to the first page which has the latest posts. By scanning down the “Threads” on the first couple of pages you can go into any of them which look like they may be of interest to you. We hope to register the club with its own thread. We feel that by doing it this way “our” forum will stay fresher as it can be seen and commented on by a much wider group. We may not have got this far by the time you read this but it shouldn’t be far away. Some of you in the club are already part of the forum so will know what
its all about. For those who aren’t, click on the link and have a look and see what you think.

The new club website is a work in progress so we will be adding and removing things as we go, to try and keep it interesting.