Dirty water makes spearing tough
Brett Illingworth | June 2017

Wilsons Promontory scenery makes the trip out to the islands all worthwhile.

The weather conditions over the past month’s reporting period have been starkly contrasting to say the least! Mother Nature has been unable to make up her mind and, frankly, it has been doing my head in. From howling gales to balmy days, blazing sunshine followed by driving rain! We’ve also been getting giant swells followed by prolonged periods of calm.
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Divers surprised to find kings and tuna
Brett Illingworth | May 2017

A cracker bait ball off Torquay.

What a difference a month makes. The weather recently has really turned it on. The easterlies have been a little annoying, but the elevated temperatures, along with quite a few low swell days, have put the smiles right back on the faces of the local diving population.
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Colby Lesko, Scott Gray, and Christian Hughes had a big day on the water with kingies and SBT.

Finally, the recent weather has been a little more cooperative. We are beginning to see a few more settled days on the ocean beaches, allowing us better scope to get away from the shore and hunt some of the summer pelagics, as well as crayfish. It’s been a long time coming.
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Cool your jets and dive from a smaller vessel
Brett Illingworth | March 2017

Diving from a jet ski can mean convenience in a lot of ways.

In 2005 I made a decision that profoundly altered the way I approached diving and spearfishing. I had been mulling over a new vessel and it had to be small. It had to be insanely seaworthy, fast and with a long range. I bought a three seat SeaDoo. Yep, a jet ski. I haven’t looked back. It (they – I’m on my second now) was the best investment I have ever made.
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Think before you sink into the water
Brett Illingworth | February 2017

Odie Charles with some cracker crayfish.

The holiday season has been in full swing. Roads, shops, ramps and waterways of the Mornington Peninsula (and elsewhere) have been a nightmare. As mentioned last month, divers take their lives in their own hands at this time of year, particularly in Port Phillip Bay.
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Diving 101
Brett Illingworth | December 2016

Jon Lazarus with great looking boarfish.

Happy New Year! 2016 is done and dusted, and not a moment too soon. Sure, some great fish and crays were captured, but the number of good diving days was way, way down
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Kings march into Victoria!
Brett Illingworth | December 2016

Joel, Nick and Nathan with some Mornington Peninsula lobster.

December at last! Summer is here, and Christmas breaks loom. Good weather be gifted to all! We hope… Let’s face it, we’re coming off one of the worst spells of weather in living memory. It’s time for a change for the better.
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The hunt worth whiting about
Brett Illingworth | November 2016

November still sees us in the grip of squid mania. They’re red hot in Western Port and Port Phillip bays. Once a patch is located, it’s easy to spear your allowable ten fish. Finding the patch is the only difficulty. Don’t expect any of your mates to divulge hot spots. Get out there and look.
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Water’s warming – perfect for spearos
Shane Lowery | October 2016

To be columnist Brett Illingworth has been finding plenty of whiting on the sand edges.

October is always a welcome relief from the cold of winter and crisp September mornings. The better conditions of October makes it one of my favourite months for spearing.
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