Category Archives: Club Social

Weekend at somewhere

Evan's Cobia
Evan’s Cobia
Evan's Cobia
Evan’s Cobia

After the state titles a couple of the Dolphins went for a little drive further north and bumped into the legend that is MickD, he was very polite and put up with my boat for a whole day before he politely suggested I park the Devil in the garage and we take his Milligan out for the next days fishing.

So we did. Thanks Mick we had a fun couple of days.

Pics are of Evans Black Kingie, it went 41kg. Awesome couple of dives on this tremendous fish, Evan knew what he was doing to bring the fish in and still the fish was too big, taking off with all his kit for some 20 minutes before the float popped up tomb stoning. Cheers went up all around the boat. I was privileged to be there to see the black behemoth in the flesh. Check out its chopped Dorsal fin and the shark bite scar tissue on its flank from previous altercations.

Evan's Cobia
Evan’s Cobia
Evan's Cobia
Evan’s Cobia

The yank has been in form lately the past 6-8 weeks. 28kg Spanish, 31kg Jew, 17kg wahoo and then the 90 pound cobia. Good stuff buddy not bad for a crappy Sydney fleabag diver.

North Coast Social Trip – March 2014

Ben's Spanish Mackerel
Ben’s Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel

A few of the guys headed up the North coast of NSW in March. Here is the report from Ben Lake.

Jeffro, Marty and I drove up to the North Coast on Thursday night. Jeffro managed to safely navigate us out the bar in the shiny red Seydel each morning (on a low tide) under some challenging conditions and we dove Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jeffro's Spanish Mackerel & Gold Spot
Jeffro’s Spanish Mackerel & Gold Spot

Overall the conditions were good with surprisingly few boats out at the islands and viso up to about 20 metres in parts.

We all managed a new species on the trip: Jeffro – Gold Spot Wrasse, Marty – Spanish Mac and Bluebar, Ben – Cobia. There were good numbers of Spanish around and we managed 14 over the three days. We all got visual on Wahoo a couple of times but we didn’t manage to boat one (lessons learned by Marty and Ben). Jeffro said it’s not his fault he didn’t shoot one as ‘we spooked the school taking pot shots’…. Marty and I say they must have been bigger than we realised!

It was a shame that more of you couldn’t make it up, but I’d encourage you to try and make the effort to get a crew and boat together and go.

Jeffro and Marty's Spanish Mackerel
Jeffro and Marty’s Spanish Mackerel

South West Rocks Social Trip – November 2013

Emanuel Bova with a 18kg Yellowtail Kingfish at South West Rocks 2013

Our annual club trip to South West Rocks was approaching and the anticipation was growing, as tales of past adventures to this fantastic part of the NSW coast were being told over a few refreshments at the club house. South West Rocks is one of those destinations where dreams run wild and anything can happen. The time had come with around 15 divers making their way up the coast. The forecast looked challenging to say the least. But everyone was more than keen for the annual trip up to such an awesome spot.

Alex Lewis with a 17kg Sampson Fish & Evan Leeson with a 4kg Blue Bar Parrot and 1.2kg Moses Perch on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip
Alex Lewis with a 17kg Sampson Fish & Evan Leeson with a 4kg Blue Bar Parrot and 1.2kg Moses Perch on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip

Day one and we had 3 boats in the water (one traveling up to Coffs Harbour), eager to make that early grab of some quality fish. The usual runs were made to the usual spots and we were met with big easterly swells which made it very difficult to escape. The days diving was very difficult with very few fish being speared. The boys managed some excellent Kings and some great fish were seen such as Jewies and Spanish Mackerel. Conditions began to worsen as forecasted, with weather conditions deteriorating we called it a day. Alex Lewis and Evan Leeson doing better in Coffs Harbour with a 17kg Sampson fish speared by Alex, and a 4kg Blue Bar Parrot and 1.2kg Moses Perch speared by Evan.

Cohan Jones with a 13 kg Yellowtail Kingfish on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip
Cohan Jones with a 13 kg Yellowtail Kingfish on the 2013 South West Rocks Trip

With talk of poor conditions for the Saturday the boys managed to take the night off and relax with a Rum or 2 with little talk of waking early the next morning. It was a chance to catch up with great mates and swap stories. A great highlight of dive trips away as most would know is getting away.

Day 2 and a few got out to test their luck with as expected very poor conditions with water surge throwing divers around like a rag doll from top to bottom in the water column. With fleeting hope and over two metre seas a short attempt was made to fill the esky, which was shortly followed with a long attempt to empty the drink esky. So we settled in for another night, and joined the locals down at the pub for a feed and refreshments.

 

Cohan Jones 13 kg, David Rogers 5 kg & Paul Scimone 12 kg Yellowtail Kingfish at South West Rocks 2013
Cohan Jones 13 kg, David Rogers 5 kg & Paul Scimone 12 kg Yellowtail Kingfish at South West Rocks 2013

Day 3 for most was packing up and heading off to rejoin normal life back in Sydney. A few guys managed to drag themselves out of bed early enough to excellent kings being speared (who also had some kingy luck on day one). Fish they shot over the weekend include Emanuel Bova 18 kg, Cohan Jones 13 kg, Paul Scimone 12 kg and David Rogers 5 kg.

Emanuel Bova & Cowan Jones with their Kings 18kg & 13kg respectively - South West Rocks 2013
Emanuel Bova & Cowan Jones with their Kings 18kg & 13kg respectively – South West Rocks 2013

With such a great weekend away with a great bunch of mates, poor weather rarely dampens spirits. And I’m sure all would agree just getting away and having a laugh with mates is always the highlight of the trip. With good fish being an awesome bonus!

Looking forward to next year!

Dolphins 60th Birthday Party 1953 – 2013

logo-white-back-groundYou are invited to attend the Sans Souci Dolphins 60th Birthday Party. Everyone welcome. Dolphins old and new, families, other club & non club spearos.

Cost: Adults $40 on the day. $30 pay in advance. Kids Free. Family day, with a Jumping Castle, Face Painting. You pay for your own drinks at the bar, however the dolphins will supply some beer, wine and waters but be early.

When: Saturday December 14th 11am to late.
Sunday recovery breakfast BBQ. Bring a tent or caravan if you wish to camp the night. Plenty of room.

Basic Itinerary: 11am – 4pm Jumping Castle
12:30pm – Lunch is served – seafood, souvlakis, sausages for kids, salads, etc
1pm – 3pm – Face Painting
2pm – Introduction for speeches
5pm – 6pm – Dinner – Lamb on a spit
Party till late

Where: South Sydney Amateur Fishing Association club-house Cnr Macquarie and Hastings Avenue, Chifley NSW 2036

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  • Gourmet Seafood lunch, throughout the day by Master Chef Ali
  • Presentations and speakers throughout the day (Wade Koolis, Fred Nann, John Black & Vic Stringfellow)
  • Meet your old and new Dolphin club mates
  • Bring your photo albums and old magazines
  • Dolphins merchandise and 60th Anniversary tee shirts available

Deposit money via direct deposit. Bank details:
Account name: Sans Souci Dolphins
BSB #: 112-879
Account #: 032 791 337
Please make sure you include your names in the deposit.
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RSVP (include one or both days attending) [email protected], [email protected]

Club Meeting April – Fundraiser, Social Calendar & 2013 1st quarter update

Fundraiser for the Australian teams members of the Sans Souci Dolphins

This TUESDAY 16th APRIL 7.30pm at the CLUBHOUSE

Hey everyone I would like to bring this fund raiser to your attention. The Dolphins are fortunate enough to have some extremely talented spearos who have been selected to represent Australia in both the Inter-Pacific competition in Qld and the South African Nationals in Durban. As the Dolphins usually do we pull a little fund raiser together to help ease the pocket wearing for these guys. Our members who represent Australia have always put back to the club in the way of talks, training, and assistance to their fellow members, sharing new techniques they pick up when diving with the world’s elite spearfishers. The Dolphins members have garnered such rich knowledge from these events.

Derick and EvanpuckoWe will be having a HUGE raffle with some great prizes (see below) to raise money for 3 club members. Evan Leeson, Derrick Cruz & Ian Puckeridge

So be there Tuesday 16th April (this coming Tuesday) from 7.30pm, it is the Dolphins monthly meeting – Cnr of Macquarie and Hastings Ave, Chifley.

Guys, this is a must come to meeting anyway as Parry has organised a Greek feast for the night to enjoy – feast is free for members – and you get a free ticket for a chance to win the door prize!
So for all the members that don’t make most meetings, please make sure this is the meeting you do attend as you don’t want to miss what the committee has organised as a surprise. See you all there!!
IF you are unable to attend and would like to contribute to the cause by purchasing some raffle tickets please contact me on how you can do this. There are some really great prizes to be won.
Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10
It’s going to be a great night, hope to see you there – bring your wallets.

Prize list so far

  • Pair of penetrator fin blades
  • Cressi Modular Fins
  • Giant Tent valued at around $700 (I believe it sleeps nine people)
  • Omer Zero Mask
  • Neptonics Rig Line of choice
  • Miscellaneous Neptonics gear
  • One spearfishing course with Australian Spearfishing Academy
  • Alcohol
  • Door Prize

There will be further prizes arranged on the night as well. If anyone else has a prize that they would like to donate, please email me.

Thank you to all who have donated a prize:
Penetrator Fins
Derick Cruz
Neptonics
ASA
Frog Dive

Club Comp/Social Calender for 2013

The calendar is also linked on the website front page which you can subscribe to in your own calendar (Google or other). It has links to most NSW comps, our club meetings and social events. Give it a try.

April 28th Bendalong/Sealies
May 19th Rose Bay
June 23rd Forster
July 21st Ulladulla
August 18th South Maroubra
September 22nd Long Reef/Dee Why
October 20th Bendalong/Voodoo
November 23rd-24th South West Rocks
December 15th Currarong/Ulladulla

2013 – 1st Quarter Update

The start of the year saw our own Ian & Aaron Puckeridge, along with two new club members Evan & Derek competing in the Sydney Cup, Canada Cup and Australian Titles. All placing in the top ten, they did our club proud. The Dolphins also won the first Alliman Shield held out of Gunnamatta Bay, having Feb & March Allimans cancelled due to bad weather was a let down for the boys as they were keen to do well again.
Our first two club meetings this year saw a few new members joining, Parry Gryllis our Sports sec/Vice President will get together with Simon Trippe and I for a new comers rock-hop dive to get to know them in and out of the water.
All – in – all it’s been a promising start to 2013, looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

SSD South West Rocks social weekend away 2012

This was a short video filmed on the Dolphins yearly trip up at South West Rocks where all the guys get together and hire a house, take a couple of boats, go diving during the day and then share the stories from the day with a couple of “light” drinks in the night. Always a great trip and well worth the effort for an amazing adventure!!!