If you’re a junior in spearfishing then you are no doubt looking up to some of the bigger players in the sport, like Cameron Kirkconnell, and wondering ‘how can I benefit from doing this sport I love, more than taking home a few fish?’. Claiming Australian Junior Records is a fantastic start!
Adreno receives many sponsorship proposals from spearos all over Australia, but most of all we would love to be helping out a young and keen junior. But one thing that we don’t see enough of is Juniors with records or a competitive side in spearfishing. Records are a great reward and really compliment your sport, helping you to take your spearfishing to the next level.
Don’t know much about records? Don’t sweat! We’re here to give you a few ideas of Junior records that need to be claimed or broken, and how to weigh them in and get your name down in spearfishing history!
- Black Drummer
- Luderick/nigger fish
- Silver Bream/Yellow-Fin Bream (current record 0.950kg)
- Snapper/squire – plenty of these on shore dives from Sunshine Coast and all the way down!
- Tarwine (current record 0.575kg)
- Giant Trevally (current record 18.000kg)
- Rainbow runner (current record 1.940kg)
- Sampson fish
- Dolphin Fish
- Dusky Flathead (current record 5.6000kg)
- Most Goatfish Species
- Most leatherjackets
- Dog-Tooth Tuna (current record 7.900kg)
- Spotted Mackerel
- School Mackerel (current record 2.550kg)
- Red Morwong
- Pearl Pearch
- Mangrove Jack (4.100kg)
- Red Bass (5.100kg)
- Moses Perch (0.885kg)
- Grey Sawtail Surgeon (3.740kg)
These are just a few of the records that need claiming or refreshing! If you don't have a copy of the AUF Records book let us know and we will try to line one up for you!
First off, you will need to land the fish unassisted. This means that no one else can touch you or your float line, but you can be passed an unloaded gun as long as you load it yourself. And you are allowed help with getting the fish into the boat. If you get a fish that you think might be a record, don’t gut and gill it, and keep it on ice until you can find some government certified scales (most butcher shops, tackle shops, fishing clubs, spearfishing clubs, and grocery stores will let you use their scales if you ask nicely). Once you have weighed it on certified scales take a length measurement (with photos) and a girth measurement (with photos). Then you will need to fill out this form [PDF download] .
If possible, keep your fish until your record has been confirmed.
Get out there Juniors, and give your spearfishing career a kick start by putting your name on spearfishing history. Most importantly, let us know when you get your record!