SPAC also known as Born2Fish is a family oriented club made of people who love to fish and share their ideas and good company.
The SPAC was founded by Phil Gannon in the early 1990’s and currently boasts about 40 members.
With some strong fundraising and excellent support from our sponsors and we are financially stable.
We have a committee of 6 which are voted in at the AGM after the end of each season that runs from 1st of July to 30th of June. The current committee comprise of:
President – Mick Pumpa
Vice President – Frank Papalia
Secretary – Matt Luscombe
Weighmaster – Ben Weston
Treasurer – Steve Fraser
Newsletter/Publications – Bruce Abrahim
A season usually consists of multiple competitions. These range from open surf, to weekends away and to species based competitions that span a number of weeks. All competitions are all completely optional. Members are not in any way compelled to enter any competitions but still free to come along and fish with us.
Competitions are judged on the length of fish, rather than weight and generally go for extended periods of time. Photos are taken of the catch, measured on a fish-mat (with member card) and the photos are then sent to the weigh-master, allowing species to be released if required or preferred eg large snapper, dusky flathead, large bream.
This year we will have $5000 worth of prizes for the club competitions.
Competitions in 2016-17 include:
- July – Bemm River weekend
- July – Open Surf
- August – Open Surf
- September – Open Squid
- October – Bullen Merri weekend
- October – November – Snapper Competition (goes until the end of November)
- November – Port Welshpool weekend
- January – Flathead competition (goes for all of January) and Lake Tyers trip
- February – Whiting competition (goes for all of February)
- March -Port Welshpool weekend
- March – Light Game competition (Port Philip Heads / Bass Strait)
- April – Lake Tyers weekend and also Squid Competition
- April – Gummy Competition (runs for weeks from late April into May)
- May -Fresh Water Competition and also Squid Competition
- June – Portland Tuna Weekend
- July – Open Surf
There are also Hotspot nights where member get together and have a BBQ and socialise. These are held about 10 times over the course of a year.
A presentation day held at the end of each season where trophies are won for the nominated largest fish categories, Junior Champion and of course the big one, the Club Champion.
It is not necessary to own a boat to join our club as most of our competitions are open events therefore fishing off piers or at surf beaches are permitted, and quite popular amongst members. It is worth noting the 2009/2010 Club Chamption did not own a boat.
We also have various Guest Speakers throughout the year giving informative talks on Water Safety, various types of bait, tackle and rigs targeting Snapper, Whiting, Salmon, Gummy Shark.
Potential members are welcome to attend 3 General Meetings to assess whether they would like to join the club.
Upon joining you will receive your starter pack consisting of the club constitution, the 2012 club syllabus and will automatically be placed on the mailing list for all monthly newsletters and correspondence.
The SPAC is a great place to be and inexpensive to join with members receiving great discounts from our sponsors. These Sponsors donate prizes every month for our monthly General Meeting raffle.
The club meets on the first Monday of every month (except January) 7:30 pm, at the Rye RSL , 5-11 Nelson street, Rye. Members often have a meal before the meeting.