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Tracking Fish

USA National Spearfishing Championships

Location: Greers Ferry Arkansas

Depth: 35ft

After 6 yrs of waiting, I finally got my wish. Competing in the USA nationals with the infamous McGuire brothers, Glen and Mike. Mike and I are on the Churchill trophy already, from our win in 2007, but I never thought I would get the chance to have Glen onboard again.

Turns out, we caught him in a weak moment, and he agreed to come along, and give it a run for a national title one more time! The Midwest Dive Council had won the bid to host the 2010 national championships, and the beautiful reservoir Greers Ferry was the site.

WE spent a total of 10 days in the water, trying to figure out what the fish were doing, and where we might find them on tournament day. Conditions ran the gamut, from 108deg air temp, 91deg water temp at surface, to 65deg water temp at 40ft! Diving into and thru the second thermocline felt like slipping into an ice plunge, and surfacing from that zone was the reverse effect, with the hot surface water making your skin tingle.

BUT, that’s where we were finding the bigger fish, the buffalo, so that’s where we went!

We learned to discern between muddy conditions in the thermocline, and fish that were working the mud in search of food. THAT’S where the tracking part comes in.  You soon learned to separate out that a fish was working somewhere in front of you, and attempt to ease thru, over, or around the cloud, hoping not to spook it. I became fairly adept at this, and adapted my style from the traditional carp hunting format, to this new lie and wait, move and observe, lie and wait technique.

I found that using what senses I could at depth, enabled me to seek out fish that I would normally wait for them to approach.

The drum made a distinct croak, and you could pick up direction by moving silently along the bottom, and discern if they were getting closer or leaving. You could also hear them crunching clams, and knew if they were in the area.

After coming off 2 weeks in Baja at the world cup, this was a huge shift, but it paid off in the end.

Visibility ranged from 0 to 15ft, but pretty much if you were in the big fish depth, the vis was 3-4ft. The buffalo would materialize out of nowhere, sliding along silently like a piscatorial submarine, eyeing you with a huge black eye, and getting on target for these fish was almost guaranteed success.

So, in the end, our hard work and skill paid off once again in a championship title. We took 1st individual, 1st team, and shot the two biggest fish of the meet!

Our Imersion gear worked perfect! Hunting in these conditions was accomplished with Triaxx guns, Seriole suits, and carbon fins. The ease of moving these guns in dirty vis was unreal, and having enough punch to penetrate and hold these large rough fish was perfect.

I want to thank our sponsor, Imersion from France for they’re continued support over the years, and its an honor to bring another national title to they’re list.

I also want to thank Phil Lamm for his hard work and commitment at organizing and running the meet, I know its a lot of work. Thanks Phil!

Thanks to Glen and Mike McGuire for joining forces with me one more time to achieve this win! Thanks guys! Its an honor to be aligned with two champs like you!

Next years nationals are scheduled for the Keys in Florida, and I know the locals will be out for blood!

Dennis Haussler

Team Imersion

2010 U.S. Nationals Results

Men’s Skin Results

1st  Place – Team Imersion - Cen-Cal

 

Big Fish

# Fish

Total Lbs.

Individual Points

Team Points


259.55

Dennis Haussler

26.95

21

120.65

130.7

Glen McGuire

3.15

7

15.90

22.9

Mike McGuire

28.50

16

98.45

105.95

Totals

44

235.0

259.55

 2nd  Place –HIFC –(Hawaii)

 

Big Fish

# Fish

Total Lbs.

Individual Points

Team Points


216.9

Hanalei Adric

18.95

17

102.45

119.45

Braxton Fernandes

3.80

6

18.55

24.55

Calvin Lai Jr.

13.85

15

57.90

72.90

Totals

38

178.90

216.90

 3rd  Place - RMSA

 

Big Fish

# Fish

Total Lbs.

Individual Points

Team Points


197.9

Christian Baker

12.55

11

63.0

74.0

Danny Raff

21.0

7

62.50

67.95

Les Sage

24.50

7

53.45

55.95

Totals

25

178.95

197.90

 Men’s Largest Fish

1.  Mike McGuire

28.50 lbs.

Cen-Cal

2.  Dennis Haussler

26.95 lbs.

Cen-Cal

3.  Andrew Geist

26.65 lbs.

Palm Beach U/W Hockey

4.  Christian Cornett

25.60 lbs.

RMSA

5.  Harolf Dean

24.95 lbs

Miami Freedivers

 

Men’s High Aggregate

1. Dennis Haussler

21 Fish – 120.65 lbs.

105.95  points

Cen-Cal

2. Yury Bylina

12 Fish – 115.75 lbs

123.70  points

Palm Beach Freedivers

3. Hanalei Adric

17 Fish – 102.45 lbs.

119.45 points

HIFC - Hawaii

4. Harolf Dean

17 Fisah – 104.45 lbs.

116.50  points

Miami Freedivers

5. ChrisCornett

13 Fish – 102.40 lbs.

108.20  points

RMSA

 Men’s All American Skin Team = Members of the first place team plus next two highest scoring individuals

1. Dennis Haussler

130.70 points

Cen-Cal - 1st Place Team

2. Glen McGuire

22.90 points

Cen-Cal – 1st PlaceTeam

3. Mike McGuire

105.95 points

Cen-Cal – 1st Place Team

4. Yury Bylina

123.70 points

Palm Beach Freedivers

5. Hanalei Adric

119.45 points

HIFC – Hawaii

 

Men’s Novice

Yury Bylina

Palm Beach Freedivers

         12 Fish – 115.75 lbs. – 123.70 points

Men’s Individual Results

Name

Council/Club

Largest Fish / (Place)

# of Fish

Total Weight

Points

Final Placement

Haussler, Dennis

Cen-Cal

26.95 lbs. (2)

21

120.65 lbs.

130.70

1

Bylina, Yury

Palm BeachFredivers

23.85 lbs. (8)

12

115.75 bs.

123.90

2

Adric, Hanalei

HIFC - Hawaii

18.95lbs. (13)

17

102.45 lbs.

119.45

3

Dean, Harolf

Miami Freedivers

24.95 lbs. (5)

17

104.45

116.50

4

Cornett, Chris

RMSA

25.65 lbs. (4)

13

102.40

108.20

5

McGuire, Mike

Cen-Cal

28.50 lbs. (1)

16

98.45

105.95

6

Pender, Mike

Cen - Cal

13.30 lbs. (22)

11

67.30

78.30

7

Baker, Christian

RMSA

12.55 lbs. (23)

11

63.0

74.00

8

Ban, Mike

RMSA

8.90 lbs. (31)

18

55.80

73.80

9

Lai Jr., Calvin

HIFC - Hawaii

13.85 lbs. (20)

15

57.90

72.90

10

Raff, Danny

RMSA

21.00 lbs (12)

13

62.50

67.95

11

Cabrera, Julio

Long Fins

17.70 lbs. (15)

15

52.50

67.50

12

Manier, Jeremy

Champaign U/W  Hockey

24.05 lbs. (7)

13

55.95

64.90

13

Cruz, Servino

Miami Freedivers

4.65 lbs. (38)

16

47.75

63.75

14

MacKereth, Scott

MDC

3.50 lbs. (47)

20

42.05

62.05

15

Page, Patrick

Palm Beach Freedivers

18.15 lbs. (14)

9

51.45

60.45

16

Sage, Les

RMSA

24.50 lbs. (6)

7

53.45

55.95

17

Geist, Andrew

Palm Beach U/W Hockey

26.65 lbs. (3)

8

56.75

55.65

18

Bristol, Alex

Long Fins

22.95 lbs. (9)

7

51.10

55.15

19

Stalnaker, Mark

Long Fins

15.40 lbs. (16)

8

43.9

51.90

20

Burneo, Austin

Long Fins

7.65 lbs. (32)

10

39.10

49.10

21

Turgeon, Scott

Palm Beach U/W Hockey

11.90 lbs. (25)

7

41.55

48.55

22

Fazzi, Eric

South Florida Diving Council

11.85 lbs. (27)

7

40.90

47.90

 

Schmidt, Aaron

Tampa Bay Spearfishing

10.50 lbs. (30)

8

38.80

46.80

24

Maugh, Gary

MDC

3.00 lbs. (50)

16

29.20

45.20

25

Marrero,  Roberto

South Florida Diving Council

10.95 lbs. (29 )

11

31.15

44.15

26

 Guinovart, Miguel

Miami Freedivers

21.95 lbs. (10 )

6

38.40

42.45

27

Sotolongo, Adelito

Long Fins

13.75 lbs. (21 )

5

34.15

39.15

28

Fernandez, Pepin

Long Fins

15.00 lbs. (17 )

3

32.85

35.85

29

Benson, Bob

MDC

12.15 lbs. ( 24)

7

27.90

34.90

30

Salado, Erick

Miami Free Divers

4.20 lbs. (40)

6

28.85

34.85

31

Fallon, Tim

Champaign U/W  Hockey

14.35 lbs. (19)

5

26.10

31.10

32

Deichsel, Matthew

RMSA

4.35 lbs. (39)

8

19.85

27.85

33

Nunez, Larzaro

Long Fins

4.80 lbs. (36)

7

19.60

26.60

34

Van Haele, Mike

MDC

14.45 lbs. (18)

4

20.70

24.70

35

Fernandes, Braxton

HIFC - Hawaii

3.80 lbs. (45)

6

18.55

24.55

36

Graber, Joe

Champaign U/W  Hockey

3.30 lbs.  (48 )

7

17.50

24.50

37

Cardin, Whitney

RMSA

5.45 lbs. (34)

6

17.10

23.10

38

McGuire, Glen

Cen-Cal

3.15 lbs. (49)

7

15.90

22.90

39

Santeiro, Jose

Miami Freedivers

4.70 lbs. (37)

6

16.50

22.50

40

Heskett, Don

MDC

4.10 lbs. (42)

7

15.15

22.15

41

Perera, Luis

South Florida Diving Council

11.90 lbs.(26)

3

18.65

21.65

42

Wagner, Nick

Cen - Cal

21.60 lbs. (11)

1

21.60

21.00

43

Ripley, Ernie

Cen - Cal

11.60 lbs. (28)

3

17.45

20.45

44

Fyfe, James

Palm Beach U/W Hockey

4.05 lbs.(43)

6

13.95

19.95

45

Lopez, Sergey

Miami Freedivers

3.95 lbs. (44)

5

11.95

16.95

46

Love, Keith

RMSA

2.40 lbs. (52)

5

11.40

16.40

47

Gonzalez, Chris

Long Fins

6.80 lbs. (33)

4

12.0

16.00

48

Bradley, Chris

MDC

5.20 lbs. (35)

5

10.75

15.75

49

McCarthy, Pat

MDC

3.00 lbs. (51)

3

6.95

9.95

50

Mosier, Dan

MDC

3.60 lbs. (46)

3

6.0

9.60

51

Spackman, Duke

RMSA

2.15 lbs. (53)

3

4.40

7.40

52

Martinez, T.A.

Tampa Bay Spearfishing

4.15 lbs. (41)

1

4.15

5.15

53

Reyna, Juan

Palm Beach Freedivers

2.05 lbs. (54)

1

2.05

3.05

54

Van Deman, Bill

Tampa Bay Spearfishing

1.65 lbs. (55)

1

1.65

2.65

55

Rosenberger, Don

MDC

1.20 lbs.  (56)

1

1.20

2.20

56

 

                                         Final Tallies – 461 fish harvested = 2,119 lbs. of fish. 

 

 

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