This year's Australian Bluewater Freedive Classic starts in Woolgoolga on Friday.
This year's Australian Bluewater Freedive Classic starts in Woolgoolga on Friday.

Woopi set to host Australian Bluewater Freedive Classic

SHOWCASING the beautiful waters off Woopi, the 2016 Australian Bluewater Freedive Classic will be held this weekend

In its 22nd year, the ABFC is a premier pelagic spearfishing event, with some amazing prizes.

During summer and autumn, Woolgoolga offers some of Australia's most exciting diving, with the warm northern tropical currents mixing with the nutrient rich, cooler temperate southern waters to create a unique marine environment that produces a diverse array of marine species.

Hosted by The Coffs Harbour Bluewater Freedivers, ABFC's success is a proud achievement for the region; the event now a prestigious spearfishing event on the Australian spearfishing calendar.

The competition began as the brainchild of several locals in 1995 and from the beginning attracted competitors from throughout Australia and many international entrants from countries such as New Zealand, Japan, USA, France, and Italy. Past winners include several Australian champions.

ABFC is generally a boat-based competition due to the many islands and reefs available in the competition zone, however it's also open to rock-hoppers.

It is run over two days and has a restricted species list, targeting gamefish/pelagic species, as well as snapper and jewfish. The largest fish is also recognised in the species: snapper, jewfish, tuna, dolphinfish, wahoo, cobia, kingfish, spanish mackerel, samsonfish.

To add to the excitement, an exceptional fish will be selected as committee's choice and the selection criteria have to do with size and rarity of the species. Entry fee is $250.

 

For more information, find Australian Bluewater Freedive Classic on Facebook.



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