Club Information - General

The Club has excellent facilities with a house at Warneet and a modern aluminium boat for the use of Members. In addition, many Members have their own boats and these often fish together with the Club boats. The expertise of many of our long time Members cover all sorts of fishing and their skills and knowledge are shared freely.
Whiting fishing, mostly at Westernport, is our specialty. As you can see from the program, we have various fishing trips, social functions, and other inter-changes. After a new Member joins, his or her nominator will provide continued help. We are a friendly Club and are pleased to note our expanding Membership.

Detailed information is available on the website and there will be hard copy postings and emails to members throughout the year. BBQ are generally provided at Angling Competitions and some other events.

Regular Club meetings are held at the Waverley RSL in Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley, on the first and third Tuesday of each month, starting at 8.00pm.

Meetings cover the status of boating, house matters, social affairs, general Club business and acceptance of nominations from those persons wishing to go fishing with the Club over the following fortnight.

The AGM is scheduled for 5 August with nominations accepted at the 2 previous meetings. Visitors are welcomed to all Club meetings except, naturally, the AGM and the Committee Meetings.

Competitions, as itemized below, start at 6.30am, unless otherwise specified and weigh in is at the Warneet Clubhouse at 4.30pm unless otherwise specified. Times and suggested launching places, have been set to suit tides (refer website for more details and tide times).

Note: an asterisk indicates that the competition is suitable for RACV and other members that are unable to fish at main week-end competitions. Competition dates are as follows:

  • September 13* & 14 Tooradin whiting,
  • October 11* 12 Warneet whiting,
  • November 9-16 Jindabyne trout,
  • November 29-30, Rhyll Weigh in Rhyll (see Colin),
  • November 30 Warneet *all species 7.30am to WI 5.30pm,
  • December 6* & 7 Warneet whiting*,
  • January 9 Warneet whiting*,
  • January 11 Warneet* 7.30am to WI 5.30pm whiting,
  • February 8 Warneet whiting*,
  • March 8 Warneet whiting*,
  • April 6 Fresh water to be specified,
  • May 24 Warneet whiting,
  • June 7 Warneet whiting*,
  • June onwards winter fishing bream and surf to be specified.

Xmas dinner 24 November at Box Hill Golf Club, register with Secretary.

Mid winter dinner -lunch with Presentations mid to end June.

Family autumn trip to Yarra Valley wineries -precise dates and venues to be announced.

Other events announced later.

Membership Fees – Joining Fee $30 Annual Membership $70 if paid by AGM $100 if paid later (half price Members Fee for country members more than 100km from Melbourne).

New-members probationary period of 6 months.

Affiliated Memberships are at the discretion of and under the conditions set by the Committee.

Contributions – Club Boat Use $40 per person, petrol and oil provided but not bait.

It is the prerogative of the Angling Sub-committee to offer reduced-trip donations for needed Captains.

Club House overnight stays $20/night per person.

We are currently accepting applications for Club Membership.

You can download the application form from here, print and forward the completed form to the club secretary at secretary@seatac.org.au


Club Rules - Resources

Members wishing to go fishing should try to attend the previous Club Meeting to book their trip. Alternatively, book by phoning either of the Angling Sub-committee or, if unavailable, another Committee Member. In any dispute relating to angling and bookings, the Angling
Committee has the ultimate decision.
The congregation point is determined by the elected Skipper of the day in conjunction with the weighmaster There will be a BBQ at Clubhouse weigh-ins on Saturday competition days if sufficient numbers attend – a small fee may be levied to cover BBQ costs.
Visitors are welcome to fish at any time, but competition entry is restricted to Club members.

An angling entrance fee of $10 is levied for each competition. Angler’s points, based on the published ratings for each fish type, together with fish weights, are recorded on the Entry and Weigh in Forms for determination of winners. Point ratings, competition rules and entry forms are provided to each member and are available at the Clubhouse, at the nomination meetings and on the Web site.

Sharks, Snapper and Elephant may be gutted before weighing. Fish must be in good condition and not frozen. When different fish species are caught on same day, members can only submit 1 species for competition points. Catches must be verified by another Club member as they are caught. Competitors are to record all fish submitted for measuring on their Entry and Weigh in Forms. Forms must be completed and handed to the Weighmaster prior to weigh-in. A single form can be used for one boat on which individuals are listed separately. Section 3 of the form is to be completed by the submitting competitor and witnessed by the Weighmaster at the Scales. The member then signs and surrenders the form to the Weighmaster.

Club away fishing events scheduled as Club Competitions, appoint a weigh-in master and follow the same rules.

Competitions will be cancelled when winds of over 20kph are forecast over the areas to be fished

In nominating for Club trips, Members should familiarize themselves with the boating condition below. Nominations taken at Club Meetings take preference over telephone nominations. Booking for boat trips, in order of preference, is Members, Members immediate families (i.e. partner and siblings) and Member’s visitors. A Member can invite up to 2 visitors per trip. A visitor can have a maximum of 3 boat trips per season & then be given the opportunity to apply to become a Member. Persons between 12 and 17 can be charged at half price but entitled to half their share of the catch. Children must be over 5 years old & be accompanied by a parent or by a person given authority by a parent and with the concurrence of all trip Members. On these occasions, it is the responsibility of the parent to attend to their child’s safety and to provide them with an appropriate lifejacket that must be worn at all times. Individuals must check lifejackets ensuring they are a suitable fit before departing.. (It
is reiterated that it is the responsibility of the designated adult to look after their children’s safety and to provide them with appropriate lifejackets that must be worn at all times).

For angling cancellations or nominations, contact the Chairman of the Angling Subcommittee or his listed Assistant. Members must be at the nominated meeting point 15 minutes prior to departure time. Times may be varied by the Chairman of Angling Committee or by the Captain. Keeping undersize fish or exceeding bag limits will result in disqualification from fish-off day with deliberate major regulation breaches to be dealt with by the full Committee.

Booking for the Club boat is in order of preference, Members, Members immediate families and Members visitors up to a maximum of 2 for any one trip. Visitors are allowed a maximum of 3 trips. When there are multiple consecutive bookings, the Club boat can only be reserved for 1 day at a time. Longer term hiring of the Club boat for fishing away from the Westernport base, is subject to availability and normally is limited to a maximum of 3 consecutive days. Such hiring and usage is at the discretion of the Executive Committee acting on advice from the Boat and Angling Sub-committees.

Captains can determine the times for departure and may make other late-stage alterations to plans. It is therefore the responsibility of each trip Member to contact the trip Captain the day before the trip.

Only Members authorized to skipper the boat (refer Members list available from Secretary) can be Captains. All Captains, including Trainees, must hold a current boating license. Trainee Captains may take a boat out provided another fully qualified Captained boat is in the immediate
vicinity.

When launching either Club or Private boats from Warneet, allow 1.5 hours either side of low tide to allow for access to the ramp. Note: the Warneet ramp is closed until at least November 2013. Tide times and tables are available on the Website or from Tackle shops and News-agents.

New Members are urged to place themselves on the Trainee Captains list so that they can take out the Club boat.

The boat must not be taken out when winds are forecast at more than 20 Knots. Pre-booking is required, either at a Club meeting or subsequently, from an Angling Sub-committee Member or, if this is not possible, from an authorized Committee Member. Passenger loading is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5. However, it is recommended that occupants are restricted to a maximum of 4, depending upon the overall weights.
The boat is located at Yaringa Marina where it is registered as Boat Number M275. (refer to website for updates or contact member in charge of Boating). Yaringa Marina is at 1Lumeah Road, Somerville, 3912; Melways Map 149 K7, Phone 035977 4154.
All Captains taking out club boat are required to purchase a $50.00 security access card from Yaringa boat harbour. This is fully refundable when no longer required (see Treasurer for refund). Captains are to ring Yaringa on 59774154 by 4 pm the day before and advise office that you require boat No. M275 to be launched at your required time. Captains are also to ask Yaringa staff to fill the boat with petrol. On arrival, the captain is to check that all safety equipment is in working
order and that the 2 stroke oil tank on motor is at least half full.
On returning, lift the motor and tell staff you require boat on hard stand for washing and flushing motor. Once finished, put on canopy and have a safe trip home. The Captain fills in trip sheets and delivers them to Neil Rayner at the next meeting .The Captain is to immediately inform the Boat Subcommittee on any maintenance, safety or breakdown issues. As a general rule, trip Captain’s are decided at the previous Club Meeting and confirmed by the Angling Sub-committee Chairman at that time. If you booked in but cannot attend the appropriate club Meeting, then contact the Chairman of the Angling Sub-committee, or his deputy for detailed information, including the Captain’s identity and specific requirements for the trip.
Fuel for the Club boat, is provided by the Club and maintained by Yaringa Marina and 2 stroke oil is kept in the boat (if container oil is low, contact the Boat Captain or if urgently required, purchase and show the receipt to the Treasurer for a refund).

Bookings are arranged through the Chairman of the House committee. Booking in order of preference, is Members, Members immediate families and Members visitors up to a maximum of 2 for any one period, unless given dispensation by the Committee. Every person staying overnight at the Club House must inform the House Captain and fill in the ‘House Register Book’ with the names of those who have stayed, including the date and length of stay. A gold coin donation is required for the use of house tank water in the washing Member’s boats. No Motors are to be flushed out at the house -this excludes the club boat.

Any excessive noise, disturbance or anti-social behaviour, especially that affecting neighbours, will result in limitation of access to the house . Alcohol consumption at the Clubhouse must be limited so that others are not inconvenienced and safety is not prejudiced.

House Keys are available for financial members on a $10.00 refundable deposit . If a member is reported to have stayed overnight in the Club House without adhering to the house rules, the Executive Committee will decide on the required action and, if such a breach occurs again, he
or she may be required to hand back the Club Key. Visitors are allowed a maximum of 3 stays

The boat radios are normally on 27.96Mhz for contact between boats. Channel 27. 88Mhz is for establishing other contacts and emergencies with 27.86Mhz for weather reports and alternative emergencies.

Westernport Safety Council can be contacted on 27.88 or on VH channel 16 or by phone on 03 59987221.

Water Police phone Nos. are 93997500 or 1800135792. Reporting of illegal fishing dial 13FISH (i.e. 133474).