Tournament Rules

1. Safety: Safety is a paramount consideration in this event. Since this is a recreational event we ask that no competitors exceed the recreational diving limit of 130 feet, or the maximum depth your training allows. Do not push your training limits or violate any safe practices.


2. Eligibility: This event is open to both certified divers as well as freedivers. All divers under the age of 18 MUST have a release form signed by their legal guardian. All competitors must have a valid Florida Saltwater fishing license. If asked you must be able to present this at the weigh in.


3. Junior Division: Divers under the age of 18 are invited and encouraged to compete in the tournament. There will be an award for the top three junior shooters. All junior shooters, if not freediving, must be certified divers and must have a release signed by their legal guardian. Every effort should be made to ensure that an adult properly supervises all junior shooters. They are the future of the sport and we should mentor them to the best of our abilities.


4. Registration: There are four ways that you can register for this event, online, by mail, or in person at either the pre-party or the Captains meeting. When registering by mail or in person please fill out the registration and waiver forms completely. Mail in registrations must be postmarked no later than September 15th 2017 in order to receive the early registration discount.


5. Late Registration: You can register at the Captains meeting on September 22nd 2017. The Captains meeting will be held in the Neptune Room, upstairs at the Seafood Shack. If you are dropping off registration forms for people on your boat please make sure that they are filled out completely prior to your arrival.


6. Diver Check in: There is a mandatory diver check in on September 22nd 2017 at the Captains Meeting. If coming by boat, pull up to the backside of the Seafood Shack and come inside, someone will point you in the right direction. Any updates, rule changes or new information will be given out at the Captains meeting.


7. Captains Meeting: This is mandatory and will begin at 8:30 PM. A member of each boat must attend one of the meetings. Failure to attend the meeting will result in disqualification.


8. Entry: No diver is officially entered into the tournament until the tournament director has received all properly filled out paperwork and all fees are paid. This includes both the registration and the waiver forms. Electronic confirmation will be sent to the email provided on the participant registration.


9. Spearfishing Time: Participants are permitted to leave the dock once the Captains meeting has concluded. Spearfishing will be allowed from completion of the Captains Meeting, until the weigh in line closes at 12 PM on Sunday afternoon.


10. Weigh in: The weigh-in will take place on September 24th 2017 at the Seafood Shack starting at 10:30 AM. A representative from each boat must be in the weigh in line no later than 12:00 PM on September 24th 2017.


11. Fish information: All competitors must abide by local, state, and federal laws during the duration of the tournament. Any last minute fishery closures will be put out during the Captains meeting. All fish must be taken legally and landed by the diver weighing the fish. Powerheads and rebreathers are not authorized for use. All fish must be in the weigh-in line by 12:00 PM. All fish that are presented to be weighed must be iced, gutted, and have an appearance of freshness. No mutilated fish will be weighed. Fish presented that are shorter than Local, State, or Federal regulations will result in the participant being disqualified. Fish that do not appear to be well iced and/or look fresh will be disqualified. Only one representative per boat is required to weigh-in fish for any member of the boat.





12. Eligible Fish: Species, Quantity and Minimum Size that will be allowed.



Quantity Allowed

Minimum Size



16″ Scamp, 20″ Red, 24″ all others Overall



10″ Gray, 12″ Cubera and 18” Mutton Overall



14″ to Fork



12″ Overall



33″ to Fork

Pelagic: Kingfish, Permit, African Pompano, Wahoo


24″ to Fork Wahoo

24″ to Fork Kingfish

11” to Fork Permit

24”” to Fork African Pompano



Carapace larger than 3”



No size restrictions.

* Minimum size based on Gulf Coast requirements. If participating outside of the Gulf of Mexico please refer to your Local/State/Federal regulations to ensure compliance. See Rule #16 and #17 regarding lobster and lionfish.

Atlantic coast divers will be allowed one wildcard fish for the grouper category.


13. Points System: The competitor must choose which fish to weigh-in. The officials will not weigh your fish individually for you to determine which fish you will turn in. A diver will receive one (1) point per pound and five (5) points per fish weighed. There is a limited point value per fish of twenty (20) points for weight and five (5) points awarded for the fish itself, for a maximum of twenty-five (25) totals points per fish awarded. Ties will be broken by dividing the competitors total fish weight by the number of fish weighed in. The second tiebreaker will be whoever weighed in the earliest.


14. Best Boat Calcutta: There will be a 100% payback best boat buy in (Calcutta) for the tournament. There is a one hundred dollar and fifty ($150) per boat charge in addition to the entry fee. The payout will be 60/30/10 paid out to the top 3 boats. The boat Calcutta is total weight, not aggregate weight.


15. Lobster: Lobster will not count towards the aggregate total. Lobster will only be scored to determine the overall winner in the lobster category and the order of the prize table picks.


16. Lion Fish: We are requesting that you spear as many lionfish as possible. Please keep all lionfish intact and do not gut them. All lionfish will be collected and donated for research if you are not keeping them. There will be a special prize in the lionfish category. Lionfish will not be included in the aggregate total score.


17. Disqualification: The following criteria are grounds for automatic disqualification:

Arriving late to the weigh-in


Attempting to weigh-in fish that are under the minimum size required by Local/State/Federal laws.


18. Protest: A diver may file a protest with the tournament director or designated representative. Any and all protests must be filed within ten minutes after the completion of the weigh-in. The protest committee will issue a decision in a timely manner, and all decisions will be final. There is a $100 challenge fee. If your protest is upheld you will get your money back. If your protest is not upheld the money will be donated to the charity.


19. Eligibility: Commercial, Recreational, and Professional tournament anglers are eligible to enter. Anyone with a fishery violation within the last 5 years is not eligible to enter any division of the tournament.


20. Awards and Prizes: Trophies and prizes will be awarded on Sunday.

Trophies will be awarded for the following:

The top five (5) competitors, based on total aggregate score

Top three (3) Freediver, Top three (3) Junior, and Top three (3) Female shooters based on total aggregate score

Trophies for largest fish in each category, including lobster

Special prize for most lionfish


The prize table items are based upon items donated by our sponsors that support both the tournament itself and the charity that was chosen. Competitors will be offered the opportunity to pick prizes based upon their placing in the tournament. The placing is based upon the total aggregate score. We will be doing random prize table picks during the duration of the event.


21. Useful information:

Make checks payable to:

Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge, Inc.

PO BOX 110426

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211



The Seafood Shack

4110 127th Street West

Cortez, FL 34215



September 24th 2017 Weigh in and Awards Ceremony

Weigh in line opens at 10:30AM and you must be in line by 12:00PM. The weigh in will be held on the dock just to the north of the restaurant. When you pull onto 127th Street West, go to the four way stop. Keep driving past The Seafood Shack and you will see the pull in to the weigh in line. If you are coming by boat use the GPS coordinates below and pull into the north side of the docks.


The award ceremony will be held upstairs in the Neptune room. There will be a cash bar and there is a restaurant at the facility to purchase lunch from.



These events will all be held at:

Seafood Shack

Cortez, FL 34215