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.


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 junior shooter. 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 at, by mail, 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 18th, 2015 in order to receive the early registration discount.


5. Late Registration: You can register at the Captains meeting on September 25th, 2015. The Captains meeting will be held in the Palm Room at Marina Jack in Sarasota. 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 25th, 2015. This can either be done at the Captains meeting or by phone. If coming by boat, pull up to the fuel dock on the backside of Marina Jack and come inside, someone will point you in the right direction. Please call 941-405-9689 and leave a message if you choose to call in. Diver call in will start at 8:30 PM and will end at midnight on September 25th, 2015. Any updates, rule changes or new information will be given out at the Captains meeting or over the phone.


7. Captains Meeting: The meeting is not mandatory and will begin at 8:30 PM. Although the meeting is not mandatory, and you are able to phone in, it is a chance to get any last minute changes, verify paperwork and get the official tournament time. Best Boat Competitors must have a representative at the Captains meeting.


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 Day: Participants are permitted to leave the dock once they have either called in or attended the Captains meeting, and can shoot from 12:01 am until 11:59 pm on September 26th, 2014. This is being done to allow competitors a better opportunity to fish in their local waters.


10. Weigh in: The weigh-in will take place on September 27th, 2015 at Marina Jack starting at 11:00 AM. A representative from each boat must be in the weigh in line no later than 1:00 PM on September 27th, 2015.


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 and/or phone check in. 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 1:00 PM. All fish that are presented to be weighed must be iced, whole, gutted and have an appearance of freshness. No mutilated fish will be weighed. Fish that are shorter than Local, State or Federal regulations or 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, 22″ all others Overall



10″ Gray, 12″ Cubera and 16” Mutton Overall



12″ to Fork



12″ Overall



33″ to Fork

Pelagic: Kingfish, Permit, Pompano, Wahoo


24″ to Fork Wahoo

24″ to Fork Kingfish

22″ to Fork Permit

24″ to Fork 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. 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. Highest possible aggregate score is 350 points.


14. Best Boat Calcutta: There will be a 100% payback best boat buy in (Calcutta) for the tournament. There is a one hundred dollar ($100) per boat charge in addition to the entry fee. The payout will be 60/30/10 paid out to the top 3 boats.


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 thirty 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 three (3) competitors, based on total aggregate score

Top Freediver, Top Junior and Top Female shooters based on total aggregate score

Gyotaku print for largest fish, including lobster, in each category

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. Every effort is made to try and have an item for everyone to choose, there is no guarantee that that each and every participant will be able to receive a prize.


21. Useful information:

Make checks payable to:

Suncoast Spearfishing Challenge, Inc.

PO BOX 110426

Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211



The Bearded Clam

7150 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota, FL 34243


September 27th, 2015 Weigh in and Awards Ceremony

Weigh in line opens at 1100AM and you must be in line by 1:00PM. The weigh in will be held on the dock directly behind the restaurant. When you pull into Marina Jack follow the road all the way up to the front door. There is a ramp on the left hand side of the building as you are facing it. You can bring all of your fish down that ramp to the weigh in station. If you are coming by boat use the GPS coordinates below and pull up by the fuel docks.


The award ceremony will be held upstairs in the Banquet room. There will be a cash bar and there are two restaurants at the facility to purchase lunch from.



These events will all be held at:

Marina Jack

Sarasota, FL 34236