1. Diving is open to all waters between the Destin
Pass and the west end of Horn Island.
2. Competition begins immediately following the safety meeting and ends when the scales close on Oct. 14, 2023 at 6:00 pm.
3. Bad Weather Rule: Twelve (12) consecutive hours without a SMALL CRAFT WARNING constitute a valid tournament.
4. All SCUBA diving contestants must be SCUBA certified and possess a Certification Card.
5. All fish must be speared by the diver while submerged and must be brought to the beach or boat by the diver
who speared it. Fish must be speared by speargun or polespear. Eligible fish are: flounder, grouper, sheepshead, snapper, triggerfish and lionfish.
6. Only rubber powered spear guns, loaded by contestants muscle power, will be permitted. Gas guns, power heads,
shark darts, or spears powered by explosive means, or chemicals, will not by permitted.
7. All fish are subject to autopsy. No frozen fish will be accepted. Any attempt to defraud or cheat in the Rodeo,
in any way, will automatically disqualify the offender and all of their fish.
8. Both male and female contestants will be eligible for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash award, but may win only
once in each of the five cash categories. All contestants must enter (weigh) their own fish.
9. No ties will be considered. An entry must exceed the weight of the previously entered fish.
Decisions by the WEIGHMASTER are final!
10. Winners must be present at the awards ceremony, or notify a Tournament official personally in advance if a representative is to
accept an award on their behalf.
11. All protests must be submitted in writing prior to the Awards ceremony. Tournament officials will rule on these prior to the Awards.
Decisions by the Tournament Officials will be final. All participants are subject to a polygraph test. The Master Spearfisher,
Champion Spearfisher, all first place finishers, and Jackpot winners maybe required to take a polygraph test. Failure to submit or pass a
polygraph test within five (5) business days will subject the participant to disqualification in current and future tournaments. Protester WILL pay for the polygraph test.
12. All fish must be weighed at the designated weigh stations announced at the safety meeting during working hours. Fish will remain the property of the contestant.
13. The Master Spearfisher award will be given to the diver that has the highest score in all fish categories. Fish do not have to place to be counted.
A Queen Spearfisher Award (minimum 2 contestants). If we have 25 female contestants, we will break the females out into their own division.
14. A Team award will be given to the team accumulating the most points. Points are awarded as follows:
1st place = 5 points, 2nd place = 3 points, 3rd place = 1 point. Team points will be counted from the top three (3) places.
A team must consist of at least two divers and a maximum of six.
15. Fish Scoring: Ten (10) points per category and one (1) point per pound, up to fifty (50) points per category maximum. Flounder and sheepshead will qualify
for a 4X the weight rule.
16. A special AWARD will be presented to the top NOVICE competitor. A Novice is a diver certified 2 years or less.
17. Divers must state team affiliation on the registration form. No changes will be accepted after the safety meeting.
18. Applications received after the start date will be assessed a $10.00 late registration fee and must wait 5 days from the date of application to weigh a fish.
2023 Alabama State Spearfishing Champion
Divers must be registered in an Alabama
Spearfishing Association sanctioned tournament.
Five (6) fish per tournament placed in up to three (3) tournaments. (Red Neck Riviera, Alabama Open, Orange Beach Open)
Fifty (50) points maximum per fish.
Three Hundred (300) points maximum allowed per tournament.
The Spearfisher that accumulates the most points
wins the 2023 Alabama Spearfisher Of The Year award and a cash
DIVE SAFE !
By your signed registration
and subsequent participation, you, on behalf of yourself, your
representatives and assigns, agree to assume all risks of injury or death arising from your activities in connection
therewith and to hold the Officials of the tournament, their agents, fully and completely harmless from any and all
claims, demands, actions, damages or otherwise in any way arising from your participation in the contest.