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The Southwest Florida Open is a recreational event sponsored by the Southwest Florida Spearfishing Club. It is being held to promote spearfishing in Southwest Florida and to enjoy each others company. We encourage all participants to follow all safety regulations for boating and diving. The Southwest Florida Spearfishing Club also recommends that no competitors exceed the recreational diving limit of 130 feet.
Late Registration: Late registration will start on September 13, 2013 at 5:30pm and run until 7:30pm. This is the only date and time for Late Registration. If turning in a Late Registration for someone on your boat, please make sure every part of the Waiver and Registration form is properly and completely filled out! Captains Meeting: A Captain’s Meeting will be held on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 7:30PM. Attendance at the Captains meeting is not required. It is recommended to have at least one Representative Diver from each boat at the Captain’s Meeting to pick up any entry paperwork, get any last minute rule changes, and get the official tournament time. Diving: Participants can begin diving and shooting fish on September 14, 2013 at 6:00am. Shooting must end at 9:00pm the same day. All fish taken must be legal according to the local rules and regulations. Weigh-in: The weigh-in will begin at 11:00am and the line will close promptly at 12:00pm on September 15, 2013. You must be in line with your fish properly iced in a cooler before the line closes at 12:00pm. At least one member of a boat/team must be with the fish in line at all times. Each participant must be with their fish at the time they are weighed. No one may weigh-in fish for another participant. Awards Ceremony: The Awards Ceremony will begin once the weigh-in is completed and all scores are recorded. Once the trophies have been handed out the participants will then have an opportunity to pick prizes from the prize table in the order they placed according to their scores. All Fish: All participants must follow and abide by all local, State and Federal laws. All fish must be legally taken and landed by the diver who is awarded the points, and brought to the scales before the close of the tournament. Powerheading of fish is not allowed. All competitors’ fish must be presorted, fully and properly gutted, on individual stringers and on ice. All fish turned in must be in a fresh and whole condition and have all appearances of freshness. Fish that are shorter than Federal/State size regulations or that do not appear to be well iced and look fresh as per the judgment of the tournament Weighmaster, cannot be weighed, or if already weighed it can be disqualified. Due to the changing regulatory environment if a listed species is closed in the Gulf of Mexico then it will not be allowed in the tournament. The tournament committee reserves the right to make last minute changes to the categories to compensate for changes in state or federal regulations. Categories: Grouper 1 Snapper 2 Hogfish 2 Sheepshead 2 Pelagics (Permit,Kingfish,Wahoo,African Pompano,Amberjack) 1 Cobia 1 Lobster 1 Points per fish: You will receive 5 points per fish weighed. Fish that do not meet the minimum requirements will not be weighed. The total number of fish that can be turned in is 9 for a total of 45 points Points per pound: One point or partial point is given for each pound or partial pound of the fish’s weight. For example, a 4.8 pound snapper would be worth 4.8 points. Fish must be gutted. There is a maximum number of points per pound per fish that will be counted for each category of fish. PRIZES AND TROPHIES As stated, this is an aggregate tournament. There will be a prize table for participants to choose from. A person’s turn at the prize table will be determined solely by aggregate score total. All persons who weigh a fish will get a turn at the prize table. Winning a trophy will not yield an earlier turn at the prize table. There will be a total of 5 Trophies up for grabs: Tournament Champion Best Freediver Best Female Diver Best Junior Diver Largest Fish in any Category