2022 ALABAMA OPEN SPEARFISHING RODEO RULES

1.     Diving boundaries are open to all areas of the Gulf of Mexico from Destin Pass and the west end of Horn Island.

2.     Competition begins at 12:00 a.m. Friday, August 12th, 2022 and ends at the close of weigh in 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 14th, 2022.

3.     Bad Weather Rule: 12 consecutive hours without small craft caution issued by the National Weather Service constitute a valid rodeo.

4.     All SCUBA diving contestants must be SCUBA certified and possess a Certification Card.  Contestants must possess all appropriate Alabama state fishing licenses.

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 caught by line or by means other than a spear gun are not eligible.

6.     Eligible fish are African Pompano, Founder, Grouper, Snapper, Sheepshead, and Trigger. 

7.     Only rubber powered or pneumatic spear guns, loaded by contestantís muscle power, will be permitted. Power heads, shark darts, or spears powered by explosive means, chumming, or chemicals, will not by permitted.

8.     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 his/her fish.

9.     Both male and female contestants may compete.  All contestants must enter their own fish unless other arrangements are made prior to the tournament.  Divers may win only once place per category.

10.  The King  and Queen Award will be given to the male and female contestants who shoot the most categories and has the heaviest weight total entered using the following formula. TEN Points per Category and ONE (1) point per POUND, up to Fifty (50) points maximum per category.  One fish from each category may be entered toward this award. Fish do not have to place to be counted.  A minimum of two contestants must be entered to compete for the Queen Award.

11.  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 five
finishers of the team.  A team must consist of at least two 2 but not more than 6 divers.

12.  A 1st Place Novice award will be given to the Novice who has the highest weight total entered. One fish per category may be entered toward this award.  Novice = 2 years or less experience.  The Novice will be competing for 1st Place Novice ONLY. TEN Points per Category and ONE (1) point per POUND, up to Fifty (50) points maximum per category.

13.  Ties will split prize money.

14.  Winners must be present at the awards ceremony, or notify a Rodeo official personally in advance if a representative is to accept an award on their behalf.

15.  All fish weighed in remain the property of the contestant.

16.  Divers must state team affiliation on the registration form. No changes will be accepted after the safety meeting.

17.  Jackpot entries will be paid for flounder and snapper.

18.  All protests must be submitted in writing and given to the President.

Decisions by the President are be final.

 

DIVE SAFE !

By your signed registration and subsequent participation, you, on behalf of yourself, your heirs, personal 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 this contest.