Registration Deadline: July 10th 2018. No late registrations will be accepted. Due to late signups we cannot offer you a shirt at this years event. Any contestants who signed up before July 7th will receive a tournament shirt.
Dates: Friday - Sunday, July 13-15
WeighIns: Fri 5-7pm - Sat 5-7pm - Sun 2-3pm at Seapath facedock
Location for Weigh In: SeaPath Yacht Club - 330 Causeway Dr, Wrightsville Beach NC 28480
AwardsCelebration: Sun 5:30pm at Wrightsville Beach Brewery 6201 Oleander Dr Wilmington, NC 28403. Please try your best to carpool to the brewery. Overflow parking is available at Salt Works next door.
Waivers and Parking passes will be sent by email after you register here. Your registration will remain un complete until the forms are returned electronically.
•There are 3 Divisions: Inshore, Bottomfish and Pelagic, each with a unique species list
•Divisional scoring is based upon the total weight of your 2 heaviest fish of different species
•Overall score is based upon the total of your 3 Divisional scores
A bonus of 10 Points will be awarded to any competitor who weights two fish in any category IE: If you fill the pelagic and inshore divisions, with two fish each, you will receive 20 bonus points towards the overall placing only.
•Prizes will be awarded for Divisional and Overall placing
•You may weigh 2 different species of fish per division per day
•Previous scores may only be replaced by heavier fish within a division
•Competitors must weigh fish the day of harvest and may not trade fish
•Scores will be posted online at the close of weigh in each day
•Final scores are determined by the best total over 3 days, it is not aggregate scoring
Top Freediver: Sponsor Package + Trophy + 15% Cash
1st Men: Trophy + Grand Prize + 10% Cash
2nd Men: Sponsor Package + 5% Cash
1st Women: Trophy + Sponsor + 10% Cash
2nd Women: Sponsor Package + 5% Cash
Most Lionfish Per Boat: Trophy
Largest Lobster: Trophy
Best U/W Photo: Trophy
Sportsmanship: Patrick Johnson Perpetual Trophy
Dr. Joe Davis Stone it Award $100
•This is and has always been a Gentleman’s Tournament, meaning that competitors are expected to play by the rules on their honor, and to report any activity that is contrary to the tradition of sportsmanship.
•Legal spearfishing time begins at civil dawn. Tournament Boundaries are Cape Lookout Shoals the the SC border.
•All applicable local, state and federal fishing, boating and diving regulations must be observed at all times. You must have a valid NC Fishing License at the time of the Tournament. All NC and Federal size limits must be adhered to. All federal and state requirements must be met to hunt and boat Tuna.
•Safety is the first and foremost concern, please do not blemish our perfect record with negligence, poor decision making or irresponsible/inappropriate behavior.
•Accepted diving disciplines are limited to open circuit scuba and traditional apnea. Rebreathers, staged deco, mixed gas breathe-ups and anything else you can conjure that is not considered a “traditional” method, is likely not acceptable.
•Scuba divers must be certified by an accredited agency and adhere to their training. Freedivers are encouraged to take a certification course from an accredited agency prior to the tournament.
•Accepted spearfishing equipment includes any device using a rubber band driven metal shaft or self propelled pointed object deployed from below sea level. Rod and reels, handlines, harpoons, powerheads, bow fishing rigs and any other device that is non-standard may not be used at any time for the purposes of this tournament.
•It is requested that competitors boat their fish unassisted, however if the situation dictates, assistance may be provided to ensure diver safety or the secure capture of the fish.
•Commercial boats are allowed for charter, however all hunters must be working from the NCDMF recreational limits. During the tournament the charter boats cannot engage in fishing operations other than the activities of our competitors. In other words, they cannot operate under their commercial license during the tournament.
All cash and prizes will be distributed under the discretion of the Tournament Director.
•It is mandatory that competitors weigh their fish on the day it was harvested and within the set weigh in times and locations without exception. If a fish is suspected of unethical preservation or spoiling the associated competitor can be disqualified.
•Competitors that are not within speaking distance of weigh station at the close of weigh in will not be eligible to weigh their fish for that day. We can not give consideration for boat trouble, traffic or defective timepieces.
•Violation of any tournament rule will be reviewed and may result in disqualification.
•Violation of any law or regulation may result in appropriate action by local authorities.
Failure to report any violation will be considered conspiring and can result in disqualification.
•Each contestant will receive a tournament t-shirt. Additional Shirts may be available for purchase after the event.
•North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries will have agents from the research division taking ear bones for research purposes, though not mandatory, we ask you to please participate in their study.
•Participation in the weigh ins and the awards ceremony is highly encouraged to promote the community atmosphere of the event.
•Lionfish are a venous species, if you decide to hunt them please take proper precautions. If you do not know how to hunt them safely then please do not. They are edible and delicious however.
•Please Pre-size your fish on the boat and bring only your biggest fish to the scales. Please do not bring multiple fish of nearly the same size to the official scales. Invest in your own hand scales or share one with others on your boat.
•Please be respectful on the dock and do not spread out your catch, it can stain the wood and some may find it offensive.
•Respect other boats, both in the tournament and those that aren’t, that may already be fishing. If you are fishing make allowances for others trying to work the same area.
•Because of personal relationships, Seapath Marina is proud to host this event and kindly asks that you patronize the Marina as much as possible for such things as ice, drinks, fuel, etc. Let's support who supports us!
•The Seapath parking lot is for members and their guest only, parking for participants will be allowed using the Tournament Parking Pass that will be emailed after you register. Please display the parking pass on your vehicle dashboard while on the property. If an attendant is present let them know you are in the tournament. Anyone not entered in the tournament must use the public parking across the street.
•Please respect all marina rules. Carts are available for use at the marina entrance and are for equipment only. Fish must be transported in a cooler. Please return the carts to the cart storage location at the marina entrance in a clean working order.
•Fish cleaning stations are available at the dock. Please be respectful of other marina patrons. If non-tournament patrons wish to clean fish please do not monopolize the cleaning stations. Also, please clean the area after you clean your fish.
•Do not park your boat at the fuel dock unless you are getting fuel. The dock staff will try to find us room to dock our boats during weigh in. Try to bring extra fenders for your boats in case we need to “raft” at the dock. They can likely find an empty slip for you to use while you are there for weigh in or the awards ceremony. Do not use a slip that the Marina staff has not permitted you to use.
•If you need dockage for your boat for the weekend you can arrange this with the Marina at 910-265-3747
•No spearfishing around the docks or boats in SeaPath Marina.