This year’s annual Triton X Spearfishing Tournament will be held on September 16th, 2017, at the Caspar Beach RV Park & Campground in Mendocino, California.

Among the changes to this year’s tournament: If you’re caught selling your prize, you’ll be banned from future events. Additionally, competitors need to check in no later than 1:30 pm, and will be disqualified if they are late. And note that being in line does not count as being “checked-in.”

A whole host of fish and shellfish are up for grabs, so check out the full tournament rules below.

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TRITON X OPEN

September 16, 2017

Location: Caspar Beach RV Park & Campground – Mendocino, CA 95460

Schedule of Events:

6:30 AM Check In begins: Fill out waivers, Check-in. Tournament Starts (You can start as soon as all paper work has been accepted.)
12:30 PM Food Available and weigh-in available. Please weigh-in as soon as you check back in.
1:30 PM ALL DIVERS must be checked back in to qualify. The award presentations and participation raffle will start immediately following the completion of the weigh-in.
3:00 PM (estimate) Raffle Begins; you or a representative must be present to win.

Cost:
Early Registration (by August 5th): $55
Registration (by September 5): $70
Same Day and Late Registration: $85

Pro Registration $30 (Must Qualify, see below)

*Cost includes Lunch, Shirt, and possible prize. Please be sure to select shirt size at check out.*

2017 Triton X Open Rules

1) Hunting by means of FREEDIVING. No tanks or re-breathers.

2) No SCUBA scouting

3) All divers must check-in at Caspar Beach RV Park and Campground.
•Check In starts at 6:30 am. You may begin diving immediately after you check in.
•Divers must check back in no later than 1:30 pm. You must check back in to receive weigh in card

4) Motor-powered boats are prohibited. All other forms of transportation are allowed. Kayaking is encouraged.

5) Only spearguns loaded by the diver’s own strength are permitted.

6) No chumming.

7) Competitors must abide by all California Fish & Wildlife rules.

8) Competitors are responsible for taking home their own catch.

9) Infractions of the above listed rules, including the listing of eligible species below, the DFG regulations, or unsportsmanlike conduct will result in disqualification.

10) Any diver caught selling their prize will be banned from future events.

Species and Sizes:

Competitors may weigh in only ONE FISH FROM EACH SPECIE and/or ONE ABALONE ONLY and/or ONE SCALLOP ONLY to count toward the Tournament! Five fish Maximum.

Fish, Abalone and Scallop must meet or exceed Tournament measurement to count toward Tournament prizes.

Only FISH and ABALONE will be counted towards total aggregate score!

Specie/ Tournament Size
Abalone: 9”
Scallop: 5?
Black Rockfish: 14”
Blue Rockfish: 14”
Cabezon: 15”
Halibut: 22”
Kelp Greenling: 14”
Lingcod: 30”
Olive Rockfish: 14”
Perch: 14”
Vermilion: 14”
*Any other fish NOT mentioned above will not be accepted.

Scoring and Prizes:

Entry Divisions: This is a new change for 2017 please read!!!

Any diver caught selling their prize will be banned from future events.

Divers must check in no later than 1:30 pm, if you are late you will be disqualified (being in line does not count as being “checked-in”)

Pro: This one is all for the glory!!! If you have competed in Nationals in the last 5 years or are sponsored you must register in this category. There is no prize, just a place on the trophy if you are 1st place Pro. Price includes T shirt and food.

Masters: Competitors ages 55 and up will be entered in this division. Top three Master will be awarded prizes. If you qualify for masters but would rather compete in General division please do so.

General: For all competitors who do not qualify for above divisions.

Jr: : For competitors 17 and under!

The top scoring diver in the Pro/General divisions will have their name put on the Clint Koberstein trophy.

Each competitor will be allowed to weigh in one fish per specie that meets the minimum tournament size requirements listed above, as well as one Abalone only. They will receive 10 points per specie plus 1 point per pound up to 20 pounds. Maximum score of 30 points per specie. Divers may weigh in up to 5 fish maximum (on the specified list above). They can also measure in one Abalone only; the abalone scoring will be counted towards total aggregate.

This year there will be a prize awarded for biggest Scallop! Only 1 Scallop may be entered per diver. The scallop will not be counted towards the diver’s aggregate score.

Only Abalone and Fish are counted in total aggregate points.

Prizes will be given out for the biggest fish, for the 3 largest Abalone by length, and for the largest Scallop.

Prizes will also be awarded for the top aggregate scores as follows: top 3 General/Masters Division, top Master, top Woman and top Junior (under 18 years of age).

The Perpetual Clint Koberstein Trophy will be awarded to the #1 General and the #1 Pro Division Winners. This Trophy is in memory of our first winner of the Southern California Picasso Open.

Top Scallop will have name put on largest scallop trophy!

The weigh master has the option to disqualify a fish /abalone deemed unsuitable for any reason.

Every competitor that doesn’t win one of the aforementioned categories is eligible for the participation raffle. Where most of the prizes for this event will be given out. For instance, there will be many wetsuits, spearguns, fins, etc. given out in the raffle. Competitors are limited to winning one prize each in the participation raffle.

Why a Species Meet?
Freedive Hunting is the only method to practice “Release before you Catch” rather than “Catch and Release” as is done by all other forms of sport fishing. Freedive hunters are given the opportunity to select an individual fish and let the rest swim by and/or, select their trophy abalone, rather than stressing and endangering several animals, until a suitable one is harvested. A Species Meet was created to determine the most proficient freedive hunter by establishing rules in which diversity, rather than total aggregate weight of a catch, will prove who the most successful freedive hunter really is.

Registration and Refund Policy:

Competitors may register at the day of the meet, but if you pre-register, you pay a lower entry fee. This year there is a maximum of 150 divers for this event. In the event of inclement weather on Tournament day, all prizes will be raffled that day. Competitors less than 18 years of age must have their parent or guardian co-sign their disclaimer form.

NO REFUNDS! If you are unable to attend the event and have already registered, you may have someone pick a prize for you.

John Liang

John Liang is the News Editor at DeeperBlue.com. He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.

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