2023 OC CLASSIC RULES AND REGULATIONS
Registration for the OC Classic Spearfishing Tournament includes a T-Shirt, the opportunity to win great raffle prizes, and awards for the top five competitors. Tournament T-Shirts are available for purchase in limited numbers while they last.
Tournament Date: Saturday, August 26th 2023
Time: From First Light to 5:00 pm. All fish entries must be presented for judging by the 5:00 pm sharp deadline. All late entries will be disqualified. Participants will be required to check in with their fish at the OC Spearos tent before the 5:00 PM deadline.
Weigh in Location: Spear America Parking Lot. Spear America, 2950 Airway Ave Suite A7, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
$25 – Paid / Current OC Spearos Members
$30 – Active Military
$35 – Paid/ Current Members of another California Spearfishing Club
$45 – All other divers
OC Classic Cash Prize Purse:
1st Place – $1000
2nd Place – $500
3rd Place – $250
The Tournament is a three fish contest and will follow the National Spearfishing rules, but will be in a scramble format. The top five participants with the highest numbers of points scored (see scoring method below) will receive prizes. Only the top three will split the cash purse in a ratio of 4:2:1. All State and Local game/fish rules apply. Competitors must possess a valid CA fishing license. All spearguns, including pole spears, must be loaded using muscle power. Spearguns must be loaded and unloaded in the water. No free-shafts will be allowed. No chum or baiting allowed at any time. Fish may only be taken while freediving. Use of SCUBA or hooka system will not be permitted. Divers must take their own fish without any aid whatsoever upon penalty of disqualification.
This will be a NO BOUNDARY LIMITS Tournament this year. Hunt wherever you want and bring your catch to the weigh in by the deadline. All fish must be taken the day of the event. Divers may not enter the water until first light August 26, 2023 and must be presented for judging at Spear America by the 5:00 pm deadline. All late entries will be disqualified.
OC Classic Fish Species Jackpot Rules:
Each 2023 OC Classic entrant that has secured a paid position to compete in the 2023 OC Classic Spearfishing Tournament will be given the opportunity to add on as few or as many of the fish specific jackpots as they desire. A jackpot will become active when more than one (1) participant has opted in to that species’ jackpot. Should only one participant elect to join a species category, the participant will be given the opportunity to have a full refund for that species, or to roll the jackpot fee into the total grand prize purse less a 10% OCS administration fee. Should a category be active (ie more than one entrant) and zero fish are submitted within that species, the full species jackpot funds will be rolled into the overall grand prize purse to be distributed to the winners as outlined in the general guidelines. Biggest fish within a given species wins the entire jackpot for said species. Jackpot participation is voluntary and not a required part of the Tournament.
Calico/Sand Bass ($10/entry)
White Sea Bass ($20/entry)
Tuna Group ($50/entry)
The OC Spearos will retain 10% of all monies paid toward registration and jackpot for purposes of management, administration, and Tournament site expenses.
All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a respectable manner both in the water and at the weigh in. Any bad sportsmanship or unruly behavior towards another diver or person at the event will results in disqualification and removal from the Tournament.
No more than three fish (3) fish total may be weighed in. Only one fish (1) per species may be weighed in. Your top three (3) biggest fish of different species may be submitted for points towards a prize and the perpetual trophy.
Fish not allowed: Sharks, Rays, Skates, or any other fish whose take is prohibited by California law.
Failure to comply with Tournament Rules will result in disqualification.
One (1) point per fish plus one (1) point per pound excepting that a single fish’s point total may not exceed 21 points (20 lbs. plus 1 point for fish). For purposes of weighing, each fish will be recorded by pounds and ounces rounded to the first decimal. In the event of an overall point tie, the participant with the single largest fish (by weight) wins. In the event that there is a tie in the largest fish, the second largest weighing fish will be the tie breaker. In the event that there is a tie in the second largest fish, the third largest weighing fish will be the tie breaker. Should all three fish of two or more divers be of identical weight and a tie can not be broken by weight, the rank will be recorded in the rolls as a tie and the cash and prizes will be split equally between the tied competitors.