Saturday October 24th, 2020 San Simeon Campground

Online registration is now closed. All registrations must be completed and paid at the competitors’ meeting (described below).

The MANDATORY competitors’ meeting will be held Friday Oct 23rd from 6:30-8pm at Campsite C49 or C81 (across from each other)

This is a both a TEAM competition as well as an individual competition. Teams can be formed at the registration by interested divers. Individuals may compete solo, their points will not count toward any team totals if not registered with a team.

The meet hosting site will be the San Simeon state campground. You are responsible for your campsite or lodging. There is a MANDATORY competitors’ meeting Friday evening in the campground. Divers must register and check-in Friday evening. The meeting will be at 6:30-8 pm. ALL teams MUST have at least 1 representative at the Competitors’ meeting, ALL entries must be handled by Friday evening. The only reason for a diver missing the meeting would be traffic related. Please be there to go over F&G rules, questions about the meet, CHOOSING a dive site, and for the formation of teams if single divers choose to form a team.

There are trophies for 1-5 individual and 1st place teams. There is a trophy for biggest fish as well. The winning diver gets their name on the Al Schnepperschoff perpetual trophy.

Registration and Entry Fees:

The meet is $20 to participate per diver and the liability waiver must be submitted prior to participating. Please submit the registration fee (PayPal) and waiver to brandhor@usc.edu. The last chance to submit both will be at the competitors meeting 6:30 pm, Friday 23rd, 2020. A limited number of event T-shirts may be preordered for $20 together with the registration.

When paying your registration fee, please include “PCC, Your Name”.
PayPal instructions: ***Be sure to select Friends & Family to avoid unnecessary fees***. Pay $20 (registration only) OR $40 (registration and T-shirt) to brandhor@usc.edu. No refunds.

Meet rules:

The meet will be held on Saturday, Oct. 24th. Start time will be 8:30 am, there will BE NO TRAVEL TIME. Meet duration is 6 hours, must be in the staging area directly in front of the exit zone at 2:30 pm. Enter the water at the staging area prior to the start between 8:00 – 8:30 am. The weigh-in will be held at the beach as quickly as possible once the diving is concluded.
This is a NO SCOUTING MEET. The SCOUTING boundaries are as follows, from South to North: There is to be no diving between the area known as ‘Windmills’, or Cayucos Point. This is about 1 mile north on Hwy 1 from Cayucos State Beach. This is the southern scouting boundary. The Northern scouting boundary is the Piedras Blancas SMR. There is to be no entering these waters by competitors for a period of ONE MONTH prior to the meet (starting midnight September 24th, 2020). Any competitors who are protested PRIOR to the meet for scouting will not be allowed to participate. Please follow these simple rules.

The boundaries: We will be omitting the prior years’ location (Abalone Farm) and the related area from this years’ meet. The starting location will be randomly chosen at the Competitor’s meeting.

There are NO electronic devices allowed. No fish-finders or depth sounders allowed. NO GPS of any kind allowed. NO Cellphones of any kind allowed. The ONLY electronics allowed will be a basic VHF radio for safety, (With NO capability for GPS) and dive lights. Dive slates are NOT ALLOWED. No note cards, no documented landmarks allowed.

The vessels allowed are human powered only; no motorized vessels, no wind powered vessels. Kayak, boogie boards, SUP boards, canoes are all acceptable.
This is a 20 fish meet. F&G rules will be met, or exceeded. Any fish that is a violation of STATE rules will be a disqualification. Any LEGAL fish which is short of tournament sizes will not apply toward a diver’s catch, but IS NOT A DISQUALIFYING OFFENSE. The fish, however, WILL count toward your state total of 20 fish, it WILL count toward your 10 fish RCG, or your lingcod limit, etc.
4 fish per species, with the exceptions: Lingcod 2 fish, 24” minimum length. Sheephead, 2 fish, 18” minimum length. Black rockfish, 3 fish. Cabezon 2 fish, 15” minimum length. WSB 3 fish, 28” minimum length.

All other fish are 4 per species, including assorted perch, rockfish, sculpin, topsmelt, etc. with a minimum length of 14”. The RCG (Rockfish, Cabezon, and Greenling) is 10 fish total. You must NOT possess more than 10 total combined of these species, Cabezon are a maximum of 2, and they do count toward your 10 rockfish limit. Going over the 10 RCG is a disqualification.
Human powered spears only. Polespears, spearguns, roller guns, are allowed. No pneumatics, no powerheads.

Divers must shoot their own fish. There is no team loading of catch allowed. Divers are not to discard fish. No trading up.

PROTESTS:

Any protests regarding divers or teams during the meet MUST be presented immediately before the weigh-in. IF POSSIBLE, the protest will be dealt with immediately at this time before the catch is weighed in. If not practical, it will go to a committee made of the organizers, and the fish will be weighed and counted. The announcement of the winner would have to be postponed. PLEASE; don’t do anything against the rules or the spirit of the meet. We do not enjoy this part. Thank you.