Each year there are about 6 spearfishing competitions in the UK with the best spearo’s often representing GB abroad. The goal of the competitions is to catch as many fish (up to 10 max), in as many different species as possible. Any fish deemed ‘not sporting’ will be off the hit list while everything else is fair game. The comps last about 6 hours and have firm start and finish time.
After the finish time you have the ‘weigh in’, where everyone’s volume, variety and weight of fish is recorded to produce a score and a subsequent league table. While you have winners on the day, the ultimate winner will be the person with the highest combined score at the end of the season. The hardcore will be at every event while the fun lovers may just show up at a couple.
Normally loads of people camp locally and fire up the beers & BBQs. It’s a great friendly scene to be apart off and if it all seems a bit daunting then why not join a club first. All the clubs go to these events so it’s a great way into everything if you want someone to show you the ropes.
These competitions are great fun all round and well worth attending. Below are the spearfishing events:
|VENUE||ORGANISING CLUB||DATE||CWS||BACKUP DATE||CWS|
|Bognor Boat||BSA Squad bring your own boats or swim off shore||11th May||25th May|
|Worbarrow Head Boat||Wessex National||14th June||14th Sept|
|Portland||LIC Pairs Open||21st June||5th July|
|Saltdean||Sussex National||19th July||2nd Aug|
|Bognor||Southsea National||20th July||31st Aug|
|St Ouens||Jersey National||26th July|
|Anywhere||National back up weekend||20th 21st Sept|
Red means the competition has been postponed.
Amber means the competition is looking very doubtful.
Do not top up with fuel or book any bed and breakfast.
Green means we are still going for it.
See http://www.underwaterfishing.co.uk/competition-dates/ for further information and updates