The Tampa Bay Spearfishing Club is proud to announce the 12th annual Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge to be held June 1-3rd, 2018. The tournament will commence on the West Coast of Florida with the weigh-in & awards ceremony at Ferg’s Sports Bar in St. Petersburg. The event is open to the public and averages over 1,000 attendees. The tournament is a NOT-FOR-PROFIT event with proceeds going to support marine and local charities, causes, and organizations.
Our tournament, formerly the TBSC Winter Invitational, started as a modest competition for local spearfishermen and has grown to one of the world’s largest and most prestigious annual spearfishing tournaments. We pride ourselves in knowing that the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge is one of the most fair and exciting tournaments for novice and expert shooters alike with a focus on fun, camaraderie, and our passion for the sport. As such, our tournament has honors for the top overall shooters, largest fish per species category, top freediver, top female, and top junior.
Unique to the Tampa Bay Spearfishing Challenge, we conduct a random drawing format for prizes which gives every competitor an equal chance at our first-class prize table regardless of tournament placement. This random prize format puts the focus on community in conjunction with competition, with honors regularly taken by inshore or newer divers due to rules that create a level playing field. This is a huge reason our sponsors and participants love us and come back year after year!
Records – Results
2007 Ritchie Zacker 155.72 points
2008 Tim Bryant 113.6 points
2009 Nick Russo 135.15 points
2010 Cameron Vale 138.9 points
2011 Matthew Brueckner 162.27 points
2012 Koa Viravong 98.85 points
2013 Russell Kitching 125.25 points
2014 Bill Hardman 200.2 points
2015 Eric Chaignet 163.1 points
2016 Joe Scozzafava 180.6 points
2017 Milo Talokonnikoff 185.0 points
Largest Fish Record
Bill Hardman 79.20 lb Grouper
Matt Brueckner 43.25 lb Snapper
Chris Hillen, 19.2 lb Hogfish
Austin Hammond 49.30 lb Cobia/Cuda
Peter Hamburg 78.75 lb Amberjack
William Lombard 7.25 lb Sheepshead/Porgy
Gene Wong 7.45 lb Lobster*
*lobster no longer in tournament due to out of season when held