The Dolphin’s Challenge

The Dolphin’s Challenge, newly introduced, is a great concept as it will allow all Dolphin’s to enter a fish they have speared whilst engaging in either a social environment or other organized spearfishing event, basically it is available to enter every day of the year.

The inaugural event will run from 17th November 2017 until 30th June 2018 with the presentation of awards and prizes handed out at our now legendary Christmas in July bash. 

How it works: In a nutshell you enter a fish you feel appropriate for that specie and if it is still in the top ten of its category at the end of the event you will receive points for that fish (10pts for heaviest, 9pts for 2nd heaviest, etc. – see rules for more detail). The twenty categories targeted can be readily speared in NSW waters, such as Bonito, Bream, Goatfish, Morwong (any), Kingfish (any), Snapper; also included Squid (not Cuttlefish) and Crayfish.

There is also a category for Open Largest Fish Pelagic, and, Open Largest Fish Reef. (Only one entry into any eligible category per fish.)

Each competitor can only present two entries per category over the eight-month period, strategy is wise.


This year’s prizes and trophies will equal approx $2,000!

A Perpetual Dolphins Challenge Trophy

1st Place – $200 + Trophy

2nd Place – $100 + Trophy

3rd Place – $50 + Trophy

$50 will also be awarded for the heaviest fish in each category.

Entrants who are under 18 years* of age or female will also be eligible for the Dolphins Challenge Cup.

1st Place – $50 + Trophy

2nd Place – medallion

3rd Place –  medallion

Rules and Conditions:

  • Entry is free, but competitors must be current financial members of the Sans Souci Dolphins and USFA
  • Competition is from the 01/11/2017 to the 30/6/2018.
  • The twenty eligible categories and the minimum weights are:
    Species include

    • Bonito, Bream, Goatfish Black Spot, Leather Jacket (any), Luderick, Red Rock Cod, Salmon, Silver Trumpeter – 450 grams
    • Morwong (any), Snapper – 675gm
    • Flathead Dusky – 750gm
    • Rock Blackfish – 1000gms
    • Kingfish Yellowtail – 2500 grams
    • Mulloway – 3000gm
    • Open Largest Pelagic other x2 (this is two categories of any other pelagic except Bonito, Salmon, Mulloway or Kingfish that are already listed categories) – NSW legal fish
    • Open Largest Pelagic overall – NSW (the top ten largest listed)
    • Open Largest Reef – NSW Legal fish
    • Crayfish (attains minimum legal size, then weigh)
    • Squid (not Cuttlefish) 200gm  
  • Fish are to be taken from New South Wales waters only, observing all relevant NSW Fisheries Laws whilst freediving.
  • Heaviest fish of each of the categories receives ten points, second heaviest nine and so on (Maximum possible points-200).
  • Only two weigh-ins per category allowed.
  • Fish entered with equal weights will be awarded the same points, the next fish will be awarded one point less.
  • In the event of a tie at the conclusion of the competition, a ‘count back’ will apply. The competitor with the most 10-point fish will rank above the other competitors with equal points. If no 10-point fish are available or these are equal, then 9-point fish will apply and so on.

The weigh-in of the fresh catch and the subsequent application for consideration must follow the following procedure:

  1. Fish speared in any competition – A photo of the score sheet is sufficient and the image emailed to the Challenge organizer (details listed below). It is the diver’s responsibility to enter fish – NOT the sports secretary or challenge organizer.
  2. Fish speared in a social event – A digital photo of the fish being held by the competitor AND a digital photo of the fish on the scales must be emailed to the Challenge organizer [email protected]  Entries must also include – dates speared and weighed in (paper or phone in picture), length, location, and witness to capture.  Eventually you will be able to enter via the Dolphin’s website, when this is up and running you will be notified, for now please use the Excel spreadsheet on the website and email this and the images to the Challenge organizer.
  3. How to weigh your fish in on a social dive – Hand held digital scales will suffice to weigh your fish with, they must be tested against the club’s scale test weight to ensure accuracy to ensure eligibility. You may weigh your fish on any shop keepers scales – Butcher or Fruitologist for example, these scales must be calibrated or certified and proof of such may be asked by the organizer.

NOTE: All applications must be received within 4 weeks of capture. (late applications will not be accepted). Applications received after 30th June will not be accepted.

The challenge organizer reserves the right to reject any application without reason.

Any enquiries, contact the Challenge organizer Simon Trippe 0439818409

Email Applications to Challenge organizer [email protected]
The Dolphins Challenge Application Form