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Adreno Sydney Kingfish Cup November 12-13th 2022
What is the Kingfish Cup?
The Kingfish Cup is about spearing a kingfish, over one weekend in Sydney’s prime Kingfish season, traditionally this is late October through November.
Where is it held?
“Greater Sydney” is the area entrants may enter. It stretches from Bird Island in the Central Coast to Bass Point in the South covering just over 250 kilometres of coastline. Weigh in Stations are at Adreno Sydney itself, Little Manly in Sydney Harbour, and Terrigal, on the Central Coast.
Who enters the KFC?
Such a wide-ranging demographic of both age, sex, and area. Going on recent years we are expecting over 200 spearfishers entering including sub juniors from 14 years of age right up to Grand Masters (over 65’s), Ladies entries have been strong (6 ladies competed last year). Divers come from as far as Queensland to fish the event. Those who are not competition focused also fish the Kingfish Cup. We also get relative newcomers fish the Kingfish Cup some of which spearing their first kingfish in the event.
How does it work?
The USFA runs the event, we work with the Adreno Sydney team, and it has been a successful partnership. Prior to the event, some 8 days before, we host a “get together” at Adreno – putting on some great food – one of our members creates amazing paella, we explain the simple rules, we have guest speakers (spearfishing gurus) that discuss kingfish habits and hunting tips, it is a great social night that includes several prizes being given out, for the early bird registrations, including one major prize (to be announced).
Since the running of the inaugural event in 2019 we have seen healthy registration numbers from 170 to 200 entrants, thus it requires a lot of organising from an efficient team. Entrants register online, they are given details of the event and how to “sign on” and “sign off” (any times between 0800 and 1600 you may fish multiple times on a day) on each day – (some entrants fish only one day) this lets organisers know who is in the water and importantly when they are back out – safety is paramount. On safety, the organisers also make the decision on postponing the days fishing if the weather is decided to be inclement.
The fish are weighed in at the weigh stations, we try to keep the weights discreet to build some atmosphere for the presentation night the Thursday following the event.
The event is ethical! Sustainable too!
Kingfish are in healthy numbers along Australia’s east coast. In 2020 when we held the Cup over two days, we had 170 divers in the water for approximately 720 hours, that’s roughly 4 hours per diver, of the fish that were caught it worked out to over 55 hours of effort per fish, with a mean weight average of 12 kilograms per fish. Spearfishing is amazing.
Dates to remember
The information night – Thursday November 3rd from 5.30pm
To kick off the biggest event on Sydney’s spearfishing seasonal calendar we are hosting a social and information night to bring the community together under one roof to set the scene for the following weekends event.
This Kingfish cup was born out of necessity, a competition built to bring our communities together in a sustainable and ethically focused competition with divers from all around Australia participating. A competition driven by inclusion, from the most experienced to aspiring greenhorn learning the ropes and piecing it together. This is what spearfishing is all about. Mateship, adventure, respect for the fishery and healthy competition.
With kingfish gurus Dan Jones, Grayson Hinrichs, Marty Kieselbach and Derrick Cruz the night’s goal is to share experiences and knowledge around Sydney Spearfishing with a focus on the Kingfish species. Add on a fish preparation masterclass by @spearochef Jai Gibbons, with some food and drink supplied the night is shaping up to be a ripper!
This social event will be bigger than the Cup itself
Adreno Sydney Kingfish Cup 12-13th November
The Presentation Thursday 17th November from 1730
Another fantastic social evening, where many of the entrants gather, again at Adreno Sydney Superstore, mingle and talk about the one that got away while enjoying some quality food while anticipating the results
1st to 3rd place
12th & 13th NOVEMBER 2022
INFORMATION NIGHT LIVE ON FACEBOOK ON November 3rd 7:00 PM
START AND FINISH TIMES
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
CUP ENTRY FEE
When you purchase this membership option you receive 2 days insurance and membership with the USFA. Junior memberships must be completed by a parent or guardian.