The FSFA was established in 1968. It is a family oriented, non profit organization dedicated to promote and advance the enjoyment of sport fishing in the Space Coast area and throughout the state of Florida. The Club is actively involved in resource conservation, artificial reef building, youth projects and community service. Through education and economic contribution, the FSFA strives to do its part to preserve and enhance the precious marine resources for future generations to enjoy.
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FSFA has monthly Club Meetings at two locations;
FSFA South location club meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm, Front Street Civic Center. Location: 2205 Front Street, Melbourne, Fl 32901.
FSFA Central location club meetings are on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm, Veteran’s Memorial Park. Location: 400 South Sykes Creek Parkway, Merritt Island, Fl 32952.
Meetings start with a social time from 6:30 – 7:00 pm where food and drinks are provided for a donation. At 7:00 pm guest speakers educate and entertain us with both inshore and offshore fishing topics.
In June we have our Annual Offshore Slam Tournament, which typically attracts about 150 fishing teams and is our biggest fundraiser. During the year the club has a point system for keeping track of members’ catches. Occasionally one of our members earns enough points (1,000) to become a Grand Master, which is a tremendous achievement that we celebrate at the Annual Awards Banquet in January. We also crown Club Champs (Overall, Saltwater, and Freshwater) and recognize Fish of the Month winners and announce the Fish of the Year. During the Banquet members are encouraged to offer Members’ Challenges to catch specific species in a specific manner. The challenges come with a monetary award, and winners are announced at the Banquet.
Meetings are open to the public. If you would like to join the FSFA, the membership fee is $50.00 annually from enrollment date and you can join at any club meeting. The FSFA Board welcomes you to our Club Meetings and are available for any questions you may have regarding FSFA and the various amenities the Club offers.
Artificial Reef to be built off Brevard Countyhttps://fox35orlando.com/video/1385213
FSFA Providing Fishing Opportunities
FSFA has been involved in deploying artificial reefs since the 1970’s in order to provide increased fishing success out of Port Canaveral. The most recent effort has been the artificial reef site 16 miles due east of the port in 80 foot depth. We began this effort working with Brevard county as well as CFOA and CCA in 2013. Since that time we have deployed 8 artificial reefs at that location and we have already been funded for another reef in 2024. This reef will be the biggest to date with a gross weight in excess of 800 tons. These reefs become a heaven for all species of fish, both bottom and pelagic, which in turn provides anglers for more structure to pursue their sport.
There is also a new effort to acquire a permit for a 2.5 mile reef directly east of the cocoa beach pier. This reef will be within state waters and FWC rules will apply instead of federal regulations. This means that legal sized red snapper will be open for harvest year-round. We are hopeful to get this site permitted in 2024 with a deployment in 2025 – 2026 timeframe.
Your support and contributions make the artificial reef project a reality for the fishing community and local businesses.