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  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:58 AM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    Recreational Harvest of Golden Tilefish Will Close in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic on August 28, 2018  

     

     

    WHAT/WHEN:

    Recreational harvest of golden tilefish in South Atlantic federal waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on August 28, 2018.  Recreational harvest in federal waters will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2019.     

     

    WHY THIS CLOSURE IS HAPPENING:

    • The 2018 recreational annual catch limit is 2,187 fish. Reports indicate that recreational landings have reached the 2018 annual catch limit for the recreational sector.
    • According to the regulations, NOAA Fisheries must close the harvest when the annual catch limit has been reached. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish population.

    DURING THE CLOSURE:

    • Recreational harvest or possession of golden tilefish in or from the federal waters of the South Atlantic is prohibited.
    • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels which have a valid charter/headboat permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper.

    Commercial harvest or possession of golden tilefish in or from federal waters is also prohibited.

  • Friday, August 03, 2018 5:44 PM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    Barring any weather complications, the next deployment of artificial reef material will be August 7 out of Port Canaveral.

    The target coordinates are:

    N28° 23.830’

    W80° 18.350’

    24 modules will be dropped with a diver in the water to assure proper placement. So, if you take your boat out  to watch, be aware that there is a diver there and don’t get too close.

     


  • Friday, August 03, 2018 3:34 PM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    August 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th

    (Atlantic Legal Season only)

    One winner will be recognized at the Annual FSFA Awards Banquet with bragging rights and a $300 gift card to Strike Zone of Melbourne.


    How to play: 

    1.  Catch the Snapper during the dates of the Tournament. 

    2.   Use a scale to weigh the fish.  Take a picture with the Scale showing the weight and entire fish in the picture frame. 

    3.   As a back-up, we will also accept an overall Length and Girth with a legible Tape Measure, each measurement must be captured in a photo.  Catches must be photographed to enter

    4.   Enter your catch at fsfaclub.org under Point fishing/point fishing entry form.  If you are a point fisherman and you catch a qualifying fish, check the appropriate boxes upon entering (Master/Annual points). 

    5.   Email catch photos to  David Robb FSFA (blackboat192@gmail.com).

    6.   We will announce the leading weight at the conclusion of the first weekend (before the second short season)


  • Monday, July 23, 2018 8:25 PM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    NOAA Fisheries Announces Limited Opening of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Seasons in South Atlantic Federal Waters

        

     

    KEY MESSAGE:

    NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 43). This rule specifies recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning in 2018.  

    • Red snapper recreational and commercial seasons will open in South Atlantic federal waters for limited harvest beginning in 2018.
    • The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved Amendment 43 after recent scientific information indicated an increase in the red snapper population since 2010.
    • NOAA Fisheries determined limited harvest beginning in 2018 is neither expected to result in overfishing, nor prevent continued rebuilding of the population.

    WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

    • The rule will take effect on July 26, 2018.
    • The recreational sector will open for harvest on weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on the following days:
      • August 10, 11, and 12, 2018 - The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 10, 2018, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 13, 2018.
      • August 17, 18, and 19, 2018 - The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 17, 2018, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on August 20, 2018.
    • The commercial sector will open for harvest upon publication of the final rule at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 26, 2018, and will close at 11:59 p.m., local time, on December 31, 2018, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date.       
      • NOAA Fisheries will announce if the commercial sector needs to close before December 31, 2018.

    WHAT THIS MEANS:

    • The total annual catch limit will be 42,510 fish.
    • The recreational annual catch limit will be 29,656 fish.
      • The recreational bag limit will be one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the captain and crew on for-hire vessels may retain the recreational bag limit).
    • The commercial annual catch limit will be 124,815 pounds whole weight (12,854 fish).
      • The commercial trip limit will be 75 pounds gutted weight.
    • There will be no minimum or maximum size limit for the recreational or commercial sectors.

    NOAA Fisheries expects that beginning in 2019, commercial and recreational harvest will begin in July, as per Amendment 43 and the final rule.

  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018 10:33 AM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    Fishermen are reminded that harvest and/or possession of red snapper is prohibited in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and the east coast of Florida. The fishery remains closed as NOAA Fisheries and the Secretary of Commerce continue final review of Amendment 43 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic Region. A Fishery Bulletin regarding approval is expected from NOAA Fisheries and the Secretary within the next two weeks. Given the timeline for the review process, it is likely that, IF the amendment is approved, a red snapper season would begin in August 2018.

     

    The amendment specifies a total annual catch limit (ACL) for red snapper of 42,510 fish, with 29,656 fish allocated to the recreational sector. The bag limit for red snapper would be 1 fish per person/day with no minimum size limit. The recreational season would be weekends only (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The number of weekend openings for the recreational fishery would be determined by NOAA Fisheries and announced in advance. The commercial fishery would open with a 75-pound trip limit (gutted weight) with no minimum size limit, and close when the commercial ACL is met or projected to be met. The Council approved Amendment 43 for Secretarial review in September 2017. A benchmark stock assessment for red snapper will be conducted in 2020.

     

    Sign up for E-News from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's website at www.safmc.net and receive Fishery Bulletins from NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Regional Office at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/index.html.


  • Monday, July 09, 2018 12:26 PM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    For those of you who were planning to watch the latest artificial reef deployment tomorrow, July 9, IT HAS BEEN POSTPONED ROUGHLY A WEEK.

    Keep watch here and on Facebook for any updates.

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:39 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    Repeating his blue chip performance of a year ago, Dave Robb Jr. of Titusville once again led the ranks of club anglers in the 2017 Florida Sport Fishing Association’s (FSFA) championship and awards program.

    The 49-year-old retired Senior Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy Seabees was honored at the club’s recent awards dinner as the Overall Club Champion, giving him back-to-back titles.

    But this time around Robb also claimed the Fish of the Year, the award judged as the most outstanding catch for the year in the 225-member Cape Canaveral club.

    Bill SargentBuy Photo

    Bill Sargent (Photo: FLORIDA TODAY FILE)

    It was a massive 80-pound black drum that Robb landed after an hour’s fight on 15-pound test plug tackle. Considering the size of the fish and the tackle used, a committee of fishing experts judged it as the top catch.

    The FSFA, which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary, annually recognizes its members who score top catches under the club’s ratings and points system with varying tackle gear and strengths.

    Robb set nine FSFA tackle records during his quest for the championship that also earned him the highest accumulative angler rating in the club – Grand Master.

    The big drum, along with a 125-pound tarpon, was among five club records for Robb. During the year he was credited with releasing 24 different species of fish and also achieved Species Master for black drum and sheepshead.

    For Robb the 80-pound drum was a “dream catch,” he said. It came from a school of the large drum that he and friend Frank Curran found in the Canaveral Bight north of Port Canaveral last winter.

    “Earlier that morning we had fished for Sunshine Bass in the St. Johns (River) and on the way back we decided to launch at the port and try for drum up in the bight. We knew the big drum were there,” Robb said.

    “The school was in 18 feet of water and I used a 2-ounce bucktail jig, working it near the bottom.  he fish stayed with the school through most of the fight,” Robb said, adding that he was fortunate the fish didn’t rub his thin 15-pound test line against other drum in the school that could have caused the line to break.  

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    The heavyweight was 52 inches long and 36 inches in girth.

    Robb joined the FSFA in March 2016 and being one that thrives on competition and challenges he immediately set to work fishing for catch points.

    After achieving 870 points in 2016, it was early in the 2017 season that he achieved the 1,000 points needed for Grand Master. He said he did it in 10 months and 24 days of fishing, meaning he was fishing four to five days a week.  

    His points total for the 2017 championship was 490. A family illness and other responsibilities kept him out of fishing for several months.  

    Robb’s wife Stephanie was named the Women’s Champion with 210 annual points, in the process setting a club record with a 5-pound, 12-ounce Sunshine Bass and landing a Five-to-One catch of a 22 pound, 6 ounce drum on 4-pound test line. She also received a certificate for releasing 16 species.

    Other division champions were Dan Thompson, Freshwater, and John Dobbins, Saltwater. Dobbins also released 19 species, Emily Rupe 15 species, Hunter Delaney and Cassie Delaney, each had 13.

    Charlie Rupe received a plaque for his club high 29 species released. Chris Delaney followed with 26.

     Phil Woodham earned a Five-to-One plaque and a Heavyweight award with a 13-pound catfish landed on 2-pound test line.

    Ryan Vetsch, a 22-year-old Eastern Florida State College student, was the first member in seven years to receive a Tackle Master award for his 410 accumulated annual points with Light-General tackle catches. He also took the General Tackle Division championship for the year with 90 points.   

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    At the same time Vetsch achieved Species Master, another accumulative award, for drum, along with Chris Pashos and Rob Hollander, also for drum. One of Hollander’s catches was an 82-pound 10-ounce drum for a Light-General record.

    Two impressive heavyweight catches by Vetsch was a 32-pound, 10-ounce gag grouper and a 19-pound, 6-ounce snook, and he set a club record for General Tackle with an 81-pound, 14-ounce black drum. Vetsch also won a Fish of the Month award in July for a 33-pound permit he landed at Sebastian Inlet.

    Tackle class champions were Charlie Rupe, Ultralight, 90 points; Zella Helton, Spin, 50 points; and Hunter Delaney, Light General, 60 points. Helton, the 2015 Overall Club Champion, also took a Heavyweight award for a 45-pound cobia.

    Other Heavyweights were Cassie Delaney’s 58-pound, 9-ounce king mackerel, Mark Wilson’s 60-pound, 4-ounce dolphin, Dobbins’ 7-pound, 11-ounce seatrout, Charlie Rupe’s 3-foot, 8-inch redfish, Doug Kaska’s 14-pound tripletail, David Werner’s 7-pound, 13-ounce largemouth bass, Dan Thompson’s 8-pound bowfin, and Margaret Thompson’s 2-pound, 4-ounce panfish.

    Juniors receiving club record awards were Carolyn Costello for a 14-pound, 8-ounce drum and Greg Bernard for an 8-pound sheepshead. Junior Heavyweights included Lorna Rupe for a 3-pound largemouth bass and Wesley Rupe for a 12-ounce panfish (crappie).

    A 165-pound swordfish on 80-class General tackle set a club record for Wilson and was the Fish of the Month for December. Wayne Bogle won in November with a 26-pound, 14-ounce red snapper.  

    Master Angler rating certificates went to John Durkee, Alex Gorichky Jr., Charlie Rupe, Hunter Delaney and Stephanie Robb; Intermediate Angler rating to Jay Young; and Angler ratings to Bill MacVittie, Wesley Rupe, Emily Rupe and Yay Young.

    Forty-eight plaques, trophies and sculptures designed and produced by member Chris Costello, owner of Fishing Tournament Trophies in Port St. John, went to the many winners, along with multiple certificates.  

    The FSFA is more than a fishing club. It sponsors community projects including its annual Offshore Tournament out of Port Canaveral, the annual Kids Fishing Clinic at Canaveral, an on going artificial reef program, plus student scholarships and grant programs for Brevard County schools. It has North and South Brevard chapters, each with separate monthly meetings with speakers.

    For more information log on to www.fsfaclub.or

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 4:41 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    Members only. :  time for another Members only fishing contest.

    December 1-December 31.  FLOUNDER.   Largest flounder caught on hook & line (no gigging) wins a $50 Gift Certificate at Black Dog Bait & Tackle.

       Enter fish using Points Entry Form.  In comments put "flounder contest".  Take a photo of fish on scale.  If you want to back up, photo with ruler too.   Email the photo to Dave Robb   usafldave@cfl.rr.com.       Winner to be announced at awards banquet 

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  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 10:43 AM | Anonymous

    November 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, and 12th

    (Atlantic Legal Season only)

    One winner will be recognized at the Annual FSFA Awards Banquet with bragging rights and a very nice hand carved wooden plaque commemorating the catch.

    How to play: 

    1.  Catch the Snapper during the dates of the Tournament. 

    2.   Use a scale to weigh the fish.  Take a picture with the Scale showing the weight and entire fish in the picture frame. 

    3.   As a back-up, we will also accept an overall Length and Girth with a legible Tape Measure, each measurement must be captured in a photo.  Catches must be photographed to enter. 

    4.   Enter your catch at fsfaclub.org under Point fishing/point fishing entry form.  If you are a point fisherman and you catch a qualifying fish, check the appropriate boxes upon entering (Master/Annual points). 

    5.   Email catch photos to Dave Werner DW FSFA(dwerner70@att.net) and David Robb FSFA (usafldave@cfl.rr.com).

    6.   We will announce the leading weight at the conclusion of the first weekend (before the second short season)


  • Thursday, June 29, 2017 10:41 AM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    excited to forward this announcement regarding building more artificial reefs! 

    Greetings Brevard Reef Advisory Board Members,

    First off I have some great news, we received funding from FWC for next year’s deployment (letter attached). Our grant application got us the points needed and we are set with the funding for another deployment in 2018. I spoke with the FWC program administrator and he said that we made the cut because of extra points for items like advisory boards, such as ours, and because of all of the public support. Please  pass word along to everyone in the FSFA, CFOA and CCA thanking them for their letters and emails of support. It is community involvement and support like we received this year that keeps these projects funded and continuing forward.

    Also, McCully Marine has been awarded the contract for this year’s project and we expect to be deploying reef modules in about 4 weeks. I will keep you all informed on the final timing.

    Thank you all again your time and assistance on these projects.

    Sincerely,

    Matt

     

    Matt C. Culver

    Boating & Waterways Program Coordinator

     

    Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department

    2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

    Building A, Room 219

    Viera, FL 32940


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