• Saturday, March 11, 2017 4:39 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    From Florida Today..by Bill Sargent

    Zella Helton of Mims had a banner day of fly fishing outside Port Canaveral when she landed back-to-back potential tippet class world record black drum.

    The first drum weighed 42 pounds, 5 ounces and two hours later Helton boated the second fish weighing 51 pounds, 8 ounces. Both catches are pending records with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA).

    Helton and her boyfriend Troy Perez, also of Mims, found a large school of black drum concentrated close to the beach in only 10 feet of water. Perez, noted as one of Florida’s top inshore fishing guides, knew immediately any number of the fish was potential records on fly tackle.

    Using a 12-weight flyrod with a 20-pound tippet and a Dan Johnson shrimp pattern, Helton hooked the 42-pounder and fought it for 45 minutes before getting it to the boat.

    The tippet in a monofilament fly line leader is a tied section with the weakest point. IGFA, the international records keeper at Dania Beach, offers records in seven tippet line strengths in men and women divisions.

    Under IGFA rules, a record catch must be weighed on shore, so Perez placed the drum in a large onboard aerated live well and headed back to Port Canaveral where the fish was weighed on certified scales, witnessed and released at the docks.

    Florida regulations allow the possession of only one black drum over 24 inches in length so after releasing the first catch Perez called the IGFA to get permission to catch another potential record.

    “We headed back to the same spot along the beach and the school was still there,” Helton said. “This time I hooked an even bigger one.”

    She used the same fly rod and shrimp pattern but the second drum gave Helton a much tougher fight.

    “It was like fighting an anchor. It kept going to the bottom,” said Helton, who received the Women’s Division Championship for 2016 in the Florida Sport Fishing Association at the Cape Canaveral fishing club’s awards dinner in January. “She wanted to stay with the school.”

    Again Helton subdued the fish and it was placed in the live well for the ride back to the Canaveral docks where it weighed in at 51 pounds, 8 ounces. It too was released in good condition.

    With both catches submitted as records, Helton stands to set one IGFA record with her first catch before it is “retired” and replaced with the 51-pound 8-ounce fish. She also owns the IGFA 16-pound tippet record with a 47-pound, 8-ounce black drum she took on fly gear outside Canaveral in March 2016.

    The current women’s 20-pound tippet record of 37 pounds, 8 ounces was set in Louisiana in February, 2014.

  • Thursday, March 09, 2017 2:33 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    From CCA - good news!

    A controversial exempted fishing permit (EFP) to initiate a commercial privatization program for at least six species of fish in the South Atlantic was shelved this week after widespread public outcry. The announcement that the South Atlantic Commercial Fishing Collaborative, made up of two sitting Council members and one former member, were withdrawing the EFP was made at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Jekyll Island, Georgia.


    "Public sentiment against this EFP was overwhelming, which shows that the angling public is very much aware of these privatization schemes and they've had enough of them," said Bill Bird, chairman of the Coastal Conservation Association's National Government Relations Committee. "There should be no place for privatization of our public marine resources in the federal fisheries management system, but our fear is that this EFP will be retooled and reintroduced in the future when the noise dies down. Anglers in the South Atlantic will have to remain vigilant."


    The EFP and the composition of the South Atlantic Fishing Collaborative were unveiled in an editorial by Jeff Angers with the Center for Sportfishing Policy on SportFishingMag.com last week. It was highlighted as an example of the manipulation that is becoming rampant in federal fisheries management as commercial harvesters vie to acquire valuable shares of public marine resources for free. The exempted fishing permit process itself is also coming under scrutiny as it is operates wholly outside the public management process. Although Councils are usually given the opportunity to vote on the permits, sole authority to approve or disapprove them rests with bureaucrats at NOAA Fisheries.


    "The fishery management process is simply not designed to handle the level of greed and manipulation that accompanies this type of resource giveaway, where millions of dollars are on the line," said Bird. "This particular permit, where appointed Council members were seeking an inside track to ownership of these fish, a prime example of how EFPs are being misused to circumvent public process and procedure. The entire federal fishery management system needs to be reformed."


    "Thanks to everyone who contributed to this outcome. The Council had so many copies of CCA's letter against the permit sent to them that the presenter stated it aloud at the start of the comment session. Right after that, they announced the withdrawal of the request for the EFP," said Tim Tarver, CCA Georgia board member. "The American people scored a victory."

  • Wednesday, March 01, 2017 6:56 AM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    excellent presentation (first link) and more information about Kilroy monitors in the Lagoon.  http://teamorca.org/orca/index.cfm

  • Thursday, February 09, 2017 8:02 AM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    Robb ‘grinds’ out FSFA championship

    BILL SARGENT, FOR FLORIDA TODAY Published 4:39 p.m. ET Feb. 8, 2017 |

    Dave Robb Jr. has a determined and competitive spirit that thrives on challenges. Even in his fishing.

    It’s a trait that propelled the 48-year-old Titusville resident to the Overall Club Championship for 2016 in the Florida Sport Fishing Association (FSFA), a Cape Canaveral fishing club that uses a detailed points and records system for its members’ catches.

    Robb was tops among the 88 members recognized for their angling achievements at an awards dinner at the Kiwanis Island Auditorium on Merritt Island on Jan. 28.

    Points fishing has been the hallmark of the 225-member club since it formed in 1968, making it one of the top fishing clubs in Florida.

    Fishing as much as four and five times a week, Robb, a retired Senior Chief Petty Officer with the U.S. Navy Seabees, entered 55 catches of 30 different species for his 870 catch points, the highest in 13 years for the club. Single catches with specified tackle in six categories are worth 10 or 20 points depending on the weight of the fish. In most cases the fish are released.

    “I caught my first points fish on March 23 and then never stopped. I’m a grinder, I don’t let up,” said Robb, who didn’t join the FSFA until March when a friend told him about the club.

    Robb divided his persistent schedule between the Indian River Lagoon for trout, tripletail, sheepshead, black drum and redfish and the St. Johns River with its freshwater largemouth bass, Sunshine bass, catfish and even longnose gar and bowfin (mudfish).

    “If I had to pick a most prized catch it would be my 55-inch, 22-pound longnose gar,” Robb said, showing a photo of the catch draped in his arms. “I was raised bass fishing in Central Florida and people think I’m crazy fishing for gars.

    “It was a challenge that took me two weeks to figure out how to catch them. They want live spotted sunfish — stumpknockers,” added Robb, an Orlando native.

    On his way to the championship Robb set four tackle records and achieved the club’s fourth highest individual points rating, Master Angler. Early this year he is assured of achieving the 1,000 point plateau for Grand Master status, the highest rating. But he’ll have to wait until next year’s awards dinner to be honored.

    Robb’s wife Stephanie, who often fished with her husband, set two club records for women in 2016 and also achieved Intermediate Angler status.

    Robb said he would be remiss if he didn’t acknowledge the guidance and direction he got throughout the year from fellow member Steve Collins, one of club’s Grand Masters.

    “This points fishing was all new to me and Steve made himself available for any questions about any fish that swims,” Robb said. “Most of our conversations would be about tactics and techniques in which he willingly shared longtime secrets of his craft.”

    The Fish of the Year award comes right behind the club championship in significance. It’s judged as the top catch by a panel that takes into consideration the class and weight of the tackle used and the size of the fish.

    Well known fishing guide Troy Perez claimed the award with a 60-pound black drum he landed on 15-pound tippet fly fishing tackle. It also set a tackle record.

    Perez, who two weeks ago repeated the feat by landing a nearly identical 59-pound black drum on fly gear, said the 60-pounder was part of a large school close to the beach south of Port Canaveral in early March.

    On the same day and with the same fly rod, his girlfriend, Zella Helton, took a tippet-class world record 47½-pound drum.

    Helton, the 2015 Club Champion, achieved the club’s Species Master rating in 2016 for landing point size black drum on all six tackle classes. Helton also claimed the Women’s Division Championship.

    Other Club Champions in tackle groups were John Dobbins, ultralight; John Durkee, spinning; Eric Griggs, plug; Leon Vetsch, light general, and Chris Delaney, general.

    Chris Pashos became the 46th Grand Master, achieving the required 1,000 career catch points. His catches included a 306-pound shark that set a light-general record.

    The remaining Division Champions were: Hunter Delaney, junior; Pashos, freshwater; and Ryan Vetsch, saltwater.

    Bill Hawley took home three Heavyweight awards for a 40-pound cobia, a 20-pound snook, and an 8 ¾-pound seatrout. Others were Mike Rowland, 40-pound 13-ounce grouper, Bill Macvittie 35-pound dolphin, Rob Hollander, 8-pound tripletail and Emily Rupe, 1-pound 14-ounce panfish.

    A pair of fly fishing catches by Jim Ross, a 105-pound Pacific sailfish and a 190-pound blue marlin, were among the 18 new club records in various tackle categories. Griggs’ 56-pound kingfish set a light general record and also a heavyweight mark. Griggs, saying it was his biggest kingfish, used 15-pound test spinning gear last July and was trolling a live menhaden at 8-A Reef offshore Port Canaveral.

    Bridget Thurston set a woman’s record with her catch of a 150-pound shark.

    The FSFA is more than a fishing club. It sponsors community projects, including its annual Offshore Tournament out of Port Canaveral in June, the annual Kids Fishing Clinic at Canaveral, an on-going artificial reef program, plus student scholarship 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.org.

    Bill Sargent has been writing about outdoor subjects for Florida Today for 48 years. Contact Sargent at sargentwb@gmail.com.

    Florida Sport Fishing Association

    Winners of 2016 awards

    Overall Club Champion

    Dave Robb, Jr.: 870 points.

    Fish of the Year

    Troy Perez: 60-pound black drum on 15-pound fly tackle.

    Tackle Class Champions

    John Dobbins: ultralight; John Durkee: spinning; Eric Griggs: plug; Leon Vetsch: light general; Chris Delaney: general; No qualifiers: fly

    Division Champions

    Zella Helton: women’s; Ryan Vetsch: saltwater; Chris Pashos: freshwater; Hunter Delaney: junior

    Ratings Achieved

    Zella Helton: species master for drum; Chris Pashos: grand master; Dave Robb, Jr.: master angler; Eric Griggs, Bill Hawley: advanced angler; Stephanie Robb, Charlie Rupe: intermediate angler

    Heavyweight Awards

    Eric Griggs: 56-0 kingfish; Bill Hawley: 40-0 cobia, 8-12 seatrout, 24-0 snook; Bill Macvittie: 35-0 dolphin; Mike Rowland: 40-13 grouper; Zella Helton, 35-0 redfish; Rob Hollander, 8-0 tripletail; Dave Robb, Jr., 8-6 largemouth bass, 15-7 catfish, 7-14 bowfin; Emily Rupe, 1-14 panfish.

    Junior Heavyweight Awards

    Greg Bernard, 14-0 dolphin, 3-9 seatrout; Liam Hawley, 20-8 cobia, 13-0 snook; Wesley Rupe, 12-4 redfish; Hunter Delaney, 1-12 catfish, 1-1 panfish.

    New Club Records

    (for tackle used)

    Flyrod: Jim Ross, 105-0 sailfish, 190-0 blue marlin; Troy Perez, 60-0 black drum; General: Dan Thompson, 4-9 sunshine bass; Dave Robb, Jr. 4-1 pompano; Light General: Dan Thompson, 5-11 sunshine bass; Eric Griggs, 56-0 kingfish; Chris Pashos, 306-0 shark; Plug: Chris Pashos, 3-0 sunshine bass; Spin: Dave Robb, Jr., 4-7 sunshine bass and 7-15 catfish; Charlie Rupe, 3-2 pickerel; Ultralight: Dave Robb, Jr., 4-7 pompano; Women: Zella Helton, 5-0 sunshine bass; Stephanie Robb, 7-4 catfish and 4-1 pompano; Bridget Thurston, 150-0 shark; Junior: Elena Costello, 4-15 sunshine bass.

    3:1, 5:1, 10:1 Awards

    (fish’s weight relating to line test used)

    Three-to-one: Zella Helton, 3 drum; Troy Perez, 1 drum; Ryan Vetsch, 3 different species; Leon Vetsch, 2 drum; Bill Hawley, 1 tarpon; Eric Griggs, 1 kingfish; John Dobbins, 1 snook; Dave Robb, Jr., 3 different species.

    Five-to-one: Charlie Rupe, 1 tarpon; Troy Perez, 1 redfish; Stephanie Robb, 1 drum; Dave Robb, Jr., 1 drum; Chris Pashos, 1 redfish.

    Ten-to-one: Ryan Vetsch, 1 shark; Chris Pashos, 1 shark.

    Adult Sportsman Releases

    Dave Robb, Jr., 30 species; Charlie Rupe, 27 species; John Dobbins, 19 species; Chris Delaney, 15 species; Stephanie Robb, 14 species; Caden Laney, 12 species; Zella Helton, 10 species.

    Junior Sportsman Releases

    Hunter Delaney, 10 species.

    Sailfish Releases

    Gale Nelson, Jackie Rowland, Kurt Schirmer, Ryan Vetsch, 2 releases same day

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 2:01 PM | Eric Griggs (Administrator)

    For those of you who fish offshore, I am sure that you have truly missed the real-time reports that used to be available from the "20 mile buoy" (41009)

    NOAA says that 41009 will be re-deployed in April.

    In the meantime, there is a much smaller, but similarly capable Scripps buoy (like the one that is currently five miles off Port Canaveral) that has been placed roughly 20 miles off the coast, near where the old 41009 buoy was.

    It is now up and running and it can be accessed at:


    Thanks to Dr. Mitch Roffer for this update.

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:21 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    this update from the Rules Committee addresses use of measurement for estimated weight.   

    Section 4

    Club Records Program

    Club records will be kept by weight for the heaviest fish in each of the eight (8) records categories: Fly, Ultra-light, Spin, Plug, Light General, General, Junior and Women. All fish entered through the normal points system become automatically entered into the Club Records if applicable.

    All rules applicable for the Angler Rating will apply to Club Record entries.

    The Junior category is open to children of members in good standing provided the child has not reached his/her 13th birthday at the date of the catch. Any tackle category may be used for Junior Club Records. The fish may also hold the record in other tackle categories if applies.

    An award will be given to each member who catches a club record. If a member catches more than one (1) club record, that member will receive one (1) award with each record listed thereon.


    Club Record Submission by Qualifying Estimated Weight (new)

    This new rules section is added for the purpose of providing a means for club members to enter large, not easily weighed species for an ‘Estimated Weight Cub Record’. This record category is an addition made for limited circumstances.

    1. Limited to only four (4) of the current citation species; Shark, Sailfish, Marlin, Tarpon
    2. These will be for new records only and will not displace or replace recorded weight records. 
    3. They will be identified in FSFA records as a ‘qualifying estimated weight’ (QEW).
    4. The length measurements/species to be used for QEW:
                Sharks; Tip of snout to tail fork or to tip of tail (specified as to which)
    Billfish; Tip of lower jaw to tail fork
    Tarpon; Tip of lower jaw to tail fork

    5. In order to become accepted, QEW entries must contain minimally:

       a. Particular species such as Blue/White Marlin, Atlantic/Pacific Sailfish, Shark species.

    b. The anglers statement of the fish length, how obtained/estimated, witnesses.

    cCorroboration by at least one (1) adult witness of the catch, length measurement and method.

    d. Good quality photo(s) to support fish size and particularly length. The photo(s) need to show the entire length of the fish lying in the water next to the boat (or shore) and showing a reference that enables length verification. At least one photo needs to be taken of the fish’s side perpendicular to the length.

    e. From the submitted photo(s) and data, fish must be able to be judged as clearly larger than the existing weight record by the Rules and Records Committee before being accepted for QEW record consideration.

    f. It is highly recommended that members who want to be able to submit such un-weighed fish for QEW records obtain and keep handy on their boat a marked rule device that can be deployed beside a large fish in the water. A great example is the 120” Cuda Tape Measure, item #18135 at www.cudabrand.com/tapemeasure. Such a measure is of great assistance in the photographic evidence submitted for a QEW record approval.

    6. The estimated weight analysis will utilize established, credible length/weight ratio data from recognized, published sources such as NOAA, FWC, Florida Sportsman, PTTS, University Studies Data, etc. Girth dimension will be included in the calculations where available. If the calculated weight therefrom is greater than the existing weighed or QEW record, it will be accepted as a new QEW record. In no case will an existing actual weight record be displaced by a QEW record.

    7. The Rules & Records Committee decision to accept or deny the QEW entry becomes final.

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:17 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    the Rules Committee informs us the following:

    Year End Procedures for Point Fisher-Members

    All 2016 catch entries must be submitted via the on-line system by January 5th, 2017 to count for the 2016 year. Also, anyone wishing to nominate an entry for the 'Fish-of-the-Year' award must do so by Jan 5th. It must be for a fish caught in 2016 and entered within 2016 (or by Jan 5th 2017) and must have been caught withiour local area(see rules)‘Fish-of-the-Year’ entries are limited to one nomination per member.

    You can enter your candidate for ‘Fish-of-the-Year’ via the following methods:

    1. Make a re-entry of the fish to the on-line system, marking the ‘Fish-of-the-Year’ choice.
    2. Call or email myself or Chris Schollmeyer requesting we make your entry.

    Two (2) members have already entered their ‘FotY’ selection via the on-line entry system.

    The winner of ‘Fish-of-the-Year’ will be determined by vote of a committee of Grand Master members. The winners of the Nov and Dec 2016 ‘Fish-of-the-Month’ contests will also be voted by this same committee. Winners will be announced and awarded at our Annual Awards Picnic on January 28th.

    Have a great Christmas and upcoming New Year. See you January 28th, 2017 at the Awards Banquet/Picnic.

    Dave Werner​​321-213-3392​​dwerner70@att.net
    Chris Schollmeyer321-848-6030​​crsfire1@yahoo.com


  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016 2:06 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15


    The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2017, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Anglers may continue to catch and release snook during the closed season.


    Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, closed Dec. 1 and will reopen to harvest March 1, 2017.


    This and other regular season closures are designed to help protect the species during vulnerable times such as cold weather.


    For more information on snookvisit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.”

  • Friday, October 14, 2016 2:38 PM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    Starts @5:30pm..food & drinks, fun & "deals".

    Bring your family, neighbors & friends!

  • Monday, October 10, 2016 8:02 AM | John Durkee (Administrator)

    due to storm our annual auction will NOT be Oct 15 as planned

    Stay tuned for updates

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