01 December 2013
Posted in General
Ales for Anglers will blend three Florida cultural fixtures: craft beer, swampy blues, and fishing. Get your tickets now on the cheap!Celebrate Florida’s Blues and Beers - and raise money for a brighter fishing future.
Next March, the Ales for Anglers event in west Boca Raton, FL will showcase an absolutely banging lineup of Florida musicians, headlined by none other than JJ Grey & MOFRO. If that wasn’t enough to drag you out to the stunningly beautiful Sunset Cove Amphitheater, a bevy of Florida craft beers will also be on hand, highlighted by a solid line-up of Cigar City Brewery beers.
Ales for Anglers will be sort of a beer fest, but not quite, says SGF director Holly Andreotta. “Sally Parsons (owner, BX Beer Depot [Palm Springs, FL]) and SGF’s Brett Fitzgerald talked through the idea of putting together an event that really showcased what Florida craft beer can be. Of course, we can’t throw a party celebrating Florida culture without inviting SGF director JJ Grey – and by the time things settled out, Ales for Anglers shaped into a wonderful and very ‘green’ event, from which 100% of the profits will benefit SGF. It’s truly a win-win for everybody, and we can’t wait!”
18 November 2013
Posted in General
All game fish no matter how big are more valuable to recreational fishing when they are logged into the AAP.As the Angler Action Program (AAP) is once again upgraded to improve speed, efficiency, and function, I sit here and wonder if we’ve come to a time and place where the understated yet immense need for rec fishing data is finally matched by the right tools to put it all together.
Most of us everyday anglers enjoy fishing for more intimate reasons than we generally admit. Solitude, appreciation of natural beauty, the challenge of enticing a bite – the kind of things you typically don’t find posted all over facebook or fishing forums. I’d also say that most of us would rather just go about our business, and don’t feel the need to share the day’s experience with more than maybe a close friend or two – usually someone who we know “gets it” the same way we do, whatever that might be.
But if we want to ensure those idyllic episodes don’t get flushed away by the different forces that press against recreational fishing – sloppy land development, degrading water quality, industrial fishing, etc. – the days of locking your fishing memories in your private vault need to be over.
18 November 2013
Posted in Partner News
Capt. Mike Makowksi (center) is flanked on his left by combat veterans CW2 Rob Dixon (left center) and Kevin Willette (right center). As the Fishing Capital of the World, Florida is host to more fishing tournaments than anywhere on the planet.
If not by sheer numbers, the variety of events in the Sunshine State far outshines any other single destination on earth. From freshwater crappie derbies to the ever popular sailfish circuit to invasive lionfish roundups, fishing competitions in the sunshine state draw anglers from around the globe.
While the competitive nature of a fishing tournament doesn't appeal to every angler, there are many benefits from a well-run event. Aside from bringing a boost to local economies, the right tournament can be a fantastic learning experience for anglers who want to pad their arsenal of tricks.
Most tournaments these days are assigned to a benefit or charity of some kind. And every once in a while, an event comes along that has it all – well run, designed to release fish, amazing ambiance, and a great cause to benefit.
07 November 2013
Posted in General
Florida's inshore fish are safe from gill nets - for now. Stay informed and involved.Florida anglers are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the official memo we've all been waiting for has finally been sent.
"Effective immediately, we are resuming enforcement of the net limitation amendment (FL Constitution Article X, §16) and all associated statutes and rules."
The memo, sent from Col. Adams of FWC, reiterates the sensitivity of the issue and encourages officers to maintain their typical standard of excellence while on the water.
SGF would like to extend that sentiment to all anglers - remember that this is not a fisherman against fisherman issue. It is something that needs to be settled off the water. If you come across what appears to be a commercial angler setting nets that are illegal today (but not yesterday), do not put yourself in the middle of the situation. Report the situation to FWC's hotline number (888-404-3922) and trust them to carry out their job with the standard we've come to appreciate and expect.
I offer a few things every recreational angler can do right now, to help ensure a brighter fishing future in Florida.
05 November 2013
Posted in Regs and Enforcement
Mullet in NE Florida netted for roe. While the netting of mullet is not illegal, certain net gear has been. As of today, Florida is NOT enforcing net gear limitations. As many of you may have heard, Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford ordered to stop enforcement of Florida’s constitutional amendment limiting the use of nets.
While challenges to the “net ban” have surfaced in the past (the original amendment dates back to 1994), they are usually appealed without much fanfare.
In this case, it appears to be a bit different. While a notice of appeal was filed within hours -– essentially stalling Judge Fulford's ruling –- late last week her ruling went into affect until the 1st District Court of Appeals grants an emergency hearing. On Nov 1, a memo was sent to FWC law officers notifying them they must respect Judge Fulford's ruling, to refrain from enforcing gill net laws, until otherwise notified.
As a result, Florida's inshore waters faced unregulated netting for six days, until finally the decision was made to allow enforcement until the case is heard.
Reports of large net hauls in the Jacksonville area and along the pan handle spread around the state, as well as news that nets flew off the shelf all over Florida.
Aside from the typical valid arguments against entangling nets, I feel doubly duped - here's part of the reason why.
30 October 2013
Posted in Partner News
The festival will include lots of entertainment, education and raffle opportunities. Join us!Join us at the Sarasota Bay Water Festival Saturday, November 2 at Ken Thompson Park. Live music, food trucks, raffle prizes, Dragon Boat Races, expert speakers, Art Zone with unique gifts for sale, photo contest, kid stuff, boat displays, and exhibits promoting water recreation, wildlife protection, photography and bay stewardship.
Have Fun – Live music from noon until sunset, food trucks & local restaurants, beer & wine garden. Visit the Arts Zone featuring fine artists & wildlife photographers selling gift items for the holiday season. Check out the seven great raffle prizes, the bay’s first ever Dragon Boat Races, and a display of the winning photos to the 'I Love Sarasota Bay' Photo Contest. Wear a costume with an aquatic or nautical theme to have an opportunity to win a gift certificate from Whole Foods Market. Help other participants paint the Community Art Mural acknowledging the beauty and diversity of Sarasota Bay (all of the art materials will be provided and the mural is being supported by an art team from Bayshore High School and Keeton’s Office & Art Supply in Bradenton).
30 September 2013
Posted in Fishing
Immediate Release: Second Annual Space Coast International Surf Fishing Tournament
DNA samples of tarpon will be collected for the FWC. Angler Bob RohnmannInternational Palms Resort Cocoa Beach
Oct 4, 2013
Anglers for Conservation Present the Second Annual Space Coast International Surf Fishing Tournament, October 4-19, 2013
In only its second year, Florida's Space Coast International Surf Fishing Tournament (SCISFT), a shore or paddle event, seems destined to become the world's premier surf fishing tournament! Why, you say? Location, location, location! Brevard County’s Indian River Lagoon coastal waters are world renowned for its numerous world record catches and exceptional fishing opportunities. Also known as the Space Coast because of its long history in space exploration, this area is recognized as a fishing paradise with a rich recreational fishing legacy.
During this year's SCISFT anglers will be vying for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. During the fourteen days of competition, anglers of all ages will test their surf and paddle fishing skills to catch as many different species of fish that cruise the Space Coast beaches of Brevard County. The angler catching the most inches overall of fish (accumulated by measuring two-to-six different species) will receive the top prize of $1,000 and the honor of being the 2013 International Surf Fishing Champion of the World.
01 October 2013
Posted in Fishing
Chief FWRI snook scientist Ron Taylor believes the carcass program might be the "most important part of the snook assessment procedures."
Attention recreational fishermen:
Next time you fillet a snook, don't just wrap the carcass in The News-Press and dump it in the trash.
Courtesy: News-Press.Take it to a participating bait shop so scientists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg can use it for research.
"Do you have life insurance?" said Ron Taylor, Florida's snook program coordinator. "I'll bet you dollars to doughnuts your insurance company has staff who do nothing but statistics and actuarial analysis. They can tell you to the day when you'll die, what you'll die of, how many children you have and how long they'll live. We do the same thing with snook."
In January 2010, the harvest of snook was closed in Florida after extremely cold weather dropped water temperatures into the 40s, and tens of thousands of snook died.
12 September 2013
Posted in Fishing
Come say Hi to your SGF volunteers! October 12 & 13 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Everyone who visits our booth and signs in will be eligible to win a goody bag!Visit our booth Oct 12 & 13 at the West Palm Beach Sportsman Expo for a chance to win a stuffed schwag bag!
Come see the fabulous X-Fish microskiff, learn all about how the new and improved Angler Action Program can make you a better angler, chill out with some SGF brass, and browse the always amazing Florida Sportsman Expo. .
SGF volunteers will be on hand to explain and demonstrate the Angler Action Program. The new look of the program highlights just how powerful the tool will be as your personal fishing logbook as well as an invaluable tool for fishery management, and habitat protection and improvement. "These Expo shows are a great opportunity for anglers to talk directly with an AAP expert, and that isThe "new look" AAP has a user friendly dashboard, allowing anglers to easily sort through their own fishing trips, view pictures, and better plan your future fishing trips. usually all it takes to bring a loyal new angler into the AAP family," says SGF Chairman Jim Bandy. "Our partnership with Florida Sportsman has always been one of our best ways to connect directly with anglers in Florida. We learn just as much from the anglers as they do from us. Personally I love to see the reaction of the public when they get their first real look at our X-Fish, too."
The X-Fish microskiff is a one of a kind fishing boat you have to see to believe. Light enough to toss onto your vehicle rooftop, it comes loaded with a custom built Tropic Trailer, plus a 2.5 hp motor, Frigid Rigid cooler, and plenty of other extras. A mere $15 donation nets an annual membership plus a chance to win the X-Fish.
20 September 2013
Posted in General
Plenty of vendors with a wide variety of marine products will be on hand at the South Florida Fall Boat Show and Seafood FestivalWest Palm Beach, Florida -The South Florida Fall Boat Show, Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival are at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach is this weekend, Friday Sept. 20th through Sunday.
One of the highlights of this year’s gigantic marine event is that all four of the weekend marine events are included in one admission price. The South Florida Fall Boat Show, the annual Florida Marine Flea Market, Public Boat Auction and the Seafood Festival are all included in the $10 admission price. Children 12 and under are free. Senior’s are two for one on Friday September 20. A coupon for admission can be printed from the event website.
The South Florida Fall Boat Show will showcase hundreds of new and used boats that are available to buy on site. Often some of the best prices of the year are available as dealers offer special show pricing and other incentives.