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Cigar City Brewing will be pouring their flagship brews throughout the day. Enjoy!What should you expect?

Be prepared to sample the full range of craft beer and home brews, from the mild “every-day-drinkable” brews to big, bad-ass high octane beers that could probably power your outboard motor. Don't worry, they all are fantastic, brought to you from Florida's finest brewers. Plus you will get to tryJJ Grey’s Nare Sugar Brown and HGWT’s High Road Ale, two great celebrity brews.


Craft Beer/Brewery Line up:

Cigar City Brewing: Cigar City Brewing was founded with two goals in mind. The first to make the world's best beer and the second to share with people near and far the fascinating culture and heritage of the Cigar City of Tampa.
From its past as the world's largest cigar producer to its Latin roots and the many other diverse peoples that call it home, Tampa draws on many sources to develop its unique culture.
At CCB we are fascinated by Tampa's history and suspect you will be too. We use the highest quality ingredients we can lay our hands on and that is not just marketing jargon. If it makes better beer, we use it. We also strive to use local ingredients when and where we can. Not only do fresh local ingredients help us to make better beer, it helps us to make beer that reflects the culture and heritage of Tampa Bay.

Tequesta Brewing Company: Microbrewery with great tasting room and growler filler insanity!The sight of the new stainless steel brew house, fermenting tanks and bright tanks that occupy the back third of the new Tequesta Brewing Company is imposing. They rise from behind the seating areas’ couches and upholstered chairs, gently lit from above and below by strips of colored LEDs: mighty space capsules filled with craft beer. The floor beneath them is new, an expanse of rough green concrete cut with stainless drains and decorated with a nod to the past: a neat line of three 1921 silver dollars set in the floor at the entry- way.


JJ Grey & Mofro take the stage at 7:30. Don't miss a moment - Ales for Anglers has your tickets ready for you.Ales for Anglers is finally upon us, with just what any music buff wants - and plenty of it. What should you expect from this powerful lineup of all-Florida bands and musicians?

In a nutshell, be prepared to be blown away. JJ Grey & Mofro’s swinging style of Florida swamp funk will suck the air out of you and replace it with powerful vibes of pure energy. Thomas Wynn & the Believers might be the only band around that can stand up to Mofro’s intensity. Have Gun, Will Travel’s balance of precision and character will leave a permanent dent in your brain, and Forrest Hoffar might just make your lady fall in love…


JJ Grey & Mofro

Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey's grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.

JJ was raised in North Florida by a typically Southern extended family that valued hard work and self-reliance. This upbringing permeates his no nonsense approach to writing and performing and has given him an abundance of material to write about in his songs.

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.


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.

2013 Highlights:

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).


Coral reefs directly support a host of targeted fish, plus provide food and cover for plenty of transient fish.South Florida anglers now have the opportunity to be directly involved with planning and implementing the protection of one of the vital components to Florida's wonderful fishing: coral reefs.

OUR FLORIDA REEFS  is a community planning process for southeast Florida’s coral reefs.

Hosted by the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI), this planning process brings together the community of local residents, reef users, business owners, visitors and the broader public in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin counties to discuss the future of coral reefs in this region.

This process is designed to increase public involvement in the future management of southeast Florida’s coral reefs by seeking input from community members on the development of recommendations that can become part of a comprehensive management strategy to ensure healthy coral reefs in the future.

The planning process includes the offshore reefs in the four-county region, from north of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County.

You can get involved! Our Florida Reefs needs angler input. Click here to fill out an application. Deadline is Aug 14.


CFOA Annual Fishing Tournament
(Click Image To Enlarge) Coming May 18, 2013 sponsored by Blue Points Marina
May 18th, 2013  Bluepoints Marina

$2,500 Biggest Fish


Captains Party May 17th @ Fishlips 6-9pm
Guaranteed Payouts No Minimum # of Boats
Must Register at Captains Party

Please check out the tournament at



always log your whole catch at

fishing on 'This River'
Limited Edition Print - Click on image to place your order.

JJ Grey's newest release. click to listen while you get your print.       

This River, new release by JJ Grey, (SGF Board member)

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More JJ Music and Reviews - click here

JJ Grey, who has been a SGF board member since 2011, recently released This River, another brilliant collection ofThis River delivers a solid punch of Florida Soul. Order the CD here. stories through song that continues the evolution of his brand of Florida soul.


Well known to a global pack of rabid and loyal fans, JJ has been considered an old soul kind of writer who generates music that settles somewhere between joyous passion and reckless abandon.

When compared to his earlier works, This River manages to come off as more refined in the sense that there is a more cohesive feel throughout the album and as always the band is so incredibly tight. At the same time, you feel the energy that threatens to bust each song out at the seams – all of which leads to live shows that are unparalleled in the industry.

See video, reviews, get a personal copy of This River limited edition SGF print, read on


SGF Partner Boat Outfitters wins NMMA Innovation Award

Boat Outfitters, the retail division of Teak Isle Manufacturing received the NMMA The NMMA Innovation Award was well deserved for our partners at Boat Outfitters. Great job!Innovation Award for their new Pickup Truck Fishing Rod Rack.

Every year the NMMA Innovation Awards are presented to manufacturers and suppliers who bring to market new and innovative products for the boating industry. These awards are presented at the International Boat Builders' Exposition and Conference (IBEX) and at the Miami International Boat Show.

The lockable Pick-Up Truck Fishing Rod Rack is currently designed for Ford F150 pickup trucks, with additional pick-up truck models in development.


The SGF staff and volunteer crew come into contact with a lot of new products throughout the year. Between our booths at Fishing Expos, boat shows, and even club meetings, we get to see a lot of cool new stuff. Here's a couple that caught our eye.


Alexis Trotter Tarpon Catch
Alexis Trotter with her giant Tampa Bay tarpon.  She hooked, played, landed and released this fish. Photo credit: Ron Taylor

Where Credit is Due:  SGF Recognizes FWRI Biologist Alexis Trotter.

In 2010,  SGF put together Angler Action Program, in order to track the catch and release of post freeze snook by anglers. We worked directly with FWRI Biologist Alexis Trotter and with her able direction designed the questionnaire still in use today for both the iAngler smart phone app and  the Angler Action trip record.  Angler Action has become the most active self-reporting record of gamefish catch, harvest and release data on the Web.

Based on Trotter's many hours of work at that time and her subsequent assistance in continuing to refine the program, anglers have been able to successfully amass needed data using the AAP.  That data was put to use by Dr. Bob Muller in his recent stock assessment of snook.

When SGF asked Dr. Muller   "What would you like to receive from anglers to make stock assessments even better in the future? "  his reply was simple:
"Your Angler Action site currently is collecting the type of information we need, i.e. date, time, location, number of anglers...and the sizes of all fish caught, not just the harvested fish."

SGF  would like to point out  the assistance of FWRI's  Alexis Trotter to all and to recognize her contribution to the success of the  Angler Action Program. With her help we were able to actualize this pioneering effort. To her credit and with her early assistance AAP has grown and is now on the threshold of becoming a prototype for recreational angler data gathering  nationally .  
Respectfully,  Rick Roberts and the SGF Team      [log trip here]  [learn more about]

Trolling Motor Gear Holder

Boat Outfitters Trolling Motor Gear Holder
Keep all the essentials close at hand with a trolling motor gear holder by Boat Outfitters (click photo to view more)

Introducing the trolling motor gear holder, a brand new product from that dramatically increases the functionality of your tolling motor. Composed of ¾” thick King Starboard (white & black available) this unit includes a drink holder, pliers slot, a stud for leader material & a rod holder. Now you don’t even have to leave the bow to rig back up and get a line back in the water.

The unit clamps onto the shaft just below the head of the trolling motor and remains securely clamped to the trolling motor shaft even when retracted and stored. Size options are available to fit all standard shaft diameters. Not sure what size you need? Boat Outfitters has a handy measuring tool as well as a reference list of common trolling motor shaft sizes.

You can also upgrade the unit to add a hanging bag great for soft plastics. Keep your line in the water and your drinks from being kicked over. Have a convenient place to set your rod while your rig up or remove your catch. After using it for a couple of trips you’ll wonder what you did without it.
             The trolling motor gear holder is available at and is currently on sale for only $34.99!
Gear Holder stores on trolling motor.

Captain Mike Conner

Mean Tide Media, publishers of Fly & Light Tackle Angler magazine, released its premier issue in November of this year and it is now available for download on iPads and the iPad Mini in the Apple App Store.

IPad owners can download the app page for free, and then check out a free content sample, and buy either a single issue for $3.99 or subscribe for $13.99 for six issues.

This digital app magazine will deliver not only vital fishing information, but fishing's vivid sights and sounds, and a hands-on, interactive feel that tablet owners obviously prefer.


photo: Arthur Richardson
(Click Image To Enlarge)Angler Action loggers like Arthur Richardson, above, will find their snook data doing double duty in the upcoming UF study.  Arthur measured this Myakka River beauty at 39.5".

Angler Action to partner in new science and policy initiative.

University of Florida, Professor Kai Lorenzen provided the following information: Anglers who fish Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor are encouraged to participate in a new study. 

Logging your fishing trips in will help build needed data. 

Anglers may be asked to participate in additional surveys about your fishing activities. More info will be added continually to the web page noted at the end of this report.


Visions of True Florida JJ Grey ) First Fishing Memories continue to shape us  - musician JJ Grey shares his. Limited Release!   [click here to order]


SGF announces the release of Visions of True Florida: First Memories, a series of original artwork representing a collaborative project between official SGF artist Joe Suroviec and some of Florida’s most important contemporary celebrities.

Everyone who loves to fish, hunt, or just enjoy the outdoors has had some kind of influence early in their lives. It might be the guidance of a family member, or simply a powerful personal experience that refocused their vision of how the world works.

Joe Suroviec has agreed to take on the task of helping our select group of Floridians share their first influences with the world. The series will include five celebs, and each print will be an original limited release, hand signed by the artist.


display by boat outfitters
Quality Custom Fabrication - Boat Outfitters is 'Ready to Help'  and able to deliver your project.
Putting Your Ideas Into Action

Have you ever been fishing and had a great idea - something cool you could add to your boat and tackle arsenal that would make everything work better?  What if you could easily commission the creation of that item with expert fabricators who have an engineer's appreciation of quality and function?

If you were at ICAST this year, you might have noticed the IAngler App on an Ipad encased in what could be the center console or map table of your boat, inset with Tilt Out Tackle Boxes, Rod holder - Boga grip holder, and a locking acrylic cover etched with the SGF logo.  Cool Stuff, manufactured courtesy of Boat Outfitters.

Also at ICAST, the center console of the  Gause Built 17 foot sweepstakes skiff was sporting another ingenious Boat Outfitters product.    The Sea Sucker Tackle Box vacuum mounts to any boat surface.  At ICAST,   the box mounted neatly  to the steering column of our sweepstakes skiff - then it was easy to remove, clean, and transport.  (see more uses for Sea Suckers here)


Biggest (boat) Show on Earth!

With 3 onsite locations, the Miami Boat Show is the biggest and baddest! Visit our booth again this year.The Snook & Gamefish Foundation (SGF) will again have a presence at the Miami International Boat Show (MIBS), and will be showcasing the X-Fish on site. Board members and SGF volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about current SGF projects, including the Angler Action Program, the upcoming Ales for Anglers event, and SGF's involvement in Florida's entanglement net law suit


West Marine is getting ready to do it again!    In Ft. Meyers, FL,  at the intersection of College Parkway and U.S. 41,-Tamiami Trail,  the biggest West Marine store in Southwest Florida is coming to life.

A weekend of special events is planned for the Grand Opening on Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 22, 2012. 

You are invited to attend  the "Cruising for a Cause" Kick off in support of the Snook & Gamefish Foundation, July 19, with The Deadliest Catch's Edgar Hansen on site!

This video shows  what goes into preparing a new West Marine Flagship store.  (filmed last December in Ft. Lauderdale).   We look forward to seeing you In July!.

 Get tickets for the July 19th "Cruising for a Cause" evening (includes food, beverages, live music and super savings on merchandise and silent auction items).  Click Here, DONATE - CASTING FOR A CAUSE.(Please donate $10 per person)

See Video

(Click Image To Enlarge) Bid on this custom casting rod by Jack Phillips' , available now in the SGF Silent Auction (click here for details)

Expert Rod Crafter, Jack Phillips invites you to a Saturday morning Rod Crafter's Club

The next meeting of the newly-formed club will be May 5th.  Plan to enjoy coffee and donuts at 9am ("scrumptious Saturday"), courtesy of Mosquito Creek Outdoors.  Sharpen your rod crafting skills and pool your knowledge with other builders.  Novices are welcome and will receive plenty of help getting started in the craft.


I’m not going to tell you that you should join facebook just so you can “like” the Snook and Gamefish Foundation page (calledaltEric Gates, a vital SGF volunteer, has been posting his photos and fishing tips on the SGF facebook page. just the Snook Foundation on fb).

Then again…

When this whole social media kick took hold of America, many of us resisted the trend. Today it is hard to resist, even for the stalwarts who held out from getting a cell phone until 2009.

Be honest: Can you even imagine walking out your door in the morning without your cell phone? OK, maybe not for a fishing trip. But you get the point. Once upon a time a cell phone was considered unnecessary, an accessory for wanna-be trend chasers. Now it seems that most cars won't even start unless the driver is blabbing on a cell phone.

But the wave of technology is not all bad. Today facebook allows us to share a multitude of important news stories as well as member adventures, making it a very worthwhile part of the well informed angler's web experience.


SF Members Bill and Missy Clutter
West Marine announced the award of a Marine Conservation Grant to the Snook Foundation at the North Palm Beach Charity Night and Grand Opening of their new Flagship Store.  SF members Bill and Missy Clutter, attending the event as volunteers, were among the first to hear the good news. (see more event photos, and 'what Missy won',  below).

In honor of World Oceans Day, West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories,  announced the recipients of their annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants for a total amount of $30,000 are being awarded to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to “improve and protect marine habitat,” which is part of West Marine’s mission. This year’s grant recipients are located in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and California.

“We are proud to support recreational boating and fishing groups and marine environmental groups who are working together for abundant and healthy fisheries,” said Randy Repass, Chairman of the Board and Founder of West Marine. “The work of these organizations will benefit recreational fishing, sustainable commercial fishing and help to develop a healthy fish resource and sustainable use of the resource.”



Collector's Fly Reel by Abel/Prosec
(Click Image To Enlarge) Snook Reel Collector's Item:  #1 Abel Fly Reel - Snook Edition inspired by James Prosek

A limited edition 2011 Abel 7/8N large arbor fly reel in a design inspired by artist and conservationist James Prosek is the latest collectors item to be offered to investors in Fly Fishing.  The limited edition Snook Reels will benefit the Florida-based Snook & Gamefish Foundation, announced Don R. Swanson, president of the tackle manufacturer.

    One hundred of the individually hand painted, anodized and laser engraved snook design reels will be produced.  Reels will be accompanied by a signed and numbered 11x14-inch gicleè print of a snook by Prosek.  The print number will correspond to the reel number.

    Reel number one and gicleè print number one have been donated to the Snook & Gamefish Foundation by Abel for the organization’s fundraising auction which is now online and will culminate in the June 8th, "Casting for a Cause" Charity night at West Marine.

Fly-fishermen and collectors can now bid on this item Click Here

    The American-made Abel Super 7/8N is machined from cold finished 6061-T651 aerospace grade aluminum.  Reels are then precision machined (not die cast) on C.N.C. lathes and mills.  The reel holds a 7-weight line with 225 yards of 20-pound backing or an 8-weight line and 200 yards of backing.  It weighs 6.8 ounces.


Thursday, May 12 and the following weekend was a great time at West Marine St Pete's new flagship store  in the Tyrone Mall where anglers and boaters celebrated 'Casting for a Cause," to raise money and awareness of area conservation groups and charities, and the opening of a new flagship store in St. Petersburg.   Captains Jason Stock and Mark Gore talked with anglers about great Tampa Bay fishing and the new Angler Action program.


Capt. Ron Presley and wife Karen receive award for top Outdoor Book in SE
Capt. Ron Presley and wife Karen receive top Outdoor Book award from SEOPA.
Fishing Book Lands Top Award

The South Eastern Outdoor Press Association recently recognized Snook Foundation member, Capt. Ron Presley, for Excellence in Craft, with the top award in their Outdoor Book category. Secrets from Florida's Master Anglers (available on this website) was chosen for the top spot by outdoor writers in fourteen southeastern states.

With books from all areas of outdoor endeavor in the competition, it is significant that a fishing book came out on top. 

Ron Presley said of the award, “There is no honor as significant as one that comes from your peers. I am very proud of the book and humbled by this award.”The book is a collection of privileged interviews from 20 professional fishing guides in Florida. The book covers about every aspect of fishing. Subjects like selecting equipment, using artificial baits, fighting fish and conservation. Many more topics are covered in an effort to make the reader a better angler and a better steward of the resource.


Brett Fitzgerald, Snook Foundation ChairmanSF Chairman Brett Fitzgerald Nominated

Snook Foundation chairman Brett Fitzgerald has been nominated for Sport Fishing Magazine's Making a Difference Awards.  The program will honor five individuals from among the public nominations received.

The valuable contributions people make to our sport too often get little recognition. Sport Fishing wants to change that by focusing a national spotlight on individuals who have made a positive difference to saltwater recreational fishing - the sport, the resource, the industry

Here is the write up on Snook Foundation's beloved chairman Brett Fizgerald, and [where to vote for him]. If you have some time to explore the pages, you'll find plenty to be proud of!  The contributions of the Sport Fishing community are numerous and far-reaching. It's evident that we are united in love of our sport and in a committment to conserve and protect our treasured resources.