Welcome to the FSFA Website

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. 


Click image to go to: http://www.offshoreslam.com/

FSFA Member Gallery

16 lb bluefish. On the hunt to break some of the old records.
They have shown up in Force this year...leader up...
Vero 29 " 7 # 11 1/2 oz
A Little better today...a few footballs.
Another Bi-Catch fall victim to the Yellow Stick Shadd a Channel Catfish 12# 8oz Spin Tackle
Bi-Catch while chasing the Crooked Striped Marauders, nice 12# Long Nose on Spin/10# - Sebile'
6# 13oz Fatty...
They tend to hit like a Freight train on 10# Spin and Weightless Plastic
80# Black Drum on Plug
The best I've found for troll (when there is enough water) Lucky Craft MR80. Did not use it this year. The next several pics are related to the Freshwater Shad/Bass/Sunshine discussion North MTG
RattleTrap but by a different manufacturer (just a personal preference)
Standard Rapala X-Wrap I use trolling
Weightless Rigged Plastic Jerk Baits that I cast at schooling fish
Slow Sinking Twitch Baits...for Casting at School Fish and Searching
Ralph & I experienced a controlled burn Mar 1st at Farm 13, made 11:30 am look like twilight.
Ralph with a nice Farm 13 bass, one of 21 for the day for he and Dave
Best of the 21 fish morning for Ralph & Dave, Wednesday Mar 1st.
Carol with one of her 5lb+ bass from the Marsh on 2/25/17. This one was 5.3#. One of 21 we caught that day.
More Stick Marsh results, this from Tuesday, 28th. An average LM here.
Ralph with a fat 5# LM, one of two best of the day.
Ralph with a second 5# Bass on Tuesday.
2 Pound 3 Ounce Pickeral on a beetle spin.
Solid pre spawn LMB.
23" by FAT for 8# Plug
3 # 12 oz Matrix Shad
3 # 7 1/2 oz Baby Vudu Shrimp
Ralph's back at it, just a 4.5# so far, one of 22 for the day at Farm 13
Managed a few myself at south end of Farm 13 on Tuesday morning, this chunk my best for the day.
Foggy Morning St Johns Pickerel
Zella Helton 51.8lb black drum on fly was release unharmed
6lb, 8 oz on LG
7lb, 8oz catfish
5/11 and 5/8
6lb.8oz. sunshine bass today. True fatty.
7.5lbs lake Harney
UL spec and catfish on rattletrap
Stick Marsh Feb 8th. Very few bass, good average size.
Best of the Feb 8th morning, 21.5", Texas rigged plastic.
First speck on a rattle trap
Hopefully this is the Start...Sunshine Hybrid Bass
Captain Troy Perez 61 lb on Fly!
Big Drum Day. 55 lb on LG
49 Lb On Gen 40 More Points. 40 more to go!
Not chewing like they should yet. New Location in lieu of Econ area
55# Black Drum 10lb Spin
36# Black Drum Fly
40# Black Drum General
Bowfin on 4lb test on a shad jig
We need to designate Tilapia a points fish. It ate a spro rattletrap
Lake Harney
Part of a 40 point day on the St Johns! I'll get there yet!
2lb, 4oz St Johns crappie caught by my wife, Margaret, who didn't want me to post her picture.
A 3.5er, 1 of 11 for the slow morning in Farm 13.
6#-9oz Stick Marsh pre-spawn lady, Jan 20th
14 pound trippletail 1/20/17
This shad looks like it went through some full contact sport to get here...least we can do is go catch'em.
PB Sheep 5/3. 20" Length x 16 3/4+" girth
SJR pickerel - 2lb, 6 oz.
Shad roe for dinner
They're here....
First tarpon on fly, thanks Everglades
Everglades magic
The Mullet doesn't have a chance
A couple shots that Stephanie got while we were out 1/1/17, this one she named: Pelican taketh
Point Fish????
3 # 8 oz
5# Sheepshead...tasty
Yellow Bullhead aka Butter Cat and Yellow Belly
C - 54 Specks
Last fish towards Grand Master 45" on UL 4# test.
plug tackle redfish using spooltek lure I got at the auction
Definitely Lost
Let's go Tarpon Fishing in December...12/7/16
Personal best Redfish. 37". 10 points on light general
Problem Child
Dinner
The trip following the Club Auction...Windy Windy but we managed to get half dozen Drum and assorted Sheeps and Trout. Tarpon rolling but no takers today.
Caden w/ the best Sheep of the Day
Only took finding a school to finally get one on Fly
Pompano up over 4 pounds in the river
Might have been a 2 pound Spec if it had all of its tail... :)
Zella Helton with a nice snook 9lb on a pink jig :)
an "on the way in" surprise and a dinner guest
Almost dinner.
Charlie and I managed to get a few hours on the water Saturday...kept the smell off the boat.
Parked by Mathew
Out with Chris P. today and found this FATTY. Judging by her girth, she doesn't play the "mis-a-meal" game. Not so good note, Chris messed up his Arm helping me land this dinosaur.
Ryan and myself out chasing Reds and Tarpon...found a few. More Tarpon in Rinker Canal at the Mouth than I've ever seen. They are stacked up and a lot of them over the 4' mark.
Finally got one.
Went Red fishing yesterday and hooked Tarpon, went Tarpon fishing this morning and caught Reds...
Clown Knife Fish - Built to fight and can swim backwards to add that little extra pull and they jump like their on a trampoline
A little fun with the Peacocks in Palm Beach County with Dad and Brother
The other white meat...
Just shy of 15 Pounds...nice Channel Cat returned to the water
The size that makes me act like a kid...8# 6oz
Final CCA Entry 3 # 10 oz
Fattest Snook to date. 38" 22.5 lbs
Another great trip with Dave!
almost a dozen are finding their way to the smoker tomorrow...Charlie is hooking them up. Really good day today
Found the bait and these big ole Bonito's causing a lot of destruction...my best to date, 13# 7oz and 35"
Found the right one at the end of my Jig...Finally
3 # 1 oz
CCA Entry
4 # 9 oz Log
Not Fun
Chattahoochee river long nose gar
Three this morning, all about the same size and same Jig
Bridget with a 17lb red snapper
Steve golf with a red snapper on 15lb test
First SJR trip since June 3rd. 2 decent cats before 8am.
We had to move to get away from these little guys this morning. Anyone looking for 11" Reds, let me know..LOL
Hanging out with the Rolling Tarpon...
First Tarpon and an Olympic Jumper (FUN)....Same Jig caught a Tarpon, a Red and a Sheepshead today
Last two hours of daylight...Simple 1/8th oz Jig w/ Bucktail.
CCA Entry
6 " water
Deep/Clean Water
Another big ug-lee
Biggest Snook to date. 39.5" and 20 lbs
38" upside down snook
36" Snook on a croaker
34" Snook on a bucktail
He was holding my spot..LOL
Released N-IRL
Even a Sailcat is kewl with FSFA...
Finally a "Sheepie of the Day"
Very kewl to find'em in the IRL. We sited and caught five today. Best of the day, just shy of 6#.
caught about 3' from the boat on retrieve...Great Species day for Steph with, Whiting, Sailcat, Tripletail, redfish, ladyfish and sheeps all today
Steph spotted this one and made a fantastic shot on it. Great Day for us.
From the Tarpon Grounds Saturday. We managed to get one to take but only gave one Big Jump and a Spit. The Tarpon were all around us, just not eating much.
My Nephew Caden with first Tarpon..there is a big'ole smile under his wrap
Sheepie of the day
30 " mangrove Snook
top water trout
like son 35.5"
Like father 32"
25.75" and THICK but only 4.89#, SP on Gulp
Released to Grow-up and become a Club fish
Another Anorexic Flounder
nice 8a surprise while live-baiting kingfish
Good Tarpon Team
Nice tarpon Dave
Nearly a Gator and only a touch over 3# @ 23"
one good one out of a couple dozen this morning
a ton of these Snappers 1/2 to 1 1/2 pound around the power plant
Steph getting in on the Littlest Jack contest..LOL
The Delaware Bay "Baby Drum" of the trip 20lbs
Del Bay Horseshoe Crab...blah
Little guys on the 3rd but a good variety
Little guys on the 3rd but a good variety
me and the Fly Rod getting along better now..LOL
Smallest Jack contest...
Tasty
Del Bay Drum
Del Bay Drum
Anorexic Flounder
C-54 by Catch up to 1 # 5 oz
C-54 2 # 7 oz
HOUR JACK on Top Water popper aboard #finfactorcharters with Capt. Joe Smith and John Durkee
Bill Hendrix and I with a couple ENDANGERED RED SNAPPERS caught and RELEASED ALIVE. We caught quite a few on Saturady during the CFOA tourney aboard #finfactorcharters with Capt.Joe Smith/John Durkee
My son, Will, pulled up this 20lb ARS on May 19. Safely released, it swam back to the bottom, but apparently is counted by NOAA Fisheries as a "removal".
Econ gives up another good one
15 # 15 oz on 4 #
26 pound King on 8A
Econ river with my son
On the N-IRL for a "quick" Mothers Day look-and-see where they are... one @ 26.25" and this one @ 27.25"
largest of 7 catfish on May 6
1 of 5 channel cat for Bill & Dave from SJR near Rt 520 on May 3rd
Spotted Sunfish aka Stumpknocker
These little guys are good for big Cats
It's what has been working..Cats and Panfish
Steph with a fighting surprise, 7lb 4oz Channel Cat on White Sebile U. Nope, she don't like getting near Cats that don't have fur.
First Point Fish for Steph LMB..3lbs 14oz White Sebile U
7lbs 14oz North Lake Harney (Live Shiner)
15lbs 7oz / Live Shiner / South Lake Harney area
Football time for Ryan - one of two caught on 4/29/16
They say that someone from the past has returned to say hello if one of these visits you offshore...
Today's Lure Sebile 90mm Floating Wake Bait view2
Today's Lure Sebile 90mm Floating Wake Bait view 1
4lb 13oz, SJR North Lake Harney
I got to take a good friend out for bass this morning.
4lb LMB on 4-28
3 # 10 oz 18 " Fun Size
They are thick on the St Johns right now (Hwy 46 - Harney). This is the groceries to supercharge the Green Fishes.
Late April surprise 3lbs 4oz
5lb 12oz LMB (P)
14lb blackfin tuna on April 26
April 26. 25lb cow.
Blackfin 17 pounds 4/24
4/22 part of the 109 LMB day
4/22 part of the 109 LMB day
4/22 part of the 109 LMB day
Mangrove Mauler
Denny with one of the Stick Marsh Weed Bass on 'Earth Day'
'Mr Whiskers' took a 'Chug Bug' at the Marsh, a personal first.
One of 16 from the Stick Marsh on Apr 22nd.
Another nice morning on the St Johns
5.05# Fly
Red Ear Sunfish (ShellCracker)
FSFA members Owen, John, Steve, Chris with a nice dolphin catch out of Port Canaveral on the "No Fear". April 12, 2016
9 of 25 at stick marsh on 4/12/16
20 of 25 at stick marsh on 4/12/16
Lake Harney Bass on April 14. I need longer arms.
A 4+ at Stick Marsh on April 13th, one of 29 taken by Steve Collins and myself on a pretty day.
Steve took this 6-2 at the Marsh on a small plastic craw w 4# UL, a 20 point fish, bringing him one step closer to Bass species master.
Steve with another good-un at Stick Marsh on April 13th.
First time I've caught a Bowfin in with Schooling Bass, on twitch bait (P)
First Fish on Fly...and it begins
can't get much closer...trying out Carolina Rig w/ Gulp
Little Channel Cat
Nice surprise while LMB School fishing. I dropped her back in the water before a proper picture...oh well, she was going back anyway.
They're back!!!
4 # test
Grocery haul
The Werner's w nice double, Will trying to make sure his appears bigger than his dad's.
Dave's son 'Alan' with 6.5# stick marsh bass on April 1st.
Alan w 5.5# bass taken early on April 1st.
Grandson 'Will' with 4.0# bass, one of 25 for the boat on April 1st.
Dave's grandson 'Will' with 6.5 SJR catfish on slow day
Fished with Steve C. today and got this beauty...6lb 8oz (SP)
a few pictures from the St Johns River last few weeks/Month
56 lb. King. On 8A 3-25-16
SJR Cat #5
Ralph w SJR Cat #3
SJR Cat #1
C - 54 1 # 3 oz
C - 54 ! # 6oz
C - 54 Speckzilla
Dolphin caught be Steve Goff on Bahamas trip with Richard Bostrom and Chuck Rehm 3-16-16
Bonefishing in Bahamas Feb 2016
Terry Winn with Wahoo, 03/16/16, 80# gen tackle, 42# 14oz, north Ponce @ 140', high speed lure, caught with Jon Turner.
Dave w 1 of 24 Stick Marsh bass Ralph & he got 03-17.
Dave's friend Ralph w 6# Stick Marsh bass 03-17
47" red on a white Gibbs Bottle Nose
Chris and Elena Costello with Sunshine Bass
Elena Costello with her 4lb, 15 oz Sunshine Bass
46.5# Black Drum on Plug - 3/4/16 by Ryan Vetsch
46# Black Drum on 10# Spin by Leon Vetsch - 3/4/16
Max Alderman with a 4lb, 4 oz sunshine bass
peacock bass fishing in Miami
Good afternoon on Feb 19
5lb, 11 oz sunshine bass
Tarpon Practice
Shad are here, keep an eye out for the Reel Time boat coming to our area soon ...
We like tagging them!!
Good fish, bad timing!
Good Day on the bottom
Our first Sail
Our 2nd Sail
Our BIGGEST Sail so far!
Chris Pashos with Gag Grouper 38.5 Pounds. Heavy weight 2015, caught 12/31/2015
Margaret Thompson with the first shad of the morning, which became bait for catfish
Dan Thompson with a 10lb, 6 oz channel catfish caught on Jan. 29, 2016
SJR Lady 01-25-16
Jan 2016 North IRL
Jan 2016 North IRL
14 spot Johns Island
UAE near Fujairah 2015- Same fishery as here, red snapper, dolphin, tuna, grouper, mackerals. Our charter was cancelled due to hostile activity in the nearshore waters so we went to this fish market.
Kristine's First Sailfish- Isla Mujeries Mexico -2015
Isla Mujeries Mexico- 2015 black grouper while trolling behind a sail boat
Northern Pike from Northern Canada - 2015
Yellowtail Snapper on fly- FL Keys 2015
Redfish outside of Port Canaveral on the Maverick -2015
Jeff Cunningham on the Maverick with a slob redfish outside Port Canaveral -2015
Walleye on fly from northern Canada -2015
Big girl on the Jig
Overslot before Christms
One of a lot of reds that day
Slot snook that went home for dinner
Overslot before the front
12/22/15 Wabasso Trout
Wabasso Last slot Snook for 2015
Wabasso 27 plus inches
Wabasso average size
Wabasso UL 27 " 5 # 9 oz
All Slabs
Good day at the stick marsh
Another good day at the stick marsh
Not bad for a couple of hours
Valkaria, Pompano 2 # 5 oz
Valkaria, Pompano 1# 13 oz
Nice Bull
C - 54 11/24/15 1 # 11 oz
C - 54 11/24/15 1 # 9 oz
C - 54 11/24/15 Dinner
C - 54 11/24/15 2 of 11
C - 54 11/24/15 6 of 11
C - 54 11/18/15 Bream 1
C - 54 11/18/15 Bream 2
C - 54 11/18/15 Speck 2
C - 54 11/18/15 Speck 1
C - 54 11/18/15 Triple Tail
20 MAHI out of Seb Inlet Nov 12. Found on debris.
Dinner
A nice White Marlin
A Blue Marlin Catching Some Air!
A Monster Yellow Eye (22lbs)
2 at a time
Debby Silva. 39" Redfish. Mouth of the Port. 6# test. Live finger mullet. 11-2-15
A good day at lake Washington
I am a believer. Thanks Dave
Wabasso Ramp at high water.
Nice ladies playing guitar.
1st Snook on his boat
GULP!
A lotta fun on light gear
31 lb Red Grouper and mounted on my wall!
Sept. 28, 2015 Jack
Getting ready for a day of fishing from Capt. Hiram's
A nice dolphin going airborne at Capt. Hiram's event
The start of a nice-weather day. Capt. Hiram's event
The Rowlands with simultaneous dolphin. Capt. Hiram's event.
9/21 more LW Specks
Lk Wash'n Specks
Map of KSC Fishing area. Goes with Description under "News" section of web site
25 lb. Mahi coming to gaff
UL Barracuda caught over a wreck - 21lb, 11oz
Sebastian Inlet Redfish. July 25, 2015
May 2015 opening grouper day

Featured stories

636256926249430255-Shark1.jpg

Sharks are big business in Florida, whether its fishing for them or just spectating.(Photo: Fin Factor Charters, Port Canaveral)

PORT CANAVERAL — At the end of each year, Capt. Joseph Smith reviews what fish most of his customers want to fish for while in Florida.

Overwhelmingly it's the shark.

"I just think people have a fascination with sharks," said Smith, a charter boat captain with the Port Canaveral-based Fin Factor Charters. "Many people have never seen one close up or next to the boat for that matter. People have a curiosity about sharks and they want to get more close up and personal with them."

Smith's comments are in line with a report released Tuesday by Oceana, the international ocean conservation organization, that shows shark-related dives in Florida generated more than $221 million in direct revenue and fueled over 3,700 jobs last year. Oceana's larger point is to dampen the market for shark fins in the United States, which the organization said was a much smaller $1.03 million enterprise in 2015.

In short, Oceana says it's more economical to view sharks than to kill them.

Read more:

Some dude thought it would be cool to jump into a shark tank, quickly regretted it

Could sharks be the key to solving human cancer?

Who dunnit? Half-eaten shark washes up on Fla. beach

“Shark-based tourism, which depends on healthy shark populations, is a lucrative and rapidly growing industry in the U.S. as more and more divers recognize the beauty and awe of swimming with these magnificent creatures. In Florida alone, the revenue generated by this activity is more than 200 times that of the national fin trade," Oceana campaign director Lora Snyder said. "However, 25% of sharks and their relatives are threatened with extinction, in part due to the global fin trade.

“In the long run, sharks in Florida simply generate more revenue alive and in the water,” she said.

Spinner sharks caught in the Atlantic Ocean off Satellite

Spinner sharks caught in the Atlantic Ocean off Satellite Beach. (Photo: FLORIDA TODAY files)

Oceana said fins from as many as 73 million sharks end up in the global market every year, and more than 70% of the 14 most common shark species involved in the Hong Kong trade are considered at high or very high risk of extinction. This shark fin trade involves "finning," cutting the fins off of a shark and discarding its body at sea, often still alive. The sharks eventually bleed to death or are consumed by another sea predator.

Oceana said, while shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, shark fins continue to be bought and sold throughout the U.S. Eleven states have bans on shark fin products, though Florida isn't one of them. Federal law prohibits finning in the United States, but fisherman can bring the entire shark to port where the fin can be removed from the shark carcass and sold.

The organization is trying to get Congress to prohibit the sale and trade of all shark fin products in the United States.

Smith said some charter boat captains hold the opinion that "the only good shark is a dead shark," but that's not his position.

The most common shark species in this area are the blacktip and spinners, he said, and he prefers them healthy and swimming in the water where people can view them.

"I like to practice more catch-and-release when it comes to sharks," Smith said. "I'm not one that wants to keep them."

Key findings from the Oceana study

In 2016, shark-encounter dives generated about $221 million in direct expenditures, which fueled 3,797 jobs and more than $116 million in wages.

  • Targeted shark diving, which is a subset of shark encounters, generated more than $126 million, including $67 million in wages and over 2,100 jobs.
    Total economic impact for shark encounters, which includes indirect expenditures, is over $377 million.
    Dive operators reported that more than 32%of their dive time was dedicated to shark encounters and that nearly 20%of their dive time was specifically for targeted shark dives.

Follow Wayne T. Price on Twitter: @Fla2dayBiz


Club Objectives

The Florida Sport Fishing Association (FSFA) is a family oriented, non-profit organization formed of individuals and families sharing a common love of sport fishing, the associated outdoor resources, the local area communities where we live and the idea that through education of both children and adults, the sport itself and the resources upon which it depends can be preserved and advanced. 

LEARN MORE

Join us now

Membership in the FSFA provides a number of benefits including simply a strong fellowship within a diverse, experienced group focused on "Sport Fishing".

JOIN US

Our Leadership

OFFICERS

John Durkee, President

Doug Kaska, Vice President

Chris Pashos, Treasurer

Paul Keefe, Secretary

DIRECTORS

George Bosch

Eric Griggs

Damon Pullias

Michael Rowland

Chris Schollmeyer

Our Sponsors




Upcoming Events

News

Forum Updates

  • You must be logged in as an FSFA member to review forum updates.

From Our President...

My name is John Durkee, and I am proud to be serving as your President in 2015. I, along with this year's Board Of Directors, look forward to making this year an exciting, educational, and responsible experience for all of our members, their families, friends...

What we do...

Provide the means and environment to promote and improve the sport fishing education level and capability of club members and of the community in general.
FSFA point fishing award & scoring system, annual Port Canaveral Kids...

Why join us...

 - Official Points Fishing Program, with competition, recognition and awards 
- Covers offshore, near-shore, inshore and fresh water fishing 
- Shared experience and learning among and with a very proficient...

The "Florida Sport Fishing Association" is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization. PO Box 1216 Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software