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.
A Day of Fishing That Could Have Turned Bad—But Didn’t
During the winter in East Central Florida, you have to take any opportunity that you can to get offshore, fishing. The winds are mostly predictable but there are “windows” where you can get out. Wednesday, December 28 presented one of those fishable opportunities. A cold front with accompa- nying strong North winds and big seas was predicted for Thursday night but the daytime hours looked beautiful.
Leaving out specific names, an FSFA member and three others went out of Canaveral for a day of grouper fishing. Mid-afternoon, they lost ALL power on the boat—propulsion and electric—no VHF. They were being pushed North by the Gulf Stream at 2.2 knots and the predicted weather was hours away.
One of the fishermen had his battery-powered PLB (Personal Locator Bea- con) with him. He activated it and, within minutes (according to later analy- sis of the timeline) the Coast Guard was dispatched to their location. They got a tow 56 miles to Ponce from the Coast Guard, arriving there at 10:30 PM just before the front passed through. Sea Tow Port Canaveral then brought a truck/trailer to Ponce and took the boat and the crew back to Port Canaveral.
The following day, all three other fishermen on the boat went out and bought PLB’s.
From the fisherman who had the PLB:
“The next day I got call from the Miami search and rescue coordinator thanking me on behalf of the Coast Guard for being prepared and having my equipment registered. The same coordinator that handled the search for the two lost boys a year ago. Then I received a call from ACR, maker of my Resqlink beacon. They have offered to send me a new one and place mine in their Hall of Fame of survivors and asked me to share our story. Being prepared made our event a non-event. It could have been very bad."
First, every boat venturing out of sight of land should have an EPIRB (my opinion, not a CG requirement). Second, every fisherman who travels out of sight of land should carry a PLB, a portable, waterproof VHF, and a port- able GPS (again, my opinion, not a CG requirement). I do.
SAFMC South Atlanic Fish Management- Scoping Meeting
January 24, 2017 -
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.
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Membership in the FSFA provides a number of benefits including simply a strong fellowship within a diverse, experienced group focused on "Sport Fishing".
John Durkee, President
Doug Kaska, Vice President
Chris Pashos, Treasurer
Paul Keefe, Secretary