July 2020 Red Snapper Tournament - Winners
We had a great snapper season even though the weather wasn't the best. We had a lot of big fish weighed in and would like to congratulate everyone for their catches. The top 3 were very close together. 1st place and a $200 Academy Sports gift card goes to Rodney Sahr with a 21.2 pound snapper, 2nd place and a $100 Academy Sports gift card goes to Jeff Hood with a 21.1 pound snapper, and 3rd place and a $50 Academy Sports gift card goes to Chris Roody with a 21.0 pound snapper. Congratulations to these guys and everyone who participated.
Rodney Sahr 21.2 lbs and Chris Roody 21.0 lbs
Jeff Hood with his 21.10 lbs Red Snapper
July 2020 Red Snapper Tournament
CFOA will have its own members only Red Snapper tournament. This tournament will replace the July Social.
Weigh Slips are entered at the CFOA website. Here is the link: https://mycfoa.com/weigh-slip
Remember this is members only, so if you were on the fence to join us now is a great time! Have fun, be safe and catch some huge Red Snapper!
2020 Red Snapper Season Announced
The recreational sector will open for harvest on weekends only on the following 4 days:
July 10, 11, and 12, 2020 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) - The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 10, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2020.
July 17, 2020 (Friday) - The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 17, 2020, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 18, 2020.
State Reef Fish Survey Moving to Atlantic as Well
Starting July 1, 2020, all those who intend to fish for or harvest certain reef fish from a private vessel in Florida are required to obtain the State Reef Fish Angler designation. The statewide State Reef Fish Survey will be replacing the Gulf Reef Fish Survey.
All Socials Cancelled Until Further notice
We hope you are all doing well. Please be aware that we had to make the difficult decision to cancel all monthly meetings until further notice. Please watch the Facebook page and or the website for updates.
Cancelled: June 27th - 35th Annual OffshoreTournament
Update: The Central Florida Offshore Anglers Board of Directors and CFOA 35th Annual Offshore Tournament Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Offshore Tournament scheduled for June 27, 2020.
Dolphinfish Research Program - 2019 Year in Review
Every year we try to donate to the Dolphinfish Research Program. They track Mahi through satellite tags and report back with the data to learn their migrations. They just posted this year's data, you can view more here:
July 17th, 2019 - Artificial Reef "Cary Kresge Pyramids" deployed 15 miles east of Port CanaveralJuly 17th
Pyramids" deployed 15 miles east of Port Canaveral
Space Coast Artificial Reef Advisory Board (SCARAB) comprised of FSFA, CFOA, CCA and Brevard County boating and waterways program has successfuly deployed the 4th artificial reef in as many years. Matt Culver from Brevard County, Christine Kittle and Jeff Renchen FWC artificial reef program and Chris Pashos FSFA Director left the dock at at 6:00 AM and were on site by 7:00 AM. The crew began deploying at 9:45 AM and completed at 11:30 AM with the 23 pyramids in place. The pattern is 4 rows wide and 6 deep spaced approximately 30 feet apart. The pyramids are contructed of marine grade concrete and cocquina rock.
Subsequent to the deployment Christine and Jeff dove last years deployment of reef balls. There was good marine growth, bait pods and predatory fish on the reef. This is exactly what we're trying to accomplish with placing the artificial reefs to improve fish habitat and fishing opportunites for sportsman.
Many thanks to the cooperative effort of the SCARAB and all the wonderful members of each club that contribute to make this deployment possible.Newy Reef Deployed August 7th, 2018
The 3rd artificial reef named Newy Reef, in honor of longtime CFOA member Donald Newhauser, was deployed on August 7th, 15 miles east of the port and .28 miles south of Ebins Pyramids. I accompanied Matt Culver from Brevard County, Christine and Jeff from FWC artificial reef division in Tallahassee. It was a bit sporty heading out, and the waves also kept the reef deployment contractor from getting set up right away. After the seas calmed down a bit the barge put out the anchors and began to depoly the reef balls 4.5’ high and 5' base. The first reef ball began the descend to the ocean floor at 2:45 PM and the 24th was completed at 7:20 PM. This reef will provide additional fishing opportunities to our fellow anglers out of Port Canaveral. Matt made a dive last week to survey the reef balls, he noted that algae was already growing and there were various small fish already congregated in the reef. Many thanks to FSFA, CFOA and CCA clubs and their memberships that provided the matching funds again this year to make this possible.
Location For Our Socials
Our new location will be the Winter Park Community Center.
721 W New England Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Every month we have a social featuring a guest speaker to talk about saltwater fishing. There are also raffles, fishing reports, and food. If you are a beginner this is a great way to learn new techniques. If you are an experienced angler please come out and share what you have learned.
We have at least 2 tournaments every year. Our annual CFOA tournament is held in May out of Port Canaveral. It has over $10,000 in cash and prizes and is open to the public. Learn More
We also have a year long club tournament. This tournament is for club members only. From Nov. 1st to Oct. 31st you measure your catches and submit your weighslip online. You receive points for the top 3 of each species. You also earn angler and boat points. The ultimately goal is to win top boat honors for the year. Learn More
Every year we hold a rigging seminar. Walk from table to table and learn from local guides and companies. Get one on one time and ask all the questions you would like.Topics will cover inshore and offshore saltwater fishing, rod & reel maintenance, knots, arts, and more!