September 13th Social - Nearshore Fishing Tactics & Vessel Safety Check (VSC)

We have 2 speakers this month, Chris Pashos & Chris Waguespack.

Chris Pashos will be speaking about tactics to improve your catch rates on near shore species to include Tarpon, Kings and Spanish Mackerel. Chris is a life long angler, began fishing in New England for cod, haddock, stripers and giant bluefish. Most recently Chris achieved Grand master status with FSFA, making him the 44th angler since 1968 to achieve that honor. He fishes mostly out of Port Canaveral for inshore species, nearshore species, pelagics, bottom fishing and deep dropping. Chris works with Trish Reid on the Space Coast Artificial Reef Advisory Board working with Brevard County.


Chris Waguespack is a certified vessel safety check (VSC) examiner and instructor of safe boating classes for America’s Boating Club (a.k.a. United State Power Squadrons (USPS)). He joined USPS in 2002 and took many USPS courses including topics such as safe boating, boat handling, charts, navigation, sail, etc. He received VSC examiner certification in 2008 and has received refresher training since as USPS requires. Since 2008 he has performed many VSCs and instructed many safe boating classes.  The session includes an overview of the Vessel Safety Check (VSC) program, how to request a VSC, recent changes to safety requirements, safety product labeling changes, and maintenance of safety equipment. 

We will be holding raffles but, you have to be present to win.

When: Monday September 13th @ 6:30pm

Where:

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

2133 Component Loop Suite 1001

Oviedo, FL 32765

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October Redfish Tournament

We will be having a members only redfish tournament for the month of October.

  • Tournament Dates:   Oct. 1st through Oct. 31st.
  • 1st Place biggest fish - $100 Academy Sports Gift Card
  • 1st Place most spots - $100 Academy Sports Gift Card
  • Online tournament, catches need to be submitted at https://mycfoa.com/weigh-slip
  • Angler must be a CFOA Member in good standing by October 1st.
  • Valid Weigh Slips must be submitted between October 1st till the end of  November 2nd 
  • Pictures:
    • For biggest fish, 2 Pictures need to be submitted – 1 with Angler holding the fish and the other with the fish on a tape measure
    • For most spots, 2 Pictures need to be submitted – 1 with Angler holding one side of the fish and the other holding the other side of the fish.
    • Pictures should be submitted onto the CFOA Facebook Page as well as the weighslip form.
  • All Weigh Slips will be approved and results posted on Monday November 5th 


 



August 9th Social - Todd Vivian Intro to Rod Building & Repair

Todd Vivian from the Mud Hole Custom Tackle will be presenting a session on "Introduction to Rod Building & Repair". If you have ever wondered what it takes to fix or build your own custom rods, then don't miss this Social. 

Todd Vivian has been building custom rods for 35 years. After spending 20 years as lead rod designer for Lamiglas in Washington state, Todd relocated to Florida to develop complete lines of blanks for Mud Hole.

We will be holding raffles but, you have to be present to win.


When: Monday August 9th @ 6:30pm

Where:

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

2133 Component Loop Suite 1001

Oviedo, FL 32765

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Congratulations to our Red Snapper Tournament Winners

Winners, please pick up your Academy Spots and Outdoors gift cards at our August Social.

Men's

1st Place - Mel waters 19.00 lbs

2nd Place - Chris Pashos 16.60 lbs

3rd Place - Barry Roy 15.49 lbs




Women's

1st Place - Mary Van de Houten 16.18 lbs

2nd Place - Isabella Travis 14.13 lbs





Junior's

1st Place - Lucas Roody - 10.75 lbs






July 12th Social - Rodney Sahr - Smoker Kingfish

Rodney Sahr is an expert at fishing for large "Smoker Kingfish" off the East Coast of Florida. During the summer months, large Kingfish roam nearshore chasing baits off of the Brevard and Volusia County beaches. Rodney will be sharing information on tackle, rigs, and baits. He will explain how to target these big Kingfish and how to land them with light tackle gear. Rodney is a long time CFOA member, past President and works in the marine fishing industry. 

We will be holding raffles but, you have to be present to win.

We will be hosting this month's CFOA meeting at the Mud Hole’s training room. We will also be streaming the meeting on Facebook live.  https://www.facebook.com/Centralfloridaoffshoreanglers

Note: CDC social distancing guidelines will be followed.  Masks must be worn and social distancing separation.    No food will be served because of the pandemic.

When:  July 12th  2021 @ 6:30pm

Where:

Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

2133 Component Loop Suite 1001

Oviedo, FL 32765

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July 2021 Red Snapper Tournament

CFOA will have its own members only Red Snapper tournament.  

Note: New Women's and junior's Categories

  • Men's 1st Place = $200 Academy Sports Gift Card; 2nd Place = $100 Academy Sports Gift Card; 3rd Place = $50 Academy Sports Gift Card
  • Women's 1st Place = $200 Academy Sports Gift Card; 2nd Place = $100 Academy Sports Gift Card; 3rd Place = $50 Academy Sports Gift Card
  • Juniors (16 and under) 1st Place = $75 Academy Sports Gift Card; 2nd Place = $50 Academy Sports Gift Card; 3rd Place = $25 Academy Sports Gift Card
  • Tournament dates: July 9th, 10th 11th
  • Online tournament, catches need to be submitted at https://mycfoa.com/weigh-slip
  • Angler must be a CFOA Member in good standing by July 8th.
  • Valid Weigh Slips must be submitted between Friday July 9th till the end of Tuesday July 13th.  For the junior's category, parents must enter the weighslips. 
  • 2 Pictures need to be submitted – 1 with Angler holding the fish and the other with the fish on the scale
  • Pictures should be submitted onto the CFOA Facebook Page as well as the weighslip form.
  • All Weigh Slips will be approved and results posted on Wednesday July 14th  after the season is over

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!


2021 Annual Tournament - Congrats to Double Stuffed

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Remembering One of Our Founders - Bill Mathews

One of our founding members, Bill Mathews, recently left us for a better fishing grounds. Please pray for Bill and his family and, pass this on to others knew Bill.

"As an outdoorsman, he was passionate about fishing his entire life, he was one of the founding members of Central Florida Offshore Anglers (CFOA). An outstanding offshore fisherman, he won many tournaments and awards, often competing with his oldest daughter Lisa."

https://www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com/.../Bill-Mathews...



Chris Roody Wins Cobiathon with 55 lbs. 7 oz. fish

Congratulations to CFOA's Chris Roody for winning the 2021 2 week virtual Cobiathon with a 55 lbs. 7 oz. Fish.  






New Year, New Club Tournament

It's 2021 and our club tournament is in full swing.  This tournament is for club members only.  From Nov. 1st to Oct. 31st you measure your catches and submit your weigh slip online.  There are categories for inshore and offshore species.  You receive points for the top 3 of each species.  You also earn angler and boat points.  The ultimate goal is to win top boat honors for the year.

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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 CanaveralMatt 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 Mud Hole Custom Tackle, Inc.

2133 Component Loop Suite 1001

Oviedo, FL 32765

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About Our Fishing Club

Mark Wright Talking About Mosquito Lagoon

Monthly Socials

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.   

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Fishing Tournaments 

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

Rigging Seminar

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!


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