• 09 Jul 2015 6:11 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)
    At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved increasing the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters from 12 inches fork length to 14 inches fork length.

    This change makes Atlantic state water regulations consistent with new federal regulations. The change also makes the minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters (from shore to 3 nautical miles) the same as it is in Gulf state waters (from shore to 9 nautical miles). This minimum size limit applies to both recreational and commercial harvest.

    For more information, visit and click on "The Commission" and "Commission Meetings." To learn more about gray triggerfish, visit and click on "Saltwater," "Recreational Regulations" and "Triggerfish."

  • 01 Jul 2015 6:31 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)
    Fishery stakeholders asked to provide Council with input during a series of webinars and comment station meetings July 7 - 30, 2015.

    The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is developing a long-term "vision" for managing the snapper grouper fishery. Looking for fresh ideas, the Council hit the road in 2014 to meet one-on-one with fishery stakeholders at port meetings throughout the region to hear what is and is not working in the fishery and solutions for managing the fishery in the future. Input received at these port meetings along with ideas from the Council members themselves were compiled to create a DRAFT VISION BLUEPRINT for the snapper grouper fishery.

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  • 12 Jun 2015 11:32 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)

    The FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management is conducting a short survey to help determine priority areas for marine fisheries management projects. 

    Marine fish and invertebrates are your resources. This is your opportunity to assist in the management of your resource. 

    The survey will be available online through June 25. One survey per person.

    Have questions? Call Marine Fisheries at 850-487-0554 or email

    Take the Survey

  • 05 Jun 2015 12:25 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)

    This comes as a surprise to all of us here at CFOA but NOAA just announced that Red Snapper will NOT be opening this year in the Southeast Atlantic.

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  • 05 Jun 2015 12:24 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)

    Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7, saltwater recreational fishing license requirement will be waived.

    Saturday and Sunday, June 13-14, freshwater recreational fishing license requirement will be waived.

    For more info

  • 18 May 2015 9:03 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)
    CFOA wants to thank all the veterans out there for their service!  We currently have many veterans in the club and wanted to help the American Legion spread the word.  Currently they are....

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  • 12 May 2015 9:50 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)

    We had a great meet up this past Monday.  Trolling was the hot topic and Dolphin and Tuna seemed to be mentioned quite often.  

    Featured Speaker - Joe Bielowski

    Our featured speaker was Joe Bielowski and you could tell he was very passionate about trolling.  He covered many tips and techniques including the minute details that help make the difference.  

    Some things I found interesting where how he used his teasers and where he placed them in the trolling spread.  You can find many of these tips and more in his book Trolling Tips The Pros Don't Want You to Know.  

    Member Spotlight

    In our member spotlight Scott Van De Houten talked about how he trolls for Dolphin this time of year.  He really likes using teasers to draw the fish in but the thing I found most interesting is that he always trolls naked ballyhoo on a light drag around the teasers.  This is so if a sailfish grabs it, the light drag will allow the fish to eat the bait before you tighten it and set the hook.  On the baits on the outriggers and shotgun he usually adds a skirt and has a tight drag to set the hook immediately. 

    Don't miss out on the next member spotlight, these talks are great!

    May Central Florida Fishing Report

    The fishing reports were mostly covering the hot dolphin bite outside of port canaveral with some large fish being caught.  We had some of our members take some adventures down south and added blackfin tuna from Marathon and Ft. Lauderdale.  Add Wahoo, yellowtail, and amberjack to that keys report as well.  These reports are another benefit of coming out to the meetings.  Learn whats biting so you can capitalize on your next trip.

    Monthly Raffle

    The Raffle included some great trolling plugs, skirts and freestyle jigs along with a Redfish Extreme rod and reel combo donated from Bass Pro Shops Orlando.  These raffles happen every social and are always a lot of fun!

    See you at the next Social!

  • 11 May 2015 9:29 PM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)

    Scott Sampson (Left) receiving Cobia-Thon award from Bruce ReidWe would like to congratulate Scott Sampson for winning the 2015 Cobia-Thon and bringing the trophy back to the CFOA. 

    With cobia being really tough this spring Scott managed to land the only Cobia of the tournament.  That was a pretty impressive feat out of 33 boats!

    When asked what he thought of the tournament win Scott replied, "Finding the only fish, is no different then finding the one big one.  Its being prepared for the lucky find and trying to put the odds in your favor."

  • 01 May 2015 10:16 AM | Scott Sampson (Administrator)

    Just a reminder that Grouper fishing in the Atlantic and Monroe County waters opens on May 1st.  This is for state and federal waters.  Please check the following sites for more information:

  • 13 Nov 2014 7:45 PM | Nathan Jones

    Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.


    Governor Scott said, “Our state’s natural treasures give families wonderful opportunities for both fishing and hunting from the Panhandle to the Keys. This Lifetime Sportsman’s License will provide Florida’s youth with the opportunity to spend time outdoors with their families. Fishing and hunting are time-honored traditions in our state, and I encourage all Floridians to spend some time enjoying the great outdoors.”


    A Lifetime Sportsman’s License allows fishing and hunting in Florida for the rest of the license holder’s life, even if that person is no longer a resident of the state.


    The license may be purchased at all Florida county tax collectors’ offices, online at and by calling toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356). Residency must be verified. For more information about a Lifetime Sportsman’s License and this limited time offer, visit

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