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Brad Reese with a 37.12 lb kingfish, a pending new Club Record caught June 9, 2020 at the St. Mary's Inlet.


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38th Annual Fernandina Beach Fishing Rodeo

Registration is now open! See the events section below to signup.

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities for this event, please select an available position here.

June Social

Please do not forget to register for the social. It is particularly critical to register this month so the we do not exceed  our ability to social distance. We will be mandating no more than 6 people to a table and if you do not register, you may be turned away. We will be packing meals according to how many are registered. Bring your own condiments and do not share sides or deserts this month. Hopefully we can return to a more normal approach in the upcoming months. But for now, help us keep it simple and safe for everyone. 

Fish of the Season

The updated standings have been posted  so you can check in on the Anglers' of the Year races and see how everyone else is doing.   Also, you can see where the current Late Spring season currently stands as we now into the second month with just 4 weeks to go.  Still only two fish entered so we need to get going.  I know some fish are being caught but anglers are just not weighing them.  King Mackerel, Cobia and Redfish are the targeted species.  

Congratulations to all of our winners for Early Spring.  Checks will be presented at the June social .

FWC Flounder Management

FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute recently completed a flounder stock status update that indicates the flounder fishery statewide has been experiencing a general declining trend in recent years and, on the Atlantic coast of Florida is likely overfished and undergoing overfishing.  Based on the stock status update and public feedback received in recent years, staff is seeking additional public input on the fishery and a suite of potential updates to management of the fishery, including

  • Reducing the recreational bag limit from 10 to 5 flounder per person
  • Increasing the minimum size limit from 12” to 14” (recreational and commercial)
  • Establishing a November closure (recreational and commercial)
  • Establishing a commercial vessel limit of 150 fish when using allowable gear
  • Extending all FWC flounder regulations into federal waters

If your fishing club is interested in providing additional feedback on future management of this fishery, we are hosting virtual workshops on the topic on June 2 and June 4 from 6-8 pm EDT.  Details on how to attend the virtual workshop can be found at 

Comments can also be submitted at or by a meeting to discuss the topic with your areas marine fisheries management regional biologist.  If you’d like to provide comments or organize a small group meeting, feel free to contact me at


Upcoming Meetings & Events

July 08, 2020 7:00 PM • Kraft Athletic Club
July 22, 2020 7:00 PM • Kraft Ten Acres Shelter House
August 01, 2020 2:00 PM • 1 S. Front St., N. Parking Lot, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Upcoming Local Fishing Events

August 01, 2020 2:00 PM • 1 S. Front St., N. Parking Lot, Fernandina Beach, Florida

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June 29, 2020 6:34 AM • johnwick

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Fishermen Reminded of New Regulations as July Red Snapper Opening Approaches

Descending devices and changes to hook regulations designed to

help improve survival of released fish

Offshore fishing has proven to be a popular way to practice social distancing this summer while bringing some fish back to the table. To provide released fish a better chance of surviving, new regulations encouraging the use of descending devices and additional hook specifications designed to reduce release mortality are being implemented by NOAA Fisheries. Effective July 15, 2020, a descending device must be on board and readily available for use (attached to minimum of 60-feet of line with at least a 16-ounce weight) when targeting snapper grouper species in federal waters in the South Atlantic. Descending devices help reduce the effects of barotrauma, a condition that occurs when a fish is rapidly reeled up from depth. Changes in pressure cause the fish’s swim bladder to expand, filling the body cavity with air and preventing the fish from swimming back down. Signs of barotrauma include protrusion of the stomach from the fish’s mouth, bulging eyes, anal prolapse and bubbling scales. A descending device can quickly be used to transport the fish back to depth, greatly improving its chances of survival.

In addition to requiring descending devices to help reduce release mortality, beginning July 15, 2020 , non-offset, non-stainless-steel circle hooks are required when fishing for snapper grouper species with hook-and-line gear with natural baits north of 28 degrees N. latitude (approximately 25 miles south of Cape Canaveral, Florida). The new regulations also require that all hooks must be non-stainless steel when fishing for snapper grouper species with such gear in federal waters in the South Atlantic. The new requirements for descending devices and hooks apply to recreational fishermen as well as federally permitted for-hire and commercial snapper grouper vessels.

“We’ve consistently heard concerns from both commercial and recreational fishermen about the number of fish that must be released as catch limits are met and seasons closed,” said Mel Bell, Vice Chair of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. “It is difficult to avoid some of the co-occurring snapper grouper species such as Vermilion Snapper, Mutton Snapper, and Red Snapper. These new requirements are designed to increase awareness of best fishing practices and help reduce the number of fish that float away on any given fishing trip, a sight that no one wants to see,” explained Bell. The new descending device and hook requirements were implemented through Regulatory Amendment 29 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. “The Council purposely crafted the definition of a descending device in a manner that gives fishermen the flexibility to create their own devices, likely using some items they have on hand,” explained Bell. “There are also several options available for purchase. I encourage people to visit the Council’s website to get additional information on requirements. The goal is to get fishermen accustomed to using the devices and reduce release mortality.”

Fishermen are encouraged to begin using descending devices and specified hooks prior to the opening of this year’s Red Snapper season. Beginning July 10, 11 and 12 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and again Friday, July 17, 2020 recreational fishermen will have the opportunity to add a Red Snapper to table fare as the 4-day recreational season opens. Fishermen are limited to one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit. The commercial season will open July 13, 2020 with a 75-pound trip limit and no minimum size limit.

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2020 CONTACT: Kim Iverson Public Information Officer Toll Free: 866/SAFMC-10 or 843/571-4366

Learn More and Register for a Free Descending Device Additional details on the descending device requirements, hook specifications and other best fishing practices are now available from the Council’s website at: The new webpage has information on proper handling techniques and identifying signs of barotrauma, how-to videos demonstrating the effectiveness of descending devices, and an online tutorial on best fishing practices. Links to state-level resources for the region are also available.

Fishermen may also qualify for a free descending device (while supplies last) by registering for the Red Snapper and Red Drum Conservation Project offered through FishSmart. The project is designed to promote best practices for releasing fish and encourage greater awareness and use of tools proven to improve fish survival. Program partners include the Fish America Foundation, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA Fisheries, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, and Yamaha Marine Group.  

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