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The Florida Council of the International
Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and the Tarpon Coast Fly Fishers
will jointly host the next Florida Fly Fishing Expo October
18-19, 2013, at the Plantation on Crystal
Planning is underway for a show
that will include fly tying demonstrations by some of the best
in the southeast, casting clinics by FFF Certified Casting Instructors,
many programs and workshops on fly fishing and related topics,
an auction and raffles, a banquet and several days of visiting
about fly fishing and more. So, reserve those dates now, plan
to attend watch for more information regarding reservation details
and a full program.
Each year our club's dues are due from:
September through November.
Student $10, Individual $20, Family $30
Please bring a check to the next
meeting, or mail it to:
BFFA of Brevard
PO Box 524, Melbourne, FL 32902
Please include: your snail mail address, email addresses and phone
BFFA is a proud supporter
Casting for Recovery
is a national 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization, supports breast cancer survivors
through a program that combines fly-fishing, counseling,
and medical information to build a focus on wellness instead
Please help support this program.
(*mark your check for Florida Chapter)
Tyler Foster of Melbourne Beach
view all of our 2013 - 2014 new members
seem to like the new name tags used last
month. It is nice to put a name on the interesting chap
sitting across the table.
Work is continuing on a method to ease finding your
tag at the beginning of the meeting.
We have been operating as a club
for 23 years. One of our founding fathers Ron, Winn wrote
the history of the club on our About Us
MONTHLY FLY TYING
MONDAY, MAY 20TH, at 6:15 P.M.
MELBOURNE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Jeff Ward will be tying
THE "EP Pinfish fly".
View the fly we will tie
Monthly Dinner Meeting:Thursday, May 2nd,
6:30 PM, Memaw's Bar B-Q, Eau Gallie Blvd.
Indian Harbour Beach
Mystery speaker and topic this month!
Will it be
Dominic Agostini speaking on Blowfish?
on seducing blondes?
The Florida Wildlife Federation
is having a Fish orCruise sweepstakes, offering
a choice of three Grand Prize Choices: an Alaska trip, a Galapagos
Islands cruise, or or $10,000 cash. Tickets are $5 for one,
to $100 for 5 tickets. Proceeds will go toward conservation
in Florida. For information or to order tickets, go to www.fwfonline.org.
The drawing will be held June 20,2013.
Most of you remember an interesting program
given to the club by Aaron Adams some time ago. Aaron is Director
of Operations for Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, one of the more
active organizations in fisheries research. I recently received
a copy of Bonefish and Tarpon Journal, their attractive and
The Journal contained a variety of articles of interest.
On the conservation front, it described initiatives in both
the Florida Keys and the Bahamas to evaluate the impacted
habitats and declining fisheries, and to involve the fishing
guides and lodge owners in scientifically based fisheries
management and improvement.
A Tagging Tale describes the various on-going
tagging programs and what they will tell us about the travels
and habitat needs of our favorite species.
Another article describes why the two handed strip can be
a highly effective retrieve for tarpon, and how to do it.
Dietary Clues shows how the dietary impact of
various food types influence the location and timing of feeding
activities, and important clue for selecting where to fish
and what flies to use.
Bonefish and Tarpon Trust is a worthy recipient of our personal
charitable donations. It addresses issues that affect our
area and interests in a well-planned, scientifically based
manner. Check their web site at www.bonefishtarpontrust.org
for more details.
It is my understanding that BBT plans to move to Vero Beach
soon. This will make it easier to get Aaron or some of his
associates to give an updated program on their plans, projects
Jon Mallory and one of his tarpon
The Conservation Angler, April 2013 Newsletter
of Anglers for Conservation gave the following progress
report on the Tarpon Genetic Study:
The Tarpon Genetic Recapture Study tracks and studies tarpon
using DNA samples that provide a unique genetic "fingerprint"
for each fish. DNA samples have been collected from over
17,000 tarpon in the seven years of the program. The following
are some of the more interesting findings after compiling
data from the 2012 season. Numbers listed below are tabulated
as of October 31, 2012.
In 2012, fishing guides and recreational anglers collected
4,346 tarpon DNA samples. Scientist contributed an additional
143 tarpon have been caught and sampled more than once.
One juvenile tarpon in the Sebastian River was caught and
sampled three times in three months.
One recreational angler [who some of us know], Jon Mallory
of Merritt Island, caught and sampled and incredible 975
tarpon in 2012.
An adult tarpon sampled off Sarasota County was sampled
again less than a month later in Islamorada. About a month
later it was sampled again in Islamorada.
Of the 4,606 tarpon DNA samples collected in 2012, 4,387
came from the United States and 222 came from other countries.
DNA samples were collected in five states. Florida by far
led all states with 4,343 samples.
Brevard County was tops of all Florida counties with 1,276
DNA samples in 2012. Monroe County was second with 832 while
Lee County was third with 828.
All tarpon anglers are encouraged to support the Tarpon
Genetic Recapture Program. Collecting tarpon DNA samples
is as easy as scraping a small amount of skin cells from
the tarpon's jaw using an abrasive sponge. You can obtain
free DNA sampling kits and kit refills by calling toll free
1-800-367-4461 or by emailing
The kit includes instructions,
abrasive sponges, vials for storing and transporting samples,
and data slips for recording catch data. Samples can be
mailed directly to the Tarpon Genetics team or dropped off
at one of the hundreds of statewidevcollection locations.
A list of drop off sites is provided
with the kit.