Spring 2017 Fish 'N Fest - St. Augustine, Florida!
WE HAVE SOLD OUT! REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. STAY TUNED FOR LOCATION AND DATE FOR THE 2017 FALL FISH 'N FEST.
Come join the Nuts & Bolts Gang for a weekend of Fishing...Food...and Fun in the oldest city in the US!
In case you're curious about just how much fun these events are...check out the Fish 'N Fest TV episodes from previous years. We can't possibly pack all the fun in 30 minutes, but after watching these shows, we're convinced you won't want to miss out. You don't have to own a boat, or ever fished saltwater to have a big time at a Fish 'N Fest. And be sure to sign up for the Nuts & Bolts e-Newsletter to stay updated on the Spring Fish 'N Fest!
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 SPRING EVENT IS CLOSED. Stay in touch for the announcement of location and dates for the 2017 FALL FISH 'N FEST.
If you have already signed up, that's great! Hopefully you downloaded and emailed your Registration Form in. If not, please do that now. This lets us know how many people are coming, where you'll be staying (so we can keep track of the room blocks), and whether you will be fishing with a charter captain or bringing your own boat. You are also required to pay for charter fishing and evening banquets via our payment portals so we have an accurate head count for the caterers and charter guides. Once you've filled out the form, email it to Cefus@NutsAndBoltsFishing.com
Your banquet fees include admission to both nighttime events, a ticket in the drawing for a Free Ride to the Fall 2017 Fish 'N Fest, and a Bag Lunch each day.
There are lots of accommodations options in St. Augustine...the historic downtown area, St. Augustine Beach, and places a little more off the beaten path. We have selected three properties who are offering special rates for the Fish 'N Fest below. You are not required to stay at any of these, but you'll find the rates and the locations are excellent with these partners.
NOTE: Because this event is in the height of the tourist season, our room blocks will not last long. Some expire the 1st week of April. So book your rooms now!
Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort - Fish 'N Fest HQ
DoubleTree by Hilton - Historic District
If you want to be closer to town, and near all the attractions of St. Augustine, the DoubleTree by Hilton is the perfect location. All the amenities you expect from a Hilton property with a full bar and restaurant on site. It's a short walk or drive to the Old Jail, Fountain of Youth, Ripley's Believe It or Not, Trolley Tours and much more. The DoubleTree is also a very short drive to Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor. Room rates start at $139.00 for Thursday night, and $199.00 for Fri and Sat nights. The DoubleTree has set up a special On-Line Registration Portal to book your room.
Click this DOUBLETREE REGISTRATION LINK to make your reservation.
FISHING IN ST. AUGUSTINE
As we have done in the past, we have made arrangements with local charter guides for folks who do not have a boat, or elect not to bring their own boat.
For those who do bring your own boat, we will have St. Augustine's finest charter guides available at the Thursday night Welcome Banquet to provide their insight on where to go and what to use for fishing in the area.
Oldest City Bait & Tackle on A1A in St. Augustine Beach is the official tackle store for this Fish 'N Fest. They have live and frozen bait, along with a huge array of everything you need to catch the big ones.
Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor is the Official Marina for the 2017 Fish 'N Fest. The public boat launch is just across the highway, and attendees can leave their trailers at the launch overnight...just be sure the ball hitch is locked :) To book a slip at the Marina call the Harbormaster at 904-829-5676. Slip rates are $1.95 per foot per night and include water and power.
INSHORE FISHING: Spring is the time to be on the water in St. Augustine! Inshore backcountry fishing is spectacular with big seatrout, redfish, flounder, Spanish mackerel and more roaming the estuaries and channels. It's also an awesome time to make the short run offshore (weather permitting) to troll for King mackerel, bonito, dolphin, and cobia. Our select group of local captains offer comfortable bay boats that can accommodate four anglers per boat and they will have everything you need for the day. All you have to do is bring what you want to eat and be prepared for a fun day on the water. Each angler will receive a Bag Lunch each morning prior to boarding. Charter rates are based on 4 people per inshore boat, with a per person charge of $160. which includes boat, guide, tackle, fuel, bait and ice. If you want a boat to yourself, or want to fish with specific buddies, that's fine, but you will pay the entire day rate for the boat.
Fishing fees are non-refundable, unless the captain cancels the trip due to weather. We WILL fish in the rain (not a thunderstorm), or if it is windy or chilly. The captain will make the call regarding "Go" or "No-Go"
Friday and Saturday mornings, we will gather at Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor Marina at 7:30am to film the opening for a Nuts & Bolts of Fishing TV epidose. The charter boats will depart at 8:00am and have you back to the docks around 3pm. Weigh-in for the Kahuna Awards will be at the dock from 3pm - 5pm.
There it is. The 411 on the Spring 2017 Fish 'N Fest. June will be here before you know it. Book your rooms now. And click on the icons to pay for your charter fishing fees and evening banquets. Pretty simple? Yessirree. We'll see you there!
Questions? Email Cefus@NutsAndBoltsFishing.com and we'll find someone to get you an answer.