FishStock 2014 kicked off last night in New Smyrna Beach, Florida with the 38th Annual New Smyrna Beach Striker Tournament captains meeting and a Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) silent auction. This morning 35 fishing teams hit the blue water, with lines in at 6:30 for the first day of the two-day event. At stake is more than $20,000 in cash and prizes, and a chance to participate in the Offshore World Championship in Quepos, Costa Rica in 2015.
Offshore conditions this morning called for clear skies this morning with the 20 mile buoy reporting wind 9 knots out of the west, and seas 1.6 feet at 12 second intervals. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for 2 to 3-foot seas with winds 5 to 10 knots out of the west, clocking to the north as a weak disturbance dissipates over the area.
“We’re getting reports of good weedlines forming in 130 to 250 feet of water, 30 to 45 miles offshore,” said Dan Jacobs, tournament director. "The dolphin have moved in and we’re expecting to see some big fish.”
Weigh-in starts at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the pubic at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach, with vendors, food and drink, live music and a CCA silent auction
Tonight is also final registration for anglers competing in the two-day New Smyrna Beach Redfish-Trout Challenge, now in its 12th year.
FishStock Village is open to the public Saturday and Sunday, featuring boats from Boston Whaler and Marine Max, among others. Exhibits include arts and crafts and clothing. Saturday features KidStock Fishing Seminars, tournament weigh-ins and a dockside party starting at 6:00 p.m. Sunday continues the family activities, with FishStock Village open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For complete schedule of events go to www.FishStock.com