Club Outings

Club Outing


MCFF Fly Casting Clinic/Outing
Saturday March 19, 2016

Beginning at 9:am, MCFF’s spring fly casting clinic will be held at the Meadows Community Association build-ing area, located north of 17th Street on Longmeadow. The clinic has been one of the most well attending events of MCFF. Open to all members and their guests. A few rods will be available for those participants who have yet to take the plunge.
The teachers will include IFFF certified instructors headed by Pete Greenan. The door prize for an attending member is likely to be a TFO rod.


February Outing ’16

Mark February 27th on your calendar for the MCFF monthly outing at Blackburn Point Road . Wade, kayak, or use your shallow draft boat to fish the flats north or south of Blackburn Point Road. Dave Martin will have kayaks available for $25, but please reserve by calling Dave at 941-321-3257. Fish from 9:00 to 1:00 and then have lunch at the Casey Key Fish House.
To get there, head north or south on the Tamiami Trail to Osprey. At Blackburn Point Road (light and large Shell Station) turn west. The main parking area for kayaks is located east of the one lane bridge. There is a small parking area south of Blackburn Point Road shown above.


July Outing 7/25/15

More fishing the beach for snook and other assorted fish.

WHERE: Turtle Beach

WHEN: Saturday, July 25th

TIME: 7AM – 11AM

DIRECTIONS: Take Stickney Point road West. At the T – Intersection and traffic light, make a left and follow the road until you see signs for Turtle Beach on your right hand side. Park in the first parking lot on the right. We will plan to walk north on the beach.
Plan on stopping at either Captain Kurt’s or the Boathouse after fishing, for lunch and a cold beverage. I will have cold water, soda and Gatorade in my car.

See you there,


June Outing at Nokomis Beach 6/14/15

We will be walking the beach @ Nokomis for snook.

WHEN: Sunday, June 14th from 7-11

WHERE: Nokomis Beach

DIRECTIONS: Go to the west end of Albee Rd., take a right @ the T-Intersection. Park @ the beach lot, or the lot to the right. We will meet @ the beach pavilion and plan on walking the beach to the north.

Plan on going to Pop’s after the outing for lunch/breakfast and a drink.


Outing at Emmerson Point 5/30/15

The following is information about our upcoming outing at Emerson Point.

Where:  Emerson Point (Snead Island)

When: Saturday, May 30th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Directions:  From Sarasota, take RT. 75 North to the RT 301 exit ( Ellenton ). Go West on 301 until you cross the Snead Island
cut. Once you cross the bridge, you will see a sign for Emerson Point. Take a right and proceed to the next left turn.
Once you take this left turn, continue through the park until you see the beach area. There are parking lots in this
area. Launching Kayaks, or wading is available.
*** Contact Dave Martin directly if you want to rent a kayak.  ( 941 ) 321-3257
*** We will be stopping at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar on RT. 301 after the outing
Please contact me at if you are planning to attend.
Tight Lines


Project Healing Waters 5/16/15

The MCFF helped out at the Project Healing Waters event at the Bradenton Yacht Club on Saturday.

Ken's boatful of fishProject Healing Waters



Sarasota County Seagrass Survey Event 4/25/15

We just recently received the following information and request for help. I truly believe that this project is extremely important and beneficial to our membership. Healthy sea grass is critical to all of us that fish Sarasota Bay. Please consider being a part of this program. Please email me at if you plan on attending. I will contact Ashley with a head count. Possibly we can stop for a “cold one”, or two, on the way home…Ken


Good Evening,

I would like to invite the Mangrove Coast Fly Fishers to the Sarasota County Seagrass Survey on April 25 from 8:00am – 1:00pm at Ken Thompson Park. I am new the new event coordinator for the seagrass survey and realize that your group was integral to the original seagrass survey that has traditionally been conducted by SEA Team volunteers twice a year. We’ve recently changed the format of the survey, which now includes a one-day event, including volunteer training, data collection, and a volunteer appreciation luncheon. We would love to have your group involved again as we revitalize the SEA Team volunteer program and this citizen science event. If you can share the attached flyer and information for this event with your members and partners, and have any interest in participating as a sponsor, partner, or volunteer group, we’d love the opportunity to collaborate with you.

I’ve attached some corresponding information for your reference.

Volunteer Registration:

For more information, visit the Sarasota County Water Atlas Seagrass page:

I look forward to working with you in the near future!

Thank you,

Ashley Melton

Ashley R. Melton

Environmental Specialist II

Sarasota County Government

Public Utilities – Stormwater

1001 Sarasota Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240

Phone: 941-650-1089

Fax: 941-861-0986

Sarasota Seagrass Survey

April Fishing Report

On Saturday, April 18th, a dozen anglers got together at Durante Park. Dave Martin had four clients renting kayaks today. We had a good day of weather, with a sunny, hot and breezy morning. With the winds out of the west, this worked in our favor. The fishing was good, with most of our members getting into fish. The highlights of the day were a mid- twenty inch trout caught by John Weimer, a large Pompano caught by Chub Bortz and Mick Coulas catching ten trout, or more. Some of our members headed home early, but four of us stopped at the New Pass Grill for lunch.



   SATURDAY: APRIL 18th   2015     9 AM- 1PM


Directions: From Sarasota: Cross the Ringling Bridge, toward St. Armand’s Circle. Follow signs to LBK. Cross the bridge over New Pass and continue North on Gulf of Mexico Dr.  Durante Park will be on your right, approximately 20 minutes drive. Look for Gulf Bay Dr., on the right just prior to the park. There is a parking area at the end of the road, where we will meet.

There is a kayak launch and wading flats available.

Members wanting to rent a kayak from Dave Martin need to call him @ 941-321-3257 or email him:

Please contact me @ so I can determine how much water, soda and Gatorade, to purchase.




March Fishing Report

On Sunday, March 22nd, 18 anglers met at Middle Beach of Blind Pass Park. This was the first outing where Dave Martin provided kayak rentals to our members. Two of our members took advantage of this opportunity. The weather cooperated with a sunny, but slightly breezy day. We had a favorable tide and the fishing was good. Most of our members had success catching trout, ladyfish, jack’s and kitty cats. Ron Pisani had an outstanding day, catching numerous fish in a hole located in a nearby channel.
Everyone had a great time being out on the water and 8 of our club members stopped at Chili’s on the way home, for lunch and a “cold one”, or two.


A Few Photos from the Blind Pass Outing

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March Fishing Outing 3/22

I spoke with Dave Martin yesterday and he committed to having up to seven kayaks available for our March 22nd outing. He is charging $25 for the rental. This will include kayak, PFD, paddle, and anchor. Our members need to reserve a kayak with him by the 20th. They will need to call him @ (941) 321-3257, or, email him @
***** Let’s make it a MCFF weekend. Learn a few new casting techniques on Saturday and Put them into practice on Sunday.


WHEN: Sunday, March 22nd
TIME: 9:00AM- 1:00PM
WHERE: Blind Pass Beach / ” Middle Beach ”   * This area has a large grass flat that is excellent for both wading & kayaking.
DIRECTIONS: ( from Sarasota)
* Rt. 75 S.
* Rt. 681 S.
* Rt. 776 S. ( Englewood Rd. )
* Take a Right @ Manasota Beach Rd. Road will make a right angle turn, opposite 5th St.
* Left @ Manasota  Key Rd.
* To Blind Pass Beach ( Take a left into the parking lot and follow the road back to the right as far as you can ).
* We will meet here at 9:00 and fish until 1:00.

*** I will have water, soda, and Gatorade, available. Plan on stopping for lunch and a drink or two at a local restaurant
(TBD). Please email me at ( ), if you plan on attending.

March Casting Outing 3/21

Febuary Outing 2/21/15

As, we have COLD water and very few fish on the flats for our wading members. And since we have not had any waders at our last two outings, we are going to make a shift in locations for this month. We are also going to start later in the day, to take advantage of the heat of the day, in hopes of being able to catch more fish. A few of the club members have been fishing the upper Manatee River @ Fort Hamer with consistent success, therefore, we are holding our February Outing at Ft. Hamer.
There is a boat and kayak launch available, however, this is not an area where you can wade. Perhaps, if you are planning on attending with a boat and have room for another club member to join you; you could let me know.

ADDRESS: 1605 Ft. Hamer Rd., Parrish, Florida 34219
DATE: Saturday 2/21/15

DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 75 North
Exit at Rt. 301 East
Travel aprox. a mile and one half. You will see a brown sign for Ft. Hamer on the right side.
Take a right @ Old Tampa Rd., and follow until you come to Fort Hamer Rd., take a right and follow to the park.
*** There is plenty of parking available and a bathroom facility as well.

Please email me at if you plan to attend. I will have water, soda, and Gatorade available @ 3:00PM
Hope to see you there.
Tight Lines,