The Bigg Sam Slam Challenge, is just that–a Challenge. This fishing tournament is inshore and is for both adult and youth anglers. In place of a weigh in, anglers must log their fish data via the iAngler app. This information helps conservation organizations collect data as to fish migrations, population locations, and sizes. Anglers aim to catch 3 species of fish: flounder, redfish, and trout. This is called a “slam”. Their fish must be in-slot, meaning that the fish cannot be over a state regulated size. This makes The Bigg Sam Slam Challenge a very rare tournament as anglers are not just going for the “biggest catch”, but must use skill and a little bit of luck to catch all three species. Note: This year there will be a prize for Biggest Catch (can be out of slot), as well as incentives for bringing in live fish to GTM for tagging and release.MORE INFORMATION at BIGGSAMSLAM.COM
Ask and you shall receive! SMFCF is excited to announce that our decal stickers are now available to anyone who gives a donation ($5 minimum). Because we love our supporters so much, free shipping is included!
SMFCF will be hosting an awesome clean this Saturday 11/10/2018 at the St. Augustine Lighthouse Park and boat ramp. If you haven’t been there before you are in for a treat. We are going to have some fun!
Please RSVP for the event by clicking the link below if you’re attending. This will help us keep track of your service hours.
On Saturday, September 15, 2018 groups from all over the world headed to the shorelines to participate in the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Clean-up, an initiative that focuses on “harnessing the power of people to fight ocean trash”. Several organizations could be found combing the beaches all over Florida. The Sol Margin Fishing and Conservation Foundation (SMFCF), a local nonprofit based out of St. Augustine, posted up at Mickler’s Landing in Ponte Vedra—one of the most popular beaches in St. Johns County—to help in the Ocean Conservancy’s mission. Over 100 volunteers answered the call to clean and arrived ready to be put to work. Groups covered the parking lot at Mickler’s Landing, as well as explored the beaches north and south of the landing, picking up any trash along the way. Participants then logged their findings on the Clean Swell App that tracks the type of trash collected as well as converts it to pounds to help record data that is then sent to the Ocean Conservancy for research. Volunteer groups were surprised to find that the beach had been contaminated with millions of microplastic threads that littered the sandy beaches. Additionally, upon closer examination of the waterline, fiberglass debris was also in abundance. Participants collected several bags full but it was almost impossible to gather such tiny particles that had saturated such a large area. One volunteer hypothesized that the debris could have come from Hurricane Florence, while others were left to their own conclusions. Seeing this type of manmade waste in our environment was disheartening, but through clean-ups such as this one, even a little effort can make a big impact. The President of SMFCF, Sam Baker, states that “the whole reason we are out here is so that we can make a difference. If not a huge environmental impact, we can at least instill a since of responsibility to our youth and next generations, teaching them to be good stewards of their environment. I am so glad to see such a diverse group come together. We have families here with small children, students from St. Johns Virtual School, Girl Scout troops, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as, corporations-Hoegh Autoliners—to all come out with a common goal.”
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1. Must be at least 8 years old in order to represent SMFCF. 2. Ambassadors attend at SMFCF events. 3. Ambassadors must have parental consent to their participation if under 18. 4. Membership dues are $20 and will include a t-shirt upon joining. 5. Term of membership will be 1 year, renewing every August.
Role of an ambassador
1. To promote the enthusiasm for sport of fishing and conservation efforts. 2. To educate others and exemplify responsible angling techniques. 3. To promote participation in SMFCF events through personal networking and/or social media platforms.
Benefits of being an Ambassador
1. Being a SMFC Ambassador is strictly voluntary. 2. In exchange for help in promotions and event participation, Ambassadors will receive a letter of recommendation (upon request) and opportunity to build their resume through their work with an environmental nonprofit. 3. Letter certifying volunteer hours can also be sent into schools upon request.
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