2019 Fall Fish ‘N Fest – Steinhatchee, FL

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Twice each year, a gathering of the Nuts & Bolts Gang takes place at a fishy destination on the East Coast or the Gulf Coast.  Everyone is welcome, and you don’t have to own a boat to participate. fish-n-fest-page-icon

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FALL 2019 EVENT: The Fall 2019 Fish ‘N Fest will be held in one of our favorite coastal destinations…Steinhatchee, FL. October 17 – 20th.   Our off-the-water headquarters will be Pelican Pointe Inn & Fiddler’s Restaurant.    And our on-the-water headquarters will be Sea Hag Marina, where we will gather each morning for fishing.   They also offer transient slip spaces for those who bring their own boats, as well as fuel, ice, bait and snacks for the day.  The best way to stay informed and updated is by subscribing to the Nuts & Bolts E-Newsletter, and following us on the Nuts & Bolts Facebook page.    One thing to remember, we have a limited number of discounted accommodations, evening event seats and charter boat options.  So if you’re thinking about attending…Register Now!   Fish ‘N Fest events sell out quickly.

Want to see just how much fun a Fish ‘N Fest is??? Click on the image below to watch an episode from our last visit to Steinhatchee.

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WHERE AND WHEN – ON AND OFF THE WATER:

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Our Off-The-Water HQ will be Fiddler’s Motel & Restaurant.   Chef Jim and Joyce Hunt always roll out the red carpet for our group!

 Fiddler’s Motel has great accommodations, and it’s right on the river.   Fiddler’s Restaurant is just a few steps away, and it’s where we will have our Thursday night Welcome Banquet, and the Saturday night Celebration Banquet to present the Kahuna Awards for the weekend.  Fiddler’s also has a great bar and wonderful deck to enjoy the sunsets.

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We have a block of rooms at Fiddler’s as Nuts & Bolts Fish ‘N Fest, so call them now to book your accommodations before the block is gone at  352.498.7427

sea hag shacks signAnother option for accommodations are The Shacks at Sea Hag.  These are individual units (and some motel rooms), directly across from the marina.  Some have full kitchens, some have cook sheds and grills…and all of them are awesome.   There’s also a pool for a refreshing dip at the end of the day.  To reserve a Sea Hag Shack, call (352) 498-3008 and tell them you are with the Nuts & Bolts Fish ‘N Fest for their best rates.

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STeinhatchee river inn logoAnd yet another option is the Steinhatchee River Inn.  Innkeepers, Rob and Barbara Lewis have a wonderful inn that’s just a short walk to Fiddlers, and just up the road from Sea Hag Marina, so they’re very convenient to all our activity venues.  There’s a swimming pool and a great terrace with cooking grills.  They have standard suites as well as kitchenettes available at discounted rates for our group.  And they have free boat trailer parking.  Give them a call at 352-498-4049 to book your room.

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Thursday Afternoon:   Fish ‘N Fest attendees come by Fiddler’s Restaurant to check-in, get their Goodie Bags and relax in the bar.  Social hour begins at 6:00pm, and the Welcome Banquet kicks off at 7:00pm in Fiddler’s Banquet Room.

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That evening, a couple of very lucky people will walk away with Bushido Inshore Fishing Rods custom made by Coach’s Custom Rods.   We’ll have plenty of other cool prizes too.   And we’ll hear from Steinhatchee’s  finest charter guides who share their fishing tips and favorite fishing spots. 

Friday & Saturday, are our fishing days.  Of course you can come earlier or stay later to fish as well.  But our charter fishing options are for Friday & Saturday only.  We’ll gather each morning at 7:30am at the Sea Hag Marina docks to meet up with our Charter Boat Captains and head out for a fun day on the water.  If you choose to bring your own boat, there is a boat ramp just down the street.  And Sea Hag has a few transient slip spaces available.   Call them for a slip reservation at (352) 498-3008.

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Friday night, you’re on your own to explore and enjoy the cuisine and amenities of Steinhatchee.  Take your catch of the day to Fiddler’s Restaurant and Chef Jim will prepare a feast for you and your crew.  Then hang out at the bar for a cool beverage.

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Saturday night, is our Celebration Banquet to cap off the weekend.  The event will be at Fiddler’s Restaurant.    Social hour starts at 6:00pm and dinner festivities should kick off around 7:00pm.  Someone will be taking home a Free Ride to the next Fish ‘N Fest this spring.  And we’ll crown the Inshore and Offshore Kahunas, and Jr. Kahuna for the weekend.

Check out all the fun we have by watching  Fish ‘N Fest TV Episodes on CarbonTV

REGISTRATION AND FEES:  There’s no fee to participate in a Nuts & Bolts Fish ‘N Fest.  Everyone is welcome to join in on the fishing fun each day.  The only costs are for the nighttime banquets, and the cost for Charter Fishing, if you elect not to bring a boat.

Everyone is required to fill out a Registration Form so we know how many to expect, and how many will be fishing with Charter Captains.   You will pay for your banquet admission and Charter fishing fees via our payment portal in advance.  This way we can guarantee our caterers and our captains they will get paid.

ABOUT THE FISH ‘N FEST:  The Fish ‘N Fest is not a tournament.  Instead it is an opportunity for people who love to spend time on the water to discover a new destination, explore its amenities, enjoy a couple days on the water to make new friends…and catch a few fish along the way.   The event began as a small group of individuals who wanted to experience the same kind of adventures they saw on the Nuts & Bolts of Fishing TV series.  FIsh N Fest Page Collage A.jpg

The first event was held on Hilton Head Island, SC with a group of 30 people and the rest is history.  Today, Fish ‘N Fest events attract over 100 people from all walks of life and from all over the country.

We deliberately limit the attendance to maintain an intimate atmosphere and allow everyone to re-connect with people they’ve met at previous events and allow the ‘Freshman’ class of newcomers to feel welcomed into the Fish ‘N Fest Family.  Past events have been held in coastal towns like Carrabelle, FL, Port St. Joe, FL, St. Augustine, FL., Fernandina Beach, FL, Apalachicola, FL, Charleston, SC and other great destinations.

WHAT WE DO:  First and foremost…We Have Fun!  The Fish ‘N Fest agenda is pretty simple, and lots of fun!  Thursday night kicks off the weekend with the Welcome Banquet where everyone has a chance to meet each other and the local charter captains we engage (for people who elect not to bring a boat).  Two lucky people take home custom made fishing rods from Coach’s Rods and American Tackle Co.  Friday and Saturday are the fishing days.   Saturday night is the Celebration Banquet where we crown the Inshore and Offshore Kahunas for the event …the biggest inshore and the biggest offshore fish caught.  Fish N Fest Free Ride Ron

And some lucky person walks away with a Fish ‘N Fest Free Ride, giving them free admission, free accommodations and free charter fishing for the next Fish ‘N Fest event.  These gatherings are all about making new friends, so everyone leaves the event with about 100 new friends, plus memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

 

 

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