The 2023 Spring Fish ‘N Fest June 8 – 11 now has a waiting list for charter fishing.
We’re headed back to Port St. Joe, Florida! It’s been several years since our last visit. The marina has been re-built, and the spring fishing can be outstanding. We have a great weekend of Fishing, Food and Fun in store, and all you have to do is register now!
RIGHT NOW, WE ARE TOTALLY BOOKED UP FOR CHARTER BOAT FISHING. Click the link below to download the Registration form and be put on the waiting list. We’re working hard to get more boats. As we acquire additional captains, we will notify folks based on the order we receive their registrations, and then send links for payment.
You should however go ahead and book your hotel room NOW. You can always cancel your room if we can’t get enough charter boats.
IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR OWN BOAT, simply click the link below, fill out the form and we will send you a link for the Banquet Event payment portal.
The weekend kicks off with Registration on Thursday June 8th at the Port Inn. Come by between 2 – 4pm and pick up your goodie bags, plus you can warm up your casting skills at the Casting Contest.
Thursday night is the Welcome Banquet to re-connect with old friends and meet the new Fish ‘N Fest Freshmen. Two lucky individuals will walk away with custom fishing rods hand-built by Mot’s Custom Rods, and there will be lots of other cool prizes.
Friday and Saturday are fishing days. We will meet at the Port St. Joe Marina to board the charter boats, and have the weigh-in each afternoon.
Friday night you are on your own to explore the cuisine and amenities of Port St. Joe.
Saturday night is the Celebration Banquet where we crown the Kahuna’s and someone will receive a Free Ride to the next Fish ‘N Fest this fall.
The waters around Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach and offshore offer a variety of springtime finned foes. Inshore, there are redfish, trout, jacks, flounder, mackerel and more. A short ride to the buoy line rewards you with drag-burning king mackerel and cobia. And offshore you can wrestle with grouper, snapper and lots of other bottom dwellers, plus trolling for kings and bonita.
We have assembled an awesome group of charter guides for attendees who don’t have a boat, or prefer not to bring a boat. Each bay boat will accommodate four anglers, and will be fishing inshore and nearshore, depending on what’s biting and the anglers on-board. Fishing licenses, tackle and bait, when fishing on a charter boat are included in the fees.
Each fishing day will start around 7:30am, and have you back at the docks around 2:00pm. To keep costs reasonable, we put 4 people on a boat, so you may be fishing with new friends. At the payment portal you can elect to reserve an entire boat and just have your party of two, three or four on the boat. This is a Rain or Shine event. If it’s raining…we fish. If there are storms or high winds nearby, then we delay the start to allow the weather to pass over.
If you are bringing your own boat, our charter captains will provide contemporary intel on what’s biting and where so you can maximize your time on the water.
There are a limited number of charter boats available, and once all the slots are taken, we will close the charter boat portal.
ACCOMMODATIONS: The Port Inn & Mainstay Suites
The Port Inn will be our headquarters off-the-water. This iconic property in Port St. Joe has both hotel rooms and suites, as well as 2 bedroom cottages right next door. Just a couple blocks from the downtown district, and a short walk to the boat ramp and marina. We have a room block at the Port Inn, and it will go fast. To book your reservation call Ladonna at (850)387-2284, and let her know you are with the Fish ‘N Fest event to get the discounted rates.
MainStay Suites is another option for accommodations. It’s about a mile east of town on the main highway. Featuring suites with kitchenettes, the MainStay offers free continental breakfast, a pool and is pet friendly. Both the Port Inn and MainStay Suites are booked through the same contact, so to book your reservation call Ladonna at (850)387-2284, and let her know you are with the Fish ‘N Fest event to get the discounted rates.
What To Do Now?
First, download the Registration Form…fill it out and email back to Cefus@NutsAndBoltsFishing.com . Next call Ladonna at (850)387-2284 to book your room. And you’re all set.
We’ll send out regular updates to those who have registered to give you insights on what to expect, things to do off the water, restaurant options and more.
See you there!