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Welcome to the Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club Site

2013 april Fishing Club Mtg - Whit party 387

Welcome Aboard. . . .

Welcome to the Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club, located in Fort Pierce, the best fishing area in all of Florida. Established in 1980 as a family organization whose members share a common interest in sportfishing, conservation, community service and boating. Our members enjoy both inshore and offshore fishing in local waters that produce spectacular catches in one of the most diverse fisheries anywhere. Come join us the third Wednesday of every month at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club located on the beautiful Indian River starting at 7 pm. Admission is always free and you don’t have to be a member to attend.


Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 18th at 7 pm.


Vero Beach Boat Show this weekend, Nov 21-22

The 32nd Annual Vero Beach Fall Boat Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, at Riverside Park in Vero Beach. For more information on the boat show, click here. To read the TCPalm article, click here.

Vero Beach Boat Show

Club News

November Meeting

This month’s guest speaker is USCG-certified Capt. Rich Kluglein. His specialty is dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, snapper, grouper and more. For more information, please visit his website, www.FinsSportFishing.com

Let’s take our new knowledge, hope the winds settle down and go fishing Saturday, November 21. Talk with fellow members at the meeting to put together a boat of anglers!

In addition to fishing, our Club is involved in community projects. We have received thank you letters from Treasure Coast Hospice for our donation on behalf of longtime member and Board Director, Cort Schult, and from the Indian River State College for a scholarship.

Save the date of Saturday, April 2, 2016, for the Fort Pierce Oysterfest. We are planning to run the beer tent, as we have the past two years. If you can donate a couple of hours, it’s a great way to get to know your fellow members.

If you renewed your membership for the 2015 – 2016 year, pick up your new card when you sign in.

See you Wednesday, the 18th!

2015-2016 Board Members and Directors

The new FPSC Board Members for 2015 – 2016 are:
President – Frank Briganti
Vice President – John Rost
Treasurer – Charlie Mahan
Secretary – Leslie Briganti

The new FPSC Directors for 2015 – 2016 are:  Darrell Smith, Bob Hain, Jim Anderson, Tamy Walker, Jack Yolinsky, Deb Anderson, and Primo Rosario

Congratulations to the new electees!

Fish Photos

Enclosed are a couple of photos of fish caught earlier this year by our members.

Walker kingfish

Tamy Walker with kingfish.

Anderson & Joy cobia

Jim Anderson and Lowell Joy with their cobia.

Just a reminder to the membership . . . email your fish or fishing photos to the Club (fpsc@live.com).  We’ll post them on the web site . . . maybe not right away, but eventually.

Artificial Reef News

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

FWC has granted funds to the Artificial Reef Program to deploy 13 additional Limestone Special artificial reef modules next spring-summer (image enclosed). The County will deploy 25 modules on the North County Nearshore Site with 12 modules deployed between the last two (1,500-ton) reefs created.

One family, assisted by Billy Bones Bait & Tackle, has already raised and donated funds to deploy one module in memory of their son. If anyone knows of a local business that might be interested in naming rights or purchasing a module to memorialize a loved one, please contact Jim Oppenborn at your convenience.

Alternatively, the Program could auction off the remaining 24 modules. Depending on pricing, Jim proposes proceeds from any fundraising go towards deployment of a “Super Reef” on the Offshore Site, once permitting is completed. This module measures 25 feet high and weighs 18 tons (image enclosed). The modules can also be equipped with ancillary modules to increase complexity and attract pelagic fishes.

070615 Limestone Special Production Facility

Super Reef (Relative Size)

State Fisheries News

Snook Symposium scheduled Jan 13, 2016

FWC is hosting a public discussion about snook research and management in Florida, including the results of the soon-to-be-released 2015 stock assessment, population recovery following the 2010 cold kill, and opportunities for improving snook management.

  • When = January 13, 2016
  • Where = Caribe Royale, 8101 World Center Drive in Orlando
  • Click here for Symposium information


Stone crab season opened in State and Federal waters on Oct 15, 2015

Florida’s recreational stone crab claw harvest season opened Oct 15 in State and Federal waters. To be harvested, stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches in length when measured from the elbow to the tip of the lower immovable portion of the claw (see illustration). Harvesters are encouraged to take only one claw, even if both claws are of legal size, so that the released crab will be better able to defend itself from predators. A crab that is returned to the water with one claw intact will be able to obtain more food in a shorter amount of time and therefore regrow its claw faster. There is a recreational daily bag limit of 1 gallon of claws per person or 2 gallons per vessel, whichever is less.

stone crab

The season will be open through May 15, 2016, closing May 16. Stone crab regulations are the same in State and Federal waters.

For more information on the recreational harvest of stone crabs, click here.

FWC approves barracuda conservation measures for south Florida

FWC approved new recreational and commercial bag limits for barracuda for waters off south Florida. The changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only, and will include a:

  • Recreational and commercial daily bag limit of two fish per person and
  • Recreational and commercial daily vessel limit of six fish per vessel.

These new limits went into effect Nov 1, 2015.

Stakeholders in southeast Florida and the Florida Keys have voiced concerns about declining barracuda numbers observed when fishing and diving. FWC staff gathered public input from concerned stakeholders at workshops conducted earlier this year. The FWC is responding to these concerns by creating bag limits to prevent further declines and conserve barracuda in the region.

The original proposal also included barracuda size limits, however the FWC wants to gather more input from stakeholders before creating additional limits. FWC staff will conduct another series of workshops in south Florida to gather more public input before considering any additional management measures.

Click here for more information.

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters opened on Sept 1, 2015

Snook will reopen for harvest in Atlantic state and federal waters on Sept 1, 2015. Snook is also closed for harvest in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, including Everglades National Park and Monroe County, through Aug 31, but reopening Sept 1. Click here to view more information.

common snook

UPDATE:  Gray triggerfish size limit changes in Atlantic state waters effective Nov 21, 2015

At its Nov 18 meeting in Panama City Beach, FWC approved changes to the gray triggerfish size and bag limits in Atlantic state waters.

The approvals include:

  • In Atlantic state waters – changing the recreational minimum size limit from 14 to 12 inches fork length and creating a 10-fish recreational bag limit
  • Statewide – changing the sale and import size limit from 14 to 12 inches fork length

These changes make Atlantic state water regulations inconsistent with the minimum size requirement (14″) for triggerfish in Atlantic federal waters. These changes will go into effect on Saturday, Nov 21.

Stakeholders expressed that a smaller size limit is more appropriate because gray triggerfish are, on average, smaller in size in state waters off the Atlantic coast of south Florida than they are in other federally managed regions along the Atlantic. FWC realized public input from all areas affected by the size limit change was not received by federal fishery managers.

For more information on the changes, click here.

gray triggerfish

FWC’s monthly newsletter for November, Fishing in the Know, is available for viewing
The November issue of the Fishing in the Know newsletter from FWC is available now. To view and/or download a copy of the newsletter, click here.
Slow down for manatees migrating to warmer waters

With winter’s chill approaching, Florida manatees are on the move. Manatees cannot tolerate cold water and may begin to seek warmer water when temperatures start to drop below 68°F. Some travel hundreds of miles to reach a warmer destination. Because of the annual migration, FWC is reminding boat and personal watercraft operators that it is important to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas.

Manatees can be difficult to see as they often swim and rest just below the water’s surface. Boaters wearing polarized sunglasses are more likely to spot manatees underwater.

November is Manatee Awareness Month. There is no better time to plan a visit to observe Florida’s beloved manatees. Find these places by going to MyFWC.com/Manatee and clicking the link under the “Where can I See Manatees?” box.

Boaters should be aware that many seasonal manatee protection zones go into effect on Nov 15 throughout the state. For information about manatee protection zones by county, including the seasonal changes, go to MyFWC.com/Manatee, and click on “Data and Maps.” At the bottom of that same page, there also is information on FWC Manatee COLD-weather changes to speed zones. FWC law enforcement officers will be on the water enforcing these seasonal rules to protect manatees in busy boating areas.

Discarded monofilament line injures and kills wildlife

Fishing is an important part of the Florida lifestyle as well as its economy. To ensure that this activity doesn’t lead to problems for birds and other wildlife, the FWC wants anglers to know about the potential hazards and sure-fire solutions. FWC warns that monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks can snag and entangle birds, sea turtles and manatees, leading to injury and even death.

For more information on the statewide Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program, click here.

Nine New Saltwater Grand Slams for Florida

FWC has introduced nine new Saltwater Grand Slams. Grand Slams challenge anglers to catch three specific fish species in a 24-hour period.

The new Grand Slams include:

  • Inshore Grand Slam: red drum, spotted seatrout, flounder
  • Family Slam: any three fish in the same family (example: red drum, black drum and spotted seatrout)
  • Blue Water Slam: dolphin, sailfish, wahoo
  • Florida Grand Slam: permit, tarpon, bonefish
  • Shoreline Slam: sheepshead, whiting, Florida pompano
  • Reefs and Rubble Slam: black sea bass, gag, gray triggerfish
  • Nearshore Slam: cobia, tripletail, king mackerel
  • Bay and Estuary Slam: gray (mangrove) snapper, snook, Spanish mackerel
  • Small Fry Slam (for children 15 and under): pinfish, grunt, catfish

Click here to view more information.

Federal Fisheries News

SAFMC’s quarterly newsletter, South Atlantic Update, is available for viewing
The summer issue of the South Atlantic Update newsletter from the SAFMC is available now. To view and/or download a copy of the newsletter, click here.
Recreational harvest of golden tilefish in South Atlantic waters closed on August 11, 2015

Recreational harvest in federal waters will reopen on January 1, 2016. The recreational annual catch limit for golden tilefish is 3,019 fish. Reports indicate that landings have exceeded the 2015 annual catch limit for the recreational sector for golden tilefish.

Recreational harvest of hogfish in South Atlantic waters closed on August 24, 2015

Recreational harvest in federal waters will reopen on January 1, 2016. The recreational annual catch limit for hogfish is 85,355 pounds whole weight. Reports indicate that landings have exceeded the 2015 recreational annual catch limit for hogfish.

Recreational harvest of snowy grouper in South Atlantic waters closed on September 1, 2015

Recreational harvest in federal waters will reopen on May 1, 2016. To view more information, click here.

NOAA announces the Red Snapper Fishery will remain closed in South Atlantic waters for 2015

Red snapper will remain closed in South Atlantic Federal waters for 2015. There will not be commercial or recreational seasons in 2015 because the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2014 exceeded the allowable level. To view more details on this announcement, click here.

Sharing Knowledge

Down Rigger Depth Chart (contributed by Cort Schult)

To download a copy of the chart, click here.

Fishing websites & apps

SAFMC has introduced a mobile app on fishing regulations for the South Atlantic. The apps listed below are free at the App Store on iTunes as well as on Google Play.  Also useful is a flashlight app available on both iTunes and Google Play.

A website useful for local tide information is Tides4fishing.com. If you have other apps or websites that you believe may be useful to the Club members, please email them to the Club at fpsc@live.com.

Also, a number of you recommended getting live bait from Dave Maxwell (Dave’s Live Bait). He can be found most days motoring between the Stan Blum boat ramps and the inlet early in the morning. He’s usually done by 8 am. If he’s on the water, he can be reached at 772-519-2104.

Automated VHF Radio Check Service

We all know that having a functioning VHF radio on board is a necessity. Checking your radio to ensure it is working should be done every time you go out boating. In the past, you used to need to make a radio check request and wait for a response, but no longer.

Now you can do it yourself with Sea Tow’s Automated Radio Check Service. Provided as a FREE public service to boating communities nationwide, Sea Tow’s innovative Automated Radio Check Service reduces the volume of non-urgent communications traffic on VHF channel 16, the international hailing and distress channel, while still allowing you to perform the check to ensure that your radio is functioning properly.

VHF Channel 26 serves Fort Pierce.  Google “Automated Radio Check Service” if you wish to read more info on the service.

Tie Knots Professionally

Tie-KnotsPro-Knot Fishing Salt Water Description:

NEW! Featuring knots for fluorocarbon and Spectra. Includes the new Seaguar (fluorocarbon to mono) Knot introduced by the Japanese reps from the Seaguar factory to West Coast tackle shops in early 2003. Also has the rarely published San Diego Jam Knot which can be tied reliably and easily in monfilament, braided and fluorocarbon lines! Read the rest of this entry