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, March 18th at 7 pm.


Club News

During our Club meeting in Feb, several members suggested a number of smartphone apps that are useful for gathering information to improve our efforts to catch fish.  These apps 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.

Don’t forget we’ve scheduled the rigging session for our next Club meeting on March 18.  See you then.

Local fishing and boating events

Fourth Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Festival in Fort Pierce

Sea-Life Habitat Improvement Project (SHIP) presents the 4th Annual Fort Pierce Oyster Festival. This one day festival celebrates the waterfront and its bounty with delicious oysters, seafood, land lubber food, live music, arts & crafts, river science symposiums, a children’s area, the Great Coconut Float Race and fun for the whole family. In 2014, attendance exceeded 7,500 patrons!

SHIP is dedicated to saving the oyster shells for the “Oyster Reef Restoration Projects” in St. Lucie County. In the first three years, this festival collected more than 1,800 gallons of oyster shells that have been used on our oyster reefing efforts in the Indian River Lagoon.

The Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club is supporting the Oyster Festival by operating the largest beer tent. For those of you volunteering to help in the morning, thank you. The Club needs at least 8 more volunteers to help in the afternoon. If you can pour beer or take money, we can put you to work. It is a busy day and a great way to get to know your fellow club members and get our name out to the Public.

If you can help, please complete the enclosed form and bring to our next meeting (March 18th) or sign up at the meeting where I will have the applications. The shifts are 9 am – 2 pm and 1:30 pm – 7 pm. All volunteers receive 10 tickets per shift (for food or beer) and a T-shirt. Click here to view the website.

Florida Sportsman Expo in Fort Pierce

The Florida Sportsman Expo will be held at the St. Lucie County Fairgrounds in Fort Pierce on April 11-12, 2015. To view more info on the Expo, click here.

FWC Marine Fisheries News

FWC’s March newsletter, Fishing in the Know, is available for viewing

FWC’s monthly newsletter keeps you informed about upcoming season openings and closures, regulation changes, important events such as fishing clinics, Commission meetings and workshops, and more. Fishing in the Know is the new name for what many have known for years as the Hot Sheet.

Click here to view more information.

Barracuda Workshops

The public is invited to attend any of two public workshops on barracuda scheduled for early March. At these workshops, FWC will gather stakeholder input on potential commercial and recreational bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, region-specific regulations and other related management options for barracuda.

Click here to view more information.

Atlantic snook season open Feb 1 – May 31

The recreational harvest season for snook reopened on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River. The season will remain open through May 31.

In the Atlantic, anglers may keep one snook per day that is not less than 28 or more than 32 inches total length, which is measured from the most forward point of the head with the mouth closed to the farthest tip of the tail with the tail compressed or squeezed while the fish is lying on its side. A snook permit is required to keep snook, along with a saltwater fishing license, unless the angler is exempt from the license requirements. Only hook-and-line gear is allowed when targeting or harvesting snook. It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

Click here to view more information.

Spiny lobster closes March 31

Saltwater Fish Measurement Lobster

Grouper season closed Jan 1 – Apr 30 in Atlantic waters, including Monroe County

This seasonal closure in federal and state waters includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin, tiger grouper*, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, and graysby. Grouper season reopens May 1.

* Tiger grouper is not closed in federal waters

Click here to view more information.

gag grouper

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day

FWC adopted a resolution to help raise awareness about the invasive lionfish issue. At its meeting Feb. 5 in Jacksonville, the FWC designated the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year to be Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day. On this day, through education and outreach, the FWC will encourage extra effort from the public to remove lionfish from Florida waters.

Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that have a negative impact on Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Consistent lionfish removal can reduce the negative impacts lionfish have on the reef community.

The FWC has several activities planned for the weekend of the first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day, which is May 16. On May 16 and 17, divers across the state will be encouraged to see how many lionfish can be removed from Florida waters in one weekend. The Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari is scheduled in Fort Pierce that same weekend. Divers are asked to report their catches via the Report Florida Lionfish app or online at MyFWC.com/Lionfish.


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.

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

FWC has approved our grant proposal for construction of a 1,500-ton artificial reef at a depth of 130 feet.

  • The grant will provide up to $60,000 towards this project.
  • The County’s expenditures for this grant will be at least $5,350.
  • McCulley Marine Services has been “babysitting” the Sterling Barge SEI 26 which has been donated to us (photo enclosed).  The barge would make a good base for the 130’ reef, similar to the Civic Center and FishAmerica Foundation concrete/barge reefs in shallower waters.
  • The reef must be in the water by August 21.

The cost of deploying the reef (the barge and donated materials) is not known at the time of this posting; however, if anyone has ideas as to who might be willing to fund the reef deployment in exchange for naming rights to the 130’ reef, please contact Jim Oppenborn.

For more information on the County’s Artificial Reef Program, email Jim Oppenborn (oppenbornj@stlucieco.org) or call him at 772-519-6056.

Sterling barge SEI 26


SAFMC Newsletter

The Winter 2015 edition of the South Atlantic Update is available now. Included in this edition is the latest update on the proposed changes to allow dolphin and wahoo legally harvested in the Bahamas to be brought into the U.S. as fillets. To view or download a copy, click here.

Local boating and fishing interests

Big trout in Fort Pierce

To read the article on Brian Comb’s fishing experience, click here.

Brian's trout

Fort Pierce’s Tucker Cove closed to motorboat traffic

Anglers who wish to try their luck in Tucker Cove at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park will have to paddle, pole or troll to their fishing holes. The park last week posted signs banning the use of combustion — gasoline or diesel — engines from the cove. Boats powered by electric trolling motors, paddles, poles or sails are permitted. The exclusion zone is permanent and year-round.

To view map of Tucker Cove, click here.

Maverick Boat Company

When it comes to inshore fishing, there is no better way to describe the first 30 years of history for the Maverick Boat Company.  To read Ed Killer’s article, click here.

Sharing the knowledge

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.

Boat Not Required

Bill's Fish 11-2014Bill Arbaugh caught this beauty in his back yard! Right off the bulkhead behind the Colonnades.
No Boat!  No Travel!  Great Catch!



Send your photos “for the website” to fpsc@live.com

Tie Knots Professionally

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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