Rick Murphy

Welcome to the Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club

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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, June 15th at 7 pm.

The next Fishing Trip is Saturday, June 18th, with the Cookout at 3:30 pm.

Club News

Guest Speaker for June Meeting

Capt Mark Dravos, of Y-B-Normal Charters, is our local inshore fishing guru and a fabulously fun speaker!  Mark your calendar. You won’t want to miss his pearls of wisdom. Check him out at his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Y-B-Normal-Fishing-Charters-102566683131771/

The meeting will be held at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club, Wednesday, June the 15th.  Pizza at 7 pm with Capt Mark Dravos speaking at 7:30 pm.

New Members

Welcome new members, Bob and Karen Nemson of Vero Beach, and Dwayne Carter and Robin Noble of Fort Pierce.

REMINDER – Monthly Club Fishing Trip & Cookout
We will try to get boats out fishing Saturday, June 18th, and plan to attend the cookout at Taylor Creek Marina. We will have our cookout (rain or shine) at 3:30 pm. Members are encouraged to sign up at the June meeting so we’ll have enough burgers. Cookout is BYOB and bring a side dish to share.
If you don’t get out fishing on Saturday, you can still attend the cookout. We are developing a very happy crew and there is plenty of room for more smiling faces.
When you do catch a fish, save it or at least a good chunk of it. The fish fry is in August and we will need your fish to fry!
Kids Fishing for the Day

We are firming plans to take the St. Lucie Boys and Girls Club out fishing aboard the Fort Pierce Lady, probably July 27th, though, at this time, the date is NOT confirmed and that is the first day of mini-season for lobster. Please think about joining us to share your fishing finesse with the kids.

Monthly Fishing Derby for June – Grouper
The rules are:
  1. fish for any of the grouper species not affected by a closed season;
  2. weigh the fish (your scale or a public one); and
  3. using the honor system, email the info along with a photo, if you can, to fpsc@live.com.

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Upcoming Fishing Tournaments and Events
  • June 10-12:  Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari
    • Captains meeting:  June 10 at 6 pm at Old City Hall 2nd floor, 315 Avenue A, Fort Pierce
    • Entry:  $100 per team (up to 4 divers) or $30 per individual (who will be teamed up with dive partners)
    • Payout:  Up to $3,500
    • Information:  Facebook and www.treasurecoastlionfishsafari.com or call 772-528-0675
Club Discount

DeBrooks Fishing Corner, St. Lucie Fishing Center and White’s Tackle offer a 10% discount on items purchased within their stores to members who are currently paid up on their annual membership dues.

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Captains Reports

From Capt Stan “Stanman” Jarusinski:
Capt Stanman went catching on June 2nd, caught dolphin, kingfish, barracuda, and a 65″ sailfish that was heavy.
“Would like to have measured the girth and/or weighed it. Was the thickest sailfish I have ever seen. Took about 50 minutes to get her to the boat. With the last jump being about 15 feet from the boat, thought she was coming on board.”
“As usual, 15-lb Hi-Seas clear fluorocarbon line by Frank Briganti caught in good physical condition. It was his fifth sailfish and the largest one he ever caught. Never concerned about his physicality through the entire encounter. It was +90⁰ yesterday, evidenced by his wet shirt and shorts.”
“Weather was extraordinary. Don’t fish weekends, but for a weekday fishery, it was the most boats ever seen on a weekday, Thursday. Didn’t hear much being caught on the radio and by personal observation.  Last Mango boated a nice snapper when we slow trolled near them, only fish we saw caught. Sailfish was caught on a live greenie and a greenie-colored Cape Lookout Flasher.
“Fished with Frank Briganti and Alex Anthony on the Yellow Bird. Alex revived the fish before it swam away to fight another day. Those twin 300 Yammies got us back to the barn fast. Great day on the water.
Thank you Lord.”
“Life is too short to catch short fish”
Capt Stanman held a captive audience during the May meeting. He was very generous with give-aways of stainless steel leader wire, swivels, SKA kerchiefs and raffle gifts included: a Simrad VHF/GPS handheld radio won by Deb Anderson, an American Fishing Wire glove for those slimy fish, and several titanium leaders.
Capt Stanman shared many of his secrets to catching the big one, including:
  • Use a good chart. His favorite is Top Spot Fishing Charts.
  • Clean your fluorocarbon line. Most lines are coated with dust from the factory. Wipe the strand with a soft cloth before using and you’ll get better results.
  • Many believe that you cannot tie monofilament to fluorocarbon. Capt Stanman says you can, but you have to wet the lines before tying them.
  • Use a permanent black marker to color your line and hooks. It will be harder for the fish to see them.
  • When a kingfish bites, let them go. Give them all the line they want. They’ll run from the boat, then turn and run back towards the boat. All that running burns oxygen and they just tire themselves out. Be ready to reel the line in while they are running towards the boat. A good reel comes in handy.
From Capt David Albritton:
Capt Albritton talked about the SKA National Tournament that is coming to Fort Pierce November 11-12, 2016. It is not too late to enter the tournament and there’s plenty of opportunity to practice. It just so happens we live in the best area to fish king mackerel. Head south 3 miles or north 4 miles from the inlet and you’ll be on the fish.
There are four events in our area that could qualify your team for the National Tournament.
We are talking BIG prizes! Visit the SKA website, www.fishska.com, for the entry rules and full schedule.

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

Artificial Reef materials

The Artificial Reef Program continues to receive donated materials for deployment (photo enclosed).

30-inch RCP Delivered from the 2nd Street Improvement Project

Tug Kathleen

Clean up efforts continue on the Tug Kathleen in preparation for its eventual sinking. The Reef Program will have to conduct a stability analysis on the tug to determine where to sink her. The next tasks will be to place secondary concrete below deck and perform the stability analysis. The plan is to sink her between 120′ to 150’.

The proposed plan is to deploy the Kathleen in early July and to have a live TV feed as she is sinking. Currently working on a connection with a local TV station and local brewery to host a deployment party. A banner has been posted on the tug to advertise the Kathleen deployment.

Please email Jim (oppenbornj@stlucieco.org) if you have recommendations for deploying the Tug Kathleen. Emails should come from as wide a variety of interests (both anglers and divers) as possible.

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State Fisheries News

FWC’s monthly newsletter for June, Fishing in the Know, is available for viewing
The June 2016 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.
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Tagged cobia in Florida waters

A cobia tagging project is underway along Florida’s east coast. Scientists with FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are tagging cobia in order to track movement of the fish to learn more about the migration of the Gulf and Atlantic stocks. Researchers are using conventional dart tags and implanted acoustic transmitters to track mature fish. An array of acoustic receivers along the coast can detect the individual fish when they swim nearby. The movement patterns will provide more information to management to make informed decisions on the stocks and to provide a geographical location of the biological stock boundary.

A total of 150 transmitters (50 each in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina) will be used for the one-year study. The transmitters will last for up to four years allowing researchers to continue collecting information after the initial report is complete.

Cobia is a popular saltwater recreational fishery in the southeastern United States due to its ease of access, brute fighting strength and excellent culinary qualities. Although it is not illegal, scientists discourage the harvest of tagged cobia. If you catch a tagged cobia (two plastic tags should be visible on the back of the fish, one on each side) record the tag number, fork length, date and general location of the catch. Release the fish in good condition, and report it by calling 888-824-7472.

For more information on the tagging project, click here.

lionfish_decalLionfish Derby Events and Statewide Removal Program

A whopping 8,089 lionfish were removed off Pensacola and a state size record was broken May 14-15 at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament. At FWC-supported events to date, another 5,978 lionfish were removed for a total of 14,067 statewide (2,975 lionfish were removed statewide in 2015). More than 7,000 people attended the tournament, where visitors got to taste lionfish, see filet demonstrations, and much more. The state record for longest lionfish caught in Gulf waters was broken when an angler brought in a 17.5-inch lionfish (previous record was 17.2 inches).

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (first Saturday after Mother’s Day) was created by the FWC to raise awareness about lionfish – nonnative, invasive species that have a potential negative impact on native species and habitat.

Atlantic snook to close in state and federal waters on June 1, 2016

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, will close on June 1 and reopen on Sept 1. Snook can be caught and released during the closed season.

For more information, click here.

The recreational harvest of shallow water grouper species opened in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Monroe County, May 1, 2016

The season will remain open until Jan 1, 2017. Grouper species that may be harvested are gag, red, black, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, rock hind, red hind, graysby and coney.

Recreational anglers targeting these species may not take more than three grouper per person per day. Within this three-fish limit, anglers may possess only one gag or black grouper (not both).

Dehooking tools must be aboard recreational vessels for use as needed to remove hooks from reef fish, including Atlantic grouper.

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New state permit allows mackerel tournaments to donate catch to benefit charity

With just a no-cost permit, mackerel tournament directors can donate tournament-caught king and Spanish mackerel to a licensed wholesale dealer in exchange for a donation to the charity of the tournament’s choice. While this activity has traditionally occurred at mackerel tournaments in Florida, recent federal regulation changes prohibited the activity unless a state permit was issued.

In addition to helping tournaments raise funds for charity, this permit will help minimize waste of tournament-caught king and Spanish mackerel that otherwise may not have been eaten. FWC approved the creation of this permit at its June 2015 meeting in Sarasota.

Donated fish can be caught in state or federal waters and would have to be handled and iced in accordance with seafood safety standards. Wholesale dealers must be onsite during the weigh-in to obtain the tournament-caught fish. The fish would also have to be identified as tournament catch on commercial trip tickets.

This permit will ensure that tournament-caught fish are not counted toward both the recreational and commercial fishing quotas. Although fish are recreationally caught, they enter the commercial market once donated to a wholesale dealer. Preventing these fish from being double-counted in both the recreational and commercial fishing quotas ensures more accurate landings data and prevents possible negative impacts to the commercial fishery, such as early season closures.

For more information or to apply for a permit, click here.

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.

Federal Fisheries News

SAFMC is scheduled to meet June 13-17, 2016 in Cocoa Beach

For information on the meeting, click here.

For details on the topics to be discussed at the meeting, click here.

SAFMC’s quarterly newsletter, South Atlantic Update, is available for viewing
The 2016 spring 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.
NOAA Fisheries seeking comments on proposed management changes to black sea bass, blueline tilefish, and yellowtail snapper in South Atlantic waters

Some of the proposed changes include:

  • increasing the recreational bag limit for black sea bass from five to seven fish per person per day;
  • increasing the recreational bag limit for blueline tilefish from one fish per vessel to three fish per person per day for the months of May through August; and
  • changing the yellowtail snapper fishing year start date from January 1 to August 1, each year.

For more information on this subject, click here.

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NOAA Fisheries announces new regulations for Snapper-Grouper in South Atlantic waters

The final rule for Amendment 35 removes dog snapper, black snapper, mahogany snapper, and schoolmaster from the Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan. These species have extremely low landings, and regulations governing their harvest differ in state and federal waters.

Regulations will be effective June 22, 2016.

For more information on the final rule, click here.

NOAA Fisheries announces new regulations for dolphin, wahoo and snapper grouper species effective Jan 27, 2016

The final rule implementing (1) Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Dolphin Wahoo Fishery of the South Atlantic Region and (2) Amendment 33 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper-Grouper Amendment 33) was published on Dec 28, 2015 (80 FR 80686).

The management measures in Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper-Grouper Amendment 33 address dolphin, wahoo, and snapper-grouper species lawfully harvested by recreational fishers in the Bahamas and brought into U.S. federal waters.

The final rule will:

  • allow recreational fishermen to bring fillets of dolphin and wahoo from the Bahamas into U.S. federal waters and update regulations that currently allow recreational fishermen to bring snapper-grouper fillets from the Bahamas into U.S. federal waters;
  • specify two fillets are equivalent to one fish for dolphin, wahoo, and snapper-grouper species brought into U.S. federal waters from the Bahamas;
  • require fishers to retain skin on the entire fillet of dolphin, wahoo, and snapper-grouper species;
  • require fishing gear to be stowed while transiting U.S. federal waters from the Bahamas [a vessel carrying fillets of dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper species lawfully harvested in Bahamian waters would not be allowed to stop in U.S. federal waters during the transit];
  • require stamped and dated passports as well as valid current Bahamian cruising and fishing permits to prove that the recreational fishers were in the Bahamas;
  • not allow recreationally caught dolphin, wahoo, or snapper-grouper from the Bahamas to be sold or purchased in the U.S.; and
  • not exempt recreational fishermen from any other Federal fishing regulations such as fishing seasons, recreational bag limits, size limits, and prohibited species.

For more information on the final rule, click here.

NOAA Fisheries announces red snapper will remain closed to recreational fishing in South Atlantic federal waters in 2016.

For more information on this subject, click here.

The recreational harvest of shallow water grouper species in Atlantic state and federal waters opened on May 1, 2016

The recreational fishing season will remain open through Dec 31, 2016, then close on Jan 1, 2017. Grouper species that can be harvested are gag, red, black, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, rock hind, red hind, graysby and coney.

gag grouperThe recreational harvest of snowy grouper in South Atlantic waters opened on May 1, 2016

The recreational fishing season of snowy grouper is May 1 – Aug 31, 2016 or until the recreational Annual Catch Limit (ACL) has been met.

There is no size limit. The bag limit is only one (1) fish per VESSEL per DAY and is included in the Aggregate Grouper Bag Limit of 3 grouper per person/day.

To view more information, click here.

The recreational harvest of blueline tilefish in South Atlantic waters opened May 1, 2016

The recreational fishing season of blueline tilefish is May 1 – Aug 31, 2016 or until the ACL has been met. Annually, from Sept through April, the fishery will be closed to recreational harvest; from May through Aug, the fishery will be open to harvest.

There is no size limit. The bag limit is one (1) fish per VESSEL per DAY when the fishery is open.

To view more information, click here.

NOAA Fisheries announces the 2016-2017 recreational fishing season for black sea bass in South Atlantic waters

The recreational season opened on April 1, 2016, and will close on March 31, 2017. For more information on this, click here.

black sea bassThe recreational fishing season for hogfish in Atlantic federal waters opened Jan 1, 2016

Anglers may keep a daily bag limit of five hogfish per person; no bag limit elsewhere. Size limit is 12 inches fork length.hogfish

The recreational fishing season for golden tilefish in South Atlantic waters opened Jan 1, 2016

To view more information, 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