Welcome to the Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club Site

Fort Pierce Sport Fishing Club,St Lucie Outboard Marine

Welcome Aboard. . . .

Welcome to the Ft. Pierce Sportfishing Club, located in Ft. 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 Ft. 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 19th.

 

Public comment period ends Dec 16.  More information can be viewed at:  http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/index.html?utm_source=FB+-+CMP+Am+20B&utm_campaign=FB%3A+CMP+Am+20B&utm_medium=email

Effective Dec. 8, 2014, the current fishing year for recreational sectors of greater amberjack changes from May 1 through April 30 to March 1 through the end of February.  Additional regulations include changing the current recreational fishing year for black sea bass from June 1 through May 31 to April 1 through March 31.

More information can be viewed at:  http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/index.html?utm_source=FB+-+CMP+Am+20B&utm_campaign=FB%3A+CMP+Am+20B&utm_medium=email

black sea bass

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

St. Lucie County’s Artificial Reef Program, under the direction of Jim Oppenborn since 2005, continues to receive donated heavy concrete and steel materials (culverts, concrete pilings, light poles, and steel vessels) and deploy them onto permitted nearshore and offshore sites in order to provide better areas to fish and dive and to enhance local fisheries. To deploy all of these artificial reef materials, the Artificial Reef Program has received and continues to request financial assistance from FWC’s Artificial Reef Construction Grant Program.

Many of the fish living in the Atlantic Ocean use the Indian River Lagoon at some point in their life history.  Since inshore fish habitats are vital to the health of the offshore fisheries, the Artificial Reef Program implemented an oyster reef restoration program in the lagoon with its partners, Florida Oceanographic Society and Florida SeaGrant. All the work is volunteer-driven.

Recently, the Artificial Reef Program received another 550 tons of materials which is enough material for our first deployment of the next planned reef. The Program is seeking supplemental funding to deploy a 1,000-ton concrete reef 400 feet west of the 2014 (1,500-ton) reef. In between the two reefs, the Program will deploy 12 artificial reef modules. Indian River County will deploy a similar reef offshore of Sebastian Inlet. Each reef will each be anchored by a 1,500-ton reef with a satellite secondary concrete reef (500 tons) at a distance of 400 feet from the anchoring reef (link enclosed). Between the two reefs will be 12 limestone artificial reef modules (photo enclosed).

Proposed reef system

Limestone module

The Artificial Reef Program also inspected a barge (SEI 26) for potential deployment, but could not meet the deadline for deployment that the owner wants.

More details regarding the County’s Artificial Reef Program can be viewed at:  http://www.stlucieco.gov/mosquito/reefs.htm  If you are interested in receiving regular emailed updates on the Artificial Reef Program, contact Jim Oppenborn (oppenbornj@stlucieco.org).

FWC Commission Meeting

The FWC Commission will discuss several marine fisheries management items Nov. 20 at the meeting in Key Largo.  The agenda and related materials can be viewed at:  http://myfwc.com/about/commission/commission-meetings/

Saltwater License-Free Fishing Day

Florida residents and visitors can experience the state’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Nov. 29.  More information and details can be viewed at:  http://www.myfwc.com/license/recreational/do-i-need-a-license/free-fishing

FWC Marine Fisheries News

Snook season closes Dec 15

A snook permit as well as a recreational saltwater license is required unless the angler is exempt from having a license. The daily bag limit is one-fish-per-person.

In the Atlantic, snook must be not less than 28 inches and not 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.

Snagging snook is prohibited and gear is limited to hook-and-line only. It is illegal to buy or sell snook.

More information at:  http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/snook/

Stone crab season open Oct 15 – May 15

More information at:  http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/stone-crabs/

Indian River Lagoon lionfish

In case you haven’t read this yet, enclosed is a link to an article in the TCPalm by Tyler Treadway on lionfish in the Treasure Coast region.

http://www.tcpalm.com/franchise/indian-river-lagoon/invasive-indian-river-lagoon-lionfish-have-only-one-predator-you_08509467

lionfish drawing

A new passenger rail service, known as All Aboard Florida (AAF), has been proposed to run between Miami and the Orlando. With up to 16 trains a day, this has the potential to drastically change the operating schedule of at least 3 drawbridges over navigable waters that see considerable vessel traffic. The additional rail traffic combined with anticipated higher rail freight demand, due to the expansion of the Port of Miami, will likely require changes in the operations of several drawbridges that would impinge on navigation.

The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting a navigational survey of the waterways that could be affected by this new rail service. Click here for a fillable form that you can then email to the Coast Guard. The email address to send you completed form is USCGD7DPBPublicComment@uscg.mil. Please note the public meetings listed on this form were canceled.

If you are interested in this issue, you can view more information on AAF at: http://www.boatus.com/gov/states/archives/fl/all-aboard-fl.asp

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