Rick Murphy
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, June 17th at 7 pm.


Club News

I am very pleased to announce that all three of our scales were certified by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The scales are located at DeBrooks Corner Bait and Tackle, The Fishing Center and Little Jim’s.

Start saving fish for our August Fish Fry.

We are asking members to consider whether they might like to join the Board of Directors. Nominations will be announced at the August meeting.

Guest Speaker for June Meeting:  Capt. Tim Simos

Capt. Simos will focus on fishing along the shore during the summer months. Folks are encouraged to checkout his website (http://timsimos.com) before the meeting.

Club Fishing Trip – May 23rd

We finally had friendly weather AND seas. Four boats prepared to go out; three went out; and two returned to Little Jim’s with Fish Tales. The beer was cold and the camaraderie warm! Participating anglers were Jim and Deb Anderson, Gary Greenfield, Darrell Smith, Frank Briganti, Alex Anthony, Bob Hain, Rick Kulczynski, Charlie Mahan and crew. Fish caught included bonito, barracuda, dolphin, triggerfish and a 6-foot sailfish by Gary Greenfield (photos aboard Frank’s Yellow Bird and at Little Jim’s enclosed). To find out whose boat didn’t go out; who caught what; and who was MIA; come to the next meeting June 17th.

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Next Club Fishing Trip – Saturday, June 20th

Fishing Saturday, June 20th. First prize is a $50 gift certificate. Inshore winner will be determined by length; offshore by weight. Sailfish will be measured lower jawbone to split tail fork and released.

Last month, we had 3 boats go out so we’re hoping for at least a couple more this month. The conditions continue to improve so it should be a beautiful day on the water. We meet and weigh-in at Little Jim’s at 2:30 pm. If you want to fish and have a boat or need a boat, call John Rost 772-579-9847.

June 11 & 13: ARC of Martin County KDW Fishing Tournament

Type: Offshore
Species: Kingfish, dolphin, wahoo
Location: Twisted Tuna, 4290 SE Salerno Road, Port Salerno
Benefits: Advocates for the Rights of the Challenged of Martin County
Entry: $300 per boat
Payout: $10,000 total purse based on 100 boats
Online: www.arcmc.org
Contact: 772-283-2525

June 25-28: Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Mako Owners Funament (open to all boaters)

Species: Many
Location: Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina, 555 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart
Entry: $100 per boat
Payout: Trophies and prizes
Online: www.mako-boats.com/fishingfunaments
Contact: 772-785-7600

June 26-27: Blue Marlin Motors Blue Marlin Tournament

Type: Offshore
Species: Blue marlin (release) and meatfish categories
Location: Blue Marlin Motors, 2901 SE Gran Parkway, Stuart
Entry: $500 per boat
Payout: $25,000 guaranteed
Online: Blue Marlin Motors USA on Facebook
Contact: dcoutu@aimmedia.com

June 26-27: CCA Inter-Chapter Challenge

Type: Inshore
Species: Snook, trout, redfish, tarpon and mystery fish
Format: All release
Location: River Palm Fish Camp & Cottages, 2325 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach
Entry: $65 per angler, $30 per youth angler
Payout: Trophies and prizes
Online: Facebook
Contact: 941-720-4446 or bgorski@ccaflorida.org

April 17 – July 11:  King of the South Tournament Series

Type: Offshore
Species: Kingfish
Location: Two events – one in Fort Pierce, one in Palm Beach
Entry: $500 per boat
Payout (based on 30 boats): Grand prize of $10,000
Online: thekingofthesouth.com
Contact: 772-201-6622

Artificial Reef News

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

St. Lucie County’s Artificial Reef Program continues to receive donated materials (light poles, bridge girders, bridge slabs) to be deployed onto the County’s artificial reef sites. A new concrete deck was poured onto the deployment barge. This collaborative effort with donaters, deliverers and offloaders of these materials continues to be successfully organized and coordinated by the County’s Program.

light poles bridge girders bridge slabs new concrete deck on barge

The Artificial Reef Program has received the molds for creation of the limestone artificial reef modules. The County will pay for deployment monitoring and annual monitoring. The Program has received a donation for the first module. Please contact Jim Oppenborn (772-462-1713 or 772-519-6056) if you’d like to sponsor a module on the County’s first memorial reef or if you wish to deploy a module at another location on one of the County’s artificial reef sites.

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FWC Marine Fisheries News

Grouper season open May 1 – December 31 in Atlantic waters, including Monroe County

The recreational harvest of shallow water groupers (which includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin, tiger*, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, and graysby) is open in federal and state waters.

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 vessels for use as needed to remove hooks from Atlantic grouper, including reef fish.

* Tiger grouper is not closed in federal waters

Click here to view more information.

gag grouper

The recreational harvest of snook in Atlantic state and federal waters closed on June 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.

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Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day a success!

Florida’s first annual statewide Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (first Saturday after Mother’s Day) was a success, from lionfish removal efforts to educating the public about lionfish.

Despite high winds and bad weather made the efforts difficult, plenty of lionfish were still removed across the state. Florida visitors and residents across the state came together to remove 2,399 lionfish in anticipation of and on the weekend of Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day.

The Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari celebrated its third annual run in Fort Pierce with a two-day affair that included 31 divers competing on eight teams. The Safari teams tallied 224 lionfish removed from local waters. The largest measured 15 1/2 inches and the smallest measured 4.6 inches. Slightly rough waters kicked up by east winds made it tricky for divers to find good visibility both Saturday and Sunday. Seven teams wiped out 581 lionfish in 2014.

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.

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FWC’s June 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.

FWC Marine Fisheries Management Survey ends June 25

FWC is conducting a short survey to help determine priority areas for marine fisheries management projects. Marine fish and invertebrates are your resources. This is your opportunity to assist in the management of your resource. The survey will be available online through June 25. To take the survey, 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 Marine Fisheries News

NOAA announces the Red Snapper Fishery will remain closed in the South Atlantic Region 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.

NOAA announces the recreational harvest of blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic Region will close on June 10, 2015

The recreational fishing season for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic reopened on May 1, 2015. The open season for blueline tile fish is May through August each year, unless closed through an in-season closure, with a bag limit of one fish per vessel per day. The fishery is closed to recreational harvest from September through April. In 2016, the recreational season for blueline tilefish is closed from January 1 through April 30 and September 1 through December 31. The recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 am on May 1, 2016. To view more information on the announcement, click here.

NOAA announces changes to management measures for gray triggerfish

One of the changes is an increase in the recreational minimum size limit for gray triggerfish off the east coast of Florida from 12-inches to 14-inches fork length. To view more information, click here.

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposed rule for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

The proposed rule would adjust the annual catch limits (ACL) of gag and wreckfish based on the outcome of population assessments. The comment period ends on July 6, 2015. To view the proposed rule and additional information, click here.

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting scheduled for June 8-12, 2015, in Key West

To view SAFMC meeting agenda and scheduled topics, click here.

SAFMC’s quarterly newsletter, South Atlantic Update, is available for viewing
The latest issue of the South Atlantic Update newsletter from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council is available now. To view and/or download a copy of the newsletter, 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