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, May 20th at 7 pm.


Club News

Club Fishing Trip – May 23rd

We are trying to get a group together to fish Saturday, May 23rd.  Please check your calendars and see if you are available.

If you have a boat and can take an angler or two or if you would like to get on a boat, please call John Rost 772.589.9847 or sign up at the May 20th meeting.  We will pair anglers with boaters at the meeting Wednesday, May 20th.

Fishin 5-23

Sharing the knowledge

Down Rigger Depth Chart (contributed by Cort Shult)

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.

May 8-9:  St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce Fishing Frenzy

Type:  Offshore
Species:  Dolphin
Entry fee:  $275 per boat
Payout:  $10,000 through $1,000 (1st through 4th), based on 100 boats
Location:  Fort Pierce City Marina, Fort Pierce
Online:  stluciechamber.org
Contact:  772-595-9999

May 8-9:  White’s Tackle Inaugural Inshore Fishing Tournament

Species:  Snook, seatrout, and redfish
Entry fee:  $50 per angler; boat, wade, or paddle
Kick-off Party:  Bottom’s Up 6-10 PM.
Contact:  White’s Tackle at 772-461-6909 or email info@whitestackle.com for more info

May 15-16:  D.O.A. Lures Paddler’s Only Fishing Tournament

Type:  Inshore
Species: Snook, seatrout, redfish
Format:  Catch, photo, release; D.O.A. Lures only
Entry:  See website, limit of 120 anglers
Payout:  Kayaks and prizes
Location:  River Palm Fish Camp & Cottages, 2325 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach
Online:  doalures.com
Contact:  772-287-5001

May 15-17:  Treasure Coast Lionfish Safari

Type:  Offshore
Species:  Lionfish
Location:  Captain’s meeting: Old City Hall, Avenue A and U.S. 1; Weigh-in: Fort Pierce City Marina
Entry fee:  $100 per team of two to four divers, freedivers and hook-and-line anglers
Payout:  TBA
Online:  Facebook
Contact:  772-473-0252

May 22-23:  Treasure Coast Builders Association Fishing Tournament

Type:  Offshore and inshore
Species:  Kingfish, dolphin, wahoo, grouper, snapper, snook, seatrout, redfish
Entry:  Offshore = $275 before May 20; then $325; Inshore = $150 before May 20, then $175
Location:  Pirates Cove Resort and Marina, Port Salerno
Online:  treasurecoastba.com
Contact:  772-336-8222

May 29-30:  Exchange Club of Sebastian Blue Water Open

Type:  Offshore
Species:  Dolphin, wahoo, kingfish, grouper,
Entry:  $250 per boat
Payout:  $16,000 guaranteed with $1,250 for first place in each category plus $1,000 prize for top amberjack and $1,000 for top cobia
Location:  Capt’n Butchers Waterfront Resort Seafood Grille and Bar, Sebastian

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

FWC Marine Fisheries News

FWC’s May 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.

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

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.

National Marine Fisheries News

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

The proposed rule would modify the recreational fishing season for snowy grouper from 1 per vessel per day year-round to 1 per vessel per day from May through August with no recreational retention during the rest of the year. The comment period ends on May 8, 2015.

To view the proposed rule and additional information, click here.

NOAA Fisheries implements management measures to end overfishing of blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic

The recreational fishing season for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic closed on March 30, 2015, and will reopen on May 1, 2015. The open season for blueline tile fish is May through August with a bag limit of one fish per vessel per day. The fishery is closed to recreational harvest from September through April.

To view the recreational regulations, click here.

Lionfish caught on rod and reel

A potential record red lionfish from Mississippi is featured in the April IGFA Newsletter, as these highly invasive pests are rarely caught on rod and reel.

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