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, August 19th at 7 pm.


FWC Marine Fisheries News

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.

FWC initially approves barracuda conservation measures in south Florida

FWC gave initial approval to several barracuda conservation measures after hearing concerns from various south Florida stakeholder groups about potential declines in barracuda populations.

These proposed changes will come back before the Commission at its September meeting in Weston for final approval. If approved at that time, changes will apply in state and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties only, where the majority of barracuda population concerns have been voiced, and will include:

  • Creating a recreational and commercial slot limit of 15 to 36 inches,
  • Creating a recreational daily bag limit of two fish per person, and
  • Creating a commercial daily trip limit of 20 fish per person.

Because there are no species-specific regulations for barracuda, they are currently subject only to general statewide regulations, which include a default recreational bag limit of two fish or 100 pounds, whichever is greater. There are no commercial trip limits and no regulations in federal waters. Click here for more information.

Gray triggerfish size limit increases in Atlantic state waters effective July 9, 2015

At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC approved increasing the minimum size limit of gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters from 12 inches fork length to 14 inches fork length.

This change makes Atlantic state water regulations consistent with new federal regulations. The change also makes the minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in Atlantic state waters (from shore to 3 nautical miles) the same as it is in Gulf state waters (from shore to 9 nautical miles). This minimum size limit applies to both recreational and commercial harvest.

gray triggerfish

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.

common snook

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.

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.

Club News

This year’s Fish Fry is Wednesday, August 19th at 7 PM. Bring your fish. We will provide the side dishes. You may bring a dessert if you like, but it is not required. Please sign up for the fish fry at the welcome desk. Free for members, the cost is $5 for non-members.

Nominations to the Board of Directors will be announced at the meeting.

Remember 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.

2015 Fish Fry

Federal Marine Fisheries News

NOAA Fisheries announces the re-opening of the recreational harvest of snowy grouper in the South Atlantic Region on August 20, 2015

The recreational sector for snowy grouper in the South Atlantic Region will reopen on August 20, 2015, with an annual catch limit of 4,152 fish. The recreational sector will close at 12:01 am (local time) on August 31, 2015. The recreational sector will re-open on May 1, 2016. To view more information, click here.

Public Hearings and Scoping Meeting scheduled in August for proposed Federal Fisheries Management Measures

The SAFMC is requesting public input on proposed management measures affecting several species managed through the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. The public is encouraged to provide written comments and participate in upcoming public hearings scheduled from August 10-25, 2015 throughout the region. Public hearings will be held on the proposed designation of Spawning Special Management Zones (SMZs) through Amendment 36 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. To view more information on the announcement, click here.

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.

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.

Artificial Reef News

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

Aerial photography of the County’s new beach mitigation reef can be viewed on YouTube. The entire story runs from 31:07 until 33:30. The reef is very close to the shoreline so should be accessible from the beach (subject to availability of parking). McCulley Marine Services is scheduled to complete the mitigation reef in the coming weeks. The reef should provide good habitat for juvenile fish, baitfish, and invertebrates and possibly will become a tourist draw. Please contact Jim Oppenborn (772-462-1713) at your convenience with any experiences on these new reefs. Photos are especially helpful.

Boating News

On Monday, August 3rd, FWC will hold a meeting about derelict vessels and potential solutions to address them on Florida’s waters. This will be an opportunity to share your views with state and local officials on practical ways to address this problem while not targeting responsible cruising boaters with unreasonable anchoring restrictions.
When: Monday, August 3rd, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: St. Lucie County Board Commission Chambers
2300 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, Florida 34982
Derelict vessels and boats heading toward dereliction have plagued Florida’s waters for years. This has led some local governments to call for restrictions or bans on anchoring. Their authority to restrict anchoring, however, is currently limited thanks to BoatUS-supported state legislation (Florida Statute 327.60) passed in 2009.
Still seeing derelict vessels in the water, some locales are seeking to change this law. While it is important to give governments the tools and authority to prevent derelict vessels, cruising boaters should not be unfairly targeted with onerous anchoring restrictions.
If anchoring is part of your boating experience you need to attend this meeting and share your ideas. You can learn more about Florida’s anchoring laws by going here and find background information on the derelict vessel issue by going 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