Rick Murphy

Welcome to the Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club

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 16th, at 7 pm.

Club News

Hi Everyone,

The very POPULAR annual Fort Pierce Sport Fishing Club Fish Fry is coming up so mark your calendar:

DATE:              Wednesday, August 16

TIME:              7pm

LOCATION:    Fort Pierce Yacht Club. 

Cost:               Members free; $5.00 for Guests

Menu:            Fish, cole slaw, Kay’s famous potato salad, dessert (compliments of the 3 Bakers Leslie, Debbie & Patty)

Our chefs (Bud, John, Kay and Craig) are busy preparing the fish for all of us to enjoy. If you have fish to donate, it is not too late to do so. Just e-mail us with the info, i.e., type of fish, your name and phone #.

We would like to have an estimate on how many people will be attending so that we can have an adequate amount of food for everyone to enjoy.  For those who did not RSVP at the last meeting, if you would not mind just sending us a quick e-mail to let us know if you plan to attend and # of guests.

Artificial Reef Program

Entries submitted by Jim Oppenborn

Resolve Earl Tugboat – an update

The Resolve Group is a very well-known and highly-respected group which has deployed or salvaged many vessels worldwide (e.g., USS Oriskany, Costa Concordia). They have submitted a proposal as our artificial reef contractor in the past but were not chosen, in part, due to their involvement with mostly larger, expensive projects.

Enclosed is a photograph of a 229-foot tugboat currently available from the Resolve Marine Group in Fort Lauderdale. The Resolve Earl is currently available and her sister ship, the Resolve Blizzard, may soon be in the same state of readiness.

The price tag for cleanup of the Resolve Earl is $800,000. Towing and deployment are additional. This amount may be fair for a vessel this size. The size is ideal for deployment offshore of St. Lucie County. The Resolve Group was notified that this amount is greater than the County’s remaining artificial reef budget for this fiscal year and we respectfully declined this offer. In the new fiscal year, we may get additional funding to cover a portion of this deployment.

 

State Fisheries News

FWC’s monthly newsletter for August 2017, Fishing in the Know, is available for viewing
The August 2017 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.
FWC’s Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations for 2017

Know or keep a copy of the current regulations with you. Florida Saltwater Recreational Fishing Regulations publications are issued in January and July each calendar year. Pick up a copy today at most tackle supply stores or print them online at: MyFWC.com/Fishing.

To download a chart of the saltwater recreational fishing regulations, click here.

To download a calendar with up-to-date closures and regulations of species in the South Atlantic, click here.

FWC’s column, Gone Coastal:  Knowing how to catch a giant tarpon is half the battle

Gone Coastal is one of many ways that FWC is helping recreational anglers understand complex saltwater regulations and learn more about saltwater fishing opportunities and issues in Florida. FWC is also available to answer questions by phone or email anytime, and welcomes the opportunity to share information through in-person presentations with recreational or commercial fishing organizations. To contact the FWC’s Regulatory Outreach subsection, call 850-487-0554 or email Saltwater@MyFWC.com.

In addition to informative articles, FWC posts videos on a variety of subjects on its YouTube channel, FWC Saltwater Fishing. You can also view these videos by going to MyFWC.com/SaltwaterFishing. Check out new updates weekly on various subjects from how-to videos to artificial reef deployments.

For more information on this quarter’s column, click here.

An Angler’s Guide to Florida’s Marine Resources, the new edition of Fishing Lines is now available

This guide was developed by FWC’s Division of Marine Fisheries Management Outreach and Education Program as an educational tool to provide the public with information about Florida’s marine resources.

This publication includes articles about marine angling, important habitats, saltwater fishes and state efforts to enhance marine resources. Information is also included about fisheries management in Florida, the importance of catch and release, where money comes from and where it goes and that’s just the first half of the guide.

The second half of Fishing Lines has a field guide to help anglers and the public identify some of the many fish species that live in Florida’s marine and estuarine waters. Illustrations and descriptions for 145 species are included in the Identification Section.

Note:  The guide is an excellent source of fishing-related information and is recommended reading for anyone interested in Florida’s marine resources.

To download a copy of the guide, 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’s 2017 spring newsletter, South Atlantic Update, is available for viewing
SAFMC’s winter issue of the South Atlantic Update newsletter for 2017 is available now. To view and/or download a copy of the newsletter, click here.
SAFMC Regulations for 2017

For more information on the recreational regulations for South Atlantic species and to download a copy of the fishing season calendar, click here.

NOAA Fisheries announces new Text Message Alert Program

NOAA Fisheries announces the introduction of the Text Message Alert Program. The program allows anyone to sign up to receive important fishery related alerts via text message. Text alerts you may receive include immediate fishery openings and closures as well as any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly.

How to opt-in: Sign up for related alerts for one or more of the following groups. Standard message and data rates may apply. You may opt-out at any time.
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries: Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries: Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries: Text CARIBFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries: Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries: Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777

Sharing Knowledge

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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Discount offered for FPSC members interested in joining Tow BoatUS
FPSC is recognized by BoatUS as a COOPERATING GROUP. BoatUS, Boat Owner’s Association of the United States, the nations’ largest association of recreational boat owners, promotes the Cooperating Group program which allows a BoatUS Membership at a reduced price and additional benefits to members of the group at no cost!
If you are a member of the Club, contact Capt Stan before you join BoatUS and you’ll save $15 on a membership fee. Just another benefit derived from you Club membership.

Enclosed is the 2017 BoatU.S. discount information for our club members. The code is GA85180B.

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