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, September 17th.


SAFMC Meeting Sept 15-19 – an update

The Meeting’s Briefing Book, which contains the issues and items to be discussed during the meeting, can be viewed at:  http://safmc.net/meetings/briefing-book-september-2014?utm_source=Sept+2014+Council+Meeting+Announcement&utm_campaign=Sept+2014+Council+Meeting+Reminder&utm_medium=email

Also, a copy of a research paper focused on removing the harvest ban on goliath grouper can be downloaded at:  http://safmc.net/sites/default/files/meetings/pdf/Council/09-2014/ExecFin/Attach3BExecFinCmteGoliathGrouperPaper.pd

FWC Marine Fisheries News – Sept 2014

Snook season opens Sept 1

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/

License-free fishing on Sept 6

Florida residents and visitors can experience Florida’s saltwater fishing opportunities without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license on Sept 6. All bag limits, seasons and size restrictions apply.

More information at:  http://www.myfwc.com/license/recreational/do-i-need-a-license/free-fishing/

FWC Meeting Sept 10-11 in Kissimmee

The FWC will discuss several marine fisheries management issues Sept 10 and 11 at the meeting in Kissimmee including:

  • a staff report on the biology and status of goliath grouper;
  • prohibiting the intentional breeding of lionfish and the retention and cultivation of lionfish eggs; and
  • updates on federal fishery management.

More information at:  http://myfwc.com/about/commission/commission-meetings/2014/september/10/agenda/

Lionfish management changes effective August 1

Lionfish are invasive species that negatively impact Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Several management changes go into effect Aug. 1 that will help the FWC combat the growing problem by making it easier for lionfish hunters to remove the spiny predators and limiting further introduction of these species into the waters.

Changes include:

  • prohibiting the importation of live lionfish;
  • allowing lionfish to be removed when diving with a rebreather, a device that recycles air and allows divers to remain in the water for longer periods of time (currently, you cannot harvest any fish when using a rebreather); and
  • allowing participants in approved tournaments and other organized events to spear lionfish or other invasive species in areas where spearfishing is not currently allowed (such as certain state parks). This will be done through a permitting system.

lionfish drawing

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

FWC is conducting two public workshops on possible changes to Florida’s anchoring laws.  Link enclosed on meeting info.


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. Due to excellent weather conditions, there have been several deployments this summer. To deploy all of these artificial reef materials, the Artificial Reef Program has received financial assistance from the FWC’s Artificial Reef Construction Grant.

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.

Currently, the Artificial Reef Program is considering whether or not to accept a 105′ US Army tugboat. There are a number of concerns (cleanup and towing) with accepting such a donation. The Artificial Reef Program is also in discussions with Indian River County to deploy two similar reefs, one in each county. 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 Special artificial reef modules (photo enclosed).

Proposed reef system

Limestone module

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).

SAFMC Meeting – Sept 2014

SAFMC has scheduled their quarterly Council meeting Sept 15-19 in Charleston, SC. During each quarterly Council meeting, committee meetings are held for any fishery that has proposed amendments being developed by the Council.

SAFMC is currently developing or amending management measures that affect or may affect recreational fishing of several species including black sea bass, greater amberjack, yellowtail snapper, vermillion snapper and red snapper.  These management measures will be reviewed by the Secretary of Commerce.  Once the review is completed, the Secretary may approve, partially approve or disapprove the management measures approved by SAFMC.

Still under consideration are Dolphin Wahoo Amendment 7 and Snapper Grouper Amendment 33.  If approved and implemented, these amendments will allow recreational fishermen to bring dolphin and wahoo fillets from the Bahamas into the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and update regulations that currently allow recreational fishermen to bring snapper grouper fillets from the Bahamas into the U.S. EEZ

Meeting details and an agenda can be viewed at:  http://safmc.net/meetings/september-2014-council-meeting

Details on these and other management measures and an explanation on the development-review-approval process can be viewed at:   http://safmc.net/resource-library/amendments-under-development-follow-progress-amendments

Also, SAFMC’s quarterly newsletter, the South Atlantic Update Summer 2014, is available for download free at  http://www.safmc.net/newsletter/newsletters

NMFS corrects misleading Fisheries Economic Report

In late June, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) corrected a report that misleadingly overstated the economic size of the domestic commercial fishing industry in the U.S. The corrected data indicate that the recreational fishing industry is actually $7.9 billion larger than the commercial fishing industry.

The misleading part of the report was that it included imported seafood in the equation, which skewed the figures heavily in favor of a larger commercial sector.  When seafood imports, fish and shellfish not caught by recreational anglers are removed from the equation, recreational fishing generates $33.3 billion more than their commercial counterparts while taking fewer pounds of fish.  This is an important consideration when management decisions are being discussed that impact domestic fisheries.


Join us at our Annual Fish Fry

You are invited

 Annual Fish Fry

Wednesday, August 20th, 7 pm

at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club.

Come on down and enjoy local fish caught by our members.  We usually have a nice variety of Mahi, Snappers, Groupers and maybe a tuna or two!  It’s always a surprise.  Side dishes include hush puppies, cole slaw, salads and desserts.  Ice tea is included with your meal.  Beer and soda are available.

Cost is $5 and a side dish for members.  $10 for non-members.  Please RSVP Vicky Tillman at 772.464.1440 to reserve your seat and let her know what dish you will be bringing.

Membership is $50 a year and the year is October 1st thru September 30th.  Join that night and your membership will be effective August 20th, 2014 thru September 30th, 2015.

See you there!

July 2, 2013 – Depending on one’s perspective, goliath grouper are either a conservation success story or a protected species that no longer needs help, according to the University of Florida’s survey in 2013.

Atlantic goliath grouper, part of the sea bass family, were overfished from the 1960s through the 1980s and their numbers thinned until 1990, when a harvest moratorium was put into place in US waters. As the name suggests, the slow-moving fish can reach 800 pounds and more than 8 feet in length. They’re found off Florida’s coasts, throughout the Caribbean and off West Africa.

While it appears conservation efforts have worked and goliath grouper numbers have grown, scientists still don’t have a firm grip on how well the species have recovered.

The species’ recovery is good news to some groups, such as scuba tour guides who show the impressive fish to their clients. But for some anglers who’ve had the misfortune of goliath grouper snatching their catch from fishing lines or spears, the large fish may have bounced back too well.

A team of UF and Florida Sea Grant researchers surveyed nearly 6,000 stakeholders in the goliath grouper debate and facilitated a workshop with stakeholder groups, in hopes of finding common ground. The findings were presented to policy makers at the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council in June 2013.

Survey results link: http://news.ifas.ufl.edu/2013/07/ufifas-study-finds-feelings-run-deep-in-goliath-grouper-debate/

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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