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, December 17th.

 

NOAA Fisheries News

Atlantic gray triggerfish season closed Nov 26 – Jan 1 in Federal waters

The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish closed in Atlantic federal waters Nov 26. The season will reopen Jan 1. The season remains open in Atlantic state waters, which extend 3 nautical miles from the shoreline.

More information can be viewed at http://www.safmc.net/announcements/112114-noaa-fisheries-fb14-090-recreational-harvest-gray-triggerfish-south-atlantic

gray triggerfish

 

Porgy complex season closed Sept 17 – Jan 1 in Federal waters

Recreational harvest of the porgy complex in Atlantic federal waters closed on Sept 17 and will reopen Jan 1. The porgy complex is comprised of the following species: jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and saucereye porgy.

More information can be viewed at http://www.safmc.net/announcements/12414-noaa-fisheries-fb14-093-commercial-harvest-porgy-complex-south-atlantic-waters

jolthead porgyknobbed porgy

 

South Atlantic Update Fall 2014 Newsletter

The Fall 2014 issue of SAFMC’s South Atlantic Update is available. This quarterly newsletter can be viewed and downloaded at http://safmc.net/newsletter/newsletters?utm_source=Fall+2014+Newsletter&utm_campaign=SAFMC+Fall+2014+Newsletter&utm_medium=email

FWC Marine Fisheries News

Atlantic snook season closed Dec 15 – Jan 31

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/

Atlantic grouper season closes Jan 1

More information at http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/groupers/atlantic-grouper/

gag grouper

 

Fishing in the Know, Marine Fisheries new newsletter

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.

More information can be viewed at http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/hot-topics/hot-sheet/

Cost of FWC’s Lifetime Sportsman’s License reduced

Currently, the Lifetime Sportsman’s License costs up to $1000, but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21 years old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits.

More information on this can be viewed at http://myfwc.com/license/recreational/lifetime-licenses/

FWC sponsors online anchoring survey

The FWC is sponsoring an online public survey as part of its continued partnerships with local governments and boaters. The survey, which is accessible at MyFWC.com, discusses anchoring issues in state waters within local jurisdictions and potential ways to resolve conflicts. After analyzing input from public meetings held in Tallahassee, Vero Beach and Bradenton, FWC produced a survey to solicit widespread feedback on this complex subject.

To take part in the survey, visit http://publish.fwc.state.fl.us/boating/anchoring-mooring/. The survey will be active from 4:00 P.M. EST November 21, 2014, through 11:59 P.M. EST December 7, 2014.

For more information on boating in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/Boating.

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers is writing its “12 Days of Christmas” story asking various environmental groups what they want for Christmas. Last year, the Artificial Reef Program was given citrus crates with which to haul oyster shells. This year, the Program is asking for contributions to include, but not limited to:

  • more citrus crates;
  • wood to build an enhanced oyster shell quarantining bin walls;
  • T-shirts for volunteers/committee members;
  • a large derelict vessel/barge for the Sea-life Habitat Improvement Project (SHIP) to deploy; and
  • artificial reef modules to memorialize loved ones (photos enclosed). The modules are $2,000 each, but the Program needs an order of 25 modules ($50,000 total) to make the deployment possible.

The above list is not prioritized nor is it complete. For more information on potential contributions and vessels previously offered to the Artificial Reef Program, email Jim Oppenborn (oppenbornj@stlucieco.org).

Reef module

Limestone module

Memorial plaque

Memorial plaque

Boat Parade season is here

More information on local fishing reports as well as the upcoming boat parades in the Treasure Coast can be viewed at:  http://www.tcpalm.com/sports/fishing-and-boating

Boat parade

Boat Not Required

Bill's Fish 11-2014Bill Arbaugh caught this beauty in his back yard! Right off the bulkhead behind the Colonnades.
No Boat!  No Travel!  Great Catch!

 

 

Send your photos “for the website” to fpsc@live.com

Public comment period ends Dec 16.  More information can be viewed at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/index.html?utm_source=FB+-+CMP+Am+20B&utm_campaign=FB%3A+CMP+Am+20B&utm_medium=email

Effective Dec. 8, 2014, the current fishing year for recreational sectors of greater amberjack changes from May 1 through April 30 to March 1 through the end of February.  Additional regulations include changing the current recreational fishing year for black sea bass from June 1 through May 31 to April 1 through March 31.

More information can be viewed at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/fishery_bulletins/index.html?utm_source=FB+-+CMP+Am+20B&utm_campaign=FB%3A+CMP+Am+20B&utm_medium=email

black sea bass

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