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, July 15th at 7 pm.


Club News

Guest Speaker for July Meeting:  Capt. Charlie Conner

This month’s meeting will be held at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club Wednesday, July 15th at 7 PM.
Capt. Conner has fished these waters for many years and is a regular contributor to the TCPalm Newspaper. He has an article on inshore fishing in today’s “Your News” section of the paper. For more info, check out his website, www.fishtalescharter.com

We’ll be fishing Saturday, July 18th. The angler/boaters sign up sheet will be at the welcome desk. Get with your buddies or find some new ones, but go fishing! We need your catch for our annual fish fry in August.

This year’s Fish Fry is Wednesday, August 19th. 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.

A quick shout out to Debbie Anderson. She’s been a great help to me at the welcome desk. Please give her a warm hello when you arrive. Thank you Debbie!

We are asking members to consider whether they might like to join the Board of Directors. Nominations will be announced at the August 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.

Artificial Reef News

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

St. Lucie County’s Artificial Reef Program continues to receive donated materials (light poles, bridge girders, bridge slabs) to be deployed onto the County’s artificial reef sites. A new concrete deck was poured onto the deployment barge. This collaborative effort with donaters, deliverers and offloaders of these materials continues to be successfully organized and coordinated by the County’s Program.

For the Artificial Reef Program, McCulley Marine Services continues to accelerate their rate of production of artificial reef modules having completed the fourth module and is currently producing one module / day.  The modules will be deployed offshore of Brevard County. The Program has entered into an agreement with Indian River State College’s Marine Biology Department in order to apply for environmental education grants to deploy our own modules.

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FWC Marine Fisheries News

FWC Marine Fisheries hosting local summer workshop on July 21, 2015.

FWC wants to hear from you about how Florida’s marine fisheries should be managed. Whether you are a seafood aficionado who wants priority placed on getting fish to the dinner plate, a recreational fisher who prefers to catch and release or a commercial fisher whose catch is destined for restaurants and homes around the state and beyond, the FWC wants to know what marine fisheries issues concerned you. This is your chance to let the FWC know what it is doing right, where you see opportunities for improvement, and what you think should be the state’s top priorities for marine fisheries management.

To gather this input and develop a better understanding of the public’s views on marine fisheries, the FWC is hosting several workshops across the state throughout the month of July. Groups that might be interested in participating include commercial and recreational fishers, wholesale dealers, those in the tourism industry, fishing guides, divers and concerned citizens.

At the meetings, staff will provide a brief presentation about statewide and regional fisheries management issues that are being worked on and other potential issues that have been brought to our attention. Then it will be your turn to fill in any gaps and let us know where you think the FWC should focus its efforts in the coming years.

FWC is hosting a workshop 6-8 pm in Fort Pierce at the Garden Club at 911 Parkway Drive. The public is invited. Click here for more information.

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.

Take 10 lionfish, get an extra lobster during sport season

FWC is encouraging divers to remove invasive lionfish by allowing them to take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season this summer (July 29-30) if they also harvest 10 lionfish. Click here to view 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.

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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.

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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.

Federal Marine Fisheries News

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.

NOAA Fisheries announced the recreational harvest of snowy grouper in the South Atlantic Region closed on July 6, 2015

Recreational harvest of snowy grouper in the South Atlantic closed at 12:01 am, July 6, 2015. Recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 am on January 1, 2016. To view more information, click here.

NOAA Fisheries announced the recreational harvest of blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic Region closed on June 10, 2015

The recreational fishing season for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic reopened on May 1, 2015. The open season for blueline tile fish is May through August each year, unless closed through an in-season closure, with a bag limit of one fish per vessel per day. The fishery is closed to recreational harvest from September through April. In 2016, the recreational season for blueline tilefish is closed from January 1 through April 30 and September 1 through December 31. The recreational harvest will reopen at 12:01 am on May 1, 2016. To view more information on the 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.

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