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, January 21st.

 

FWC Marine Fisheries News

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

More information can be viewed at Angler Recognition.

Atlantic snook season closed Dec 15 – Jan 31

Snook can be caught and released during the closed season. Snook season reopens Feb 1.

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

Grouper season closed Jan 1 – Apr 30 in Atlantic waters, including Monroe County

This seasonal closure in federal and state waters includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin, tiger grouper*, scamp, red hind, rock hind, coney, and graysby. Grouper season reopens May 1.

* Tiger grouper is not closed in federal waters

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

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Lionfish Derbies

Two new events were added, one in Naples and one in Islamorada.  More information can be viewed at Lionfish.

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Artificial Reef Summit

Artificial reef experts, fisheries scientists and reef managers from around the state and nation met last week in Clearwater to discuss current issues and exchange ideas for future projects at the 2015 Florida Artificial Reef Summit. Florida has one of the most active artificial reef programs in the world with over 2,900 planned public artificial reefs placed off of its coasts. Everything from bridge rubble to specially designed concrete structures to retired naval ships has been deployed. Besides providing recreational fishing and diving opportunities, artificial reefs have also been used as substrate to support new oyster reefs, as erosion control structures to protect vegetated shorelines, as well as mitigation and restoration reefs to replace and repair natural hard bottom habitats lost through beach re-nourishment activities or vessel groundings.

More information on the conference, agenda and speakers can be viewed at Artificial Reef Summit.

Fishing in the Know, FWC’s January 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 Fishing in the Know

FWC announces two smartphone apps

FWC updated their Report Florida Lionfish app with a new interactive map and announced their new Fish-Hunt-FL app which allows you to buy a Florida hunting and/or fishing license using your smartphone.  Both apps can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play, but some users have reported glitches in using these apps.  More information can be viewed at Report Florida Lionfish and Fish-Hunt-FL.

NOAA Fisheries and SAFMC News

January 1, 2015 brought changes to federal fishing regulations in the South Atlantic

The following species are now OPEN to recreational harvest on January 1, 2015:

  • Snowy grouper
  • Golden tilefish
  • Gray triggerfish
  • Porgy complex (includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and saucereye porgy).

Species will remain open to harvest until NOAA Fisheries determines the Annual Catch Limit has been met or is projected to be met.

gray triggerfishjolthead porgy

The following species are now CLOSED to recreational harvest effective January 1 through April 30, 2015. These fisheries will reopen May 1, 2015.

  • Shallow water grouper, annual spawning season closure (includes includes gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, yellowmouth grouper, yellowfin grouper, graysby, and coney).

For detailed regulations information including trip limits, size limits, and bag limits, visit the Regulations & Fish ID page of SAFMC’s website

You can also stay up to date on federal fishing regulations in the South Atlantic by downloading SAFMC’s
FREE mobile app (Android and Apple), SA Fishing Regulations.

Federal fisheries managers meet to discuss Florida Keys issues

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council met last week as the Joint South Florida Committee in Key West, Florida. The Joint South Florida Committee first met in January 2014 to begin addressing fishery management needs specific to the South Florida area. Jurisdictional boundaries at both the federal and state level can sometimes result in conflicting and/or confusing regulations, making it difficult for fishermen to abide by different regulations in the South Florida area. This is particularly true in the Florida Keys where anglers can fish in multiple jurisdictions within one trip. The Joint South Florida Committee, working closely with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), is developing a draft document with management options that would eliminate or minimize conflicting regulations.

More information on the meeting, including the agenda and briefing book materials, is posted at www.safmc.net.

Public comments update

SAFMC is requesting public input on proposed management measures affecting the fishery management plans for snapper grouper (Amendment 35) and coastal migratory pelagics, specifically king mackerel (Amendment 26). Comments due: Amendment 35 on Feb 4 and Amendment 26 on Feb 11. More information on these proposed management measures can be viewed at Amendment Documents & Presentations.

NOAA Fisheries released a draft National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy for public review and received comments on the draft through Dec 31, 2014. Developed in cooperation with anglers, the Regional Fishery Management Councils, and the Interstate Marine Fisheries Commissions, the policy will serve as a guide for agency actions and responsibilities. NOAA Fisheries committed to developing an agency-wide policy during the 2014 National Recreational Saltwater Fishing Summit. More information on the draft policy and the comments received can be viewed by visiting National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy.

St. Lucie County Artificial Reef Program

The Artificial Reef Program continues to receive material donated by a number of firms, including FP&L.  Presently, the Program has stockpiled 950 tons of artificial reef material to be deployed this year.

For more information on materials donated to the Artificial Reef Program, email Jim Oppenborn (oppenbornj@stlucieco.org).

 

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!

 

 

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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