Archive for January, 2016

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, June 20th, at 7 pm.

Club News

Hi Everyone,

Our next Club meeting will be held:

Date:           Wednesday, December 20

Time:          7:00 pm

Location:    Fort Pierce Yacht Club

Event:        2017 FPSC’s Annual Holiday Party

Cost:          Prepay is $15 per person (cash or check); $20 per person day of the party

The meal will be catered by Boomers. The menu is paella and salad plus cash bar.

The winner of the Annual Species Tournament will be announced at the Holiday party.

Club Officers for 2017-2018
  • Frank Briganti, President
  • Stan Jarusinski, Vice President
  • Darrell Smith, Treasurer
  • Leslie Briganti, Secretary
Board of Directors for 2017-2018
  • Jim Anderson
  • Debbie Anderson
  • Craig Iserer
  • Lowell Joy
  • Jack Yolinski
  • Rogelio Gonzalez
2017 Annual Species Tournament – final entries

Stan Jarusinski:  black sea bass @ 16″ + lane snapper @ 14″ + mangrove snapper @ 14.5″ + triggerfish @ 16.5″

Lowell Joy:  king mackerel @ 75″ weighing 47 lbs and recipient of the 2017 Shimano Award

Bob Graf:  sheepshead @ 21″ weighing 6 lbs, 6 oz

Certificates will be presented to the entrants at the Holiday party

More Than 40 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled

To learn more, click here.

Artificial Reef Program

Entries submitted by Jim Oppenborn



State Fisheries News

FWC’s monthly newsletter for December 2017, Fishing in the Know, is available for viewing
The December 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

To be aware of the latest management changes and/or proposals on the State’s fisheries, like hogfish, stone crabs and Goliath groper, 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:

Included in these regulations is FWC’s announcement that the recreational season for hogfish in South Atlantic waters and the Florida Keys closes Nov 1.

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 quarterly column, Gone Coastal:  Fishing for the future through Sport Fish Restoration

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

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 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 fall newsletter, South Atlantic Update, is available for viewing
SAFMC’s fall 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.

SAFMC considers multiple management issues for several species during December meeting

The SAFMC considered management measures for several species including Atlantic cobia, red snapper, red grouper, and golden tilefish during their week-long meeting in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. For more information on the meetings, 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