The Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club

Information Sheet

The Fort Pierce Sportfishing Club was established in 1980. We are a family-oriented organization whose members share an interest in sportfishing, conservation, community service, and boating. In addition to our monthly meetings that serve to educate and entertain our members, we publish a monthly newsletter titled “Sea Notes,” and sponsor many projects that benefit the community and fishery resources. Read on to discover some of our projects and activities.

                                                          

MISSION STATEMENT

  • To encourage fishermen to pursue fishing with sound sporting and conservation practices.
  • To conduct fishing activities for the enjoyment of club members and their guests.
  • To promote the preservation and enhancement of sportfishing by supporting rational legislation and proper management of the entire fishery both offshore and within estuarine areas.
  • To advocate conservation measures which relate to all marine species and their habitats?
  • To promote knowledgeable seamanship and safe boating practices and to enhance cooperation with all fishing interests within the community.”

 

ARTIFICIAL REEFS:
We have established two reef sites off Fort Pierce and have funded the sinking of numerous vessels and fish attracting devices on the sites to continuously develop them.

SCHOLARSHIPS:
We are very proud of the partnership we have with Indian River Community College. Through them, we have established the Stan Blum Memorial Scholarship Fund (in honor of a long-time Club member) which enables us to present scholarship money to selected students for the opportunity to acquire knowledge in college-level marine biology fields.

SAILFISH RELEASE PROGRAM:
In keeping with our strong beliefs for conservation, the FPSC established a sailfish release program that encourages all members to release these all sailfish. In addition, we have pioneered the concept of sailfish release in local tournaments.

FISHERY RESEARCH/WATER QUALITY STUDIES:
We have contributed to numerous hatchery research programs as well as to studies that determine water quality at various areas in the Indian River Lagoon.

KID’S FISHING TRIPS:
From time to time, we charter area party boats for the sole purpose of taking under privileged children on fishing trips. Many of these children have never had the opportunity to catch a fish. The big smiles and cheers of joy when a fish is landed prove that these events are well worth the effort.

FISHERY RESOURCE CONSERVATION:
The FPSC is a proud supporter of the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the National Coalition Marine Conservation, the Coastal Conservation Association, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance. Through these organizations, we can better educate our members, as well as offer our recommendations to federal and state management councils. The Club has an active Conservation Committee that attends local meetings and participates in writing campaigns and town hall meetings when important fishery issues arise.

MEMBER TOURNAMENTS:
Several member tournaments are conducted during the year. We have a Ladies Day Tournament, Club Kid’s Tournament, and the increasingly popular “Inshore” tournament as well as competition between other local clubs and organizations.

BIG BOARD COMPETITION:
We sponsor a twelve-month competition open to all current members and their families. We award prizes and trophies to the top men, women, and junior anglers for the biggest catches in many specie categories. Members weigh their prize catches at local participating tackle shops and marinas, and send in the information to our Big Board Committee. Winners are honored at the end of the year banquet.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS/BOARD MEMBERS:
Like any organization, we rely heavily on our members to get involved with the operation of the Club. Members are always encouraged to get involved by serving as an officer or board member. Elections are conducted every October.

 

FPSC meetings are conducted on the third Wednesday of each month at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club, 700 N. Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce. A social period begins at 7 p.m. followed by the business meeting and program at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family and friends!