Thursday, February 20, 2020

Perfect Combination for Fishing

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Based on reports and my own time spent on the beach the last few days, the " fishing"has been great but the "catching"has been less than spectacular. Conditions have been pretty good but the biggest issue has been the water color. I fished Hobe Sound the last couple of days because that has been the beach area with the cleanest water. I finally started to catch a few pompano on Tuesday afternoon after the tide change and after putting 3 nice fish in the cooler, the sharks showed and it was impossible to get to your rod after your bite without being bit off. I headed back down that way this morning and packed the gear up after not having a bite for two hours. A friend of mine caught two nice pompano at daybreak on the south end of the Bridge Road access and he never had another bite. I went as far north as Porpoise Beach in Fort Pierce after leaving Hobe Sound and the water got dirtier the further north I went . I made a return trip this afternoon to Beachwalk Pasley , Bob Graham, Tiger Shores, Bryn Mawr, and finally Santa Lucea and the only spot that had decent water was Santa Lucea. I did not throw them out due to the fact the beach was covered with folks enjoying our weather and there really was not a spot to set up.Tomorrow, Thursday , is going to be your last opportunity to try the surf for the next few days as the predicted front is going to shut surf fishing down. On a positive note ,I watched an angler at Santa Lucea catch croaker after croaker fishing the first trough 15 to 20 yards from shore. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
The flats near the House of Refuge has had a good pompano bite the past week. They are being caught using Fishbites as well as pompano jigs
At the Stuart and Jensen Causeways there is good action on black drum and sheepshead. Working the pilings and bumpers with shrimp on a jig head is producing good results. There are also snook around the bridges and they are being taken using shrimp and fishing during the outgoing tide.
Up at the Fort Pierce Inlet there is still good action on redfish. Shrimp and chunk bait are working.
Anglers at the Lantana Bridge are catching good numbers of sheepshead. Though they are mostly being caught on clams and live crabs there is an artificial bait that might be worth checking out. Chasebait’s Crusty Crab was proven extremely effective by one young angler the other day when he caught four nice sheepshead using the same lure.
Lake Okeechobee:
The spec is fantastic again! Anglers are regularly getting their daily limits. Using Kentucky Blue or white colored jigs has been producing excellent results in front of the pier at Lock 7. Down in the Tin House Cove and and Third Point area, minnows have been working best. Minnows have also been the go-to bait for night fishing for specs in the Kissimmee River.The bass bite is still good with live shiners getting the nod over artificial baits. That said, Senkos have been working as well. Hot spots have been Tin House Cove and Kings Bar.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The inlets have been yielding good Snook catches, both to live bait during the day and jigs and plugs at night. With the calmer conditions the last few days, Pompano catches have also picked up, mostly on clams and sand fleas. Inshore, things have been a bit more hit and miss. There are still reasonable numbers of Snook around the flats and some docks. but the Seatrout fishing has quieted down a bit. Redfish seem to be sporadic as well, but with decent conditions anglers are getting a reasonable number of shots. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The surf has laided down to produce some fishable conditions. I only had a couple of hours this morning to head up and fish and yes, it was fishable, but the water was dirty from Tiger Shores to Porpoise Beach in Fort Pierce. After 7 or 8 sail cats and one small bonnet head shark ,I packed it in. Looking at the webcams and some recent phone calls I received it sounds like we are getting some color back in the water on the local beaches. High tides are in the evening this week so try to schedule your trips for that afternoon bite. EZFlea and Yellow Crab Fishbites should be in your tackle bag to increase your chances of putting a few pompano and whiting in your cooler. My advice is to get your trips in before the weekend because if you read the forecast for Friday and Saturday , it is horrendous. North and Northeast winds from 10 to 20 knots on Friday, increasing to 25 knots on Saturday. Wave heights are predicted to be building to 13 feet on Saturday. Looks like another tough weekend .

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
At the St. Lucie Inlet there has been good action on snook and pompano are being caught on the nearby flats.
At Peck’s Lake there are still good numbers of Spanish mackerel. Use a flash minnow or a fast-moving spoon.
Along the beaches in Jupiter, the fishing has been good for jack crevalle, ladyfish, pompano, bluefish and a few Spanish mackerel. Live shrimp, Doc’s Goofy Jigs and spoons for the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are working well.
Though uncommon up in the Loxahatchee River, there have been a few permit caught.
Along the bridges along the Intracoastal Waterway there has been a decent snook bite at night. Anglers using Gulfstream Red Tail Hawks and Rapala lures and working the shadow lines are having good luck.
At the Boynton Inlet, anglers are getting snook, jack crevalle and sheepshead off the north jetty and along the seawalls. Using live shrimp or ChaseBaits Prawns has been effective for snook. The sheepshead are being taken on live crabs. 

Freshwater action:

The bass bite has been excellent the past week!
Using live shiners, one guide got his clients 20 bass in under three hours on Wednesday. They were working the pass at King’s Bar and several big fish including an eight-pound, six-ounce lunker. The action has also been good down at the Monkey Box around Observation Shoal. Anglers flippin’ skinny dippers and rubber worms over the eel grass are having good luck.
Largemouth bass are being caught along the 441 canal from Boynton Beach north to Lake Worth on baby Zara Spooks.
In the same area, snakeheads are hitting orange streamer flies on five weight flyrods during the late afternoons.