Tuesday, February 20, 2018
No matter where you fish or what you're after, you need to dedicate your time and effort to learning the fishery. Knowledge can make or break your day. Absorb everything, ignore and exclude no part of the experience. Take you're time, explore, experiment and allow yourself to come up empty because that's how you learn.
Beautiful weather and great surf fishing has been the theme for this Presidents Day holiday weekend. Reports from a number of beaches along Hutchinson Island on Saturday had the whiting, bluefish, and pompano being taken both on the morning and afternoon tides. The biggest challenge of a number of folks looking to bend a rod was trying to find a parking place at various locations. Bob Graham and Bryn Mawr beach areas had a pretty decent pompano bite while to the north, Middle Cove yielded pompano, bluefish, and whiting. Mike and Tania Schulze from Ft Pierce joined my son Randy and I this morning for a surf fishing charter and their first attempt at landing a pompano from the sand. After a quick orientation of casting methods, drag settings, and bait presentation they were off and running and had a nice catch of nine pompano, bluefish, and blue runners. They also got to witness a speedy shark make one of their hooked pompano into a noon time lunch. In the calm clear water this occurence was spectacular. The pompano were favoring plain Fishbites today in the Orange Clam and EZ Flea scents. We also managed to catch a couple on clam strips tipped with Fishbites and the outgoing tide proved to be the time when the bite was at its best. The attached photo only shows eight of the nine pompano because one was hiding in the bottom of the cooler when we spread the fish out. If you are heading out tomorrow, Monday, check any of the beaches from Santa Lucea north and as long as the water stays the nice color it has been, the opportunity to put a few fish in the cooler could come from most any location.
Wanted to post a quick seminar update about upcoming dates.I will be heading to Dania Beach Bass Pro Shops next Saturday, the 24th to do Surf Fishing For Pompano Seminar at 1:30 and 3:00 . The Seminar that precedes mine at 12 noon is being presented by nationally -renowned ,Emmy nominated television host, professional angler, and 3 time World Sailfish Champion, Peter Miller. Peter is the host of the popular TV show Bass2Billfish that appears on NBC Sports and the World Fishing Network on a weekly basis. The Dania Beach Bass Pro Shop is a beautiful facility ,complete with everything from fantastic merchandise , a huge aquarium , and a fantastic restaurant . The address is 200 Gulf Stream Way,Dania Beach 33004. The phone number is 954 929 7710. On Sunday , the 25th, I will be back at Bass Pro Shops ,Port St Lucie to do a general overview seminar on surf strategies, tackle, and what species to target at different times of the year.This will start at 3:30 in front of the aquarium. Finally , on Saturday March 3 , I will be in Daytona Beach at the Daytona International Speedway doing the surf fishing portion of George Poveromos Saltwater Sportsman Magazine National Seminar Series event. This is the longest running and most widely attended Seminar program in the country and it is my understanding there are still a limited amount of tickets left .You can click on NationalSeminarSeries.com or call 800-447-7360 for tickets.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018
photo courtesy of Jayson Arman
INSHORE- Warming weather has the snook fishing really heating up. Good number of snook around the bridges at night, and locked tight to seawalls and under boat docks during the day. Live shrimp is still a solid choice for the snook, but bigger baitfish are going to start to come into play as well. Flair hawk jigs and bigger swimsuits will also remain solid baits for the snook. Action around Munyon Island remains good with a nice mixture of species around. Some sheepshead still biting around area bridges on fresh cut shrimp.
SURF/PIER- Pompano action was fair this week. Some anglers tracked down good numbers, while others picked away at one here and there. Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites are the top bait choices for the pompano right now. Good number of bluefish around as well as some Spanish Mackerel. The spinner sharks have started to show up in pretty good numbers as well. Late winter/early springtime action in full effect right now...should be a good weekend to go give them a shot on the beach!