Tuesday, November 13, 2018

""Check Him Out"" A Good Friend

"Capt. Paul" is a transplanted inshore and offshore fisherman from New Jersey. He relocated to Port St Lucie five years ago after having vacationed in that area for over 25 years. His northern pursuit of sea bass, fluke, bluefish, and striped bass on the inshore scene to yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, mako and thresher sharks in the northern canyons was replaced by targeting the fantastic surf fishing opportunities that are available along the Treasure Coast. Permit, pompano, whiting, croaker, snook, tarpon, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and jack crevalle are just some of the species that he personally targets and guides his surf fishing charters to along this stretch of southeast Florida. A Bass Pro Shop associate, Paul is also a member of the Penn Pro Staff and affiliated with the area’s biggest bait and tackle shop on Hutchinson Island - the Snook Nook in Jensen Beach.
He conducts How-To Seminars at Bass Pro Shops on a regular schedule. Capt. Paul also conducts other off-site seminars for civic groups and fishing clubs from Fort Pierce to West Palm Beach. You can hear Paul's South Florida Surf Fishing Report on Saturday morning on 94.3/WZZR. As far as print and online, you can read his Surf Fishing Reports on a regular basis in all of the TC Palm publications, Stuart News, St. Lucie News, St. Lucie Tribune, Indian River Press, and on TCPalm.com, in the fishing report columns that are headed by the widely known and respected outdoor sports writer, Ed Killer. Paul spends an average of four to five days a week on the beach along the Treasure Coast guiding and personally fishing for the multitude of fish that are available along this great section of the Florida coast. One of the best aspects of surf fishing is that it is the perfect sport for everyone from children to grandparents." Anyone can do it and it’s as much fun watching my grandson and granddaughters reel in a 12-inch whiting as it is watching a charter customer land his first pompano or snook", says Paul.

From Capt. Joe Ward in Ft. Pierce

After the rain stopped yesterday the black drum and sheepshead bite continued to be good around any structure you could fish. Some of the drum were on the smaller side and were released. The snook are still in the Turning Basin and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. For your best results fish the hour before until the hour after the tide changes and make sure your live bait is on the bottom. Some reds in the Inlet.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The catch rate from our local beaches this past weekend certainly left something to be desired on both Saturday and Sunday. Conditions on Saturday were pretty darn good without alot of wind or big surf but unfortunately that memo never made it to the fish. Spotty reports of a few croaker, whiting, jacks, mackerel, and bluefish were spread out from Fort Pierce to Hobe Sound. The pompano were also pretty tough to come by and those anglers targeting that species are looking forward to a decent front to move down our coast and hopefully push a new body of fish into the area. I fished at Stuart Beach on Saturday and the only bites I had were from some small jacks and a palometa. The folks I spoke with at that location who were fishing the first trough did manage to put a few whiting and croaker in their coolers. Pink Shrimp and Orange Clam Fishbites along with some cut shrimp produced those fish. I fished near Fort Pierce Inlet on Sunday and caught jacks and blue runners. Schools of mackerel were thick up that way but did stay out of casting range. This week looks like we might have some decent sized surf to contend with and most of the forecasters are talking about a front for next weekend. Hopefully this weather will trigger some good activity in our area and we will get this late fall run back on track. Good luck and catch em up.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore the trout bite has been good to the south around Bear point to the power plant on the out going tide. The snook bite at night has been slow around the bridges and in the inlet but should pick up with the front at the end of the week. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  A bit slower inshore this week, but still a good number of snook catches coming in.  Look for the bridges to produce well at night, especially on outgoing tide.  With the mullet thinning out inshore; it's time to start concentrating on the jig bite again.  Seawalls and boat docks will also be a good choice for the snook.  The Hobe Sound flats continue to produce a nice mixed bag assortment of species, especially early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon.  
SURF/PIER-  Surf fishing remains very good over the past week.  Bluefish, jacks, ladyfish, and some big Spanish Mackerel have been scattered up and down the beach in good numbers.  Low light periods are best for the most action; especially for those hoping to use lures.  Large topwater poppers, longcast swimming plugs, and diamond jigs/spoons have been the best lure choices.  Still some pods of mullet along the beach with tarpon and blacktip sharks hanging around them.  The snook have largely peeled off the beach, but you may still find a few around the lingering mullet schools.  Pompano bite remains very good for those putting the time in.  Still a fair amount of smaller pomps around, but it does sound like the number of keepers being caught is improving.  Sandfleas, clams, and Fishbites will be the top producers bait wise for sure.  

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It appears as if Hobe Sound is the current hot spot for folks that want to target any number of species from the sand. The Bridge Road access area has been producing pompano, whiting, jacks, blue runners, spanish mackerel, ladyfish, bluefish, and bonefish. I fished that area on Wednesday and Thursday and caught big numbers of pompano. The unfortunate part is seventy five percent had to be released as most were in that ten inch range.The long rods produced the pompano, ladyfish,jacks, and bonefish both days. The usual assortment of baits, EZ Flea and Orange Clam Fishbites did most of the catching . The abundace and availibilty of live sand fleas added to some rigs tipped with Fishbites also caught a number of pompano. For those of you that like to cast artificials , the early morning jack, bluefish, and mackerel action has been off the charts . I watched three anglers casting spoons 
catch the blues and mackerel for over an hour in the rain yesterday morning. Bait, birds, and white water could be seen up and down the entire beach area. High tide times will be in the morning this weekend so get out and take advantage of some late fall surf action. Good luck and catch em up.