Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
The Pompano bite slowed down over this weekend but the whiting and croaker fishing is picking up steam. There were a few Pompano caught at Middle Cove Beach on Saturday morning but that action was non-existent today, Sunday. My wife Deb and I decided to try to put together a Hutchinson Island Mother's Day Fish Fry and that certainly worked out. We put together a nice catch of whiting and croaker at Dollman's Beachside access using Fishbites and cut shrimp.This type of fishing is for all family members and can really make your day at the beach a lot of fun. The key to getting in on this great action is targeting your fishing around the hours of high tide and pitching your bait - not casting it. These fish were 5 to 10 yards from the edge of the beach and stayed right in the that first trough for the two hours we were there. Expect this fun fishing to continue when we head into the summer as these two species should be readily available. A light 7-foot spinning rod with 10 to 12 pound test is all you will need and these larger whiting and croaker will bend your rod and make a nice showing. A simple Hi-Lo bottom rig with a number 1 circle hook or a small J hook like a 3407 DT Mustad, number 4 are the sizes that work the best. Limit your catch to what you can use and for those of you that like to eat fish, these fish are excellent table fare.
I will be discussing techniques, tactics, tackle, and places to fish for a variety of species, including the whiting and croaker, at my seminar next Saturday May 20th at Bass Pro Shops at 2:30.