Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, blue runners, and snook have all made an appearance the last couple of days along our beaches - and things look great for this action to continue. The southeast winds that hampered the ability to fish the surf in the early part of the week have backed off and current conditions are very fishable. I took a ride to Hobe Sound yesterday morning and took advantage of the early morning Pompano bite that began on Wednesday. I managed to put four nice pompano in the cooler before things shut down around 9:00 am. The bluefish are still biting at Bridge Road beach in Hobe Sound, so that action went on all day for the folks using cut mullet. Talking to a couple of fisherman that were on the Tiger Shores and Santa Lucea beaches, it seems the pompano did the same thing at those spots and shut down at around 10:00 am. The best fishing of the week was the whiting, croaker ,bluefish, blue runner, and snook bite that is occurring at a number of spots on Hutchinson Island. This activity is centered around the high tide mark (one hour before to two hours after) and are found tight to the beach in the first trough. I was on Tiger Shores yesterday afternoon fishing for pompano with the long rods and watched the fishermen targeting the whiting and croaker fill their coolers from 3 - 5 pm. Chuck Frith from Jensen Beach fished with me and caught a nice share of whiting, croaker, bluefish, and blue runners on almost every cast. 
The bait of choice was cut shrimp and Fishbites. Another angler just north of us was enjoying the same action and caught and released a 22-inch snook on a piece of shrimp. I spoke with an angler who fished at Santa Lucea yesterday afternoon and the report there was excellent also. The springtime surf bite is on - so get out and bend a rod as soon as you have the opportunity. As the snook numbers increase along the beach, I would rig an extra rod and swim a live croaker along the edge. If there is a snook in the area, it will find that live croaker. 

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