Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
The whiting are biting! Its July 4th and for those of you that are heading to the beach conditions look great. I finally got the green light to get back to fishing today and the whiting and croaker cooperated. I fished with my son Randy at Dollmans Beach and although we didn't catch big numbers, the size of the whiting made up for it. The key to putting some fish in the cooler today was keeping the fishbites and cut shrimp no more than 5 yards from the edge of the surf. These bigger whiting and croaker are swimming along the edge of the trough closest to the beach. Casts that we placed 15 - 20 yards from the edge never got a bite. The stronger-than-predicted southeast winds made the surf somewhat bumpy but as these winds subside over the weekend, the bite should get better. High tide is the time to target these fish and late afternoon should be when you concentrate your efforts. The catch-and-release snook fishing along our local beaches has been excellent the past few days. I spoke with Nick Nicholson, one of the better snook sharpies in our area, and he has been catching them in the late afternoon at Bathtub Beach. Randy and I saw some snook swimming along the trough today and I am sure those of you you that like to throw artificials, early in the morning and late afternoon should have some great fishing at most beach areas along Hutchinson Island. Live lining a croaker during the day will also get the attention of these snook as they swim along the trough. Light Southeast winds are predicted right through Tuesday, so get the family together and catch a fish fry together. The beaches that I recommend trying for the whiting and croaker are Dollmans, Normandy, Tiger Shores, Santa Lucea, and Hermans Bay. These beaches seem to have a decent trough for these fish to gather in, and should provide some great action. Bathtub Beach, Santa Lucea, and Tiger Shores are the three top picks for you snook fishermen as these spots are closet to the inlet where these fish are starting to spawn. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend and catch em up!