Thursday, August 24, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
The fishing along our local beaches remains excellent for whiting, croaker, and snook. The huge schools of mullet that made their way into local waters during the mid-week period have moved on but pilchards and glass minnows were evident the past two days. I took Craig Scarborough, General Manager of Bass Pro Shops here in Port St Lucie, along with his son Bryce to Tiger Shores yesterday afternoon as Bryce wanted to celebrate his birthday with a fishing trip to the beach. He brought along a buddy of his, Mason Montoleone. They caught whiting, croaker, and palometa, and if you don't think this fishing is made for kids just take a look at the attached pictures!!! Orange Clam fishbites, cut shrimp, and some sand fleas that the kids dig up all produced fish. This action has been steady on the southern end of Hutchinson Island for the past two weeks and I don't see any reason why it should back off. The two hours after high tide has been the most productive hours for the whiting and croaker. Remember to just pitch your fishbites and shrimp into the first trough because all of the bites are happening between 5 and 10 yards off of the beach. Small live croaker fished in the first trough have produced the best snook activity all week. As the bait continues their movement into our area look for the tarpon, jacks, ladyfish, and snook, to provide some rod bending action as they attack these schools. The Fall Mullet Run gets closer day by day and I will be doing a seminar on Surf Fishing The Fall Mullet Run on September 16th at 3:30 pm in front of the aquarium at Bass Pro Shops, Port St Lucie. Tackle, baits, locations, techniques, and even recipes for cooking your catch will all be covered. Admission is free but plan to get there early as this seminar is one of the most popular we do all year. As far as the fishing outlook for the upcoming week, it appears as we will get some rain from the tropical system that is forecast to head our way on Wednesday and Thursday but this great surf bite should continue.