Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
Snook, whiting, and croaker are the species that made a showing this weekend along our area beaches. The weeds that shut the activity down in our area last week dissipated somewhat and there were a number of locations that produced some good action. Friend and local snook sharpie, Nick Nicholson, had excellent catch-and-release snook fishing on Friday evening at Bathtub Beach. There was plenty of bait both on the Inlet side and at the Bathtub area with numerous anglers seen hooking up right up until dark. My son Randy found some great fishing for croaker and whiting at Stuart Beach on Saturday evening from 5 to 7 pm. The weed cover had lightened up and the fish were all taken on Orange Clam Fishbites. Normandy Beach also produced some nice whiting and croaker for fellow surf fisherman Dave Capanas on Sunday morning. Dave reported the fish bit best on the rising tide as some weeds showed up after the tide peaked and conditions became a little more difficult. Randy and I fished at Stuart Beach yesterday morning but the bite had slowed from Saturday evening. We managed a few whiting at high tide but the activity fell off shortly after that. August 7, was the August full moon, and as we come off of this phase, I expect fishing to really start picking up. Bait schools should be making their way down the beaches and look for snook, tarpon, and jack crevalle tearing those schools up. August is usually a great month for the whiting and croaker fishing in the first trough and all of the activity we have been experiencing should only get better.