Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
A break in the never ending strong easterly winds and a call telling me that there was a small patch of better water just north of Fort Pierce Inlet had me heading up A1A on Hutchinson Island early this morning. The light winds at daybreak certainly held, but the water had turned back to the brown discolored shade that we have been seeing on most of our local beaches. I hit Middle Cove, Blue Heron, and even checked the beach at Avalon Park in Fort Pierce before I headed back south. Subsequent stops at Walton Rocks, Herman’s Bay, and Normandy all showed the same off-colored water that was up to the north. I ended up at Tiger Shores and that beach held the only hint of cleaner green water that had been absent at all of the previous locations. I met up with local surf regular, Ron Robinson of Stuart, and Ron managed to land one large whiting along with a few catfish. I actually caught an undersized pompano along with a porkfish -- yes a porkfish. Another friend of mine caught a small permit and one pompano, along with some catfish. You are going to have to spend some time looking for the cleanest water you can find if you want to target the pompano, croaker, and whiting. Fishbites were used by all of us today and the few fish we caught were 70 to100 yards off the beach. It looks like stronger northeast winds are scheduled to return by the end of the week, so if you want to hit the surf this week Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be your days.