Monday, December 4, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
We certainly had some beautiful weather over the weekend and the participation rate was up for those who were trying to bend a rod along our local beaches. The excellent pompano bite that occurred this past Monday at Middle Cove Beach did not repeat itself as off-colored water was evident at most locations on Hutchinson Island. The diminishing run off from all of the rain we experienced this fall coupled with the planned reduction of Lake O discharges should gradually improve our water quality along our beaches. It would also be nice to have Mother Nature start to give us a break and back off on the velocity of winds we seem to get from the east on a weekly basis. As reported in previous reports, if you can find some better water color at a certain location, your chances of finding some of our winter species is greatly increased. I fished today with my son Randy and we managed to put some nice pompano and whiting in the cooler. The numbers were not what they were in the beginning of the week but the size of the fish will make for a couple of great dinners. Middle Cove was the location today and Fishbites and clam strips accounted for all of the bites. These fish have been holding in the offshore trough and casts of 70 -100 yards are needed to reach them. Reels like the Penn Spinfisher 7500 Longcast model, Penn Squall 15, and Bass Pro Shops Breakwater spinning reels will give you some extra distance and partnered with a 12 foot rod of your choice, you will get your baits in position to find these migrating species. A lot of our beaches lost that deep inshore trough after Irma so the whiting and croaker bite that is the norm at 10 - 20 yards from the edge of the beach has not been happening. In time this inshore trough will redevelop but we have to wait for nature to do its thing. The one location that has been producing some excellent croaker fishing in the first trough is Walton Rocks. This bite has been around the times of high tide and Fishbites and cut shrimp are the baits that are being used. Looking ahead to this week I don't see any big wind events forecast and with the passing of the full moon more pompano, spanish mackerel, and bluefish should be heading into local waters.