Thursday, December 14, 2017
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
The cold front that came barreling into our area over the weekend definitely brought some pompano schools to our local beaches. Beaches to the north of Fort Pierce Inlet, like Round Island, Pepper Park, and the Navy Seal beach access had a pretty decent bite of pompano this past monday and that action spread south to Blue Heron, Middle Cove, Tiger Shores, Stuart Beach, and Santa Lucea on Tuesday. As was the case last week my work schedule got in the way and I wasnt able to fish those days. My son Randy put some nice pompano and whiting in the cooler on tuesday and his location was Tiger Shores. EZ Flea fishbites and clam strips were the baits that produced. Randy said most anglers that were fishing that spot could be seen putting pompano and whiting on the beach. I spoke with a few friends who fished Middle Cove and Santa Lucea and the story was the same- lots of pompano .The best action occured in the afternoon right around the high tide mark. The one consistent factor of this good fishing was the nice clean water at all of the locations. I was hoping for a repeat today but as soon as I walked over the dune line at Tiger Shores I knew things had changed. The dirty brown water that has been shutting down our surf action was back and the beaches were deserted. After checking Stuart Beach, I started north and subsuquent looks at Bob Graham, County Line, and Dollmans Beach proved to have the same condition. I ended up at Middle Cove and although the water was somewhat dirty , it looked fishable. I only managed one nice pompano and croaker along with some catfish that love to hang in this dirty water. There are definitely some nice pompano , whiting , and croaker along Hutchinson Island Beaches but we just need the better water color to make this bite more consistent. As has been the recommendation for anyone looking to bend a rod from the sand, check the water color before you unload your gear , and if it looks clean fish that area. Good luck this week and look for the "clean green water".