Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wade Fishing In Crystal Clear Water (Redfish With Rick)

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

In the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers the snook fishing is still incredible. Anglers working the docks with live pilchards are having a blast catching them. If fishing the open flats, and you can get them, live threadfins are the way to go.
In the same areas, the trout fishing is still excellent as well.
Along the beaches in the Jensen area, the pompano, whiting and croaker bite is great. They are hitting on Fishbites and frozen sand fleas.
The pompano bite from the Lake Worth Inlet up to Stuart is the best it’s been a long time. Sand fleas combined with Fishbites are working great.
The snook fishing in the Loxahatchee River has been picking up. One angler landed a 28 pounder recently.
The bluefish action, which had been fantastic and producing some huge fish in recent weeks, has slowed with the fish moving north.
Near the Boynton Inlet there have been quite a few stingray cruising around which can mean opportunistic cobia trailing and looking to steal a meal.
There have been snook congregating near the front of the north jetty on outgoing tides.
In the Intracoastal Waterway, south of the inlet, on an outgoing tide, anglers using chum bags and working the docks are reporting a good mangrove snapper bite and catching a few huge jack crevalle.
courtesy of The Palm Beach Post

Sebastian Inlet Report


                                 


BLUES, POMPANO, REDS, SNOOK, JACKS AND BLACK DRUM

We have a fantastic morning at the inlet.  Cool breezes, blue skies, clean, calm water and sun, it doesn’t get much better than that.  The winds have died down as forecasted and this morning we have Westerly winds at 3 mph, gusting to 6 and there is a light chop on the water.  Today and tomorrow look good for boating or surf fishing, by Friday afternoon, conditions will begin to get rougher creating hazardous boating conditions through the weekend.  Get out and enjoy it if you can.
We received our photos today from David Rathburn of MA.  David and his brothers come down several times each year to “visit Mom” but always seem to make it to the north jetty for some fishing.  Dave gets a kick out of seeing the same Blues that he was catching in MA migrate down to Sebastian Inlet for round two.   Although the bite has been slower than usual for his springtime visit, he’s landed a few Snook, Reds, huge Blues and a few nice Pompano. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The TRUTH about Surf Fishing! (Part 2)

Fishing with Famous YouTuber

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The weeds were gone this morning due to the windshift we experienced yesterday and today and guess what - the pompano bit. I rescheduled my charter this morning due to the predicted uncertain surf conditions and as usually happens, the swell was gone. I ran down to the Bridge Road beach access in Hobe Sound to check that area and was happy to find the pompano there. I started fishing around 8 am and was limited out and releasing pompano by 9:15. The day started with a remora and two bluefish before the pompano turned on. Once they started biting it was non stop action on EZ Flea Fishbites. After getting my recrerational limit of 6, I left one rod in the sandspike as I started putting my gear away and that rod produced numbers 7,8, and 9 which were then released before I was able to take it out of play. I talked to a friend who was fishing south of me and the bite was as productive there as well. This is the kind of fishing we should have for the next few weeks so get out when you can. I stopped at the Snook Nook on the way home and local river expert and Snook Nook staff member Woody told me of a great whiting and croaker bite at Walton Rocks Beach access. Great Spring weather and lots of action should be on tap this week. Fish the second trough, 70 - 90 yards off the beach for pompano and look at the near shore trough area for the whiting and croaker. Fishbites, Clam Strips, and sand fleas will be the baits of choice for the pompano with Orange Clam Fishbites and cut shrimp the preferred offerings for the whiting and croaker. Good luck and catch em up.

Sebastian Inlet Report

BLUES, SNOOK, SHEEPSHEAD, POMPANO AND REDS
Our featured photo is of Alain Monfette of Montreal, Canada with a Pompano he landed.  Alain and his lovely wife were fishing from the north jetty when Alain landed this nice pomp using sand fleas.  
Keith Cole of Merritt Island is featured in our second photo below with a big 30” Bluefish he landed from the south beach.  He estimated it was at least 10 lbs.  He also landed an 18” and 21” Bluefish in a flurry of activity for about 30 minutes, then it went quiet until he left at 9:00 p.m.  

Friday, April 13, 2018

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From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains pretty good inshore right now.  The bridges are holding snook at night, especially on the outgoing tide.  Scattered jacks moving around in the ICW.  Look for the jacks to be most active during lowlight periods of the day moving along seawalls.  A large mullet or big topwater plug is a good choice for a cruising bruiser jack.  Tarpon are still hanging in Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers.  Some mangrove snapper are starting to be caught inshore.  The flats are starting to slow down a bit with the warming weather.  

SURF/PIER-  Nice mixed bag action at the Juno Beach Pier and along the beach right now.  Pompano action remains fair to good up and down the beach.  Lowlight periods of the day will be the best for the pompano.  Sandfleas and clams are the bait of choice for the pompano.  The Juno Beach Pier is also producing pompano on Doc's Goofy Jigs.  Spanish Mackerel have been hanging around the Juno Beach Pier in fair numbers.  White crappie jigs are no doubt the top producing lures for the macs right now.  It's a bit early, but the snook are starting to show at the pier.  A dead sardine is the bait of choice for the snook right now.  Could be a pretty good weekend in the surf...go if you have a chance! 
                                          
                   

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                         

SNOOK, JACKS, REDS AND SPANISH MACKEREL

We have a windy, wet morning at the inlet today.  Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 12 mph, gusting to 21 and the water is choppy.  There are a lot of dark clouds surrounding the inlet but the forecast is calling for drier, sunnier skies this afternoon.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect from early this morning through Thursday morning.  Seas will remain hazardous through Thursday.
The bite has picked up some but remains on the slow side.  Collin at Black Dog Bait and Tackle said the best bet right now is Snook on mojarra.  Quite a few Jacks are being landed along with a few Spanish Mackerel and Reds.  Black Dog Bait and Tackle is located on Ocean Ave. in Melbourne Beach and they carry live bait, supplies for surf, river and kayak fishing and kayak rentals.  Stop by on your way to the inlet, they are open until 10:00 p.m.  Thanks Collin!
Our angler of the day is Christopher Storkenson with a nice, 27” slot Red he landed while fishing from the south jetty rocks.  

State Park Info: On Saturday April 14th there will be a Surf Fishing Workshop from 1:00 – 3:15 at the Sebastian Inlet Fishing Museum on the south side of the Park.  Take a pen/pencil and something for note taking.  Call 772-388-2750 for more information.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Sebastian Inlet Report

                            


SHEEPSHEAD AND BLUES, A FEW SNOOK, REDS, POMPANO AND BLACK DRUM

It’s another beautiful day at the Sebastian Inlet.  Winds are blowing out of the Southwest at 12 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  We have a slight chance of showers this morning and likely showers and potential thunderstorms this afternoon.  Winds are forecasted to shift to the West this afternoon which could generate some waves for our surfers.
The weekend bite was fair.  A decent variety of species came over the rails but not in huge numbers.  Sheepshead and Blues dominated the catches with a few Snook, Reds, Blues, Pompano and Black Drum thrown into the mix according to Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop.  Anglers are having good luck using live shrimp for most species.
Our angler of the day is inlet regular Rod Hutchinson.  Rod fished the north jetty and  had lots of  luck. It was an amazing day at the inlet, weather-wise and Rod took home three beautiful Pompano.  

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

                                             
There is some great fishing along our local beaches for those who are getting the chance to wet a line. The weather did not cooperate towards the tail end of the work week as wind and weeds made conditions very diffulcult. The best area for those targeting pompano continues to be in the Hobe Sound -Jupiter area and the afternoon bite is still going strong. I did not fish in that area this week but reports from friends who did were excellent. I fished Middle Cove both Friday and today, Saturday, and although the big concentrations of pompano were not here, the whiting fishing was as good as it gets. The weeds made fishing almost impossible on Friday but I was still able to put a decent catch of whiting in the cooler for the short time I was there. Today I fished with my sons, Paul Jr. who is visiting from Long Island, NY, and my son Randy, who is a local resident. Paul Jr. is hoping to take some fillets back up north on Monday when he returns home and the amount of whiting caught today made that situation easy. We put 40 - 50 nice whiting in the coolers along with 3 nice pompano, so Paul will be enjoying a few Hutchinson Island Fish Fries when he returns home. The action was non-stop on the whiting with EZ Flea and Clam-scented Fish Bites being the most productive bait. The large whiting are staying 70 - 90 yards off of the beach, so the long rods are needed to reach them. The guys tried fishing the first trough but that area is loaded with small 7 - 9 inch whiting. I look for the pompano bite to turn back on along Hutchinson Island this week and coupled with this great whiting action, things should be good. 

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


 No huge changes in the inshore report.  Snook fishing remains good, and continuing warmer weather will further heat up the snook bite.   The snook are being caught under boat docks and along seawalls during the day, and around the bridges at night.  Larger swim baits and jigs remain a good lure choice for the snook at night.  Outgoing tide seems to be producing the best number of bites.  Pretty good number of jacks cruising around inshore for those looking for action.  Sheepshead and black drum action has slowed a bit; but the slack is starting to be taken up by increasing numbers of mangrove snapper.  Tarpon have been hanging around Palm Beach Inlet in fair numbers.
SURF/PIER:  Pompano bite was pretty good again this week.  Sandfleas and clams are the top bait choices for the pompano.  Expect the best pompano bite early in the morning and then again later in the afternoon.  Whiting and some croaker are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough.  The bluefish have largely moved up the coast, but a few are still hanging around.  Again lowlight periods will be best for the bluefish.  It's a bit early, but a few snook are starting to show up in the surf.  The Juno Beach Pier is also starting to produce some snook as well.  Dead sardine chunks fished very patiently on the bottom is a good choice for the snook right now.  Still a few spinner/blacktip sharks around as well.  Best bet for the sharks will to be fish lowlight periods of the day or even at night.  

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                               
BLUES, SHEEPSHEAD, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS AND A FEW REDS, SNOOK AND BLACK DRUM

We have another lovely day at the Sebastian Inlet.   Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 11 mph, gusting to 14 and there is a light chop on the water.  Winds have picked up from earlier in the week but it looks as if seas will cooperate with our boaters this weekend. Wave intervals are predicted to be 7 – 8 seconds apart, it could get a little bumpy.  Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.
The bite seems to be picking as conditions become calmer.  Blue fish remain the dominant species going in and out of the inlet but they can be landed from the beaches as well, some big fish in the 10 lb. range have been landed.  Sheepshead and Spanish Mackerel have been increasing in numbers.  Sheepshead love structure, you can find them hanging around docks and pilings.  Use any crustacean to lure them in, especially sand fleas.  Small crabs, shrimp and clams are good baits or you could try jigs tipped with the same.  Black Drum, Snook and oversized Reds like the one we feature today are coming over the rails in small numbers too.  Sportswriter Ed Killer of Florida Today reports the Trout bite is picking up in the Indian River Lagoon. Get out this weekend and enjoy the great weather!
Our angler of the day is 15-year-old Finn Elberts who is visiting from Deerfield, IL.  Finn and his family fished the north jetty and landed Blues, Jacks and Sheepshead before Finn experienced the thrill of a lifetime by landing this real nice oversized Red.  Finn was using live shrimp and with the encouragement and net help from the local inlet fishermen, Finn brought it over the rails for a couple of quick photos and a safe release.  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

WPB Fishing Club Yard Sale

The West Palm Beach Fishing Club Marina Yard Sale will be held 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday 04-07 at their headquarters in downtown West Palm Beach. The event will feature a huge variety of used items, including fishing rods, reels, boat anchors, dock lines, gaffs, coolers, nets, fly-fishing gear, fishing lures, marine hardware, coolers, fish mounts, diving gear and more.

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

As March blows out of the area, you can still plan on some windy days ahead in April. The transition into the summer pattern is well under way and soon the winds will die down and you can enjoy those calm days of summer once again. Expect the fishing to be especially good this April as water temperatures warm up and spring takes over the area. March was a little warmer this year and the fishing has been good. As the river fills with bait schools, you can bet the fish are hungry and will be feeding heavily. Have fun and enjoy the fishing!

Redfish and trout will become more active around the flats. They will be shallow early and gradually move to the edges of the flats as the sun get higher in the sky. Look to areas like Bear Point, Harbor Branch and Round Island for trout to be feeding on the flats. On a calm morning, break out the top water lures and switch to jerk baits, like a DOA CAL 4” Arkansas Glow or Watermelon. Shallow running Mirrolures will also entice the trout into biting. Don’t forget to use the Deadly Combo or CAL Airhead for more exciting trout action on the grass flats. There has been a lot of redfish activity throughout March and it should make April a fantastic month. Redfish can be found on sandy flats around the docks or try the Moorings and Bear Point for a chance at a nice size red. DOA shrimp or CAL grub tails in root beer or glow colors are great ways to find a redfish along with a trusty gold spoon. 
The snook season has many anglers out seeking that slot fish this year. The bite has been good around the inlets and will improve on the flats as well. Snook season will close May 31st so you still have time to find that slot fish. We have had good luck with the DOA TerrorEyz on snook this winter. Docks will hold sheepshead, jacks, redfish and many other species. I like either a DOA 2 ¾” shrimp or TerrorEyz around docks. Fish them slowly to keep them under the dock as long as possible. Drop a live shrimp or pinfish under a dock as well for a great chance at hooking up. There are many great areas to fish so plan on getting some fishing in this month.

Bridges will continue to hold sheephead, jacks, bluefish and some black drum. The big jacks will be invading the river this month. They are not great to eat, but provide a tough battle on light tackle. Ladyfish will be all over the river and keep the kids smiling. The inlet will continue to hold bluefish, jacks and mackerel. While April might be a little windy, it is still a great month to fish the Indian River. 

April is the first month that fish can enjoy all the many baitfish schools and they will be feeding heavily on the schools around the flats. The water has already been warming up and you can see the changes in the bite already. Early morning can bring lots of good results this time of year. It was a cooler winter this year and the fish are anxious to enjoy the arrival of the bait schools…..and so are we!

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

            photo courtsey of Jayson Arman               

The snook fishing in the St. Lucie River has begun heating up. One captain said he’s catching 12 to 20 fish per day using live pilchards. Though most have been shorts there are slot-size fish to be had. Additionally, some of the bigger fish have started moving out of the north and south forks of the river.
Mixed in with some of the snook have some big ‘gator’ trout. Fish up to eight pounds are being caught on live pilchards.
The sheepshead bite, which was really good last week by the powerlines, has thinned out quite a bit.
Anglers working the bridge pilings are reporting good action on black drum.
Along the Jensen-area beaches there is still good action on whiting and croaker as well jack crevalle, bluefish and even a few snook.
Along the beaches in Jupiter, anglers are still catching pompano and bluefish along with good numbers of croaker and whiting.
Pier anglers are reporting a decent Spanish mackerel bite.
There have been schools of bluefish moving up into the Loxahatchee River. Big bluefish up to 15 pounds are being taken on top water plugs and providing a great fight.
There are reports have large numbers of baitfish including sardines, greenies, silversides and goggle eyes moving through the Boynton Inlet.
Anglers using both live and fresh dead baits have been catching mangrove snapper, snook, jack crevalle and some ladyfish.
Night time anglers fishing crabs have been catching permit up to 30 pounds.
In the Intracoastal Waterway there were a few redfish taken by anglers fishing the pier located at the Boynton Beach Public Boat Ramp and along the west docks located near the Lyman Kayak Park in Lantana. Live shrimp and DOA shrimp were producing the best action.
The Boynton spillway has been producing a decent snook bite for some anglers using live shad, mullet and Rat L Trap lures in shad patterns.
Sand perch have been hitting peeled shrimp at Lantana Bridge and moonfish are hitting chartreuse jigs at night on the south side of the bridge.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE

On the lake the bass bite has been good the past week.
Hot spots have been Eagle Bay and Tin House Cove and live shiners are working best.
If using an artificial however, BB Senkos, Big EZ Copperfields and spinner baits have been working well.

LAKE OSBOURNE

Largemouth, sunshine and peacock bass are hitting live shad. Anglers fishing the banks of the canals early in the morning and using top water lures like Chug Bugs, Top Dogs and Baby Rattlers are reporting explosive action.
report courtsey of Palm Beach Post

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

                                           April is here and so is some fantastic springtime surf fishing. The great news is for those of you that do not want to make the drive to Hobe Sound there are plenty of pompano, whiting, and bluefish right on our local beaches. Normandy, Bob Graham, Santa Lucea, and Middle Cove beaches all produced some excellent action over the weekend and this morning. The one factor that kept the catch rate down somewhat was the presence of weeds on South Hutchinson Island on Sunday. I fished at Middle Cove on Sunday with my son Randy, and in between removing all of the grass from our lines we managed to catch pompano, big whiting, bluefish, jacks, and a few croaker. The whiting bite at all of the area beaches was fantastic on Saturday with Fishbites and cut shrimp being the best baits. This morning I returned to Middle Cove and there was some weeds and the water had turned from the beautiful blue-green color to a dirtier green. As the tide got closer to the high stage the weeds lessened and the water cleaned up. The pompano started to bite around 8 am and by 9 I had my limit of with a couple of bluefish thrown into the mix. EZ Flea Fishbites and clam strips were the productive baits and almost every pompano was 80 to 90 yards off of the beach. I was joined by friend Chuck Frith from Jensen Beach around 9 am and by 11 Chuck also had a limit. The whiting started to bite just as we were getting ready to leave and local resident and angler Steve Potter, who was fishing just south of us, was getting steady action on that species. Look for the action to continue this week and the only questionable weather day may be Thursday as the wind is forecast to pick up to 20 knots from the northeast. 

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                      

SHEEPSHEAD, OVERSIZED SNOOK, BLUES, JACKS AND BLACK DRUM

We have a very nice morning at the inlet, no winds to speak of and the water is calm.  Conditions are great for getting out and doing a little fishing.  Conditions are forecasted to remain calm through late Wednesday when another front will pass through bringing us higher winds and seas.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet District reported a very busy weekend at the State Park.  We couldn’t have ordered better weather.  Unfortunately, the bite was only fair.  Oversized Snook and Sheepshead were the dominant catches with a smattering of Blues, Black Drum and Jacks rounding out the mix.
Our angler of the day is winter regular Rich Blum.  Rich landed his Black Drum and Redfish off the north jetty using shrimp. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

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Getting Spooled by a RIVER MONSTER

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


INSHORE- Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now.  The bigger snook are biting mullet, big swibaits, and swimming plugs well right now.  Live shrimp and smaller swimbaits are working well for getting lots of snook bites.  Good numbers of jacks cruising seawalls in the ICW right now.  Still seeing a good number of sheepshead and some black drum around; both are eating live shrimp well.

SURF/PIER-  Pompano fishing has been good when conditions allow.  Sandfleas, clams, and fishbites are the top baits for the pompano.  The bluefish action has started to slow, but is starting to be filled in with the arrival of some snook along the beach.  Croakers and whiting are biting well in the first trough on small pieces of fresh shrimp.  

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Here's a quick report about the surf action for this Holiday weekend. The Pompano bite in Hobe Sound is living up to the springtime pattern that we normally have in the month of April. Reports of a excellent bite on Friday afternoon at the Bridge Road Beach access proved to be true as the bite was still going strong this morning. I arrived in the dark and cast my first rod out around 7 am. The action was immediate and by 8:15 I was limited out with some beautiful pompano. Fishbites and clam strips were the hot baits fished on the long rods. As I made my way up the beach there was steady action in all areas of the Public Beach access and this great fishing should continue. I spoke with some folks who fished locally and it seems like the whiting and croaker fishing was excellent there along with some pompano mixed in . Santa Lucea, Tiger Shores, Normandy, and Middle Cove all produced whiting and croaker both on the long rods targeting pompano, and for those that fished the near-shore trough . Fishbites and cut shrimp produced at all of the locations. The weather forecast for this first week of April looks pretty good right until mid-week . Thuesday looks a little bit questionable with some stronger winds and seas to seven feet, but a lot can happen between now and then.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Indian River Wade Fishing In Pristine Conditions (Snook Fishing)

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, and jacks were all on the catch list this weekend, as well as today, but the great springtime surf fishing is going to be on hold for the next few days. Winds are forecast to pick up through midweek and the big swells that we experienced prior to this last spell of great weather are coming back. Hopefully as we approach the holiday weekend the swell will subside and the bite will continue. Middle Cove, Bob Graham, Tiger Shores, and Bridge Road beach in Hobe Sound are all locations that have been producing fish. It was a family fishing weekend with my wife Deb, step-daughter April Tweed who was escaping the cold in Pennsylvania, my son Randy, his father-in-law Barry Rashkin and Randy's friend Craig Kaufman visiting from NJ. Everyone contributed to our nice catch of pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, and jacks. 
                                       
I took a quick trip to Hobe Sound Monday morning based on some intel about the pompano bite. The information was accurate as I was able to put a limit catch of nice sized pompano together before the wind picked up around noon time. EZ Flea Fishbites and clam strips were the hot baits over the last few days, along with some fresh cut shrimp that produced most of the whiting. Once the wind and the swells back off things should pick right back up as we approach the weekend. 

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                 


THE BITE IS SPORADIC

Our photo today comes from the north jetties  inlet regular Tony Swiderski of Sebastian landed this oversized Snook free lining live shrimp.  He estimated it was around 34”.  He didn’t take the time to measure it, this nice breeder was returned to the water quickly and unharmed.  

Friday, March 23, 2018

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


INSHORE:  Snook fishing remains very good inshore right now.  The snook are biting live shrimp at night around bridges and docklights, and live mullet around docks and seawalls during the day.  The snook maybe a bit sluggish after the front so be prepared to slow things down.  Some big jacks are cruising the ICW.  A noisy topwater plug along a seawall is a god way to go to get the big jacks fired up.  The Sheepshead have been biting around area bridges and boat docks on live shrimp and sandfleas.  Overall pretty good inshore fishing right now.

SURF/PIER:  Pompano fishing was fair this week; both from the pier and beach.  Doc's Goofy Jigs are catching them from the pier, while sand fleas and clams are the way to go from the beach.  Some large bluefish around right now.  Spoons and topwater are a good choice for the bluefish.  Scattered spanish mackerel around.  Lots of sharks along the beach right now, including some full size ones! Could be a pretty good weekend on the beach fishing wise this weekend! 

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce


Looks like winter has to show up just one more time to cool things down. Just when you thought Spring had arrived...boom...it's another cold front. It won't last long and this should be the last one...I hope! Winds have been prevailing most days with one or two mornings each week that give you some light winds to get around the river and enjoy the fishing. The water has been pretty dirty most days near the inlets. Look for cleaner water to find the best fishing. 
Try docks for redfish, sheepshead and snapper this time of year. Channel edges will hold sheepshead, drum and snapper. 
There are croakers and sand perch in the river now. I enjoy the winter and spring bite because there are a good variety of fish to target. The cold front should help improve the pompano and croaker bite for us. It a wonderful time of year to enjoy the fishing. Just plan your trip around the winds!

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Although we won't have the flat, calm surf conditions of last weekend, the outlook to bend a rod looks great along our beaches. Spanish mackerel, pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, and sharks continue to be caught at numerous locations and I don't see this action backing off. I started off this morning at the south end of Hutchinson Island and was greeted by a stiff northeasterly wind that was gusting up to 20 knots. I checked Fletcher Beach Access and spoke with an angler who had put a couple of pompano in his cooler before the wind picked up. Heading north I checked Normandy but did not like the conditions and drove up to Middle Cove where the action had been so good during the early part of the week. Five ounce pyramid and spider sinkers were the key to holding the bottom in the four foot surf, and my first cast with a rod rigged with EZ Flea Fishbites produced a pompano very quickly. The action slowed and the only bites I got were from a bluefish and a ladyfish. After the tide turned at about 12:30 the action turned on. Five more nice sized pompano, bluefish, blue runners, and whiting were all added to the catch list as the tide started to drop. The falling tide in the afternoon has been the prime time for the pompano bite in the last couple of weeks so if you can't spend all day on the beach try to target this time slot. Fishbites and sandfleas were the best baits today and it was nice to see some of these large pompano re-appear. Reports of 12 and 13 inch pompano were the norm during the past week but today the bigger ones took center stage. I got a text from Hayden Murphy, who is a big time river angler at 5 pm; he had just released a nice spinner shark at Middle Cove and reported the schools of mackerel were up and down the beach. This should be a great surf weekend whether you are going to target whiting and croaker in the first trough, set up the long rods for pompano, or get the heavy tackle out and play catch-and-release with the spinner and blacktip sharks. 

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                            
BLUES, SPANISH MACKEREL, JACKS AND A FEW SNOOK, REDS AND SHEEPSHEAD
Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 9 mph, gusting to 15 this morning and there is a moderate chop on the water.  Conditions are much calmer than yesterday but will remain choppy through today.  The forecast is for the wind to start calming down even more over the weekend.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel were biting all day in the rough conditions yesterday.  Blues were jumping all over the place and they were being landed in good numbers.  This morning the Mackerel have disappeared but Blues and Jacks are active.  A few Snook, Reds and Sheepshead have been in the mix as well.  
Our angler of the day is inlet regular Mark.  Mark landed this huge 22” Black Margate from the north jetty.  Mark was free lining live shrimp fishing for Snook but ended up with this instead.  We rarely see them this size, nice catch Mark!  

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                            Juno Beach Pier 
                        ""Got The BLUES""

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snook Success

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope everyone that likes to fish our local beaches has been able to take advantage of the conditions and the action that has been ongoing for the last few days. The fishing has been excellent and the weather even better. The weekend saw sunny skies, light winds, and a calm sea along our entire surf line. Pompano, whiting, bluefish, croaker, spanish mackerel, blue runners, jacks, tarpon, and sharks all made their appearance. The great news was that the action was spread out from Fort Pierce to Juno, based on where I fished and reports that I received. I fished at Middle Cove Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and today. The action tailed off for today's fishing but the previous 3 days were fantastic. I was able to put a limit catch of pompano in the cooler on Saturday using the usual assortment of Fishbites, clam strips, and sandfleas - but the life in the water was the real story. Tarpon, spanish mackerel, and bluefish could be seen chasing bait and rolling the entire morning. The fisherman that were casting spoons were constantly hooked up with the mackerel and bluefish. For those of you that are casting metal to get in on the mackerel fishing, remember you can't turn the reel handle fast enough. A super fast retrieve will result in more strikes. The tarpon were there from first light to about 8 am when those pods diminished. Sunday proved to be a repeat of the prior day, as Randy and I each limited out on the pompano. Even after I left, Randy caught and released as many spanish mackerel as any one would want. The sharks started to show on Sunday as we lost a few pompano to them, but on Monday they arrived in big numbers. I had a charter on Monday with Rick Garrad and Bud Adams from Stuart, and the morning started out with a steady pompano bite along with some blue runners hitting their lines. As the morning wore on Rick and Bud were becoming experts in the long distance casting aspect and I am sure we would have put limit catches together but the sharks had a different idea. After 10 am we lost pompano after pompano to the aggresive sharks and it became impossible to get one into the beach. At one point croakers were jumping onto the sand along the first trough to escape from the sharks that could be seen cruising up and down the beach. The mackerel and bluefish crowd had another day of great fishing as well. This morning the water started to get a liitle off-colored and the bite slowed down. I only caught two pompano at Middle Cove and then added three more after a move to the south end of Stuart Beach. The front that is moving through our area tonight is probably going to make conditions pretty diffulcult for the next couple of days; however the extended forecast looks good for the end of the week into the weekend. Additional reports from the Hobe Sound area were of a continuing pompano bite with some mackerel and bluefish joining the action. This springtime surf bite should pick right back up after this weather moves through so get out and have some fun. Good luck and catch em up.

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                       
                                                                 

THE BITE HAS BEEN ON THE SLOW SIDE

We have a glorious morning at the inlet.  Cool breezes, blue skies, white fluffies and fairly decent conditions near shore.  Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 8 mph, gusting to 14 and the water is calm, for now.  Winds will increase through the day today and NOAA has a small craft advisory through Thursday morning.  Gale warnings are in effect from 4:00 p.m. today through Thursday evening.
We’ve received several updates from inlet regulars.  Rich Blum of Vero Beach reported the past three days have been pretty slow for him, only one Sheepshead for all of his efforts.  Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished most of the day on Monday and reported a slow day for him as well.  About a dozen Snook came over the rails with two or three slot fish in the bunch.  A couple of C/R Reds, five or six Sheepshead and only three Black Drum.  Spanish Mackerel were plentiful, but small.  Mackerel were running in the 12” – 15” range.  Thanks Rich and Mike!
Our featured angler today is courtesy of Rich Blum and is of Sammy of Morocco.  Sammy landed this real nice 22” Pompano off the north jetty.   Our additional photos are courtesy of Tim Hessing of Stuart.  Tim landed the four nice Pompano.  He reported about 40 poles lined up on the beach but only he and one other angler were landing anything.  He confirmed with the other successful fisherman that they were both using frozen sand fleas on gold hooks, for some reason they wouldn’t touch fresh fleas on silver hooks!  The two large Pomps were females full of roe which he smoked and it was delicious. 

INSANE Big Snook Fishing

Snook Master Jig Fishing

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Migrations Part 3: Mullet Run

Ultralight Snook Fishing Action

Fishing Walton Road,Port St. Lucie Florida

Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

                           
INSHORE:

In the St. Lucie River the snook fishing has been decent. There are good numbers of fish, but most are smaller with a few slot-size mixed in.
In the river there currently are good numbers of bonefish as well as redfish.
Along the beaches in Juno up to Hobe Sound the pompano fishing has been decent. Best results are being had using Doc’s Goofy Jigs, Fishbites and sandfleas.
Also along the beaches the croaker and whiting bite has been consistent.
In the Jupiter area, anglers looking for snook are having the most success night fishing by the dock lights along the Intracoastal Waterway and Loxahatchee River.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE:

Though the recent cold snap has slowed the bass fishing down a bit, anglers are still catching them using live shiners, rubber worms and flipping.
The speckled perch bite has also slowed down. The Government Cut and the Kissimmee River areas are the best spots with minnows and jigs the best baits.

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                  

BLUES, SNOOK, REDS, POMPANO, SHEEPSHEAD AND BLACK DRUM

We have overcast skies at the inlet this morning.  Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 6 mph, gusting to 11 and conditions are calm for the time being.  Winds will begin to increase this afternoon into Tuesday and we will see numerous showers and possible lightning storms tomorrow ahead of a cold front.  The front will bring us high seas through late week.
The north jetty is crowded with anglers this morning, it looks like a holiday weekend out there!  Yesterday some Blues in the 10 – 15 lb. range moved in although not in huge numbers, but enough to get our attention.  Silver spoons are a good bet for the species but they will strike just about anything put in front on them.  Be sure to add a strong leader, their teeth are sharp and cutoffs are common.  Blues are a lot of fun to catch with their strong runs and jumps.  Snook, Reds, Pompano, Sheepshead and Black Drum were also in the mix over the beautiful weekend.  Get out and try your luck!
Our angler of the day is Sally Baughman of Jackson Hole, WY.  Sally is back for the winter months and spending as much time on the north jetty as possible.  She landed this nice slot Snook and a Black Drum, using live shrimp.  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Conditions along our area beaches are going to be as nice as we have seen in some time this weekend. Calm surf and clean water is back and all we need is for the pompano, whiting, croaker, jacks ,and bluefish to cooperate. The large body of pompano seem to be holding in the Hobe Sound -Juno Beach area but hopefully some of those fish will move north into the Hutchinson Island area. I had to cancel another charter trip yesterday morning due to the rough surf and dirty water conditions but fished Middle Cove Beach in the late afternoon after the conditions improved . The bite was not outstanding but I managed to put a few pompano and whiting in the cooler. The report from the Juno Pier area yesterday was of a pretty good continuing pompano bite. The weekend looks great so get your Fishbites,Clam strips , and sand fleas and hit the local beaches.Good luck this weekend and catch em up. If you are fished out by Sunday afternoon come to my Surf Fishing for Snook Seminar at Bass Pro Shops at 2 pm.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach


INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains the main game in town right now.  The bridges continue to produce a decent bite at night, while docks and seawalls continue to hold the snook during the day.  The springtime mullet are still coming through; so the snook are not afraid to eat a big bait right now.  Sheepshead, black drum, and even a few redfish are hanging out in the ICW and Loxahatchee river right now and are eating live shrimp pretty good.  The tarpon are in Palm Beach Inlet, along with some schools of big jacks. 

SURF/PIER-  The Juno Beach Pier saw some good action this week on big bluefish and good numbers of pompano as well.  The bluefish were chomping big topwater plugs and diamond jigs, while the pompano were eating sand fleas and clams the best.  The blacktip sharks were not far behind either the blues or the pompano. Good if your into shark, bad if your trying to get dinner to the beach!  Along the beach, the pompano action has been very good.  Early morning and late afternoon produced the best bite on the pompano.  Sandfleas, clams, and fishbones were the baits of choice for the pompano.  Croaker and whiting have been biting in the first trough.  Some schools of big jacks moving along the beach as well.  

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                       

Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Pompano, Snook, Reds and Blues

It’s a beautiful morning at the inlet.  Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 8 mph, gusting to 10 and there is a light to moderate chop on the water.  We have a real nice weekend forecasted and it looks as if our boaters are finally going to get a break and get off the docks.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports that the bite has picked up.  Spanish Mackerel starting showing up yesterday in decent numbers and size.  Gotcha lures are always a good bet when targeting the species.  A wire leader is recommended to prevent break offs from their razor sharp teeth.  These fish are a lot of fun to catch, if you can!  Snook, Reds, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Pompano, a few Blues and Jacks are in the mix as well.  Get out and wet a line this weekend!
Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach fished the north jetty Wednesday and sent in an update and today’s photo.  He reported a cold, windy day on the jetty and he lost two Black Drum due to line breaking.  Mike was using live shrimp which worked well.  He managed to bring two Black Drum, 23” and 27” over the rails along with a 16” Pompano.  Several oversized Reds were landed and released by other anglers and quite a few Blues were caught on lures during the outgoing tide.