Friday, February 16, 2018

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

             
photo courtesy of Jayson Arman

INSHORE-  Warming weather has the snook fishing really heating up.  Good number of snook around the bridges at night, and locked tight to seawalls and under boat docks during the day.  Live shrimp is still a solid choice for the snook, but bigger baitfish are going to start to come into play as well.  Flair hawk jigs and bigger swimsuits will also remain solid baits for the snook.  Action around Munyon Island remains good with a nice mixture of species around.  Some sheepshead still biting around area bridges on fresh cut shrimp.


SURF/PIER-  Pompano action was fair this week.  Some anglers tracked down good numbers, while others picked away at one here and there.  Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites are the top bait choices for the pompano right now.  Good number of bluefish around as well as some Spanish Mackerel.   The spinner sharks have started to show up in pretty good numbers as well.  Late winter/early springtime action in full effect right now...should be a good weekend to go give them a shot on the beach! 

Sebastian Inlet Area

                 

          THE BITE IS PICKING UP!

The Sebastian Inlet State Park is executing a prescribed burn on the Southeast side of the inlet today.  Access to the south beach will be limited.
Winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 7 mph and gusting to 10 this morning, there is a light chop on the water.  Waters are warming up due to the nice weather we’ve had all week.  It looks like the weather is going to cooperate and our boaters are going to be able to get offshore weekend!
The bite has been picking up gradually as the water warms up.  Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports the action has been steady. Quite a few Snook have been coming over the rails, many are oversized, some are under and a few have been in the slot of 28” – 32”.  Black Drum have been active as well as Sheepshead, Pompano, Reds, Blues and small Jacks.  Thanks Tommy!
photo courtesy of Joey Antonell @ h2o vinyl designs


Scouting Around Palm Beach / Martin County Area

Along the beaches in Jupiter, anglers have been having good luck catching pompano, Spanish mackerel and bluefish.
For pompano the key has been finding that seafoam green water. Remember to use a colorful lure like a Doc’s Goofy Jig or bonefish jig, as they have poor eyesight.
The Intracoastal Waterway in the Jupiter area has been a great bet recently. One angler fishing between channel marker 42 and 44 reported catching pompano, croaker and jack crevalle. All were caught using Doc’s Goofy Jigs.
There have also been some snook around and, although they are not in season, are still a blast to catch.
Mullet are working best for snook, but if you can’t find them, lures that look like mullet like an X-Rap are also good.
                       
The Lake Worth Inlet has been fantastic lately for jack crevalle. These hard-fighting, rod benders are occasionally being located in the thousands and are hitting with great consistency on live shrimp on a bucktail, and jig.
In addition, large schools of sheepshead have traveled underneath the jacks.
Bluefish, jack crevalle and pompano have dominated the surf for anglers fishing the beaches in South Palm Beach, Lantana, Boynton, Gulfstream and Delray.
Pompano have been hitting sand fleas or Doc’s Goofy Jigs during the first 2 to 3 hours out of the outgoing tide while jacks and bluefish have been hitting top-water lures and spoons early in the morning until about 10 a.m.
Boynton Inlet anglers have caught sheepshead up to 10 pounds using live crabs off the north jetty.
Jack crevalle, spots and snook have fed on live shrimp fished on the bottom.
There have been a few flounder up to 7 pounds caught off the south wall at the inlet by anglers slowly bouncing half- to three quarter-ounce green jig heads tipped with live shrimp off the bottom during the last half-hour of incoming tide.
Reports of bonefish up to 10 pounds being caught and released on the flats just northeast of the inlet have been reported. They were caught on 9-weight flyrods using EP Ghost Shrimp and Christmas Island Special fly patterns. Using the same flies also caught spotted seatrout and mangrove snapper around docks along Manalapan and Hypoluxo Island.
Using jig heads tipped with live shrimp has been providing good catch and release action on small snook, ladyfish and drum under the Lantana Bridge.
LAKE OKEECHOBEE
The speckled perch bite has been excellent lately. The best action on these tasty pan fish has been just into the Kissimmee River and along the pass and they are hitting on minnows and jigs.

The bass bite has picked up with the warmer weather. They are being taken mostly using live shiners, but working the grass areas and lilly pads with artificial frogs and speed worms has been producing as well.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post
 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Capt C.A. Signature Knots

From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart


Inshore the pompano bite has been steady in the inlet and J.C Park sandflease have produced well and the new Mr. Pompano soft sandflea jigs have been working good to we have plenty so stop on in and check them out. The snook bite has been hit or miss around the bridges and in the inlet on both incoming and outgoing tides. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Mono Leader Vs Fluorocarbon Leader

Sebastian Inlet Report


                                   


BLACK DRUM, SHEEPSHEAD, REDS, POMPANO AND JACKS


Winds are blowing out of the North at 12 mph, gusting to 13 this morning and there is a light chop on the water.  We have a foggy morning at the inlet and it’s predicted to stick with us through mid day when winds are forecasted to shift to the East.  There is a slight chance of showers.
The north jetty was crowded with anglers yesterday.  It was a glorious day with lots of sunshine and a nice breeze.  Quite a few boats were anchored out off the tip off the jetty but from what we could tell, they weren’t having any more luck than the shore based anglers.  The bite was fair and a few real nice fish came over the rails.  The Sting Rays have thinned out; only one was landed in the morning hours.  Several anglers were having luck with Snook but unfortunately, one gentleman kept landing undersized (5) and one kept landing oversized (2), all which were safely released.  A real nice Pompano in the 20” range was landed, some small jacks, a few nice Black Drum, a couple of Sheepshead and a few slot Reds rounded out the mixed bag. Anglers were using a variety of baits including live and dead shrimp, sand fleas and clams and some were using artificials.
Our featured photo today is of John Day of Columbus, OH.  John and his lovely wife were fishing the north jetty when he landed his beautiful 26” slot Red using live shrimp.  Our second photo is of the big Pompano that was landed yesterday and the last photo is of an angler pulling in an oversized C/R Snook.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

                     
Hobe Sound continues to be the area to target if you want to put together a nice catch of tasty pompano. I fished by myself today and wound up with a limit plus of pompano, blue runners, jacks, and bluefish. The nice part of the body of pompano that are currently along the Hobe Sound beaches is that you don't have to worry about catching and releasing fish that are under the 11 inch minimum size. All of the ones I was lucky enough to catch today were well above that minimum mark. EZ Flea Fishbites was the hot bait today as most of the pompano preferred the artificial bait over the clam strips and sand fleas. The bluefish schools were somewhat thinned out over some previous days and here is a little tip for when they show up in big numbers: remove your clam strips and natural sand fleas from your bait spread for a period of time and fish with the artificial Fishbites. They will still hit the Fishbites but the natural scent of the clam strips and sand fleas will keep the bluefish schools in the area you are fishing. I certainly do not want to give anyone the idea that bluefish are not a fun gamefish to do battle with, but if you are targeting pompano, the blues can chase the pompano from the area. Blues definitely put up a great fight and if put on the grill when they are fresh they can provide a great dinner. Our winter surf fishery is definitely in high gear when you can catch a nice recreational limit and play catch-and-release after you achieve your limit. Factor in the other species like bluefish, whiting, croaker, jacks, and blue runners that are presently available to us and it all adds up to a rod-bending day on the sand. Weather looks good for the rest of the week so good luck and catch em up.

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                                                                           Winds are blowing out of the South-Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to 12 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  We have a slight chance of showers this afternoon.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported an incredible Saturday over the weekend. All kinds of species were hitting most of the day.  Sunday the wind picked up again and shut down the bite.  This morning we have a lot of anglers on the north jetty hoping to get some of that Saturday action back into play.  It’s a lovely day to just get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Our photos today are courtesy of Rich Blum.  Rich is back for the winter and his son Brian was able to come this past weekend from Huntersville, NC to do some fishing.  Rich said the bite really turned on midmorning Saturday as did the competition for space.  The dominant species were Black Drum.  Rich said at least 30 came over the rails while they were there.  Most of the drum were over 28”.  Rich landed the good sized Drum in our photo after losing two.    Sheepshead, Snook, Whiting and Pompano were in the mix as well.  Brian’s Snook was 33” and had to be gently released but he was thrilled to have landed it!  The men were using a variety of baits, shrimp for the Snook and clam and shrimp combos for the Black Drum.  

Monday, February 12, 2018

TRASH FISH Catch & Cook: LADYFISH...

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

A little more wind from the southeast today stirred things up a little bit but the water was beautiful in Hobe Sound and the pompano, whiting, blue runners, and more bluefish than you can count provided non-stop action from the Bridge Road beach access. I fished with the regular assotment of EZ Flea and Orange Clam Fishbites, clam strips, and sand fleas. The Bridge Road beach areas have undergone a lot of bottom changes since last year and I was able to find some areas that had plenty of water - even at low tide, and that's where these fish were holding. I talked to local surf regular, Barry Richards this afternoon, he fished locally at Tiger Shores and caught jacks and ladyfish. Barry said the water was somewhat off color. 
                                               
Warm temperatures, good surf conditions, pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, and jacks prowling the local beaches all add up to some great surf fishing. Today was definitely a Chamber of Commerce day in our area and the good news is the fish were caught from Hobe Sound to Stuart Beach in perfect conditions. I fished with my son Randy and his in-laws, Bonnie and Barry Rashkin from Palm City and Marty Barlow from Port St Lucie, and everyone contributed to a nice cooler of all the above species - with the exception of the jacks that were all released. We fished at Stuart Beach but talking to some friends who fished in Hobe Sound, they also experienced the same type of activity. Fishbites, clam strips, fresh shrimp, and sandfleas were the baits we used with great success. Use the long rods to reach the pompano, but the whiting and croaker can be caught on light tackle 10 - 20 yards from the edge of the surf. Target the hours around the high tide mark if you want to be successful fishing the first trough. The 80 degree tempertures are forecast to carry through the weekend so get out and enjoy some of this great fishing.

Sebastian Inlet Report

                                        
Winds are blowing out of the East at 8 this morning; gusting to 10 and the water has a light to moderate chop.  A front moved through yesterday afternoon that created dense sea fog which enveloped the inlet anglers but it’s long gone.  It’s hot and sunny at the inlet this morning.  NOAA is advising small craft to exercise caution.  Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reports the bite from the north jetty yesterday included a few Snook, some Sheepshead, one Pompano and a couple of Blues.  Earlier in the week it was all about Sting Rays and big Sharks.  This morning there has been Pompano activity.  Sportswriter and fishing Guru Ed Killer reports a steady Trout bite for anglers fishing the early outgoing tide at the inlet.
Our photo today is courtesy of Patrick Monaghan of Melbourne Beach and features Augusto Rozados of Hollywood, FL.  Augusto fished the north beach, Wind, weeds and waves created a challenge for surf fishing.  Augusto had landed only two Whiting for the day’s effort but a little change in luck brought in his nice Pompano using sand fleas.  A couple of short Pompano were landed and returned. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

                               
Warm temperatures and fishable conditions look to be on tap this week along our local beaches. It is nice to be able to say that we are going to have a stretch of days where the wind forecast doesn't have the number 20 in it when it comes to predicted speeds. I fished on Monday at Bridge Road beach access in Hobe Sound and put some nice pompano in the cooler along with catching and releasing lots of bluefish. EZ Flea Fishbites caught all of the pompano while clam strips accounted for the bluefish. The bluefish bite was up and down the entire beach and the folks fishing cut mullet and fresh jack chunks were constantly hooking up. I spoke with some friends who fished Santa Lucea and Stuart Beach and they all reported steady action with bluefish, whiting, and a few pompano. Target the hours around the high tide mark this week and with the spread of fish we are seeing, the chances of bending a rod are excellent. Fish bites, Clam Strips, Sand fleas, and any type of cut bait should all be in your bait selection to take advantage of this great winter fishery.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  A bit spotty on the inshore front this week.  Snook fishing has been good, with the bridges producing some decent catches at night.  The flats around Munyon Island and Hobe Sound have been producing a mixed bag of species.  Sheepshead have been biting around the bridges on fresh shrimp.  A few reports of some pompano around in the Loxahatchee River and ICW.  Other inshore action remains spotty.
                         
​photo courtesy of Pompano Rich


SURF/PIER-  Pompano fishing has been good over the past week, and should remain good for the near future(as long as the sharks don't scare everything off!).  Sandfleas, clams, and Fishbites are the baits of choice for the pompano.  Best pompano action has been north of Jupiter Inlet, with some fair catches also coming at the Juno Beach Pier and along Juno Beach.  Low light periods of the day are best for the pompano.  Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish remain scattered up and down the beach in fair numbers.  This week saw a nice push of Spinner Sharks along the beach as well.   The spinner sharks are great fun on light tackle, especially on topwater lures.


From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart


                          

Inshore the trout and reds have been around the spoil islands to the north of north bridge soft baits and copper spoons have produced the best. The snook bite has been ok on the jetty and the bridges with a few nice fish around on the outgoing tide on jigs. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Sebastian Inlet Report

THE BITE HAS BEEN FAIR

We have a lovely morning at the Sebastian Inlet.  Winds are blowing out of the East-Southeast at 8 mph, gusting to 9 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  The short-lived cold front that pushed through yesterday afternoon is long gone and seas are beginning to subside.  We should have a couple of nice days for our boaters Wednesday and Thursday but by Thursday night an East-Northeast wind surge will cause seas to start building again through Friday, just in time for the weekend.  This is the forecast but it can change; always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported the weekend was just fair.  A few Snook and Reds were landed and a smattering of Blues and Black Drum came over the rails.  Quite a few Sheepshead were landed, they seemed to be the dominant species.  Some Pompano and Whiting were landed in the surf.  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Back BUSTING Fish Make GROWN Men CRY! - EPIC Topwater Popper Fishing!

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 It's Friday and we're looks like two great days to hit the beach. This past Monday was very fishable and pompano, whiting, jacks, and bluefish were caught at Bob Graham, Tiger Shores, and Stuart beaches on Hutchinson Island and the Bridge Road Beach in Hobe Sound produced an all morning Pompano bite. Look for this action to pick right back up on Thursday as long as the clean water that was with us in the beginning of the week returns.Fishbites, clam strips, and natural sand fleas all produced on Monday. Do not be afraid to take a look at a few beaches if your initial location has some off colored water on Thursday. 

If anyone missed the Surf Fishing for Pompano Seminar at Bass Pro Shops in Port St Lucie on January 20 and 21, I have been asked to do another presentation at Bass Pro Shops in Dania Beach on February 24 at 130 PM. This Bass Pro Shops is one of the larger stores in Florida and has aisle after aisle of great merchandise plus The Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant , all under one roof. If anyone wants further information please feel free to contact me on this page or call the Dania Beach Store at 954-929-7710

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

While winter is still around the Treasure Coast and weekly cold fronts will continue to bring cool nights and lots of windy days to the area, fishing will still be good out on the water. It has been a tough winter so far with all the rain, winds and cold. Water temperatures can dictate where and how you might fish on any given day this month. January was a much warmer month this year. When the water is cold, fish the deeper cuts and drop offs of the river. Sunny days will bring fish up in shallower waters to feed and the bite can really get hot out on the flats.
The trout bite picks up very nicely in February. 2017 proved to be the year of big trout in the Fort Pierce area. I anticipate that 2018 will be another big fish year around the area. CAL jerk baits and Deadly Combos are exciting ways to trout fish with artificial lures, while live shrimp on popping corks are the ol’ standard way to trout fish out on the river. Redfish can be found in shallow flats around mangroves and islands. We had a fantastic winter bite in 2017 around the docks and mangroves for redfish. On warm sunny days, the reds will sit around the mangroves and soak up the sun. Finding some along the mangroves will bring some good rod bending action to anglers this month. DOA shrimp and CAL jerk baits can find some hungry reds hugging the mangrove lines when fished very slowly. Docks are a great way to find plenty of fish waiting for something tasty to drift under them.

Sheepshead will be plentiful around the river and the larger fish will be coming into the river to breed. They showed up early this year and January has been a great month for them. Live or dead shrimp around bridges, docks and structure can provide lots of action in addition to some great tasting fish. Sand perch and croakers should also be hanging around the inlet and bridges during February. Pompano around the surf and on the deeper flats of the river can be taken on CAL grub tails, Doc’s Goofy Jigs and shrimp or clams. Bluefish, mackerel and jacks will continue to haunt the baitfish around the jetties and turning basin. Small, shiny lures will keep you busy. There should be some flounder around the back sides of the jetties and on sand flats around the inlet area.

February is a transition month on the river. Winter has been challenging this year on the Treasure Coast. We have enjoyed more normal winter weather and the fish bite has been good for us. Winds will still be blowing and the water will begin to gradually rise in temperature. Fishing your lures slowly will certainly give you more action on the river. Fish tend to be sluggish in the colder water. Working your lures or bait slower along the bottom will give the fish more time to react to it and will result in more bites for anglers. 

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

                        
INSHORE-  Snook season is back open, and the slot size fish have been around.  Look for the bridges to produce at night; especially on outgoing tide.  Flair Hawks, Shrimp Jigs, and medium sized swimbaits have all been good choices for the snook as of late.  A nice live shrimp is also pretty hard for the snook to pass up as well right now.  Fair reports of sheepshead and black drum around the bridges.


SURF/PIER-  Pompano have been showing on and off at the Juno Beach Pier over the past week.  Doc's Goofy Jigs have been the lure of choice, while clams and sand fleas are doing the trick bait wise.  Some bluefish and Spanish Mackerel around, as well as a fair number of jacks.  Sounds like the sharks are starting to show in a  little better numbers as well.  Could be a fishy weekend along the beach...go if you get a chance! 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

                                                     
A trip back to the beach today reinforces the great fishing that alot of anglers experienced yestaerday at various locations. I made a quick stop this morning at Stuart Beach and the wind shift to the North last night had the water pretty stirred up and somewhat off color. A steady push from the North will sometimes send the clean water in a southerly direction and that's what occured today. I ended up at the Bridge Road beach in Hobe Sound and found the clean green colored water that we had at Stuart yesterday. The action turned out to be better than yesterday as the first forty minutes of fishing produced two big jacks, two bluefish, and two nice pompano. After a bit of a lull for a short period of time the bite turned right back on and four more big pompano made their way into my cooler. I had my limit of nice pompano and at one point was only able to fish two rods because of the non-stop activity. Clam strips, EZ Flea and Orange Clam Fishbites all produced today. Plenty of 2 - 3 pound bluefish and jacks up to ten pounds were mixed in with the pompano. I watched a fellow angler just South of me throwing a silver spoon continually hook up with the jacks and bluefish. Its really too bad that the winds are going to put a temporary hold to this great fishing but its great to see the spread of fish that are in our area. We should be back at it early next week so get your gear ready. The key again today was being able to reach the pompano at 70 - 90 yards from the edge of the beach. 

Sebastian Inlet Report


          
THE BITE IS IMPROVING IN SPITE OF THE ROUGH CONDITIONS,Black Drum, Whiting, Reds, Snook and short Pompano

We have cloudy, churned up conditions at the inlet this morning.  Winds are blowing out of the East at 16 mph, gusting to 22 and the water is rough.  Seas are building and the ICW is rough as well.  We have potential afternoon showers in the forecast for today and over the weekend; pack your rain gear if you head to the inlet.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Sunday afternoon.  It’s not a good weekend for our boaters.

In spite of the rougher conditions this week, the weather was warmer and the bite picked up.  We received an update from snow bird Rich Blum who is back from the frozen north for the winter.  Rich has been out on the north jetty fishing the past couple of days and reported a fair bite on Wednesday and a better bite yesterday.  Black and Red Drum have been the most consistent species and some nice Sheepshead are coming over the rails.  The Sting Rays have been thick but seem to be thinning out now.  Yesterday the Black Drum were hitting well on the incoming tide.  Thanks Rich!  Rich and Dennis Fletcher pose with some of the nice Black Drum they landed Wednesday.
Wayne Pollock of south Jersey was in Melbourne Beach visiting family and had a chance to fish the inlet on several days.  Wayne reported a strong Whiting bite all week on dead and live shrimp, particularly during the incoming tides.  They had a great time landing the 14” – 17” scrappy fighters which were fantastic table fare.  We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty again yesterday afternoon.  The day was beautiful even though the high winds kept it cool.  Mike reported a lot of Sting Rays in the water but not as many as the two previous days.  Pompano were disappointing as the 6 – 8 that came over the rails were short and had to be returned.  Approximately 12 Black Drum were landed, 2 slot Reds and 2 oversized were landed by anglers free lining live shrimp.  8 – 10 C/R Snook were landed and Whiting were plentiful.  It sounds like fishing is starting to return to normal, if only the wind would give us a break!  
Our 2nd photo today features Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach with two Black Drum he landed off the north jetty yesterday on shrimp. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

    

Though the forecasted rough seas will likely put a damper on it this weekend, the pompano fishing has been excellent in Hobe Sound recently.
Anglers using long rods to reach the outside trough and using fish bites, clams and live sand fleas are having a blast catching these delicious fish.
The relief bridges along the Stuart and Jensen Causeways have been hot spots recently for pompano, big sheepshead and redfish. Live shrimp on jigs has been working best.
Though the surf fishing for pompano will cool off this weekend, fishing for them at the Juno Pier should still be good.
The main focus will be on getting out past the churned up water line and into the greenish “pompano” water.
Anglers looking to avoid the rough seas, but still wanting to get their fix this weekend should check out the Intracoastal Waterway.
Using live shrimp, ladyfish, jack crevalle and mangrove snapper are being caught.
Fishing for snook around pilings of the Loxahatchee River Bridge could be a good call this weekend as well.
With the cooler temps and the bridge pilings holding heat, snook will sometimes congregate around them.
The beaches from the Lake Worth Pier north to around Sloan’s Curve have had a good pompano bite lately with them hitting on Goofy Jigs and pompano.
Anglers fishing off Lantana Public Beach have reported catching sheepshead using live shrimp and sand fleas.
The sheepshead bite has also been good at the Boynton Inlet using crabs on an incoming tide.
Jetty fishermen are also reporting catching a few snook, jack crevalle, bluefish and croaker.
Fishing at the Lantana Bridge, anglers are catching sheepshead and drum on clam strips and live crabs and a few redfish using cut mullet.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE:

Out on the lake, the speckled perch bite is still really good.
Anglers using minnows and fishing along the Kissimmee River and catching plenty of these tasty panfish.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area


Conditions, Conditions, Conditions. We finally got a day along our local beach front where the conditions that you need to have some great surf action all came together. Clean water, light wave action, and numerous species of fish where spread out over a large portion of our county beaches. I fished with my son Randy at Stuart Beach, as this location had been holding some of the best looking water along South Hutchinson Island. We were lucky enough to catch a big number of pompano (only keeping our limit of course) and added bluefish, ,jacks, whiting, palometa, and blue runners. EZ Flea Fishbites and clam strips were the hot baits for us. There was a nice showing of anglers at Stuart Beach and some of the folks that also had a great day were surf regulars Chuck Frith and Marty Barlow from Jensen Beach who caught pompano, whiting, and croaker. The Port St Lucie Anglers club had a mini-outing for their members and had a nice number of anglers participating this morning. Fishing Director Kurt Hoyer put some nice whiting and croaker in his cooler and caught and released some jacks. Some of the other members added bluefish and jacks to the overall catch. A little further south at Santa Lucea, local regular and friend Ron Robinson, also had a great day with the pompano. Ron reported that other anglers at that beach caught pompano, jacks and bluefish as well. I got a late report from Hobe Sound and the folks that targeted the Pompano in that area today had a great bite going for most of the morning. I also heard from Pat Cooper, who is visiting from western Michigan and attended the Pompano Seminar on Saturday. Pat tried the diamond shaped Fishbite technique and caught a big jack and some bluefish at the Fletcher Beach area.
The best fishing today occured on the rising tide and the high tide mark, which is normally the time to target the pompano at this time of year. The last few weeks the falling tide and even the low tide mark at certain beaches produced a lot of action. All of this information is great news to report, but unfortunately these great conditions are about to end. The National Weather Service Marine Forecast is calling for the winds to shift to the North tomorrow at 10 - 15 knots and increasing to 15 - 20 knots tomorrow night. Looking at Thursday and Friday, the northeast direction returns and builds to 20 - 25 knots. Easterly and southeasterly is the predicted flow at 15 - 20 knots right into Sunday. This is going to give us those challenging conditions that we have been dealing with this fall and winter, and we can only hope as we leave January and head into February that Mother Nature will start to give us more of an opportunity to get back to great fishing. Good luck and catch em up.

Sebastian Inlet Report


THE BITE IS PICKING UP!


Winds are blowing out of the North-Northwest at 17 mph, gusting to 20 and the water has a moderate chop.  The cool front that is moving across the state this afternoon will bring hazardous boating conditions through the rest of the week.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Friday at 4:00 a.m.  Always check the NOAA forecast prior to boating.
In spite of the higher winds, we have a gorgeous day at the inlet for the last day of the Florida Pro/WSL Qualifying Contest.  Congratulations to Melbourne Beach’s Caroline Marks and New Smyrna Beach’s Evan Geiselman for their wins!
We received an update from inlet regular Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon.  Mike said there was a good Black Drum bite with 10 -12 coming over the rails for anglers using live and dead shrimp.  Two slot Reds were also landed, one on live shrimp, one on dead shrimp.  Those Sting Rays are still out there in huge numbers and many were landed and released.  
Our photo today features Ryan Wood of Malabar.  Ryan landed the C/R Snook in our photo from the north jetty a little while ago.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

2018 has started off with winter moving in and cooling things down quite a bit. Wind, rain and cold have made the first part of January a real challenge to get out and enjoy the fishing. Water temperatures have dipped into the fifties and it will take a few sunny days to warm things up a bit. You can expect lots of wind this month along with the normal weekly cold front moving through the Treasure Coast. Watch the weather and plan your adventures carefully.
               Sheepshead is always the best bite in this kind of weather. They don't mind the colder water and there are lots of them in the river to keep anglers busy. Bridges, docks and channel edges are favorite areas to fish for sheepshead, drum, and snapper. The nighttime snook bite has been good around the bridges and jetties. Look for the Spanish mackerel and pompano bite to improve around the area. Trout, snook and redfish will be on the grass flats when the sun is high to warm up. Black drum and croakers should be moving into the river now that things are cooled down. January is always a good month to enjoy the fishing!

Winter weather is a good time to work on reels, tackle and boats. We get a lot of windy days and this is the perfect time to get your equipment in good working order for the coming spring fishing. It's an important part of fishing and boating. Dress in layers this time of year. Temperature swings can be go from the fifties into the eighties in a few hours and layering can keep you comfortable out there. Have fun and stay safe!

Sebastian Inlet Report

Fishing conditions should start to improve as well.  Look for Black Drum, Pompano, Sheepshead, Spanish Mackerel, Whiting and (hopefully) Flounder to start making appearances from both jetties, catwalks, T-Dock and inlet rocks.
Tommy Turowski at the Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop reported that the cold weather and high seas have kept most anglers at home this week but a few big Reds and Snook were landed off the end of the north jetty. Snook normally head to warmer water when it turns cold so to see them landed off the jetty in these conditions is surprising A lot of Sting Rays were covering the bottom over the weekend and anglers were even catching them on lures!  When you get one of those big rays on the line, it can feel like a whale on the other end they are so tough to reel in.  

Friday, January 19, 2018

How to Fillet Black Drum Quickly

Preparing Blue Crabs and Hermit Crabs for Black Drum and Redfish

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Cold weather should help to push some pompano into the Loxahatchee River and Hobe Sound Flats.  Look for pompano to skip up behind the boat and be ready to throw Doc's Goof jigs in the vicinity.  The wintertime sheepshead and black drum are filling in around local bridges, boat docks, and deep holes.  Fresh shrimp is the best for them right now. Snook fishing is tough with the cold weathe.  Locally it sounds like or snook have faired well, and should really start biting well as the weather warms.  

SURF/PIER; The pompano bite was good early in the week, but slowed when the water got dirty again.  Key to the surf fishing has been water clarity.  When its good, the fishing is good!  Hopefully it straightens out a bit this weekend and we could see great action for pompano, spanish mackerel, and bluefish.  

Thursday, January 18, 2018

DUO IKAKKO - ON THE FLATS

Learn How To Catch Pompano Instead Of Just Feeding Them

                                    
Surf Fishing for Pompano on Jan 20 and 21 at 
Bass Pro Shops in Port St Lucie with 
                       Paul Sperco
The Jan 20 time is 11:30am & 3:30 pm and Jan 21 start time is 2 PM. The location will be in front of the aquarium and I would plan on coming early as this is usually the most popular seminar we do all year at the store. Tackle, techniques, locations, baits, and even recipes will all be covered .
                                   

Scouting Around Palm Beach/Martin County Area

INSHORE:
 At the Lake Worth Inlet and along the beaches in the Palm Beach area there have been tarpon, permit and jack crevalle. Using light tackle, they are hitting shrimp and small live baits.
North of the Lake Worth Pier, from Kreusler to Phipps Ocean Park, there has been a good pompano bite with fish up to four pounds being caught on Doc’s Goofy Jigs and live sand fleas.

LAKE OKEECHOBEE:
 Fishing for largemouth bass has been a bit tough recently with the cool weather, but anglers are still catching a few using live shiners.
The speckled perch bite, however, has been fantastic.
For both, the Monkey Box area has been a recent hot spot.
LAKE OSBORNE:
 Fishing for sunshine bass and speckled perch should pick up with the cold weather in the lake and adjacent canals. Live shad, shiners and Missouri minnows will be best 
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Sebastian Inlet Report

THE BITE IS SLOW


Winds are blowing out of the Northwest at 9 mph, gusting to 11 and there is a moderate chop on the water.  A cold front is predicted to move through central Florida late this afternoon bringing higher winds and seas.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect from 4:00 p.m. today through 4:00 p.m. Thursday.
There isn’t a lot to report, the bite is slow.  Waves breaking over the jetties have kept many anglers at home.  We usually have a good bite going on at this time of year, especially with the winter species which include Sheepshead, Mackerel, Pompano, Permit, Black Drum, Reds and Flounder.
Our photo today,  Mike Ricciardi landed these nice Pompano off the north jetty.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scouting Around Sebastian Inlet Area

This morning winds are blowing out of the South-Southwest at 13 mph, gusting to 19 and the water is choppy.  Showers are likely this afternoon and thunderstorms are possible ahead of a cold front that is predicted to move through late this afternoon and tonight.  NOAA has a small craft advisory in effect through Saturday afternoon.
The bite remains on the slow side from the north jetty although anglers fishing the flats have been successful with Speckled Trout using swimming and topwater plugs.  Streamers and bait tail jigs are effective as well as live shrimp and bait fish.  We received an update from Mike Ricciardi of Vero Beach who fished the north jetty yesterday afternoon.  Black Drum were few and far between although a couple of early morning regulars managed to land a couple.  Mike landed one slot Black Drum using dead shrimp.  Eight or nine Pompano were landed on the ocean side for anglers using small live shrimp.  Mike landed two using a standard pompano rig.  Small Blues and Whiting were in the mix too.  Thanks Mike!

From The Crew @ Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart


Inshore the trout and red bite has been good to the north around Harbor Branch soft baits and live shrimp have produced well. The pompano bite has been good in the inlet and off J.C Park on the incoming tide. The south jetty in Ft. Pierce has had a few snook, jacks and bluefish around spoons have been the bait of choice. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Garlic Parm Baked Flounder-How to cook and prepare

Jigging for Permit and Jetty Monsters - Fishing

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

2018 has started off with winter moving in and cooling things down quite a bit.  Wind, rain and cold have made the first part of January a real challenge to get out and enjoy the fishing.  Water temperatures have dipped into the fifties and it will take a few sunny days to warm things up a bit.  You can expect lots of wind this month along with the normal weekly cold front moving through the Treasure Coast.  Watch the weather and plan your adventures carefully.
Sheepshead is always the best bite in this kind of weather.  They don't mind the colder water and there are lots of them in the river to keep anglers busy.  Bridges, docks and channel edges are favorite areas to fish for sheepshead, drum, and snapper.  The nighttime snook bite has been good around the bridges and jetties.  Look for the Spanish mackerel and pompano bite to improve around the area.  Trout, snook and redfish will be on the grass flats when the sun is high to warm up.                      
Black drum and croakers should be moving into the river now that things are cooled down.  January is always a good month to enjoy the fishing!
Winter weather is a good time to work on reels, tackle and boats.  We get a lot of windy days and this is the perfect time to get your equipment in good working order for the coming spring fishing.  Don't forget to check out the safety equipment on the boat.  It's an important part of fishing and boating.  Dress in layers this time of year.  Temperature swings can be go from the fifties into the eighties in a few hours and layering can keep you comfortable out there.  Have fun and stay safe!

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

                                                 


Off-colored water was back in play today and hopefully with some west and northwest wind forecast for Friday night and Saturday our surf will clean up. I received a couple of calls on Wednesday night about a great pompano bite that occured in the Jupiter area during the day on Wednesday and after looking at a few of our local beaches like Normandy, Middle Cove, Tiger Shores, and Stuart beaches and finding the water brown, my son Randy and I headed to Hobe Sound to fish the Bridge Road beach. The water here was a touch better than the beaches to the north but the powder blue conditions that were experienced on Wednesday were gone. We set up at a spot on the northern end of the beach and managed to put some fish in the cooler using EZ Flea Fishbites and clam strips. Whiting, croaker, catfish, and the surprise catch of the morning, a nice seatrout, all bent our rods. Ron Robinson, another local surf regular, fished just to the north of us and hooked an unknown fish that almost spooled him and came unbuttoned when the hook straightened out. A couple fishing just to the south of us had non-stop action with bluefish as they targeted that species with cut bait. The pompano did not show in our area of the beach and the fisherman who were further south in Jupiter did not find that large body of fish that bit on Wednesday. That's a normal occurence for those of us who search out the pompano, " here today -gone tomorrow " is a normal battle cry. As I repeatedly remind everyone, the beauty of fishing our local beaches is the variety of fish that inhabit our local waters and if you put the time in you will bend a rod. Good luck this weekend and catch em up.
Don't forget that I will be doing two days of seminars next Saturday and Sunday at Bass Pro Shops in Port St Lucie. The subject is Surf Fishing for Pompano. The times are 3:30 PM on Saturday the 20th and 2:00 PM on Sunday the 21st. I will be discussing techniques, tackle, bait, locations, and other areas to help you put a pompano or two in the cooler. Other wintertime species will be covered and all of this information along with some great recipes will be included in the free handout. Hope to see you there.