Happy New Year to everyone and I hope the surf fishing that we had today, January continues as we head into 2018. Fish were caught all up and down Hutchinson Island today as the conditions of a calm surf and good color water went along the entire beach from St Lucie Inlet to Ft Pierce. I spoke with local surf regular, Barry Richards who fished at Stuart Beach, who landed pompano and whiting at that location. Pompano, bluefish, jacks, and whiting were also landed by friends of mine at Tiger Shores. I fished at Middle Cove today and was lucky enough to put a nice limit catch of pompano in the cooler. My son Randy met me later in the morning and he ended up with 5 nice pompano. We also had some whiting, jacks, and blue runners. EZ Flea Fishbites accounted for ten of the eleven pompano. Fishbites, natural sand fleas, and clam strips produced strikes from the other species. Another local surf regular, Don Brooks, fished just north of us on the beach, and although the bite was not quite as productive as he experienced last Sunday, Don still had some consistent action. The most excitement of the day was provided by a large hammerhead shark that ate a pompano as we tried to get it into the beach; after that we saw him chasing a school of jacks in the calm surf. My wife Deb lost another pompano to a spinner shark who went airborne after he nailed it. The wind and weather is about to take a turn for the worst as northeast winds are forecast to start blowing at speeds up to 30 knots tonight. The forecasted shift to the northwest should make the conditions fishable again by Thursday or Friday. Once we get past the front coming in this week, the great early winter action should continue. The nice fact about this fishing is that it is not confined to one or two beach locations. These fish are spread out along all of our Martin and St Lucie County beach accesses.
As far as local seminars are concerned ,I will be doing a seminar on Surf Fishing for Pompano on Jan 20 and 21 at Bass Pro Shops in Port St Lucie. The Jan 20 time is 330 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 . If you have any questions please feel free to call the store at 772-785-7600.