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.