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!