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.