After cancelling a surf charter for this morning due to the 25 knot east and southeast winds I took a ride up to the beach to see how diffulcult the conditions were. The areas I looked at on Hutchinson Island were totally unfishable. I proceeded to take a ride to Bridge Road Beach in Hobe Sound and found the wind just as strong in that area. The one feature of a few beach areas in Hobe Sound is the outer bar is much more pronounced and built up in a few spots and will actually knock the big waves down as they build from the easterly winds. This has made the offshore or second trough much deeper than it was before Hurricane Irma. The surf was still up considerably but with the use of the 5-ounce sputnik sinkers I was able to put a couple of baits out to see if any pompano, whiting, bluefish, jacks, or blue runners were going to show in these stirred up conditions. Believe me, cancelling the charter was the right call because on most days with these conditions bites are far and few between. but I guess nobody told the species listed above because they were all active and biting in the few hours that I fished. 15 whiting, 3 pompano,and 2 bluefish found the inside of my cooler and I released jacks and blue runners. A good sign along the Hobe Sound beach was the abundance of sand fleas that were evident along the shore line. Orange Clam Fishbites with clam strips was the hot bait for the whiting and the pompano. Our beach depths,cuts, and overall characteristics change constantly so looking for deep water areas will increase your success on days like today.
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