Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area


"The whiting are biting" battle cry, made famous by the number one outdoor columnist in the southeast, Ed Killer, from TC Palm publications, is certainly being heard along our local beaches. These hard pulling tasty fish are being caught everywhere along the Treasure Coast. All of the reports I received from this past weekend support that statement and it really didn't make any difference as to what beach you fished. We are starting to see some spring patterns developing for the whiting and croaker fishery as they are still being caught on the long rods set up for pompano, as well as folks that are fishing light tackle 20 to 40 yards from the beach. I joined my son Randy and his father in law Barry Rashkin on Sunday morning for a short period of time hoping to land a few pompano. The water was somewhat off color so the pompano bite did not happen, but the whiting more than made up for their absence. When I had to leave to prepare for a seminar presentation in the afternoon, we had about a dozen nice whiting in the cooler. After I left my expanded family made a move to Tiger Shores Beach and they added another 13 nice whiting. Barry topped the day off with a nice pompano he caught on a Fishbite. It seems there were a few pompano everywhere but not a lot in any one location. I spoke with some fellow anglers that fished the Hobe Sound beaches and they reported a few pompano along with lots of nice whiting. We are expecting a front to come through the area the latter part of this week and that might translate into some good pompano numbers. The forecast through Friday looks like we are going to have some nice conditions to fish the beach. The northerly 15 to 20 knot winds are expected to start Friday night. The chances of bending a rod look pretty good this week with pompano and lots of whiting looking to provide the action. EZ Flea and Orange Clam Fishbites, clam strips, and natural sand fleas will put fish in the cooler. Good luck this week and catch em up.

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