Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope everyone that likes to fish our local beaches has been able to take advantage of the conditions and the action that has been ongoing for the last few days. The fishing has been excellent and the weather even better. The weekend saw sunny skies, light winds, and a calm sea along our entire surf line. Pompano, whiting, bluefish, croaker, spanish mackerel, blue runners, jacks, tarpon, and sharks all made their appearance. The great news was that the action was spread out from Fort Pierce to Juno, based on where I fished and reports that I received. I fished at Middle Cove Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and today. The action tailed off for today's fishing but the previous 3 days were fantastic. I was able to put a limit catch of pompano in the cooler on Saturday using the usual assortment of Fishbites, clam strips, and sandfleas - but the life in the water was the real story. Tarpon, spanish mackerel, and bluefish could be seen chasing bait and rolling the entire morning. The fisherman that were casting spoons were constantly hooked up with the mackerel and bluefish. For those of you that are casting metal to get in on the mackerel fishing, remember you can't turn the reel handle fast enough. A super fast retrieve will result in more strikes. The tarpon were there from first light to about 8 am when those pods diminished. Sunday proved to be a repeat of the prior day, as Randy and I each limited out on the pompano. Even after I left, Randy caught and released as many spanish mackerel as any one would want. The sharks started to show on Sunday as we lost a few pompano to them, but on Monday they arrived in big numbers. I had a charter on Monday with Rick Garrad and Bud Adams from Stuart, and the morning started out with a steady pompano bite along with some blue runners hitting their lines. As the morning wore on Rick and Bud were becoming experts in the long distance casting aspect and I am sure we would have put limit catches together but the sharks had a different idea. After 10 am we lost pompano after pompano to the aggresive sharks and it became impossible to get one into the beach. At one point croakers were jumping onto the sand along the first trough to escape from the sharks that could be seen cruising up and down the beach. The mackerel and bluefish crowd had another day of great fishing as well. This morning the water started to get a liitle off-colored and the bite slowed down. I only caught two pompano at Middle Cove and then added three more after a move to the south end of Stuart Beach. The front that is moving through our area tonight is probably going to make conditions pretty diffulcult for the next couple of days; however the extended forecast looks good for the end of the week into the weekend. Additional reports from the Hobe Sound area were of a continuing pompano bite with some mackerel and bluefish joining the action. This springtime surf bite should pick right back up after this weather moves through so get out and have some fun. Good luck and catch em up.

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