It was nice to see the forecasted conditions materialize today and hopefully everyone had a great day bending a rod along our beaches. I went back to the area I have been fishing at Stuart Beach and the large croaker bite was as good as it gets. I don't think the whiting, jacks, mackerel, blue runners, and snook got the memo to be there though, as I did not catch a single species other than the croaker. The action was non-stop from the traditional time (one hour before high tide to one hour after) and believe me, I left them biting. A tip to take away from today was if you are not getting any takers in the normal 5 to10 yards from the edge of the surf, try different distances. The area of beach that I have been fishing actually has a second trough that drops down another two feet from the deepest level of the near shore trough, and all of my bites occured in this area,15 to 25 yards off the beach. Plain Orange Clam Fishbites was the hot bait today and actually out-fished the hooks with cut shrimp three to one. The croaker this summer have been of the large variety and if you are lucky to get a double hook-up they will really put a bend in your rod. I haven't received any additional reports from folks who fished at different beach accesses but I am confident that there is a good spread of fish up and down our local beaches. I hope everyone has a great July 4th holiday; be safe and enjoy our great summertime surf action. Good luck and catch em up.