Friday, July 27, 2018

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The surf bite this week has been somewhat slow in our immediate area; it seemed the whiting and croaker just wouldn't hang in the trough long enough to put a good catch together. The early morning was the time to be in position as the majority of the fish that were taken were all caught as the sun came up. Weeds and some off-colored water at beaches like Dollmans Beachside, Walton Rocks, and Middle Cove made catches pretty difficult to put together. Although the water was pretty nice at Stuart, Tiger Shores, and Santa Lucea, the bite was short lived. Randy and I fished at all of the mentioned beach accesses during the week but after we would put 10 to 15 whiting and croaker in the cooler the action stopped. The best fishing after the sun got up was the catch-and-release snook bite. A live croaker did not last more than 10 minutes after live-lining them in the near shore trough. After we get past the full moon tomorrow, I expect the bite to bounce back after a very inconsistent week. Another factor that hampered fishing the last few days was the amount of weeds that moved into the edge of the surf right after the tide hit the high mark and started to fall. This is normally the best time to put a good catch together and with the high tide times from 8:30 to 10 am from now through Monday, plan your trips around those hours. Fishbites and frozen shrimp will be the baits of choice and there are reports of some live shrimp starting to show up at a few locations. Good luck this week with improving conditions and with the possibility of fresh shrimp becoming available again, fishing should improve.

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