Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
Life and action on the beach is fantastic. The schools of glass minnows continue to draw in everything from bonita to croaker, and based on what I saw today this great fishing should go on for some time. I walked onto Stuart Beach this morning and had a fisherman tell me he had the best surf fishing action he had ever experienced in one morning. His catch list included spanish mackerel, bonita, blue runners, and jacks. I got to my spot and the tarpon, mackerel, blue runner, and jacks were tearing the glass minnow schools to shreds. By the time my son Danny and grandson Christian quit fishing, we had put 40 to 50 big croaker and whiting in the cooler along with a few nice spanish mackerel. We released lots of mackerel and big blue runners through out the morning and left the croaker and whiting biting. 8-year old Christian became a pro at casting the Krocodile spoon, hooking and fighting numerous spanish mackerel and blue runners all morning. Small pieces of Fishbites were all that was needed to catch the big croaker and whiting. The key to catching the largest croaker and whiting was to pitch your baits into the middle of the glass minnow schools and right after the bait settles to the bottom, the strikes are instantaneous. Almost all of the fish I filleted were stuffed with glass minnows. The best tarpon action has been during the low light periods of dawn and dusk, so if that is your targeted species plan your trips accordingly. The forecast looks good for the next few days so get out and bend a rod. These fish are spread up and down Hutchinson Island, so just find a beach with glass minnow schools and I am sure you will be successful.