The vast schools of glass minnows that were with us recently seem to have left the area. With them went the big schools of tarpon and mackerel but the croaker, whiting, and snook are hanging in there. I have fished with my son Randy, and friends Marty Barlow and Barry Rashkin, for the last couple of days and the bite has been excellent. Tiger Shores and Stuart Beach have been the locations and the action has been from early morning to after the tide change. After catching what we wanted to take home, we played catch-and-release as there were just that many fish present. Randy had a nice snook grab a Fishbite and take off down the trough the other day and the hope is that when the snook season opens on Saturday, these great fish will still be chasing the croaker along the beach. Every year it seems the slot-sized fish know how to read a calendar and do a vanishing act right after the season opens! The whiting and croaker on the other hand, are increasing both in size and numbers. This bite has been on fire and shows no sign of letting up. If you aren't catching them you are probably pitching your Fishbites too far. Remember: 5 to 10 yards has been the maximum distance we have targeted to put together a nice catch. The latter part of this holiday weekend looks like the weather is going to go down hill as a system approaches and the wind and rain enter our local area. Monday and Tuesday look like possibly the worst days of the week, so get out and fish Saturday and Sunday. There has been lots of 5 to 8 inch pompano in the surf and this is a normal occurence before the keeper sized fish start to show up. Its a great time of year to be a surf fisherman as the mullet run, pompano season, and great whiting and croaker fishing are all part of the near future.
Heres a quick seminar update for those folks that have been asking about a date and time. I will be doing Surf Fishing the Fall Mullet Run on Saturday ,Sept. 15 at Bass Pro Shops - Port St Lucie at 245 pm in front of the aquarium. This one always produces a big crowd so come early and get a good seat. I will also be presenting the same seminar for the folks in the Ft Lauderdale area at Bass Pro Shops -Dania Beach on Sunday Sept 16. I do not have the exact time but whwn I get notified I will post it immediately. Hope to see you there.