Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
Mother Nature finally gave us some great conditions to fish our local beaches. The list of species that have been bending rods the last few days include whiting, jacks, blue runners, ladyfish, bluefish, tarpon and a few pompano. I started at Middle Cove on Sunday morning , hoping to catch some south-moving pompano. My first catch provided a surprise as a tarpon hit my rig and streaked 100 yards down the beach before breaking off. Mullet schools were thick but out of casting range. The tarpon, jacks, and bluefish could be seen blowing up on those pods 100 to 200 yards from the beach. Unfortunately the pompano were not in that location but jacks, bluefish, and ladyfish provided bite after bite on the long rods I was fishing. The water color was not the best and after receiving a call from my son Randy who was fishing at Stuart Beach, I packed up and headed there. Randy and his father-in-law Barry Rashkin were concentrating on the near shore whiting action and they put together a big catch. I managed to catch a couple of keeper pompano along with blue runners, bluefish, and jacks. Randy and Barry also caught numerous ladyfish, bluefish, jacks, and blue runners. Orange Clam Fishbites accounted for the whiting and EZ Flea caught the pompano. Although a lot of the mentioned species are catch-and-release, they provide all day activity and are just plain fun to catch. It is nice to see that the "fishing "and "catching "have finally come together for the surf fishing contingency. I received a few reports of some pompano being caught in Hobe Sound over the weekend and this fishing will improve with some cooler weather and some winds out of the North. Good luck this week and catch em up.