Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
The big pompano bite that we were experiencing last weekend and in the early part of this week has definitely slowed down, but fish are still being caught along our local beaches. Recreational limit catches were the norm this past week and with another front making its way into our area this evening look for the pompano action to pick back up in the next few days. The whiting, croaker, mackerel, and bluefish action is pretty good from Ft. Pierce to Hobe Sound. I fished with my son Randy this morning and we were lucky enough to put together a limit catch of pompano, but the bite was very slow. In between the pompano bites whiting, croaker, and mackerel kept us hopping from rod to rod. All of the fish were taken on the long rods from 70 -100 yards from the beach. EZ Flea and Green Crab Fishbites, along with some live sand fleas produced all of the strikes. I am seeing some folks using 2 and 3 ounce pyramid sinkers on their pompano rods but with the current wind and current conditions present, the 4 ounce pyramid, or 4 ounce spider sinker should also be in your assortment. If your baits are being dragged along the bottom due to current and wind, you are reducing your chance of putting together a good pompano catch. This fish prefers a stationary bait presentation so make sure you are holding the bottom. Bite detection is another factor that contributes to a successful day and by keeping your line tight from the tip of the rod to entry level in the water will allow you to stay on top of the bites. Remember, pompano have the tendency to pick up your bait and swim towards the beach after the hook up. A slack line usually means you missed one or you currently have one on. Good luck this week and catch em up.