Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It was definitely a " Chamber of Commerce" weekend as far as the weather and surf conditions were concerned and the catch list was impressive. Pompano, whiting, croaker, jacks, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, blue runners, and bonefish were all taken from local beaches. Saturday proved to be the slowest day of the holiday weekend but there was still a lot of rod bending. My son Dan ,daughter in law Erin and grandkids, Christian and Emmy are here for the week and they all took turns reeling in plenty of fish. We got a little bit of a late start on Saturday but the late morning produced a couple of keeper pompano, whiting, croakers, and even a bonefish. We fished at Stuart Beach where the water was super clean and very calm. EZ Flea Fishbites and sandfleas were our baits of choice. Christian nailed both keeper pompano on one rig and got his first doubleheader. My granddaughter Emmy and daughter in law Erin teamed up to land their first bonefish also using a piece of EZ Flea Fishbites. Easter Sunday we decided to head north and try a couple of beaches to the north and ended up at Blue Heron. The bite definitely picked up as we put 9 nice pompano and a whole bunch of big whiting in the cooler. Reports from Middle Cove and a couple of beaches by Fort Pierce Inlet told of a good pompano bite, especially in the afternoon. Today, Monday, was even better as the grandkids took a day off so I fished by myself in the morning and was lucky enough to end up with 20 nice pompano and a cooler of big whiting . EZ Flea,Pink Shrimp, and yellow Crab Fishbites along with frozen sandfleas were the ticket today. I talked to a couple of friends who fished at Middle Cove today and they also experienced a good pompano and whiting bite. Light East winds are forecast all week so look for this great fishing to continue. Look for good water color and make sure you have the right equipment to reach the pompano if they are your targeted species. The late morning and early afternoon high tides this week should make for a good afternoon bite as long as the weather that we are experiencing stays around.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Yesterday's surf action was excellent - as long as whiting was your targeted species. Reports regarding the pompano bite in our local area were not good as a few fish were reported at Tiger Shores and Stuart beach early in the morning. My son Paul and I started at Bathtub Beach at first light and found super clean water and a flat surf. The only bites we got there were from blue runners and bonefish. The bonefish action certainly tells you the water clarity on the bottom is excellent, as this species is always associated with clean water. We moved to Stuart Beach around 8 am and the whiting were there in big numbers. The key to catching them yesterday was casting 70 to 80 yards from shore and having Orange Clam and Pink Shrimp Fishbites on your rigs. The bird activity and bait movement at Stuart yesterday morning was something to see. Spanish Mackerel and bluefish were on those schools at first light, and fishermen targeting them with spoons had great success. It was obvious that they were still present when we arrived, as the first few whiting we hooked ended up bit in half before we could get them to shore. It appears that the usually reliable pompano action in Hobe Sound at this time of year is being affected by the beach replenishment activity occurring up and down Jupiter Island. If you are fishing in the area where the dredge is pumping and the current or wind is pushing all of that dirty water your way, its time to find a new spot. The missing pompano from the last couple of days will show up again - so look for the clean water and you should hook a few. The beauty of area is when one species takes a day off from biting, there is usually another type available to bend your rod. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Along the beaches around Jensen Beach, they are still catching some nice size pompano and plenty of whiting and croaker along with a few snook.
In the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers snook bite is beginning to get good. Anglers working the docks and bridges using live bait (mostly pilchards with a few threadfins) are having a blast.
They are also landing a few nice trout as bycatch.
If you’re looking for a rod-bending fight there have also been some big jack crevalle in the area.
A steady supply of pilchards can be found at Stuart Live Bait in Manatee Pocket.
At the Boynton Inlet, sheepshead and croaker have been hitting crabs and cut shrimp off the north jetty during the day.
At night, snook over 40 inches are being caught using live mullet or croaker fished on the bottom and two- to four-ounce jigs (either Flarehawks or white chicken feathers) bounced off the bottom.
In the Intracoastal, on the flats north of the inlet and the docks along Hypoluxo and Manalapan, there has been decent action on bonefish, snook, jack crevalle, ladyfish, mangrove snapper, moonfish and redfish. Best bets have been live shrimp on eighth-ounce jig heads, bouncing three eighths-ounce yellow butterbean bucktail jigs off the bottom during the day and using epoxy glass minnow flies on five- to eight-weight fly rods at night.
Lantana Bridge anglers have been catching ladyfish and Spanish mackerel using live shrimp and glass minnows.

The bass bite is still excellent! They are being caught on shiners as well as artificial baits including swim jigs and spinner baits working the outside grasslines. Hot spots have been Kings Bar, Third Point and the Buckhead Ridge area.
The spec bite is pretty much over, but the bluegill bite has been coming on strong. Though it’s still a month away before they begin bedding down, they are being caught on worms and crickets in the Kissimmee River.
The lake level is low so boaters be careful.
The West Palm Beach Fishing Club’s annual Marine Yard Sale will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday. The event will be held at the club’s historic headquarters at 201 Fifth Street in downtown West Palm Beach. It will feature a huge variety of used items including rods and reels, coolers, fish mounts, dock lines, gaffs, cast nets, landing nets, lures, diving gear, tackle boxes and more. Proceeds benefit the youth education and marine conservation efforts of the Palm Beach County Fishing foundation, the club’s charitable affiliate. For information, call 561-832-6780 or visit www.westpalmbeachfishingclub.org
courtesy of Palm Beach Post

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

" Threes a charm" is not the phrase that most folks that target pompano use when it comes to a location that has been producing great pompano fishing. . The rule that I was taught by a local friend and commercial pompano guru was that one day at a spot- great, two days-fantastic, three days , go buy a lottery ticket because that's unbelievable. After two great days of pompano fishing, today they were pretty much gone. My sons Paul Jr and Randy , my daughter in law Jennifer , and friend Chuck Frith got into an all day bite at Stuart yesterday. Chuck got his recreational limit in short time and headed home early. Another friend and local surf fisherman, Ron Robinson from Stuart, caught his limit in 45 minutes and called it a morning. My group each got their 6 fish and after they filled up the cooler I stayed and was lucky enough to fill a couple more coolers..I continued to fish and yesterday turned out to be the biggest day I have had since getting my commercial license. This is the type of action you can find during the spring when a large school stays in one area for a couple of days. As far as today was concerned , the bite shut off and I only caught two before I called it a day. The real challenge today was finding a spot on the beach to set up as fishermen were spread from Tiger Shores to the south end of Stuart Beach. EZ Flea Fishbites continues to be the hot bait along with frozen sandfleas. Other species that were present were blue runners, Spanish mackerel, jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, and a few bonefish. These pompano are constantly on the move so check conditions at some of your favorite beach accesses and if the water is that nice "clean green or powder blue ", throw your baits out and I hope you are lucky enough to find a few. 

Monday, April 8, 2019


Cast, Wind, Repeat...

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The south end of Hutchinson Island was the place to be this weekend if you were looking to bend a rod along our local beaches. Bathtub, Fletcher, Santa Lucea, Stuart, and Tiger Shores beach accesses all produced pompano, bluefish, blue runners, ladyfish , and jacks on Saturday and Sunday, with Sunday producing a great pompano bite. The only downside to the great fishing was the challenge of finding a parking spot at most of those locations if you had decided to sleep in to take advantage of the mid morning high tide. Beautiful weather had beach goers out in big numbers up and down our St Lucie and Martin county beaches. I started at Bathtub on Saturday morning and managed to put seven nice pompano in the cooler and release some bluefish and blue runners before I left early in the afternoon. EZ Flea , Pink Shrimp, Yellow Crab, and Orange Clam Fishbites along with some frozen sandfleas all produced strikes during the day. The water color was green with some streaky brown areas but was improving during the afternoon tide . The key to making a big catch on Sunday was finding the right water and the current was moving to the north in the afternoon on Saturday when I packed it in. I fished with sons Paul Jr, who is visiting from up north, Randy, and my wife Deb on Sunday and what a great day we had. I took a brief look at Bathtub at dawn but as it got light it appeared the water had moved and with the north current I decided to go to Stuart and give it a shot. The hunch was correct and after we put together a recreational limit catch of eighteen pompano for the family, I stayed and filled another cooler with eighteen more before the falling tide shut off the bite. Mixed in with the pompano were bluefish, ladyfish, blue runners , and jacks that kept us hopping from pole to pole. The action was not just in one location either as local anglers Barry Rashkin and Barry Richards caught plenty of fish at spots just north and south of us. EZ Flea was the number one Fishbite scent for the pompano bites. Hopefully this school of pompano stays with us for the next few days and the key will be finding that nice water that holds them.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Todd(and Fisher) talk Gambler Little EZ

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Springtime mullet run is on right now, and the big snook and jacks are taking notice.  The spring mullet run doesn't have the same amount of bait (or predators) as the fall migration; but for quality fish it is a great time to go.  Great time for catching the bigger snook as they begin to bulk up for the upcoming spawning season.  Jacks will also be hungry and cruising the seawalls ready to eat.  Tarpon reports are still coming in from Palm Beach Inlet, with some good ones being caught on live shrimp.  Look for the most action to go down early and late in the day, and don't be opposed to fishing at night either.  THe snook bite around the bridges at night has also been improving as of late.  

SURF/PIER-  Pompano action has been very good this week along the beach and at the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.  Sandfleas, clams, and FishBites are the top bait choices for the pompano.  Doc's Goofy Jigs have also been producing well along the beach.   Bluefish seem to be making their end of season push back north, with a fair number being caught at the pier and also north towards Hobe Sound Beach.  Cut mullet and sardines are the top producing baits for the bluefish.  The Juno Beach Pier has had a fair number of both Spanish and King Mackerel around, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  Snook are showing up in better numbers at the Juno Beach Pier.  Frozen sardines remain a solid bait choice at the pier for the snook.  Overall good fishing along the beach,; should be a good weekend to give it a try!

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From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

April is here on the Treasure Coast and brings Spring conditions to the area. Mild temperatures and windy days will be the norm this month. Fishing will be very productive as bait fills the river and the fish are hungry. It has been a mild winter and I am always excited to welcome Spring back again. Have fun and enjoy the fishing!

The grass flats will be active with trout and redfish. I love using a DOA Deadly Combo in April to locate the fish. There will also be pompano cruising the deeper flats. Doc’s Goofy Jigs are great pompano lures when they are in the river. Mackerel, bluefish and jacks will be plentiful around the inlets and channels this month. Small shiny lures will find you some action. April will bring lots of opportunities to the area.

Snook fishing will continue to be good this month. Inlets, bridges and sea walls can give you a good chance at catching a slot fish. DOA Bait Busters, feather jigs, live pilchards or pinfish are all excellent choices for snook fishing. There are many great areas to fish so plan on getting some fishing in this month.

Bridges will continue to hold sheephead, jacks, bluefish and some black drum. The sheepshead were in early and many have already left the river. The warmer water this year has progressed things earlier than normal, but there are still plenty of fish to be caught. Docks will hold the same fish and an excellent chance at hooking up with a redfish. The surf will hold whiting, pompano and a host of other fish feeding on the bait schools along the beaches.

April is the first month that fish can enjoy all the many baitfish schools and they will be feeding heavily on the schools around the flats. With the mild winter the water temperatures have remained mild and will be warming up more this month.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The spring surf fishing is showing signs of a great bite but surf conditions continue to be challenging up and down our beaches with weeds and off colored water keeping the catch rate down. Pompano, whiting, croaker, blue runners, and jacks are all bending rods on the days when the above conditions are not present. I started at Bathtub Beach on Monday morning and caught four nice pompano very quickly before the ever present weeds showed and made fishing impossible. EZ Flea, Orange Clam, and Pink Shrimp Fishbites , along with some clam strips produced the bites. I headed to Bridge Road Beach access in Hobe Sound in the afternoon and found the water not as clean but no weeds. If the water is slightly discolored and a bit streaky with some brown and green tint, try that area because the water could actually be cleaner on the bottom at that spot. That condition has been prevalent in Hobe Sound because of the beach replenishment activity that has been ongoing on Jupiter Island. The dredge pumping the sand in from offshore will create a cloudy and streaky effect along the shore line but the area where you are casting to at 70 to 100 yards off of the beach will have clean water on the bottom. I was lucky enough to put a dozen nice pompano and some big croaker in the cooler from 4 to 6 pm at the Public Beach access. EZ Flea was the hot bait for that afternoon bite. The swell was starting to build yesterday afternoon when I took a look at Tiger Shores, Stuart, and Santa Lucea and there were some weeds present . The forecast has conditions improving for the weekend so find the beach with decent water and no weeds and you will catch some fish.

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

In Jensen Beach, the pompano fishing has been good, but its all been about finding the right water. Fishbites, clams and sandfleas have been working.
In the St. Lucie River, the snook fishing is getting better and better, but there have been quite a few small fish. Anglers working the bridges at night are catching the bigger ones. Flare Hawks and Spooltek lures are working well.
Along the beaches in Jupiter, the pompano fishing has been excellent! They are making their migration north and if you want to catch them this is the time. Clams, sandfleas and pompano rigs with Fishbites are working well. The best conditions along the beaches are a light southeast with surf that is not too rough.
At the Jupiter Inlet, anglers are catching Spanish mackerel and with the warming water, the snook are beginning to show up.
From the beaches of Lantana south to Delray, surf anglers have reported catching of Spanish mackerel, jack crevalle, bluefish and pompano. Gotcha Lures, Goofy jigs and Diamond Jigs have been the lures of choice.
At the Boynton Inlet, anglers have been catching snook, permit, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, jack crevalle, bluefish and croaker off the jetties. Early morning and night has been the times to fish live shrimp, crab, cut mullet or live pinfish.
Big jack crevalle up to 35 pounds have been crushing top water poppers worked along the seawalls and mangrove roots from Woolbright Bridge up to Lake Worth.
Lantana Bridge anglers using live shrimp, cut mullet, live mullet and small crabs have been landing sand perch, sheepshead, black drum, snook, ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevalle and croaker.
Though the wind was howling yesterday and made fishing a bit difficult, the bass bite has been fantastic recently.
Working the outside grasslines, the shiner bite has been good and for artificial swim baits and Gambler Aces have been working well.
The lake level is very low right now so be careful.
report courtesy of Palm Beach Post

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My first CLOWN KNIFE Fish! On ARTIFICIAL!!! (Freshwater EXOTIC Slam!)

Monday, April 1, 2019

Must HAVE Lure Color...

Sebastian Inlet Report


Fishing was great this weekend at Sebastian Inlet and there was a lot of action we’re told.  Bluefish and Snook are biting off the North Jetty.  Use Got-cha lures and silver spoons for best results.  Our friend Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle has been seeing some big Reds, Spanish Mackerel, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Flounder too.  Try for the Flounder and Sheepshead west of the bridge in the channel.  Rubber-tailed jigs have been working well for the Flounder and Sheepshead are biting on live shrimp and sandfleas.  
Our thanks to Ed Nunez, our featured angler of the week for sending in this picture of a Black Drum he caught by the North Jetty on a trip to the inlet!  

Sunday, March 31, 2019

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing (like the weather) has been all over the place this week; but still remains the best bet in town.  The Snook are feeding well at night around the bridges, especially on outgoing tide.  During the day look for the snook to be laid up under docks and seawalls providing ambush points for unsuspecting mullet.  A few jacks cruising around inshore, but not great numbers by any means.   A handful of tarpon reports around Lake Worth Inlet.  

SURF/PIER-  Great pompano fishing at the Juno Beach Pier and along the beach this week.  Clams, sandfleas, and Fishbites are the bait of choice for the pompano.  Bright colored Doc's Goofy Jigs have been working well from the pier, especially during lowlight periods of the day.  The Juno Beach Pier has also had a good number of Spanish Mackerel around.  Crappie Jigs and Rapala X-Raps have been working well on the Macs.  Still a few blacktip/spinner sharks around; but the numbers are dwindling.  Get out and catch the last of the sharks now; they won't be around for much longer! 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Topwater TIMING

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Windy conditions are an understatement if you were on the beach yesterday. I cancelled a charter I had planned because of the horrible forecast but took advantage of the short window of time before it started howling. I fished at Santa Lucea and Bathtub Beach and managed to put together a nice catch of pompano before the 30 mph winds chased me from the surf. As Burry mentioned in his post, the surprise of the day was the conversation I had with Jon Shainman from NBC / WPTV, Channel 5 about the pompano fishing preceding the front. Fishing can be excellent during the day before weather fronts; Tuesday and yesterday morning proved that theory. As far as looking ahead, we are out of business until the weekend and hopefully fishing conditions will improve by Sunday. Good luck and catch em up.

Sebastian Inlet Report

Spring is here, weather is gorgeous…FISH ON!  Hot off the red phone update line and straight from Sarah at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle.  Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish are biting on Got-cha lures, spoons and bucktail off the North Jetty.  Snook are also hitting on live bait and live shrimp.  Watch the tide changes, the Snook seem to be biting at the beginning of the outgoing tide but a lot are too big to keep so please practice appropriate catch and release techniques to ensure survival.  You’ll find Sheepshead on both sides of the channel and shrimp, sand fleas or fiddler crabs have been working well to bring them in.  Anglers have been picking up some Pompano in the surf and Sarah says go with a combination of frozen shrimp, clams and sand fleas.
Check out these photos sent in by one of our regulars on the North Jetty – Stephanie Lindgren!  An avid fish whisperer as we like to call her, we want to wish Stephanie all the best and offer our hearty congratulations.  She launched The Saltiest Sweet Spot – a personal fishing and hunting guide service in September after spending 21+ years working for a TV station.  “I love what I do! I target mostly beginners – women, children, veterans and first responders dealing with PTSD – to introduce them to some therapeutic activities and we all know mother nature cures all!”  At the end of January, Stephanie took out Jermaine Jackson from Naked and Afraid Season 9, episode 9.  He is an avid fisherman from California.  He rocked it off the North Jetty and got busy netting fish for other anglers.                                  

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

With a cold front pushing through today, conditions are going to be a bit tough over the next few days, with Friday looking to be an improvement. The Indian River has continued to produce some pretty good Seatrout catches, mostly on Gulp Shrimp and other soft plastics along the drop-offs of spoil islands and deeper shorelines. Snook have shown up in greater numbers around docks and deeper shorelines, falling for DOA CALs and Mirrodines. Redfish have been a bit tougher with the water a little dirtier due to the recent winds. In the surf, Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish are still the best bet, with a few Snook starting to spread out on the beaches. Spoons and metal jigs have done the best. Offshore looks like a bust for the next few days, but there have been some Kingfish and Dolphin catches, so hopefully it will calm soon so everyone can catch a few. The inlets have also been a bit off for Snook, but theis weather change should spark some activity. 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Snook Like The Rain

Had to sit in car for 45 min waiting for rain to stop and sun to go down but it was worth it... 3 shorts then this keeper just short of 30 inches... # Juno Bait Custom Rod, #VR125 Van Staal Reel, Fins Braid, and # T&A Jig Head....

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

In the St. Lucie River the pompano bite, which had been so red hot the last few weeks, has backed way off.
The snook bite, however, has remained steady with anglers having good luck working the area bridges and docks. Throwing jigs at night or using live shrimp or pilchards, anglers are getting more and more slot-size fish with a few big ones mixed in.
The sea trout bite has picked up quite a bit. One fisherman working up around the power plant reported catching 26 in one day. They are Around the docks at the Sailfish Club their has been some good action on tarpon as well as a few schools of jack crevalle.
Anglers working the Boynton Inlet jetties have been catching sheepshead, croaker, mangrove snapper, ladyfish, jack crevalle and snook.
The snook have been hammering Flare Hawk jigs and jumbo live shrimp at night during the first three hours of an outgoing tide.            
Around the Lantana Bridge anglers have been catching large sand perch, croaker and a few pompano using fresh cut shrimp.
Working the dock lights and bridge fenders in the Intracoastal Waterway, anglers using small lures, jigs and live shrimp have been catching snook and ladyfish.
Despite the heavy rain and wind the last few days the bass bite has been excellent.
Working the outside grass lines from Cochrans Pass all the way around to the Belle Glade area, anglers are catching good numbers and good-size fish.
Live shiners are working best.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope everyone took advantage of the calm surf and great conditions we had along our local beaches on Saturday because the forecasted wind and wave heights for the upcoming week are going to be pretty rough. Pompano, whiting, croaker, and bluefish highlighted Saturday's action at various locations and there were plenty of fish caught. I received reports from Tiger Shores and Stuart beach that had pompano, whiting and croaker catches and a great bluefish bite was reported from Santa Lucea. I fished at Bridge Road in Hobe Sound on Saturday and I will tell you, the Springtime Pompano bite seems to be on. As usually occurs in the spring, the dawn to 9 am bite was very good and after a couple of hours lull during midday, the late afternoon activity picked right back up. EZ Flea Fishbites, clam strips tipped with Orange Clam and yellow Fishbites, and frozen sandfleas tipped with EZ Flea and Pink Crab Fishbites, produced non-stop action. Remember, you have to be able to reach the pompano to catch them. There is a reef that is evident along the Bridge Road Beach and being able to put your baits just inside of the reef will produce constant strikes. I am using the Penn Spinfisher Longcast spinning reel on a 12-foot surf rod and using that combination will put you in the zone 70 to 90 yards from the surf line. This is great spring surf action and as long as the persistent weeds that we have been putting up with stay away, the bite will only get better. A quick note for anyone who was not able to get out and catch a tasty pompano dinner, the fantastic New England Seafood Fish Market in Jensen Beach has some very fresh pompano in their display case that will taste as good as they look!! 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

 With the weather of the last few days being fairly awful, there hasn’t been a lot of people fishing, but there have been a few bright spots for those willing to brave it. Snook fishing in the inlets has been good, but mostly on live bait, and Kingfish have been prolific to the south. In the Indian River, there have been quite a few Redfish around still, even with sight fishing conditions being less than optimal. Blind casting shorelines with DOA CALs and jigs have paid off the best. Seatrout are also being caught in good numbers, and the cooler weather should only help that. 

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Friday, March 15, 2019

NEW! Band of Anglers "Dartspin"

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Snook fishing improved this week  The bridges are producing some nice slot size fish, especially on outgoing tide.  A flairhawk or SpoolTek remain top lure choices for the snook right now.  Docklights are also holding a good number of snook.  Live shrimp or a DOA Shrimp remain solid lure/bait choices for the snook while fishing docklights.  Scattered jacks roaming around in the ICW right now, but not in huge numbers.  The Palm Beach Inlet continues to produce some big jacks.  Still a few sheepshead holding in the Inlet as well, though they have started to thin out.  

SURF/PIER:  The crazy swings in weather this week have led to a few good days along the beach and at the pier, and also has pretty much shut down other days.  The Juno Beach Pier continues, under the right conditions, to produce a fair number of kingfish.  Most of the kings seem to be coming up in the morning, and then a few stragglers again later in the afternoon.  Scattered bigger Spanish Mackerel mixed in with the kings.  A swimming plug (Rapala X-Rap or Yo-Zuri Longcast Minnow) continues to be the biggest producer for the kings and bigger Spanish.  Scattered pompano reports from the pier.  Not big numbers on a consistent basis coming over the rail, but a few days have managed to produce a fair number of good size pompano for those putting in time with the Goofy Jig.  Better pompano reports continue to come from Hobe Sound area beaches.  Blacktip/Spinner sharks continue to bite in good numbers for those looking for something bigger to pull on.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

March has always comes in like a lion! You can expect windy days, but much warmer as we transition into spring. Chances of rain are on the increase so watch the weather and plan your adventures carefully. Water temps will be on the rise this month and you can expect lots of exciting action around the Treasure Coast. 

Trout will be moving onto the shallow grass flats as the sun warms things up. Try a DOA Deadly Combo or live shrimp on a popping cork to locate trout. A DOA CAL will also work well this month. Look for redfish to be around mangroves and docks. A DOA shrimp is always a good choice for reds. Sheepshead, drum and snapper will be along channel edges and docks and willing to take a live shrimp. 

Snook fishing will pick up around the inlets, bridges and docks. Live pilchards are a favorite bait in March. Mackerel, bluefish, jacks and many other predators will be coming in with the tides and feeding around the inlets and channels of the river. Small shiny lures work best for these fish. 
Pompano are in the river and along the surf and willing to take a Doc’s Goofy Jig, shrimp or sand fleas. They usually can be found in channels and deeper parts of the flats in March. We have had great success on croakers the past few years. There will be nice sized fish in the river and along the beaches feeding with whiting. They are fun to catch and super to eat!

Spring is almost here already. Winter wasn’t so bad even though we complain about it. It’s a good time to check equipment. Both fishing and the boat should be checked a few times a year to make sure everything is in good working order. Some of these windy days will provide a good chance to check rods, reels and safety gear for when good weather arrives. 

Sebastian Inlet Report




Our friend Tommy Turowski at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackles has been seeing a whole lot of Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish, off both the North and South Jetty.  Got-cha lures and silver spoons haven been working great.  Anglers have been reeling in some Jacks, Redfish, Black Drum and Snook off the North Jetty and throughout the inlet.  Biting mostly on live or frozen shrimp and cut bait.  The Sheepshead bite has been great and we know winter when the water is cold is a great time to target them.  Pompano, Whiting and Bluefish are being caught off the beach.  Two hook bottom rigs are bringing those fish in for our shore anglers.  Bluefish are hitting silver spoons off the beach.  From all the reports we have been getting, fishing has been consistently great in the last few weeks!
Today we’re sending out a special thanks to Jim Stafford and his friend Garryn from Cocoa Beach, our featured angler of the week.  Garryn is quite the upcoming fisherman and has been named “King of the Jetty” by his fellow anglers.  Everyone who knows him says he’s on his way to becoming a legend at the inlet!  Jim tells us that he met Garryn and his family on the North Jetty and that Garryn has been giving him fishing tips.  We’ve included a couple more pictures here; Gordon Robinson of New York and Ike with his 60 lb. Black Drum, all caught off the North Jetty.
Another update from our friend Ed Killer at Treasure Coast Newspapers..  NOAA Fisheries has decided to open a season for Red Snapper this year for five days this summer.  July 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20 are the dates recreational anglers will be able to harvest one Red Snapper per person, per day.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Southeast wind that is predicted will give everyone a chance to look for some pompano, whiting, croaker, and bluefish. The anglers fishing the bridges and flats in the area had a good week locating and catching the pompano and those of us that will be looking for that species should put a few in the cooler from the sand. It appears the strong winds that kept us off the beach last week from the northeast did not change the water clarity and as of yesterday the water was a nice color at most locations. The strong pompano bite usually changes to late afternoon in the spring and with the extended sunlight things should get good. A quick Fishbites tip to pass along is I have been hearing from numerous anglers about the good whiting and croaker action using the Bloodworm scent. This bait is known for catching Sea Bass and Ling in the New Jersey area and is now putting numbers of whiting and croakers in anglers coolers in our area. I have a couple of bags in my tackle bag and will be using some this weekend. The challenge for trying this bait is availability because I don't know if any tackle shops in our area have a big inventory. Fred has some on the shelf at The Snook Nook and Bass Pro has a limited supply also. A final note that I am happy to report is the increased presence of FWC officers in our area and an increase in tickets to the small group of fishermen that ignore regulations , especially those who target pompano. I am happy to see FWC on the beach and in the parking lots and for the 95 per cent of us that play by the rules, I am sure you are too. I take a minute when I see the officers to thank them for being there . 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing prior to the little cold snap was very good.  A quick warm-up should have them biting good again in short order.  The Flair Hawk bite remains fair to good around the bridges, especially on an outgoing tide.  Docklight action is also very very good for catching numbers of snook right now.  Small white jigs and shrimp imitating lures are excellent choices for fishing snook around docklights.   Pompano fishing has been good inshore in the Stuart area, but slow in the local Juno/Jupiter area for the most part.  Fair number of jacks pushing around in the Loxahatchee River and ICW right now.  Hobe Sound Flats continue to produce mixed bag action on ladyfish, jacks, occasional trout or redfish, snook, sheepshead, and a few others.   

SURF/PIER-  Reports for the first part of the week were well...weak.  However, at time of writing the surf south of Jupiter Inlet has started to come alive.  Solid reports of Bluefish coming in from the Juno Beach Pier currently.  LOTS of blacktip sharks mixed in with the bluefish as well.  Pompano reports have also been on the rise with a few fish being caught south of Jupiter Inlet, and good numbers coming in from Hobe Sound.  Clams, Sandfleas, and FishBites remain the baits of choice for the pompano.  Looks like we could be in for some good fishing this weekend!

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Surf fishing was pretty darn good this past weekend at a lot of different locations. Tiger Shores, Stuart Beach, Santa Lucea, and Bridge Road in Hobe Sound all had some great action for bluefish, whiting, croaker, bonefish, and jacks on Saturday and Sunday. I was not able to fish on Saturday but the reports I received from friends that were able to wet a line told of a fantastic afternoon pompano bite at Tiger Shores and Bridge Road. Fishbites and natural clam strips were the hot baits. The morning activity at most spots provided some action but nothing near to the numbers that were taken from 3 to 6 pm. I met my son Randy at Tiger Shores on Sunday morning and the pompano bite had slowed somewhat but we managed to put 11 in the cooler along with some bluefish, whiting, croaker, and had fun with some catch-and-release bonefish. I took a ride today to Hobe Sound after getting some reports about a great pompano bite there on Sunday afternoon. The results from today reinforce the fact that the biggest challenge with pompano fishing is not catching them, but finding them. I managed to put a couple in the cooler early, but that was the end of the activity. The bite totally shut down at most of the spots that produced on Saturday and Sunday and I ended up fishing all the way up north at Blue Heron and only put 5 or 6 whiting in the cooler. Fellow surf angler, Brian Morris, stopped by and reported some whiting and 1 pompano at Normandy beach but overall it was a very slow day. It looks like we are getting a cool front at mid-week that will probably make conditions a little tough on Wednesday, but the wind is forecast to back off at the end of the week and into the weekend. Fishbites, clam strips, and sandfleas should all be included in your bait supply as they produced all of the action this past weekend. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

In the St. Lucie River the pompano fishing has been fantastic. In the Hells Gate and Sailfish Flats areas, as well as along the bridges, anglers using shrimp on a jig head or goofy jigs are doing great.
There has been good numbers of pilchards and greenies around at the St. Lucie Inlet and some of the docks which has made for good snook fishing. Both pilchards and greenies are the go to baits. If you’re not catching your own check out Stuart Live Bait in Manatee Pocket to pick some up.
Along the beaches in the Jensen area there are pompano to be caught, but also plenty of whiting and croaker.
With the north winds on Wednesday and the northeast to east winds forecast for today, the pompano fishing should be good from the dredge on Jupiter Island south to the inlet. The winds should keep the water slightly stirred and ‘milky.’ Goofy jigs are working well with the key being to hop them along slowly and close to the bottom. If using natural bait, sand fleas and clams are producing good action.
Though there haven’t been any reports of the snook action going wild in the area, they are being spotted in good numbers around the inlet and along bridges and docks.
Fishing at the Boynton Inlet has been slow with light action on sheepshead and mangrove snapper.
Anglers working the Lantana Bridge have been doing well on large sand perch, black drum and sheepshead using cut shrimp, live shrimp and live crabs.
Though the action slowed down on Wednesday with the cooler weather it should pick right back up.
The bass fishing has been excellent just inside the mouth of the Kissimmee River. Anglers using live wild shiners and working the edges are having a blast. If you’re going to try and fool them rather than feed them, flippin’ Senkos has been the best bet lately.
The spec bite has backed off a bit, but should also pick back up with the warming trend.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

From Capt. Joe Ward @ Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle Ft Pierce

We will post when they get here. Inshore the sheepshead and black drum bite continues to be good along with a good croaker bite. There have been some keeper snook caught at the North Bridge, at the jetty and in the Ft. Pierce Inlet. The jetty has been producing the usual catches along with a few nice flounder. The surf is full of whiting.