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.