Thursday, February 20, 2020

Perfect Combination for Fishing

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Based on reports and my own time spent on the beach the last few days, the " fishing"has been great but the "catching"has been less than spectacular. Conditions have been pretty good but the biggest issue has been the water color. I fished Hobe Sound the last couple of days because that has been the beach area with the cleanest water. I finally started to catch a few pompano on Tuesday afternoon after the tide change and after putting 3 nice fish in the cooler, the sharks showed and it was impossible to get to your rod after your bite without being bit off. I headed back down that way this morning and packed the gear up after not having a bite for two hours. A friend of mine caught two nice pompano at daybreak on the south end of the Bridge Road access and he never had another bite. I went as far north as Porpoise Beach in Fort Pierce after leaving Hobe Sound and the water got dirtier the further north I went . I made a return trip this afternoon to Beachwalk Pasley , Bob Graham, Tiger Shores, Bryn Mawr, and finally Santa Lucea and the only spot that had decent water was Santa Lucea. I did not throw them out due to the fact the beach was covered with folks enjoying our weather and there really was not a spot to set up.Tomorrow, Thursday , is going to be your last opportunity to try the surf for the next few days as the predicted front is going to shut surf fishing down. On a positive note ,I watched an angler at Santa Lucea catch croaker after croaker fishing the first trough 15 to 20 yards from shore. 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
The flats near the House of Refuge has had a good pompano bite the past week. They are being caught using Fishbites as well as pompano jigs
At the Stuart and Jensen Causeways there is good action on black drum and sheepshead. Working the pilings and bumpers with shrimp on a jig head is producing good results. There are also snook around the bridges and they are being taken using shrimp and fishing during the outgoing tide.
Up at the Fort Pierce Inlet there is still good action on redfish. Shrimp and chunk bait are working.
Anglers at the Lantana Bridge are catching good numbers of sheepshead. Though they are mostly being caught on clams and live crabs there is an artificial bait that might be worth checking out. Chasebait’s Crusty Crab was proven extremely effective by one young angler the other day when he caught four nice sheepshead using the same lure.
Lake Okeechobee:
The spec is fantastic again! Anglers are regularly getting their daily limits. Using Kentucky Blue or white colored jigs has been producing excellent results in front of the pier at Lock 7. Down in the Tin House Cove and and Third Point area, minnows have been working best. Minnows have also been the go-to bait for night fishing for specs in the Kissimmee River.The bass bite is still good with live shiners getting the nod over artificial baits. That said, Senkos have been working as well. Hot spots have been Tin House Cove and Kings Bar.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

the EASIEST way to clean sheepshead

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The inlets have been yielding good Snook catches, both to live bait during the day and jigs and plugs at night. With the calmer conditions the last few days, Pompano catches have also picked up, mostly on clams and sand fleas. Inshore, things have been a bit more hit and miss. There are still reasonable numbers of Snook around the flats and some docks. but the Seatrout fishing has quieted down a bit. Redfish seem to be sporadic as well, but with decent conditions anglers are getting a reasonable number of shots. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The surf has laided down to produce some fishable conditions. I only had a couple of hours this morning to head up and fish and yes, it was fishable, but the water was dirty from Tiger Shores to Porpoise Beach in Fort Pierce. After 7 or 8 sail cats and one small bonnet head shark ,I packed it in. Looking at the webcams and some recent phone calls I received it sounds like we are getting some color back in the water on the local beaches. High tides are in the evening this week so try to schedule your trips for that afternoon bite. EZFlea and Yellow Crab Fishbites should be in your tackle bag to increase your chances of putting a few pompano and whiting in your cooler. My advice is to get your trips in before the weekend because if you read the forecast for Friday and Saturday , it is horrendous. North and Northeast winds from 10 to 20 knots on Friday, increasing to 25 knots on Saturday. Wave heights are predicted to be building to 13 feet on Saturday. Looks like another tough weekend .

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
At the St. Lucie Inlet there has been good action on snook and pompano are being caught on the nearby flats.
At Peck’s Lake there are still good numbers of Spanish mackerel. Use a flash minnow or a fast-moving spoon.
Along the beaches in Jupiter, the fishing has been good for jack crevalle, ladyfish, pompano, bluefish and a few Spanish mackerel. Live shrimp, Doc’s Goofy Jigs and spoons for the bluefish and Spanish mackerel are working well.
Though uncommon up in the Loxahatchee River, there have been a few permit caught.
Along the bridges along the Intracoastal Waterway there has been a decent snook bite at night. Anglers using Gulfstream Red Tail Hawks and Rapala lures and working the shadow lines are having good luck.
At the Boynton Inlet, anglers are getting snook, jack crevalle and sheepshead off the north jetty and along the seawalls. Using live shrimp or ChaseBaits Prawns has been effective for snook. The sheepshead are being taken on live crabs. 

Freshwater action:

The bass bite has been excellent the past week!
Using live shiners, one guide got his clients 20 bass in under three hours on Wednesday. They were working the pass at King’s Bar and several big fish including an eight-pound, six-ounce lunker. The action has also been good down at the Monkey Box around Observation Shoal. Anglers flippin’ skinny dippers and rubber worms over the eel grass are having good luck.
Largemouth bass are being caught along the 441 canal from Boynton Beach north to Lake Worth on baby Zara Spooks.
In the same area, snakeheads are hitting orange streamer flies on five weight flyrods during the late afternoons.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing has been very good this week with spring (damn near summer) like weather.  Good numbers of snook stacking up around docklights and local bridges at night; and hanging along seawalls and boat docks during the day. Live shrimp, DOA Shrimp, and custom shrimp jigs remain a solid choice for the snook.  Been some spring run mullet showing up as well, so don't be afraid to break out the bigger baits as well. Surprising number of mangrove snapper around inshore this week, along with some good numbers of sheepshead.  

SURF/PIER-  Pompano action was a bit better this week, though most of the fish remain north of us still.  A better bite from the bluefish as well, but still better up to the north.  The Juno Beach Pier has had a fair number of Spanish Macs around, with a crappie jig being the lure of choice for them.  The big news from the surf this week has been the spinner sharks.  Lots of them around now, and a lot of fun on light tackle.  The sharks can be caught on topwaters early and late in the day, and are biting chunks of fresh bait at night very well.  Not the greatest looking forecast for the weekend

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It must be the weekend because the latest forecast is for wave heights to be building to 9 feet tomorrow and "subsiding"to 5 to 7 feet on Sunday. Unbelievable. The pompano bite this week fell off a bit from the previous weeks bite but showed signs of improvement yesterday at beaches like Beachwalk Pasley, Santa Lucea, and Stuart beach . The best action this week was in the afternoon and Yellow Crab and EZ Flea Fishbites are still the "go to' baits. Looking ahead to next week the winds are forecast to shift back to the southeast and hopefully make conditions fishable again. I wanted to thank the Nettles Island and Stuart Rod and Reel Fishing Clubs for the opportunity to do "mini" pompano seminars at their monthly meetings the last two nights. Not only do we have great surf fishing along the Treasure Coast, we have the best fishing clubs and organizations that promote our fantastic inshore, offshore, river, and surf fishing opportunities. There was a pretty big show of hands last night of anglers that were planning on attending George Poveromos Saltwater Sportsman Magazine National Seminar Series at Club Med right here in Port St Lucie on Saturday Feb 29. I strongly recommend that you get your tickets before it sells out. The new updated flyer is posted below with all of us that will presenting at Georges event. We will be covering everything from sailfish to pompano so plan on attending. Change some line, tie some rigs, clean your rods this weekend so you will be ready to get back on the beach next week. I will be at Bass Pro today and most likely tomorrow if you have any questions about gear, tackle, baits,or locations for your upcoming fishing trips. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

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From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Fishing in the IRL has remained solid, with clear water in most areas. Some larger Seatrout are being caught , mostly on soft plastics and weighted flies such as Clouser Minnows, mostly during falling tide. Redfish numbers have remained steady, again mostly falling for soft plastics along the shorelines. Big Snook continue to frustrate anglers, with good numbers around, but the clear water making them hard to fool. Snook fishing in the inlets continues to be good, with most daytime catches produced with live bait, and night time action coming from jigs and plugs. Surf fishing has been tough the last few days with dirty water, hopefully some calmer conditions will clean it up a bit. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020


Sebastian Inlet Report

          Jetty Action has been G-R-E-A-T!
With the glorious weather this past weekend, anglers have been out on the North Jetty reporting all kinds of action and Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle said things have been hopping! 
Snook are hitting live shrimp, your top water lures and on bucktail.  Anglers have been catching Redfish, Black Drum, Bluefish and Pompano.  Sheepshead can be found off the North Jetty, but also throughout the inlet system and they’re hitting on shrimp, clams and sandfleas.  Try the same bait for Black Drum.  For Pompano try bucktail jigs or live shrimp.
Check out this massive Redfish caught by our featured angler of the week - Zach C.  That’s a nice looking Red, Zach!  Fishing from the N. Jetty in mid-January there were lots of over slot Redfish and Black Drum being caught with live shrimp as the bait of choice. 
Black Drum and Sheepshead are still biting on shrimp, clams and sandfleas.  Black Drum mainly on the jetties and Sheepshead on the jetties, catwalks and through the inlet system.  There’s been some massive Redfish coming over the rails recently too, hitting on live shrimp, top water lures and bucktail, and we hear anglers are still catching Flounder to the West of the bridge. 
Just a friendly reminder to follow FWC’s best practice for catch and release when your fish is over/under slot to preserve our fisheries for generations to come.  Here are the FWC size and bag limits:
Size limit: Between 28”-32”
Bag limit: 1 per angler
Black Drum
Size limit: 14”-24”
Bag limit: 5 per angler
Size limit: 12” minimum
Bag limit: 8 per angler
Redfish (Red Drum)
Size limit: 18”-27”
Bag limit: 2 per angler
Size limit: 12” minimum
Bag limit: 10 per angler
Size limit: 10” minimum
Bag limit: 6 per angler

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It was a pretty tough weekend for local surf anglers due to the "fan" turning back on from the northeast and east directions and a rough surf. Saturday was the better day of the two as there were some pompano caught at Santa Lucea, Normandy, Little Mud Creek, Middle Cove, and Blue Heron beach accesses. Randy and I started at Beachwalk Pasley and after not getting a bite for an hour ,we went north based on some intel. As soon as we set up the rods bent over, I put 3 nice pompano in the cooler while Randy ended up landing 5 nice keepers along with a few of our late arriving bluefish. I was meeting Capt Justin Riegers Dad, David and younger brother David Jr., along with a bunch of Dave Jrs buddies to let them try there hands at reeling in pompano. As luck would have it the bite seemed to shut off as soon as they arrived and the only two bites we got were reeled in by Dave Jr and Dave Srs father in law and both of those pompano were undersized and had to be released. The biggest problem we had were the spinner sharks because they showed up in force and made getting a pompano to the beach an impossibility.I am sure most of you know Capt Justin from Just In Time Fishing charters that runs out of the Snook Nook . I have never taken five 13 to 14 year old boys to the beach on a surf trip but although the pompano did not cooperate they still had a great time . They were a fun bunch of polite, well mannered, and courteous young guys and would take that group back out in a minute. I hung in there for a liitle while after they left and they could not have been 5 minutes down A1A when some pompano showed up and bit for a short stretch and I was lucky enough to put 5 more in the cooler. After that bite stopped I headed back down to the south and threw them out at Beachwalk for an hour and never had a bite.Thats Pompano fishing!! Yellow Crab Fishbites continue to be the hottest bait on the beach as seven of my eight fish all bit on that scent and color. At last look Snook Nook stil has some of this bait on the shelf . Sunday was a blowout and looking at the webcam this morning it still looks pretty sporty at Jensen Beach.Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, the wind and waves are forecast to back off so we should be able to get back at it.After the full moon we will be seeing am high tides this week so pick your favorite beach and put some pompano on the table. For those of you that like to target bluefish , either casting spoons or plugs in the early morning or late afternoon, or fishing cut bait during the day, this past week we have seen the biggest numbers of the blues this winter season. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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Capt. Joe's Bait & Tackle Ft Pierce

Live shrimp will be here about 9am. Lots going on the last few days. The jetty has been a good place to fish with good catches of snapper, black drum, a few pompano, lots of short snook, a few big redfish and a few bluefish. 

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 I had the Grundens on this morning and after taking a look at a couple of beaches to the north ,I ended up on the south end of Hutchinson Island by the Bob Graham beach access area. . The water up by Middle Cove and Blue Heron were dirty but from Normandy Beach south the water really cleaned up. I talked to friends that fished at Tiger Shores, Santa Lucea, and Flethcher beaches and everyone managed to put some pompano in the cooler. I loved the clean green water color when I walked up over the dune line but it took awhile before the pompano showed. I always try to give the beach I am set up at a reasonable amount of time to produce before I pack up and go elsewhere if the water, surf condition, and other factors like bait and fish life are present. I was really considering making a move when I was lucky enough to put a pompano in the cooler. I was glad I stayed and 16 pompano later I was soaked but had a cooler full of fish. Frozen sandfleas tipped with Yellowcrab Fishbites was the hot combination today. After the tide peaked around 1230 the bite got more consistent and had the spinner sharks not made an appearance around two oclock my catch would have increased. I like to wait for a tide change if everything looks good because the first couple of hours on the incoming or outgoing change can really produce some great action. As far as tomorrow is concerned if the wind stays out of the Northwest and we dont get a straight Northerly direction, conditions should be fishable. The last couple of days the water has definitely been alot cleaner from Normandy south so if you are going to give it a shot before going to your Superbowl party give it a look on the south end of the island. Conditions really look good during the early part of the week so good luck and catch em up.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Surf Fishing with Micro Sand Fleas (Surprise Fish Ending)

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Two high school buddies, Phil Whitcomb and Mike Young, on their first pompano fishing trip. It must be that old " Summit High School " luck as they filled the cooler. They each got their recreational limit and after I got my six fish they headed off to enjoy a South Florida afternoon. Reports today were excellent from Santa Lucea, where friend and local surf angler, Chris Battjer, put 5 nice pompano in his cooler during the short time he had to fish. I fished by a couple of friends, Brad Master and Marty Barlow, and they had no problem in catching their limits. I got reports from Hobe Sound to Fort Pierce and it sounds like we have a pretty nice spread of pompano along all of our beaches. The Yellow Crab Fishbites bait was on fire today along with the normal EZ Flea scent. I did see some folks that did not do as well as they could have and the main reason was they just weren't reaching the fish. Penn Longcast reels on 12 foot surf rods will put you in the zone where these fish are schooling up so if you want to be successful try this equipment and I guarantee you will take some home. 

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE- Snook season opens February 1st, and that will no doubt be the main game in town on the inshore fishing side of things.  Fishing deeper bridges with good current flow is a good starting point for bagging a slot size snook.  During the day look for snook to be hanging out on shallow flats with a dark bottom, or in areas that are getting a lot of sunshine. Live shrimp, or good shrimp imitations like the DOA Shrimp, and Shrimp Jigs are a great bait/lure choice for snook this time of year.  Sheepshead action has also been very good inshore as of late. 

Surf/Pier- Surf fishing remains a bit off for the season, but a mixed bag of fish are being caught by those putting the time in. Bluefish, spanish mackerel, jacks, and spinner sharks are scattered up and down the beach.  Tossing a large silver spoon or big popping plug is a good way to find them.  Pompano action improved this week, with some catches coming both north and south of Jupiter Inlet.  Sandfleas and clams remain the top bait choice for the pomps.  The bluefish were around in better numbers this week, which is an encouraging sign.  Spinner sharks are around in solid numbers.

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County


Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area there has been a nice pompano bite. Though it can be good one day and not as good the next, they are definitely moving through. They are mostly being caught on live sand fleas and on green or yellow crab Fishbites. There are schools of Spanish mackerel moving through as well and there have been concentrations of them in Peck’s Lake. They are mostly being taken on spoons, Flash Minnows, Got-Cha plugs or anything else shiny and fast.
At the bridges spanning the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers there has been good action for snook, black drum and sheepshead.
Up around the power plant they have been catching sea trout. No gators, but some nice fish.
Along the beaches from the Jupiter Inlet north through Hobe Sound there has been a nice pompano bite. From Jupiter Inlet south, however, all the way to the Juno Pier the water has mostly been too murky from the recent dredge and beach renourishment. Anglers in the Loxahatchee River are also catching pompano, as well as jack crevalle and a good number of snook. Anglers going after snook are having good luck working the dock lights at night.
Lake Okeechobee:
The spec bite is still fantastic! Anglers using jigs, and minnows like jigs, in the grass are catching their limits. Best spots have been at Little Grassy in front of the pier along with Kings Bar and Third Point. The Kissimmee River has also had an excellent bite at night. The bass bite has been a little slow, but is still consistent in the Indian Prairie, North Shore and Kings Bar areas. Live shiners are working much better than any artificial baits right now.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

 It is great to post a surf fishing report that is not talking about wind and wave heights. It is even nicer to talk about putting some pompano in the cooler and watching anglers up and down the beach running to their poles and landing some fish. Conditions today were phenomenal with the swell subsiding and reports of nice water color from Stuart Beach to Fort Pierce Inlet. I started at Stuart and found the area I like to fish pretty crowded so I headed north. The results from Middle Cove to Surfside in Fort Pierce all sounded pretty good with pompano and some whiting all being caught. I was lucky enough to land a cooler of nice pompano, one being over 22 inches, one big whiting, and a sheepshead. Burry McGee and Marty Barlow each fished north and south of me and they had some great action too. I cannot emphasize the importance of having enough Fishbites in your arsenal when hitting the beach. I caught 50% of my pompano on EZ Flea and Yellow Crab Fishbites today with no natural bait on the rigs. The clam strips and frozen sand fleas did catch some fish but they too were tipped with a piece of Fishbites. The forecast looks pretty good for the rest of the week so pick your favorite beach and bend a rod. Good luck and catch em up.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Fishing up and down the Indian River has been solid, with cleaner water abounding after the cooler weather we’ve had. Pompano have been around the inlets in good numbers in Ft. Pierce and Stuart, mostly taking goofy jigs along the flats. 
Seatrout continue to be active as well, mostly caught on soft plastics and shrimp, with some larger ones being caught of late. Snook in the IRL have been a bit lethargic of late, but some warmer temps should lead to some good opportunities as there has been some nice fish around. Snook fishing in the inlets with flare jigs and live bait has been good ( Season re opens Saturday AM ), and some Tarpon have been around at night on the outgoing as well. Surf fishing is calming a bit as well, and the cooler temps will only help the Pompano fishing.

Friday, January 24, 2020

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Ed Killers headlines in the post below kind of sums everything up for those of us that are wanting to bend a rod along our local beaches. At least the wave forecasts are back in the single digits from today through Tuesday and I plan on starting to look at some spots on Sunday. Hopefully the big winds from the last few days pushed some of the mackerel and pompano schools into our area and those fish make an appearance. I heard from a fellow commercial angler who was up in Daytona last week visiting a buddy and he spent Thursday afternoon on the beach . He managed to catch 30 pounds of pompano and a cooler full of big whiting in just a couple of hours. I am keeping my fingers crossed the water temperatures dropped in that area and those fish are heading our way. I also want to send a thank you out to all of my great customers that I have been forced to cancel our beach charters in the last couple of months and once things settle down I will do my best to get you rescheduled. Maybe things will really turn on and the wait will have been worth it. As soon as I get out I will post a report on fishing and beach conditions because I am sure there have been some changes . The Snook Nook and Fishbites website have a good supply of pompano rigs at the moment as Randy and I haven't had much to do other than tie rigs!! Good luck and catch em up as soon as the surf becomes fishable. The Snook Nook still has a supply of Yellow Crab Fishbites as of yesterday so make sure you stop in and grab a bag or two.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Sheepshead and a few black drum have been biting well around the bridges.  Live fiddler crabs(If you can find them) and live shrimp are going to be the best bait choices for them.  One more weekend of catch and release snook fishing.   Best snook fishing remains at night around docklights and bridges.  Live shrimp are a solid choice for the snook right now.  Pretty good mixed bag action on the Hobe Sound/Jupiter Island Flats.  Just a few scattered reports of some pompano in the Loxahatchee RIver over the past few days.  

SURF/PIER-  Conditions are looking a little better for the upcoming weekend, which could hopefully lead to some of the better surf fishing we've seen this weekend.  A few days of north wind will hopefully push a fair number of Mackerel, Bluefish, and Pompano down this way.  Presently the water is a bit muddy, but as it clears up a bit the fishing should improve.  It's also about time for blacktip season to really get rolling...we'll have to see if that happens! 

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Looking to avoid the heavy seas off of the Palm Beach area? Targeting jack crevalle just inside the Lake Worth Inlet could be a fun alternative.
Surf anglers working the beaches from Lake Worth Beach to Lantana and from the south side of the Boynton Inlet to Ocean Ridge Hammock Park are catching whiting, pompano and a few permit. They are all being caught using cut shrimp on pompano jigs, poached sandfleas and crabs cut into quarters.
Anglers at the Boynton Inlet have been getting sheepshead on the incoming tide using clams and small live crabs.
Lake Okeechobee:
Though it’s been a bit cold and windy the past few days, the bass fishing has been good. Using wild shiners has been good pretty much anywhere on the lake the past week. Guide Ryan Eckman helped one of his clients land an 11-pound, four-ounce monster just before the cold snap. They were using wild shiners and fishing just past Indian Prairie. Though not as consistent there is a bite using artificial baits. Anglers using soft plastic swim baits, especially in copperfield and houdini color patterns, are having some good luck around Tin House Cove and Fourth Point and on the east side near the J&S Canal and Henry Creek.
The crappie fishing has been excellent from the mouth of the Kissimmee River to the Kissimmee Bridge. Anglers using minnows and working depths from eight to 12 feet are having a blast. There has also been a bite using jigs around Kings Bar and Buckhead Ridge.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Inshore yesterday for the few people that managed to get out there was a few trout and reds to the north around the spoil islands soft baits and live shrimp have produced well. The pompano bite is still steady south of the City Marina and off JC Park on the incoming tide. The snook bite has been steady and should pic up with some cool weather and a north, north east wind for those of you avid snook fisherman the Treasure Coast Snook Challenge is Feb 1st its for a good cause to hope everyone can fish. There also has been a good sheephead and drum bite around the bridges with live shrimp. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

This Fish EATS Rocks... Catch Clean Cook (Sheepshead)

Sebastian Inlet Report


It is a beautiful day out at the Sebastian Inlet right now and now that winds have slowed, fishing is picking up again with the calmer seas.  Tommy tells us he’s seen a lot of big Sheepshead anglers have been reeling in on the North Jetty.  Black Drum have been hitting pretty good too.  Just check out last week’s featured angler for verification on that…  Small shrimp, clams and sandfleas are your best bait for both.
Redfish have been biting too on shrimp.  Some larger ones so remember your FWC size limits and practice safe catch and release. Spanish Mackerel are here and Bluefish are just beginning to show up.  Use your Gotcha lures, spoons and bucktails to reel them in and try fishing the South Jetty.
There is still some Pompano to be had, hitting mostly on sandfleas, clams and frozen shrimp.  West of the bridge, the Flounder action has still been hot and Tommy has seen some as big as 5lbs.
A special call out to our featured angler of the week, a regular on the North Jetty that some call the “King of the Jetty” for his fishing knowledge and skill.  We are talking about our young friend Garryn, of course!  Garryn was fishing with his mom and a friend who regularly sends in photos on the North Jetty.  Together, they caught 8 Black Drum.  Garryn caught the bag-limit of 5 and mom caught 3.  “Great day on the pier!”  

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

 Inshore yesterday the trout bite was good up around Vero with a few nice reds mixed in D.O.A  CAl’s have produced well in the New Penny and Root beer color . The flounder bite in the inlet on the incoming tide with live shrimp and little finger mullet. The pompano bite is still steady of J.C park and the Sail Fish Flats on the incoming tide with jigs and sand fleas . 

From Capt. Charlie @Fishing Center-Fort Pierce

January should provide anglers with lots of exciting action this year. Fishing in deeper water will provide you with better results on most days. Working your lures and baits much slower will also give you a better chance at success. Fish tend to become lethargic in cold water and are slow in moving to strike at lures. Finding water that is a couple degrees warmer than the surrounding area can also give you an edge on finding fish. Water temperatures have been mild so far.

Redfish can be found around docks and sitting on the flats on warm, sunny days. Try a DOA shrimp around mangroves and docks for reds. The trout bite has greatly improved this past year and it should continue to get better. Snook season is closed for now and it will continue to be catch and release. Bridges, docks and the inlets will be the best opportunities to catch snook this month.

Bridges will continue to produce sheepshead, black drum, croakers, sand perch and bluefish. Most of the anglers on the catwalks prefer live or frozen shrimp for these fish. The drum and sheepshead have once again arrived early, and action has already been steady for these tasty fish. The inlet and turning basin will be full of bluefish, jacks and mackerel this month. Live or dead bait on a jig head will give you plenty of action along with silver spoons or shiny lures. Around seawalls, channel edges or deeper structure you can find grouper for catch and release action in January. Pompano fishing will depend on water temperatures for their location, but they will be in the area throughout the winter. Surf anglers will be targeting these fish on days when the beach is fishable. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Happy New Year to everyone and I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season. I am happy to report that the surf fishing reports I have received from the past couple have been pretty darn good. I personally hope to get back on the beach in the next couple of days so I can post some first hand reports but News Year Eve day and today, New Years Day, I talked to a few anglers who had some great action. I got a call from friend and fellow surf angler, Joe Castronova yesterday and Joe had mackerel, bluefish, and pompano up to 4 pounds in his cooler. He was targeting pompano but other fishermen who were on the beach where Joe fished were casting spoons and hooking up cast after cast as these two species were on bait schools 20 to 40 yards from the beach. I also spoke with a couple of commercial pompano fishermen yesterday who reported the beaches north of the Power Plant yielded some of the best pompano fishing we have seen in quite awhile. Today, it seems the pompano action backed off a little bit but mackerel. jacks and bluefish seemed to have spread out along Hutchinson Island. Look for the bird activity on these feeding schools and throw those spoons . The faster you turn that reel handle ,the better the action will be with those Spanish mackerel. You almost cannot reel fast enough. Slow your retrieve down a bit and those bluefish will certainly bend a rod. It certainly seems like some of the pompano schools that were holding north of us from Melbourne to Sebastian , have finally started to move our way. Lets hope Mother Nature continues to provide some great conditions so we can take advantage of these schools of migrating fish along our area beaches. Fishbites and frozen sandfleas were the baits of choice the past couple of days for the pompano while silver spoons accounted for the bulk of the bluefish, mackerel, and jacks. 

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  The fishing inshore has been pretty good as of late, and should continue to improve.  Wintertime sheepshead and drum are beginning to show up inshore.  Live shrimp are always a solid bait choice for them, as are fiddler crabs if you can find them.  Mixed in with the drum and sheepshead have been a few redfish.  Catch and release snook fishing remains pretty solid inshore as well.  The snook continue to bite the shrimp jig very good at night around the bridges.  Hope Sound Flats are holding a nice mixed bag of species.  The jacks, ladyfish, snook, trout, and pompano are all making a showing in the Marker 40 to 44 range.  

SURF/PIER-  Spanish Mackerel action has really started to pop off at Peck's Lake over the past few days.  Flash minnow jigs, Gotcha Plugs, and Clark Spoons should all do the trick on the Macs.  Chumming with glass minnows  also really helps fire up the Mackerel.  The Juno Beach Pier has also been seeing a fair number of Mackerel, with small X-Raps and crappie jigs being the lures of choice.  Pompano reports remain pretty good north of Jupiter Inlet, with Hobe Sound continuing to produce some good catches.  Bluefish action remains a bit slow.  Hopefully some coming January cold fronts help fire up the blues.  Pretty good number of sharks along the beach currently.   

Sebastian Inlet Report

Just back from a trip to the inlet and the fishing is hot everywhere!  Finally a break in the weather and rough surf is giving anglers a chance to drop a line from the North and South jetties and we saw a lot of anglers out there this morning doing just that.
On the North Jetty, we hear that Pompano, Black Drum, Sheepshead, and some Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and Jacks have been coming over the rails.  Pompano fishing from the beach has also been great.  Use sand fleas, clams and frozen shrimp to target them.  Use your lures for the Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and Jacks.
We saw a ton of boats in the inlet channel West of the bridge bottom fishing for Flounder so the bite must be good, and finger mullet or mud minnows are your best bet on bait if you can find them.  Live shrimp will do the job too.
Now that the weather has taken a turn for the better (much better!), it was beautiful at the inlet this morning.  Not too hot, not too cold with a nice ocean breeze.  
Check out this Black Drum our featured angler of the week caught night fishing the North Jetty byJerry Hunley!  

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
In the north fork of the St. Lucie River there has been a decent snook bite. They are mostly going after live shrimp, pilchards and mullet. Up around Bear Point, anglers are still catching good numbers of sea trout using artificial shrimp and working the grass beds. Working the flats around marker 42 in Hobe Sound, there has been good action on ladyfish and pompano.
In the north fork of the Loxahatchee River, around Tequesta Drive Bridge, there has been a decent bite for both mangrove and lane snapper. There are also some small snook in that area as well as good size schools of bait.
Lake Okeechobee:
The bass bite has been picking up a bit in terms of numbers the past week. Though not a lot of giants are being caught, there are plenty of From Tin House Cove down to Indian Prairie the bass have been hitting soft plastic swim baits in black and blue colors. Around Observation Shoal and the West Wall area they’ve been hitting Houdini-colored swim jigs.                                 The crappie fishing is still excellent. Anglers are catching them at night under lights using minnows in the Kissimmee River. They are also getting good numbers working the round reeds by King’s Bar using yellow/white and chartreuse/white jigs.

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