Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I have had a few calls the past couple of days from some anglers that somehow got on a couple of beaches and it sounds like the tarpon are everywhere . Find the bait and you will find these great game fish . I am fishing tomorrow and expect the croaker and whiting to pick up where they left off before the weekend closures . Expect the live shrimp supply to dry up at the local bait shops as it usually does in July . Bring an extra bag of Bloodworm or Pink Shrimp Fishbites so you do not run short . Snook Nook still had a great supply as of Thursday so stop by and stock up . The Darcizzle croaker and whiting trip from last Wednesday should be edited and up on the Darcizzle Offshore YouTube channel towards the end of this week according to Darcie and Brian . Light winds, reopening beaches, lots of bait and plenty of fish should make this week a pretty good one on our local beaches .

Sebastian Inlet Report

     Mangrove Snapper are running!

Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle tells the fishing has really picked up.  Mangrove Snapper are running throughout the inlet and in the backwaters hitting on their favorite bait, live shrimp.  You have your choice of fishing spots at the Park to target these guys from land.
Spanish Mackerel have been running pretty good too we hear.  They are biting on little spoons, jigs and Gotcha lures.  Your best bet – try the North and South jetties.
We have been getting reports of massive Red Drum, again throughout the inlet system, with a few smaller keepers in between.  Use live shrimp here too and please remember your bag and size limits.  
Some Tarpon and big Permit have been seen at night off the North Jetty.  Tarpon are hitting on flare jigs and shallow diving plugs.  Permit will hit live shrimp or crab, if you can find them.  Tommy even tells us there’s been some Barracuda around too, so watch out. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The calm conditions continue, with early morning west winds making the surf look like a lake. Bait on the beaches includes Pilchards, Threadfin Herring ( greenies ), glass minnows, and croakers. Snook activity is picking up in many places, with some really solid fish being caught. Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Ladyfish, sharks, and Tarpon are also getting in on the action. Inshore, the afternoon rains and heat have combined to make much of the water dirty, but Snook and baby Tarpon are being caught around culverts and outflows, but fish early or late to avoid the heat. 


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Well , if anyone was planning on going to the beach this weekend to cash in on this great whiting and croaker fishing you are going to have to wait until Monday . Beaches are closed starting tomorrow afternoon in Martin and St Lucie counties and all beaches south of there. Based on the spike in Coronavirus cases here in south Florida its really no surprise. So its going to be a weekend off from this great fishing but I am expecting things to be pretty good next week when we can hit the beach. I had the great opportunity to take Darcizzle up to the beach this morning and after a slow start things picked up and Darcie and Brian put 68 nice whiting and croaker in their cooler for their trip home. After about 2 minutes of giving them some tips about hooking these fish ,it was game on and they used their expertise to bend the rods . If anyone has ever watched their videos about any type of fishing they take on ,its no surprise they filled the cooler. Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites with small pieces of fresh shrimp continue to catch these fish day after day. If anyone goes to the beach without bringing a bag or two of Fishbites , you are reducing your chance of having a great day . Cut the Fishbites into small quarter inch pieces and you will catch fish after fish. The Darcizzle video of this great day should be up on their site to view next Thursday . Its a weekend off from hitting the beach so I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July holiday and enjoy whtever activities you may do.

Sebastian Inlet Summer Time Snook Fishing


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Had Chris and Vince Castoro out today for their first trip targeting some whiting and croaker. It was definitely a successful outing and they went home with lots of tasty fillets. They were surprised like most anglers who have not fished for these two species at how close these schools are to the edge of the surf line. Keep your baits within 15 yards of the edge and you will probably put some nice fish in your cooler. Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites continue to be the go to baits. We did see a few schools of glass minnows move through the area and if they pass in front of you pitch your Fishbites right into the middle of the school. Most of the larger ones we caught today came from the glass minnow schools. Yesterday there were huge schools of the glass minnows from Bathtub Beach to Tiger Shores and the snook, sharks, and tarpon were having a feast. Conditions look good for the next few days so get out and bend a rod.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

The beach fishing has been good with a few tarpon and big jack in the bait schools to the south of Ft Pierce with a few small kings mixed in. Inshore the trout and red bite has been steady around first light to the north around harbor branch to Vero shores with a soft baits and top water. The snapper bite around the bridge and channel edges. 

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Friday, June 26, 2020

From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Inshore fishing is a bit tough now; with hot temps slowing the fish down for the most part.  Catch and release snook fishing will be the main inshore draw.  Go early and late for best luck inshore right now, or fish at night.  Could also be some tarpon cruising around inshore right now.  Mangrove snapper action has been fair inshore.  

SURF/PIER-  The glass minnow schools remain scattered up and down the beach, and the fish aren't far behind.  Snook, tarpon, jacks, blue runners, and others are all taking advantage of the easy meals.  Small flashy jigs, spoons, swimbaits, and small swimming plugs are all a good way to go around the minnow schools.  

The Juno Beach Pier continues to produce good catch and release snook action, as does Jupiter Inlet.  The snook are also along the beach in very good numbers right now.  Calm clear conditions provide for good chance to sight fish some big ones cruising in the first trough. 

Sebastian Inlet Report

We have been getting some mixed reports with better action offshore/inshore but fishing has been decent on the North Jetty, and other areas in and around the inlet.  Anglers have been seeing some Mangrove Snapper, Red Drum, Bluefish and Spanish Mackerel.
Live shrimp seem to be the favorite bait for targeting Mangrove Snapper.  Red Drum will hit on those too off the North Jetty, and don’t forget the catwalks and T-dock, particularly during the tide change.  Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish both hit on cut bait, and use your silver spoons for Bluefish and Gotcha lures for Spanish Mackerel.  And, as always, call Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle for the latest fishing updates at 321-768-6621.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Shore Fishing For Big Daytime Snook With My Favorite Bait, Pinfish

Pier Fishing for BIG SNOOK

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From Todd & Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Snook fishing has been pretty good inshore.  Pretty standard summertime pattern on the snook.  If the spillways are open look for them to be close by.   Otherwise they will be around the bridges and close to the inlets.   Look for the usual lures to produce on the snook (stick to Flare Hawks, big Swimbaits, and similar for good results).  Smaller snook have been on the docklights pretty good.  Vudu and DOA Shrimp are great lures when fishing around the docklights.  Other inshore action is a bit on the slow side.  A few scattered tarpon reports, and a scattering of jacks around.  No reports to speak of lately on the snapper inshore.  

SURF/PIER:  The past few days has saw  the water from Jupiter Inlet south looking pretty dirty and brown (Lots of fresh water in it).  Water to the north of Jupiter Inlet has looked better and the fish have noticed.  While the Juno Beach Pier has still been producing some Spanish Mackerel, jacks, and fair amount of snook.  The bulk of the action has moved up to the north.  Jupiter Island and Hobe Sound  beaches have had a lot of very large glass minnow schools, and lots of predators close behind.  Bonita, jacks, snook, tarpon, and even a few random late season bluefish have all been in the minnow schools up to the north.  A small flashy jig or spoon, small swimbait, or swimming plug are all good choices for fishing around the minnow schools.  Pompano reports slowed this week, but sounds like a handful of them are still being caught up to the north.  

Sebastian Inlet Report

Despite the usual afternoon thunderstorms we see over the summer, the weather this past week was better and looks to be more of the same this week.  Hot but sunny days with some isolated showers here and there.  So for all you anglers, find some time to go drop a line...
The action has been decent, not great, with some mixed reports.  Mangrove Snapper have been hitting on live shrimp and fisherman out on the North Jetty have been bringing in Red Drum, Bluefish, Blue Runners and Spanish Mackerel.  We’ve heard reports of Snook biting too, but remember they are out of season and catch and releasee only until September 1.
For the Spanish Mackerel and Bluefish, use cut bait.  Blue Runners have been hitting on dead shrimp and smaller jigs, and use your live shrimp for the Red Drum.  Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait & Tackle tells us your best bet is out on the North Jetty.
This week’s featured angler is Makela with her first Snook-ever!  We hear that Makela loves to fish with her boyfriend.  She’s only been fishing for 7 months, but is a quick learner.  Way to go Makela and you have a world-renowned fishing spot in your own backyard!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area there is an excellent bite for whiting and croaker. Bloodworm Fishbites or frozen shrimp in the first trough will produce the best results.
There are also still some pompano around. Again bring the bigger rods to get baits including sandflea Fishbites and live sandfleas out a ways as they are staying a bit farther off the beach.
There has been a nice tarpon bite inside the Lake Worth Inlet the past week. Using live bait in the early mornings and late afternoons has been producing good results.
Anglers fishing off the jetties at the Boynton Inlet are catching mangrove snapper, grunts, snook, tarpon and jack crevalle using live shrimp, live sardines and cut finger mullet.
Working the beaches around the inlet using cut shrimp has produced catches of small permit, whiting and croaker.
Along the flats in the Intracoastal Waterway near the Boynton Inlet small permit up to eight pounds are hitting jigs tipped with shrimp during the first two hours of the incoming tides.
At the Lantana Bridge anglers are catching sheepshead on cut clams and live crabs. Sand perch, small jack crevalle and mangrove snapper have been hitting live shrimp and peeled frozen shrimp fished on the bottom.
Lake Okeechobee:
There has been an excellent bluegill and cichlid bite the past week around King’s Bar, Buckhead Ridge and in the rim canal. Worms and crickets are working best for live bait and beetle spins for artificial.
The bass bite has been best in the early morning and late afternoons. Use moving baits including Chatterbaits, spinnerbaits and skinny dippers along the outside grassline for best results. For the late morning through mid-day bite creature-style baits fished in the weed patches have been paying off. Live shiners are working all day. Top spots have been King’s Bar, Buckhead Ridge, Henry Creek and the J&S Canal.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area there has been a good pompano bite the past week. Not huge numbers, but nice-sized fish. Bring the big, 12-foot rods if you have them as they are not in the first trough but a ways out. They are most likely avoiding the spinner sharks that are cruising the beaches the past week. The pompano are being caught on crab- and sandflea-flavored Fishbites.
The spinner sharks are following the schools of glass minnows which started showing up last week and are now in the area in force.
At the Roosevelt and Stuart Causeways there has been some excellent snook action. There have some big ones that are likely feeding before the spawn. Use big swim baits or jigs like a flare hawk as they are hugging the bottom some because of the freshwater up near the surface.
Working the beaches from Jupiter Inlet to the Juno Pier, anglers are catching snook on lures resembling sardines or using live pilchards, croaker or sand perch.
In the Loxahatchee River, snook and jack crevalle are being caught around the dock lights.
Boynton Inlet anglers have been catching croaker, whiting and sand perch using cut shrimp. Snook, snapper and tarpon have been hitting live shrimp and pilchards fished on the bottom.
At the Lantana Bridge, anglers have been catching sheepshead, small permit, sand perch and croaker using cut and live shrimp
Lake Okeechobee:
Using live shiners and working the Kissimmee grass, one charter captain got his client into well-over a dozen largemouth bass Wednesday morning. Most were averaging three and a half to four pounds, but they did land a nice six and a half pounder and had one lunker get away.
Though not quite as good as live bait, the artificial bite was also working with eight largemouth bass up to four and a half pounds caught on swim jigs.
Hot spots were Taylor Creek and the Indian Prairie canal area. Working the canals along the turnpike and State Road 441, anglers are catching peacock and largemouth bass on topwater lures and 3″ silver Rapala plugs during the sunrise and sunset hours. On Lake Osborne, and its adjoining canals, sunshine bass, clown knifefish and catfish have been hitting live shad on quarter-ounce jig heads.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

COVID-19 has changed our lives so far this year. As things continue to open around the Treasure Coast, follow the guidelines and have fun this month. June brings about hot summer days. It is a time to get out early or late in the day and avoid the afternoon heat. Winds will be the calmer of the year so far and water temperatures will be in the nineties some days. June is always one of my favorite months to enjoy the fishing in the area.
Redfish, trout, snook and tarpon will be the big targets this month. Redfish will be hanging around mangroves, grass flats and docks. DOA shrimp or CAL shad tails are the perfect lures to target reds. Most of the redfish will be slot sized fish. Trout will be feeding on the grass flats both early and late in the day. The DOA Deadly Combo is a great way to search out the sea trout on the flats. Top water lures are the best choices for trout with switching to DOA paddle tails once the sun rises high.

Snook will be active around deeper water like bridges, inlets and sea walls. Live bait or DOA Terror Eyz are great ways to fish for snook. Don’t forget that the season is closed, so handle the fish carefully and get them released quickly. Night fishing will also be one of the best times to snook fish. Look for tarpon along the beaches, inlets and channels. Live and cut bait or DOA Terror Eyz are some of the popular choices for tarpon.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Big croaker were certainly the headliners on this weekends catch list along with some whiting, a few pompano, and a a big showing of tarpon. I fished with Randy on Saturday and we filled the cooler with whiting and croaker. The glass minnow schools were along the beach early Saturday and the the tarpon were all over them. The croaker bite on Saturday, Sunday , and again today was from 7 to about 10 am and then things really slowed down after the top of the tide. Small pieces of shrimp and the Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites continue to produce all of the bites. The fish on Saturday and Sunday were in their usual location along the inside edge of the first trough. The reason I am making a point of this is because today, Monday, I do not think Marty Barlow and I caught 5 fish in close. If you are not getting any bites were they are supposed to be throw a bait out 20 yards and move it back in 6 inches at a time until you find the part of the trough they are favoring. The other tactic to try is to move up and down the beach in 10 yard intervals if you the spot you are fishing is coming up blank. We did that today when the bite slowed down and found them 20 yards from where we started. There were a handful of Pompano caught this weekend at Normandy, Tiger Shores , and Stuart beaches. I consider the summer surf fishing as " fun fishing" because of the light tackle and the amount of fish you can put in the cooler. The end result is table fare that is good as it gets. Conditions look good for the rest of the week so get your small Penn Fierce,Battle, or Spinfisher reels out , buy some whiting rigs and Pink Shrimp and Bloodworm Fishbites and have some fun. Good luck this week and catch em up.On a quick note I have received some inquiries about some fun fishing charters and if anyone has an interest or wants more info please call me at 609 903 8243. I am almost booked up through June so pick a date and give me a call.

Friday, June 5, 2020

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing at the Spillways has been very good this week.  Don't forget we're in June already...they all have to go back for a few more months.  Flair Hawk jigs, Swimbaits, and swimming plugs have all been good choices for the snook at the spillways currently.  Still a few tarpon around inshore, as well as a few jacks.  Other inshore action has been a bit slow.

SURF/PIER-  Still a surprisingly good bite from some late season pompano over the past week.  Sandfleas and FishBItes remain the bait of choice for the pompano.  Look for the early morning and late afternoon to be best.  Spanish Mackerel are still being caught at the Juno Beach Pier, with white crappie jigs being the lure of choice for them.  Catch and release snook fishing remains very good at the Juno Beach Pier and in the Inlets.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It does not look like the wind is going to keep anyone off of the beach this weekend but the rain might. I have the foul weather gear ready but I hope everyone will use some common sense if and when the lightning makes an appearance. The beach is the last place you want to be when the thunderstorms start rolling through. The first thunder clap or lightning bolt I hear or see has me packing up my gear and getting to the truck. If it is just rain, no problem, I will fish through it but lightning is not something to fool with. I hope to get back to some great whiting and croaker fishing along with spanish mackerel and catch and release snook. Expect more tarpon to be showing up in the bait schools that are making a showing along our beaches. I worked at the Snook Nook this morning and was happy to see they got in a big order of Fishbites late last week. One of the pegs of the Bloodworm Scent was already empty so if you need some do not wait to stop in and get some. This bait is has been my favorite for the whiting and croaker the last couple of years followed by Pink Shrimp. If you want to put some in the cooler make sure you have an ample supply. The high tide mark will be in the am all weekend so that should be the most productive time period. Keep your baits in that first trough and you should have some fun.

Thursday, June 4, 2020


Chasing BIG Jacks and Snook from the Beach

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area, there are still good numbers of croaker and some whiting in the first trough. A double-hook rig using either Bloodworm Fishbites or pieces of shrimp will get the job.
Those croaker you may catch are also excellent bait for catching and releasing the snook that are cruising and hunting in the first trough.
In addition to croaker, the snook are being caught using spoons, which can resemble the glass minnows that have recently shown up along the beaches in the area.
Anglers working the flats in the Indian River near Bear Point and Middle Cove are catching good numbers of snook. They are being taken using D.O.A. Shrimp and D.O.A. Cal lures.
Along the beaches in the Boynton area surf anglers have been catching permit, jack crevalle and tarpon in the early mornings and again around dusk.
The permit, some of which have been up to 35 pounds, are being caught using bucktail jigs and Chasebait Smash Crabs.
The jacks and tarpon are being caught throwing two- to four-ounce Crocodile Spoons as well as top water plugs including Zara Spooks in blue and silver.
At the Boynton Inlet anglers are reporting catching croaker, sheepshead, mangrove snapper and snook.
The croaker are being caught on pieces of shrimp.
Many of those croaker are then used as bait for catching and releasing some big snook. Fish them on the bottom during the outgoing tide.
The sheepshead are being taken on crabs during the incoming tide.
The sheepshead are being taken on crabs during the incoming tide.
In the Intracoastal Waterway, the C-51 spillway should provide great snook action. Chasebait Flick Prawns should work well.
In the IWC, north and south of the Boynton Inlet, the docks are also providing action on snook using many different lures including X-Rap by Rapala, Yo-Zuri and Live Target mullet and pinfish. On the flats just north and just west of the Boynton Inlet anglers using pompano jigs tipped with shrimp are catching bonefish and small permit during the first two to three hours of the falling tide.
At the Lantana Bridge permit are being caught using shrimp on pompano rigs along with sheepshead on fiddler crabs and sand perch and croaker on cut shrimp.

Lake Okeechobee:
Out on the lake the bass bite has been excellent. From first light until around 8:30 a.m. anglers are doing well working the outside grasslines using swim jigs and spinner baits. After that, flippin’ a jig will keep the action going. Live shiners are working well all day. Hot spots have been King’s Bar and the Henry Creek area.
The bluegill bite has also been good. Anglers using crickets and worms or beetle spins are doing well working the Kissimmee River, King’s Bar and Indian Prairie areas.                          
Rick and Mike, fishing on Lake Osorbne caught two impressive Peacocks on shinners

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sebastian inlet Report

Tommy at Sebastian Inlet Bait and Tackle tell us the while the fishing has been good, the weather has been less than cooperative with a washed out Memorial Day.  There have been large Red Drum hanging around, biting on live shrimp.  Pompano, Bluefish, Sheepshead and Spanish Mackerel are all around to be had too, and we’re starting to see a few Mangrove Snapper throughout the inlet system.  Summer is here!
Fishing has been better off the North Jetty, but don’t pass up the alternatives at Sebastian Inlet State Park for a productive day.  Try the South Jetty, the catwalks and the T-dock. 
Use your clams and sandfleas for targeting Pompano.  Cut finger mullet or silver spoons work best for Bluefish.  Same with Spanish Mackerel, but they’ll hit on Gotcha lures too.  Use shrimp and sandfleas for your Sheepshead and Mangrove Snapper seem to prefer the live shrimp.  Snook season is officially closed, so remember to use the appropriate catch and release techniques to preserve our fisheries for future generations.

Monday, June 1, 2020


Massive Snook Inhaled My Huge Live Mullet

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope alot of you have had a chance to hit the beach the last couple of days because there is some great fishing going on right now. My wife Deb asked me to start putting some whiting and croaker in the freezer for some future fish dinners and after today that issue is settled.I have been down here full time for nine years now and I cannot remember a day when I targeted the whiting and croaker that equals today. The whiting part of the duo have not really showed up in any numbers yet but the croaker bite is incredible. I fished today by myself and I am not really sure how many I caught but they bit from the time I hit the beach until I left . I started fishing two rods for pompano but the blue runners were back again and it was non stop bites from those guys so I concentrated on the croakers. There were a few pompano caught today at Hobe Sound so hopefully they will move up this way. Getting back to the croaker bite, Bloodworm and Pink Shrimp Fishbites along with some small pieces of fresh shrimp caught all of the croakers. I know I sound like a broken record but if you want to have a successful day ,do not cast your rigs, just pitch them. I did not get a bite on any cast I made that was more than 15 yards. These fish bit right through the tide so time of day or tide stage did not matter. This fishing is tailor made for kids so if you have a grandson, granddaughter, niece , nephew , son , or daughter that you want to introduce to surf fishing, now is the time. Make sure you bring an extra bag of Fishbites with you because you will go through some bait. I have been using a Penn Spinfisher 3500 on a 7 foot light action Penn Batallion spinning rod and this combination is perfect . There were schools of spanish mackerel during the course of day so if you want to have some fun with them bring a rod with a few spoons and turn the handle. Get out and catch some of these tasty fish this week.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains good inshore right now, especially closer to the inlets. Jupiter Inlet has had a good snook bite over the past week.   Last weekend to invite a snook home for dinner for a few months so don't miss out on the opportunity!  Still a fair number of tarpon around inshore, along with some nice bruiser jacks.  Mangrove snapper fishing has been improving inshore as well.  

SURF/PIER-  The Juno Beach Pier has had pretty solid snook action this week.  The snook have been biting live baits, dead sardines on bottom, as well as swimbaits early in the morning.  Spanish Mackerel action has also been good at the pier, with white crappie jigs being the best lure choice.  Still a fair number of late season pompano around, especially as you travel a little farther north.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

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Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

It was great to see this tropical wave moving away from us so we can get back to fishing along our local beaches. I have had some requests about seminars in the future and as of right now Bass Pro does not have any immediate plans to offer them even in a limited scenario. I am considering doing the early summer surf fishing program that is usually in early June right here on Facebook or possibly on YouTube. I will let everyone know as soon as the logistics of that program is worked out. As far as fishing is concerned starting tomorrow, Wednesday, it looks like Mother Nature is going to give us a break so we can head back to the beach. I am fishing tomorrow and will post a report tomorrow night . The catch list as we head into June should be whiting, croaker, ladyfish, blue runners, jacks ,catch and release tarpon and snook, and some late season pompano. The whiting and croaker will provide your fish for some fantastic fish frys and everything else will be just plain fun to catch and release. Bloodworm Fishbites tipped with a small piece of shrimp will be the go to bait in the upcoming weeks.

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

Fishing over the weekend was obviously challenging due to the weather, but there have been some bright spots. There are still plenty of fish in the Indian River, and while sight fishing may get a bit tougher due to runoff, the activity around culverts and the relief canals has already concentrated some fish, mostly Snook and baby Tarpon. DOA CALs, Hogy Paddle Tails, and plugs have all accounted for good catches when they’re flowing. Seatrout continue to be active, and with the overcast conditions have been taking topwater plugs later in the day than usual. Surf fishing has been rough and weedy, but the weed started to dissipate this morning and the water is starting to clear, so fishing should improve shortly. Look for Snook and Spanish Mackerel to return to the beaches as soon as the water clears a bit more. Spoons, plugs, and soft plastic paddle tails should provide plenty of activity. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

George Gozdz Reviews Yo-Zuri Line, Leader, and his favorite Inshore Lures.

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

The day was not a short one today for Randy and myself but I am happy to say we had a decent catch list. Bluefish, blue runners, croakers, spanish mackerel, pompano, and even a hook up with a spinner shark that ate the live croaker Randy had just put out to try and get a snook bite. We started this morning at Stuart Beach with the hope there were some schools of pompano making their way north.The only bite we got on the long rods was from a single blue runner. The water was really clear at that spot and that condition can make it tough to entice some pompano. The good news is my hope that the whiting and croaker near shore bite that starts right around this time of year was pretty darn good. The whiting never got the memo but the croaker obviously did. I know this report is going to bring a smile to friend and local surf sharpie, Chris Oliveria. Bloodworm Fishbites and small pieces of fresh shrimp was the ticket and the croaker bit for a couple of hours. There is a Hutchinson Island Fish Fry in my immediate future.The key to putting the whiting and croaker in the cooler is to pitch your bait, not cast it. All of these fish were within 10 yards of the edge of the surf and target your fishing time around the high tide mark. I was a little bit surprised they bit this well because the buildup of the swell from Arthur has already started. Randy was catching the spanish mackerel on a tree rig and on two consecutive casts he managed a triple header and then a loaded up 4 fish shot with 3 mackerel and one blue runner.Once the tide dropped I headed up to Blue Heron and managed to catch bluefish and 4 keeper pompano before the weeds that the swell was bringing off of the beach made conditions tough. Ez Flea Fihbites caught all 4 of the pompano today. The conditions will hopefully subside on Saturday so everyone can get out on this holiday weekend and bend some rods. Good luck and have a safe and healthy holiday. If anyone has any questions about rigs, bait,or tackle to help you improve your next trip.

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE-  Snook fishing remains good inshore.  Good amounts of bait inshore right now have the snook fired up and eating as they begin to move towards the inlet.  Live pilchards and threadfins will be top bait choices for the snook, while flair hawk jigs and swimbaits in pearl and green/white color combos are also getting bit good.  Only another week of snook season so be sure to get after them now before the summer closed season.  The tarpon have still been back in the Loxahatchee River.  Look for them to be up rolling early in the morning.  Mangrove snapper are starting to bite decently, especially around the bridges at night.  Small live pilchards and live shrimp will be good bait choices for them.  

SURF/PIER-  Reports have been a bit slower than expected from the Juno Beach Pier and local beaches this week as anglers hit the boards and sand after a two month break.  Calm clear conditions (Monday-Wed Morning) and now a building swell for a few days will further complicate getting the reports dialed in.  The snook are starting to show up on the beach, and at the pier.  The water temp is still a bit cool, so the snook are not fired up on the lures just yet.  On the pier live baits (which have been a bit tough to come by) and dead sardines have been the ticket for the snook.  Lots of glass minnows on the beach over the past few days, with a decent number of Spanish Mackerel following along with them. Tarpon have been along the beach in goods numbers as well.  The tarpon for the most part have been out of range from shore bound anglers. The Jupiter Inlet has had a few snook around, along with a good number of moonfish.  Not much to report on the pompano locally this week, but reports of fish up in Martin County and farther north continue to come in.  FishBites and sand fleas remain the bait of choice for the pompano.  

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
On the beaches from Martin County (which recently reopened to everyone and not just residents) up to Fort Pierce there has been good action for whiting, croaker and pompano. Working the first trough, the whiting and croaker are being caught using bloodworm-flavored Fishbites on a two-hook rig. The pompano are being taken on pompano rigs using sand flea- and crab-flavored Fishbites.

Snook and tarpon are still cruising through the troughs as well in those areas. Best bet for the snook is still to use a small croaker.
Also, off of the beaches in the Jensen Beach area have been some bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Throwing a shiny spoon has been working.
In the St. Lucie and Indian Rivers anglers fishing from the bridges are catching snook, some black drum, sheepshead and a few flounder on the flats off the Jensen Causeway. Most are being caught using shrimp on a jighead during the outgoing tide. Snook are also being taken during the incoming tide using live pilchards as well as a night using Flair Hawk jigs.
Anglers working the inside of the Lake Worth Inlet are having a blast catching tarpon, snook and jack crevalle. All three are being caught using live pilchards on light tackle.
Lake Okeechobee:
The bass bite has been best from first light to about 45 minutes after. With the shad spawn still going on, anglers working the outside grass line along the Kissimmee grass are having good luck. Using white swim jigs and white spinner baits many are catching around 20 buck bass per session. After that bite backs off pitching blue and black senkos into the Kissimmee grass, with some round reeds mixed in, has kept the action going.
There is still a good bluegill bite and they are mostly being caught using crickets.
The lake is still extremely shallow so anglers and boaters should be cautious and aware of their surroundings and depth.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

St Lucie and Martin County beaches are open to everyone. Fantastic. As far as local fishing Randy and I fished at Blue Heron this past Sunday and the weeds were a huge issue. The morning bite was non existent and as the morning wore on the weeds made it unfishable. We returned in the late afternoon hoping the tide change improved the conditions and initially that was the case. We caught 3 nice pompano and then the weeds returned and chased us off of the beach. I fished at Normandy beach on Monday and was happy to see the weeds were not an issue and the water had some great color to it. 
The big schools of mackerel that were up and down our beaches last week were back and so were the pompano. I was lucky enough to put 10 in the cooler and was surprised at the nice size of these fish. During the latter part of the run in the late spring and early summer the pompano tend to get smaller and you will catch 3 and keep 1. None of my fish needed to be measured so I am hoping this means there is still some decent ones to be caught. With all of the beaches being open now the reports and intel will be available to post some accurate reports. Yellow Crab and EZ Flea Fishbites were the hot baits on Monday. I am going to try a couple of Martin County beaches tomorrow and and will try for some whiting and croaker in the first trough along with throwing out the long rods for pompano. Fresh shrimp tipped with Blood worm Fishbites will be in the water tomorrow for the whiting and croaker. Tiger Shores, Bryn Mawr, and Santa Lucea were producing some nice whiting and croaker last year at the end of May and hopefully those fish are back at those spots. Weather wise it looks like we are going to see a building swell towards the end of the week and it starts to lay down for the holiday weekend. Remember at this time of year the pompano are on the move north so do not be afraid to try a few different beaches during your fishing day. 

From Whites Tackle - Ft Pierce / Stuart

  Inshore the snook bite has been good with live bait around the bridges and in the inlet with a few big guys around. The trout bite has been steady with a few big fish around to the north around Vero shore and the Moorings flats top water has produced the best around first light. The snapper fishing has been good around the bridges and on the channel edges with live white baits and shrimp. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

4 Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Cast Net (And What To Do Instead)

From Todd &Trey @ Juno Bait -Juno Beach

INSHORE:  Snook fishing remains very good inshore.  The best action remains at night around the bridges; but the inlets are also starting to produce very well during the day as well.  Flairhawk jigs and big swimbaits are working at the bridges, while live bait is going to be key in the inlet.  Look for the top of the outgoing tide to produce the best results, but windy rough conditions offshore could stir the water up enough to trigger a good incoming bite as well.  Other inshore action remains fair.  Still a fair number of tarpon around inshore, along with a good scattering of jacks.  Good action on sandperch in the ICW as well right now using cut shrimp.  

SURF/PIER:   Up to the north the pompano are still biting, but action is definitely beginning to slow on them.  Sandfleas, clams, and FishBItes remain the bait of choice for the pomps.  Croaker are biting small pieces of shrimp in the first trough.  Snook are starting to get out on the beach a bit more, along with the start of the tarpon moving north.  NOt much of a forecast for the beach this weekend, but hopefully we will see some more access open up next week along with a little nicer weather! 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Topwater Chronicles - Volume 4 - Mangrove Maulers

Scouting Around Palm Beach And Martin County

Inshore fishing:
Along the beaches in the Jensen area, the whiting and croaker bite is still good. Fishbites, pieces of shrimp and clam strips, fished in the first trough, are working well
There are also good numbers of snook in the first trough and they are being taken on live croakers or swim baits. Tarpon are still cruising the beaches chasing schools of live pilchards.
In the St. Luce and Indian Rivers anglers are getting trout and snook from the bridges and flounder and redfish up towards the Fort Pierce
There have been snook at the inlet, the Juno Pier and along the beaches the past week. With those fishing areas currently closed, it’s been anglers working them from boats who have been scoring.
With the beaches scheduled to open on Monday, there should be good action for snook by surf anglers. Walking the beach and using a top water plug could produce good results. 
Snook remaining in the Loxahatchee River and Intracoastal Waterway are currently making their way out to the ocean to spawn. Trolling a 3/4 ounce, chrome Rat-L-Trap or floating, red and white Yo-zuri lipped plug should work well when targeting them in that area. Control the depth of the lure by the amount of line.
Anglers working the lighted docks in the Intracoastal Waterway from Manalapan down to the Boynton Inlet at night and the channels south of the inlet during the day are reporting nice snook catches. At night ChaseBait Flick Prawn lures are proving deadly fished in the dock lights, while small, live sand perch are producing more slot-size fish. Live Target Pinfish and D.O.A. TerrorEyz lures have been working well on the slow retrieve during the day.
Lake Okeechobee:
There has been a good shellcracker bite this week in the Tin House Cove area using worms and beetle spins. Also in the Tin House cove area, along with Indian Prairie and the Kissimmee River, there has been a good blue gill bite. Though not quite as good as last weekend when it was off the chain with the full moon, the bite is definitely solid. Best bets has been using crickets,
There a few specs still being caught in the Kissimmee River. Anglers working depths around 20 feet are having good luck.
The bass bite has been best in the early morning and late afternoon on swim jigs and spinner baits. The late morning through the afternoon bite has been good flippin’ creature-style baits or using live shiners.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Best Fishing Reel I've Ever Owned! - Surf Fishing SaltX

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

I hope everyone had a chance to get out this past Saturday as the weather on Sunday did not provide a good opportunity to fish the surf. The pompano bite was pretty slow on Saturday and the only fish I heard of being caught were on the beaches right next to Fort Pierce Inlet. I started at John Brooks and had the big goose egg before a move to Blue Heron.                                            
The pompano did not show but the whiting bit for about an hour right after high tide and Randy and I put some nice ones in the cooler. Bloodworm Fishbites and a small piece of fresh shrimp were the baits that produced. My wife Deb made whiting sliders last night on the George Foreman grill and those tasty fillets on Hawaiian rolls is as good as it gets. on All of the whiting and a couple of nice croaker were caught right at our feet not 5 yards from the edge of the sand. The big mackerel schools from last week were still present but at least 150 yards off of the beach. It looks like its going to be a tough week as far as conditions with big surf and lots of easterly wind. If the wind lets up at all Walton Rocks beach might be worth a look as the reef there can actually knock down some of the wave action. I am probably going to give it a look either Wednesday or Thursday and will post a report in the evening. 

Monday, May 11, 2020

Megabass MAGDRAFT FREESTYLE Rigging Tips and Tricks

From Capt. Charlie @ Fishing Center - Ft Pierce

It has been a strange year so far and most of us are wondering how this COVID-19 will affect us in May. I hope everyone has fared will so far and hope the coming months sees things get settled down.
I like to target redfish in May. Some good choices for lures will be gold spoons and the DOA 2 ¾" shrimp. Redfish will be active on the grass flats, mangroves and docks around the river.
Snook fishing will be good this month with night or early morning the best times to fish. The season will close May 31st. Inlets, bridges, seawalls and docks are all great places to target snook.
Look for trout to hit top water lures at first light. As the sun rises move to deeper water in the two to four-foot range I have had great success with CAL jerk baits and Deadly Combos this year in place of live shrimp. Look for clean water and good grass to have your best results.
Fish bridges and docks for sheepshead, snapper and drum. Jacks and ladyfish will be just about everywhere creating havoc all over the river. Beaches will produce whiting with catches of Spanish mackerel and bluefish along with some pompano. Tarpon will begin their trek into the river. May is a great month to fish the Treasure Coast!
As always, remember, fishing is not just another's an ADVENTURE!!