Friday, February 28, 2020
Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area
When the wind and surf finally calmed down and guess what? The pompano, bluefish, and mackerel decided to bite. I looked at all of the webcams, Jensen Beach, Jupiter, and Fort Pierce late Tuesday afternoon and saw the Hobe Sound shot on the Jensen Beach site was showing some great looking water. This is a resource that I use on a daily basis and although things can change overnight, at least it can give you an area to target for your trip the next day. The good water, a morning high tide, and the forecast for an oncoming weather front on Thursday made Hobe Sound my beach to try first. Even with all of these positive factors in your hand, anyone who pursues pompano knows nothing guarantees they will bite. Today things worked out. When I was walking down the beach to set up it seemed all of the anglers throwing spoons and plugs were having a field day with the bluefish and mackerel. I threw my first rig out and by the time I had the second rod ready there was a pompano on the first rod. Once the tide changed around 9:30 it was game on with the pompano and other than losing a few to the sharks, I left them biting around one oclock. My cooler will hold around 40 and thats exactly the number New England Seafood had on my ticket when I left. I am hoping this is just a preview of our Springtime Pompano bite because this is the type of fishing we normally have every spring. As far as hot baits today, my rods with the plain Yellow Crab and EZ Flea Fishbites outfished the other rods with clam strips and clam Fishbites and frozen sandfleas tipped with EZ Flea Fishbites, 3 to 1. It sounds like the bite was good up and down Jupiter Island today and I did not get a report from anyone who fished up our way on Hutchinson Island. Weather looks a little shaky tomorrow but the forecast is for things to calm down on the weekend.