Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

How about a surf fishing report instead of a surf condition report? After I checked the marine forecast last night I was hoping the wind shift to the southwest would hold up. The light southwesterly last night blew some of the mats of sargassum weed away from the beach and it was fishable this morning. The tide stage was not favorable as low tide was around 8 am but it was nice to pitch a Fishbite into the surf without getting covered up with weeds in a matter of seconds .The croaker, whiting,and small pompano all provided a steady bite throughout the morning and it was nice to bend a rod after being shut down for over a week. The juvenile pompano are in the first trough in big numbers and I probably caught and released over 20 of these. I hope this is an indication of the numbers of pompano that will be along our beaches in the fall and early winter . Pompano have an unbelievable growth rate of 1 to 2 inches per month when they are juveniles and average 12 inches and 1 lb after the first year. After the tide turned and started on the incoming the weeds did increase but not to the point where it became unfishable. The upcoming week has south, southeast, and north all in the forecast so give the surf a shot and work around the weed lines if they show on the incoming tide. Bloodworm Fishbites were on fire today and the whiting were right at my feet while the croaker were 10 to 20 yards from the edge.

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