Saturday, October 3, 2020

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area

Some pretty good surf action for those of us that hit the beaches. I had longtime friend, Capt. Jonathan and his girlfriend Mandy up this way to try to catch a few pompano. Jonathan is one of the Captains that runs the Marathon Lady in Marathon, down in the Keys. He is a bigtime inshore and offshore expert from south Florida but this was his first attempt at fishing the beach for pompano. Jonathan and Mandy certainly picked the right day as we caught 60 plus pompano .We were only lucky enough to keep 8 but they ran from rod to rod all day. We also caught some ladyfish, blue runners ,jacks, and one catch and release permit. The nice thing about the keepers so far is they are some pretty nice sized fish. Mandy landed a 2 pounder and most did not have to be measured. Jonathan had never used Fishbites before and he was amazed at the bites they produced. Yellow Crab, EZ Flea, and Pink Shrimp got the job done. I will tell you that is you catch the number of fish that we did ,you better have some extra bags of bait!! Randy and I fished on Sunday and anyone whao targets pompano should know that your chances of having back to back days like we had on Saturday are not very good. We went back up to Blue Heron and we only caught 7 or 8 pompano and all had to be released. Friend and local surf sharpie Chris Battjer from Palm City , fished next to us and he managed to put 2 keepers in the cooler. We did manage to catch and release another permit, this one around the 20 pound mark. As has been the case all year with the permit, a 1 inch strip in EZ Flea or Yellow Crab continue to produce. This morning, Monday, I started at Stuart Beach and caught a keeper pompano on the first cast and that was it on the pompano. There was still great action all morning with big blue runners and another great gamefish whose population seems to grow every year, the bonefish. I caught 8 of those speedsters , including one double header, before I packed it in and went back to Blue Heron. The bite there was slow but the one pompano I did catch was 3 pounds plus. As you can see there is some great surf action up and down our entire area . There are school after school of mullet working their way down the beach also but surprisingly ,other than a few jacks I did not see any other predators like tarpon, bluefish, or snook tearing them up.That can change in a matter of minutes depending on what beach access you are fishing ,so be ready. The surf action is heating up and looking ahead at this weeks weather forecast, 2 to 3 foot seas are forecast through Friday. The fish seem to be spread from Sebastian to Hobe Sound so pick your favorite beach and you will probably find some great fishing.

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