This past weekend started out pretty promising on Friday with some clean water and a few pompano starting to show but unfortunately some off colored water made its way to our beaches. Some whiting, croaker, blue runners, and jacks were in a lot of anglers catch lists but the pompano were far and few between. I got a text from veteran surf angler Barry Richards Friday night and he managed to put a few nice pompano in the cooler late Friday afternoon . Barry was fishing at Tiger Shores and a couple of my commercial friends caught a few from the same spot on Friday morning. I decided to try the Normandy Beach area on Saturday morning and was greeted with some pretty sporty wind gusts and less than ideal water color. I went south to Stuart Beach where the water was somewhat better and fished there . I fished with friend Chuck Frith from Jensen Beach and we managed to put around 20 whiting in the cooler along with a couple of croaker and bluefish. EZ Flea , Pink Shrimp, and Yellow Crab Fishbites were the baits that produced. On Sunday I fished with son Randy, Chris Battjer, and Chuck again and we did manage to catch 3 pompano along with 6 or 7 whiting and lots of catfish in brown streaky water. Pretty tough fishing in less than favorable conditions . I am looking forward to presenting the Surf Fishing for Pompano Seminar at The Snook Nook this Thursday at 530. If you are one of the folks that signed up early enough to get a seat I will see you there. The folks at the Snook Nook will be calling everyone to confirm they are attending and if there are any cancellations the anglers on the waiting list will get a call to say a spot opened up for you. Freddy will also be streaming the Seminar on Facebook Live. The weather looks pretty bad again this week and I hope conditions improve for next weekend.
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