Friday, October 22, 2021

Beach Fishing With Paul Sperco Palm Beach/Martin County Area


I am happy to be able to post a pretty good pompano report today. I rescheduled a surf clinic today due to the wind and wave forecast that I looked at last evening before I went to bed with some predicted waves to be in that 5 foot range this morning. I looked this morning at 430 am and saw they knocked the height down to 4 foot or less during the day so I headed up to the south end of Hutchinson Island and threw them out. There was a good amount of weeds along the shore break but most of it was from the grass being dragged back into the water with the incoming tide . I never got my second rod out before the first rod bent over and I had a doubleheader with a nice keeper pompano on one hook and a ten and a half incher on the other. This is the way the first hour and a half went and I ended up only fishing two rods. I finally called it quits around 1130 because the weeds took over on the outgoing stage of the tide but I caught at least 40 pompano and put 5 nice ones in the cooler. The best part about the throwbacks was that there were at least 10 or 15 that were just short of 11 inches and its great to see some bigger fish moving down the beach. I also caught a few bluefish, jacks, and ladyfish as some bait schools moved through . Some bigger jacks and tarpon also made an appearance as they headed south. Yellow Crab Fishbites was the bait today . I ended up using that bait on both set ups and boy did it produce. When you have the conditions that I had today with some wind, a 4 foot chop, and some current I cannot over emphasize and recommend using The Sinker Guys Sputnik sinkers. I did a post awhile ago about this product and being able to keep my baits stationary, even with weeds pulling on the line , was one of the major ingredients of getting that many bites. Chip Brundage makes this weight and I have never used a sinker that performs the way this one does. The sinkers are available in our area at The Snook Nook. Its great to see this early season action this year after the less than spectacular pompano bite we had last year. Just hoping its an indicator of a great pompano season ahead. I am heading up to New Smyrna Beach this weekend to fish in Roy Mattsons Surf Fishing Challenge Tournament . There will be wining categories for redfish, whiting, bluefish, and pompano. If anyone feels like taking a ride and entering the tournament just click on Roy Mattsons Surf Fishing Challenge and read how you can enter. This tournament always attracts lots of Anglers and once again Fishbites is one of the major sponsors.

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