“ Quality not quantity” describes my pompano fishing on the beach today . Randy and I only managed 2 pompano today but when they hit the scale at New England Seafood the total hit almost 8 lbs . Along with the couple of pompano we put a bunch of big whiting in the cooler and released some jacks and blue runners . The commercial mackerel fleet was evident from St Lucie Inlet to the area above the Jensen traffic circle on A1A all morning . The pompano have a tendency to mix with the mackerel as they move up and down the beach and it was great to see a lot of life along our local beaches . The water color was outstanding from mid South Hutchinson Island south and I did receive a few texts about pompano and whiting being caught at areas in south Martin County . EZFlea Fishbites caught everything today and all of my rods ended up having that as the only bait on the hooks . The west wind pattern is forecast to be with us through the weekend so let’s hope the pompano school up and provide some great action . The whiting were caught on our long rods anywhere from 60 to 90 yards off of the beach . The two pompano bites were indicative of how big pompano take a bait and pull drag . Boy they were fun to catch. We have a couple fronts on the way for New Years weekend and the temperatures are going to get chilly so get the sweatshirts out and get to the beach and have some fun . Pompano , mackerel, bluefish, blue runners, whiting, and jacks should be on everyone’s catch list . EZFLEA Fishbites should be in your tackle bag as that bait was on fire today . I wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy New Year . Good luck and catch em up
We are fast approaching 2024 , where did this year go ? As far as our winter pompano run is concerned the conditions, high winds over extended periods of time and dirty water have been the norm. We always get the December fronts with the winds from the north and east and these factors cool the waters north of us and move the pompano, mackerel, and bluefish into our area . This year it just seems the conditions go on for days and makes for difficult surf fishing conditions. The current forecast is for a wind shift to the west and northwest right through Sunday . It should knock the swell down and allow us to get back to wetting some lines . The good news is there have been some pretty good pompano catches in the river this week so there are fish in the area . It’s a full moon tonight and along with the decreasing swell Sputnik sinkers from the Sinker Guy should be included in your tackle bag to make sure those baits are holding on the bottom. I fished the river on Christmas morning and I think the entire population of ladyfish on the Treasure Coast set up residence at the Jensen Causeway . The first couple you hook are fun to catch but it seemed for every 5 I caught I sacrificed a Goofy jig to ladyfish break offs . I only saw one pompano taken from the folks fishing by me . I’m looking forward to getting back on the beach in the next couple of days and hopefully bending a rod with some pompano and whiting . I hope everyone is having a great holiday season and please be safe as we approach 2024 . On a seminar note I will be the speaker at the Port St Lucie Anglers Club meeting on Thursday January 11 at 7 pm at the Port St Lucie Botanical Gardens . The address is 2410 SE Westmoreland Blvd , Port St Lucie . The meeting and seminar is open to the public and starts at 7 pm . The focus of the seminar will be providing some tactics , baits , and techniques on catching pompano from the beach, bridge, and in the river from a boat . This past season has produced a bunch of information and tips on tackle , baits, and techniques that were successful and definitely different from past seasons . I look forward to sharing the info with you and hope to see you there . Have a wonderful New Year and I hope to see you on the 11th . Just one more quick reminder to get your tickets for George Poveromo’s Saltwater Sportsman Magazine National Seminar Series on February 10 at the Civic Center in Port St Lucie . I will have some information and literature to give out about this great event on the 11th .