Treasure Coast fishermen catch pompano on the beaches

Soon the big ball is going to fall in Times Square and we will be changing the calendars from 2021 to 2022.

No matter the year, the anglers of Treasure Coast will hunt their favorite targets. Mild weather and warm temperatures will mean anglers enjoyed the same action more for most of December.

Pompano has been on the beaches with the whiting and the croaker. Tripletail are taken on the buoys. Cobia and Mackerel are at 40-70 feet. Snapper and grouper can be fished in 70 to 100 feet of water. Rockfish chew near the coast.

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Santa brought pompano to anglers on Hutchinson Island, said Paul Sperco of Port St. Lucie.

Closures in effect: Anglers are reminded of these fishing closures currently underway and those about to begin and end.

  • Snook: The shutdown began on December 15 and continues until January 31, 2022.
  • Spotted siege trout: No trout harvest is permitted in the waters of east-central Florida from Volusia Counties to Palm Beach Counties from November 1 to December 31. The harvest will reopen on January 1, 2022.
  • Grouper: Shallow water grouper is prohibited from harvesting from January 1 to April 30, 2022. This includes gag grouper, red grouper, scamp and six other lesser species.
  • Hogfish: Harvesting of pigs is not permitted in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida from November 1 to April 30, 2022. Harvesting reopens on May 1, 2022.

For complete Florida fishing regulations, visit MyFWC.com.

Indian River County

At sea : Gag grouper, mangrove snapper, and sheep snapper bite in 80 to 100 feet of water. Remember that the grouper season ends for the harvest from January 1 to May 1. The jacks have been on shallower reefs in 40 to 60 feet of water. They can be caught by slow trolling or drifting with live bait.

Coastal: Captain Glyn Austin of Going Coastal Charters in Palm Bay directed customers to the oversized rockfish catches in the cove. The big fish arrive in the cove and feed on live croakers and crabs. Drifting with the rising tide is a good way to catch these big fish. Plaice are caught by anglers who fish with live minnows or wriggle at night along the sides of the cove near the rocks. Sheep bite pieces of shrimp.

Fresh water: Bass fishing will be stable at Headwaters Lake on wild minnows. Keep in mind that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just approved regulations that make it a catch and release fishery for bass fishing and anglers must use a circle hook when fish with live bait.

County of St. Lucia

At sea : Fishing for sheep snapper and mangrove snapper has been reported by boats working at Fort Pierce. Bethel Shoal and Offshore Bar have produced mutton up to 12 pounds and mangroves up to 8 pounds as well as snappers and vermilion snappers, all on dead sardines.

Coastal: It is not yet cold enough to stop the snook bite, but anglers remember the harvest is closed until February 1. Redfish and trout are fished on the tips of the spoil islands.

Surf: Santa brought pompano to the fishermen of Treasure Coast, said Paul Sperco of Port St. Lucie. While fishing at a beach on Hutchinson Island, Sperco and another fisherman caught limits of pompano while fishing with the Fishbites EZ Flea and Yellow Crab offerings. The Spanish mackerel is also within casting range from 7ft fishing rods rigged with chrome jigs. Quick reel to get mackerel and blue fish bites.

Martin County

At sea : Very good mahi mahi fishing was reported earlier in the week by anglers aboard the Floridian with Captain Glenn Cameron and Stuart Big Game Fishing with Captain VJ Bell. Sailboat action has been measured with only a few bites per day for boats lately.

Coastal: There are sheep heads and sheep heads captured around the bridges and channel markers in the Indian River Lagoon and the St. Lucia River. Snook also bites around bridges.

Lake Okeechobee

The lake level is always high, so anglers find bite to eat along the vegetation lines on Observation Shoal, Point of the Reef, and near Horse Island. The fish are in the weeds and can be difficult to access for anglers. Wild minnows work, but so do lipless baits.

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