11/30/2013 I cannot believe it is the holiday season again! This time of year you will start to see several changes in the weather, water quality and fishing itself. Air temperatures begin to drop which in return will bring the water temperature down. By December we will have had one or two cold fronts and this will bring the water temp down to the mid 60s. With the cooler water and shorter days brings pompano fever beginning in November, lasting until March. The anglers from the bridges have been using D.O.A. shrimp in the glow or gold flake colors, nylure jig or Gulfstream's redfish jigs. Soaking sand fleas on a triple-rigged kayle hook rig is also productive. If you are fishing from a boat, pompano can be found almost anywhere. The crossroads, sailfish flats, around the quarter bridge in Stuart and the many spoil islands along the Indian River. Flounder are good this time of year. They can be found around structure or where there's sandy bottom near grassy flats. My favorite lure for the big door mats is the D.O.A. shrimp in the gold flake color. Remember to work the shrimp slow on the bottom, and I mean slow.
Snook will still be around, mainly inside around area bridges, seawalls, and other deep water structure. With out a doubt, the best bait for these cool water snook is the D.O.A. terror eyzs or D.O.A. C.A.L. bait, with a 3/8 oz red jig head. Work the baits slow around the bridges or along sea walls. For under or around docks throw a D.O.A. glow shrimp and let it drift with the current. I know you will be pleased with the outcome.
Heading into the surf, the blue fish, Spanish mackerel and pompano will be the story all winter long. Macs and blues will be in the surf and shallow reefs. These fish are a blast and can be caught on anything shiny like glass minnow jigs or spoons. The pompano will be along the beach as well. Use the same fishing techniques as you would in shore. Remember when you are fishing in Martin County, there's a maximum of two rods per angler, while in St Lucie County there is a four rod per person max. The pompano limit is 10 per person, with an 11 inch minimum to the fork, and only one over 20 inches.