It appears that almost every month this year I have written a glowing report on surf fishing. I am either in a rut or 2014 surf fishing will go down in the history books as one of the better years for surf anglers. I would suggest that is a fact and many think it’s going to get even better this winter. Surf Fishing has improved in each of the last three/four months and here we are in December already. My information and that of the local surf angler is very much the same. We all concur that November was top notch with catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, early pompano and whiting. Sand fleas littered the beaches and in a size that allowed many to stock up on this pompano favorite.
I venture the following forecast: December will be the start of a great winter (December to April) surf fishing season. Anglers will have to dodge weather fronts and the seasonal northeast winds to catch their dinners but, it can be done. Bait fish are still in the surf and that is a super sign that the predators are there too. Sand fleas can be caught on many beaches at sunrise and sunset on raising tides. Bait and tackle shops will give anglers tips on baits as to what’s biting and good beach fishing locations. This information becomes invaluable for the weekend worrier and/or the visiting angler who does not know our beaches.
Suggestions: Look for lighter winds (10-15 Kts) and beaches with clean water. You can’t miss with live clams and sand fleas for the pompano, whiting and drum while frozen mullet and shrimp will work for sheepshead, blues and Spanish mackerel.
See You on the Beach.