As the sun comes up, the fish may move further off the beach to deeper water. But, I found that I prefer the sand spikes available from Dick’s or Academy Sports that are made a little more lightweight. Although it’s of no use to us surf-bound anglers, one interesting fact about pompano is that they have a tendency to skip out of the water behind a boat’s wake. If you’re going to target pompano, you might as well learn about whiting. This makes sense because they are from the jack family of fishes. CREATURE FEATURE: COQUINA CLAMS Watch as they use their foot (the small appendage coming out of their shell) to dig themselves back into the sand. It is common that pompano rigs are tied using colored floats and beads, most commonly orange. But the back pain won’t be – trust me. A lighter setup is much more fun when you hook up. The fall migration is a little harder to forecast, but usually in October. That is why I chose this one over the larger size. If you have multiple rods, you will want to experiment to see what colors might work better on a particular day. In very clear water, pompano can sometimes be particular about hitting your rig, so I might further downsize my tackle to have no beads or floats at all. Pompano are a flat, silvery fish with a wide forked tail, which makes for a very powerful swimmer. Inshore, during pompano season the action primarily takes place on the Indian River Lagoon. But, they will also feed on all sorts of small crabs, shrimp, and even small fish. The simplest way is to scoop them out with your bare hands. If the water is really rough, it might not even be worth trying for pompano, since they might move further out to clearer water and out of reach. Their undisputed favorite food is sand fleas (mole crabs). Water temps are the name of the game and will dictate where you find pompano. That’s where you want to try first. For these reasons, I prefer to tie my own pompano rigs. A 2 hook rig serves several purposes. #beach #waves #padreislandnationalseashore #padreisland #northpadreisland #nps #usinterior #corpuschristi #southtexas #gulfcoast pic.twitter.com/94MCJkpp1A. Don’t buy frozen shrimp that you see in local convenience stores. But, I found that I prefer the sand spikes available from Dick’s or Academy Sports that are made a little more lightweight. Pompano will generally be on the move as water temps approach 62 degrees. Instead, you should store them in 2 or 3” of damp sand, which will actually keep them alive for several days, if they don’t get too hot. to 1 to 1-1/2 lbs. Water temps are the name of the game and will dictate where you find pompano. So, there is no need to fight crowds to claim a prized fishing spot on a jetty or pier. Some of the other alternatives are, scooping them with cheap metal collanders, toy plastic shovels, or buckets with holes drilled in the bottom. Having a beach cart opens up the opportunity to take a cooler to the beach. That’s a tell tale sign that you have a pompano on the end of your line. Because of this, the timing of the. When using live shrimp, you want to use the smallest ones you can find. The cheapest sandflea rakes I’ve seen were at local wally worlds near the beach. Because the fish are always on the hunt for the perfect water temperatures there are 2 pompano runs in Florida a year, one in spring one in fall. Nothing complicated here. The only fish a pompano would typically be confused with is a juvenile permit. When it comes to rods, I’m usually torn about the issue. The lifespan is commonly only 3 to 4 years. So, there is no need to fight crowds to claim a prized fishing spot on a jetty or pier. If you don’t wish to tie your own, these Sea Strike 2 hook rigs on amazon look pretty good, A 2 hook rig serves several purposes. This will happen quicker than you might imagine. The same goes for floats. But, that is a pretty inefficient method and plays hell on your back. Keep a close eye on reports from areas south of you, they will be a good indicator of the north bound migration. My favorites are the orange sand flea flavor, and the pink shrimp flavor. I think the undersized Pomps tolerate and remain in higher temps. And, those work just fine. I honestly would recommend that you break down and invest in a sand flea rake. So, I know they work very well. When it comes down to it, any rod will work fine for catching pompano. You can make your own surf spikes out of pvc from the hardware store, and I have done that. You can expect a hooked pompano to make a parallel run along the beach once you get him near the surf line.