Trout, pompano and bass fishing have been good on the coast. There should be dolphins on the high seas. Ed Killer, [email protected]
Few fish that swim in the coastal waters of Florida energize fishermen like the pompano.
Many consider the pomp among the best fish to enjoy at dinner, but they are also fun to catch and can be caught in various ways in various places.
Here are some tips on how to catch pompano provided by the local fishermen who have persecuted them for a long time.
Steve Simms of Cincinnati caught this African Pompano while fishing with Jayson Arman of That R Man Fishing Charters.
(Photo: PHOTO OF JAYSON ARMAN)
Paul Sperco of Bass Pro Shops in Port St. Lucie, and maker of Capt. Paul & # 39; s Pompano Rigs, prefers to fish pompano on the area's beaches in St. Lucie and Martin counties.
At this time of year, cold fronts and big waves can interrupt surf fishing when big waves collide on the beach. But when the coast goes to bed, it looks for the fish that swim quickly that migrate south along the beaches to be well supplied.
"Over the weekend, there was a decent bite of South Hutchinson Island with a good number of archers and more flex bars," Sperco said.
Next weekend demands sea conditions that should give surf fishermen a lot of success.
Plus: Dolphins, pompano, bass and bonefish bit during the weekend.
Sperco prefers to use long 12-foot surf rods and spinning reels, as it takes cards and the spinners are easier to launch. Many surf fishermen prefer to use casting reels.
The typical Sperco rig configuration employs a 15-pound test monofilament line attached to a 6-foot stretch of the 30-pound test crash leader. The terminal equipment consists of a 30-pound test fluorocarbon leader with two dropper loops.
The loops have circular hooks n. 1 or 1/0, and at the end there is a rotating turn where the fisherman can connect a lead plumb.
A 4-ounce pyramid sink usually does the job, Sperco said, but sometimes a 5-ounce one is needed if the waves are powerful. The idea is to use enough weight to keep the bait in the background. If necessary, use the "Sputnik" plumb line, which has four wires to help anchor the weight.
Sperco uses an artificial bait called Fishbites, which uses a gauze and a patented scented material that holds well in the washing of seawater. A piece of Fishbites can be used in several molds.
Sperco has been using the EZ Flea Fishbites this season with great success. They are available in many bait shops in the area.
Other baits to use include salted clams, bleached sand fleas and fresh and live sand fleas, which can be dug with a sand flea rake on the coast. The shrimp and squid pieces also work well.
In Indian River Lagoon, there are three ways to catch pompom: drifting in a boat on the floors, anchoring in a boat along the edge of a canal or fishing from a bridge or walkway.
Conrad Killer caught this pomp and invited him to dinner at home on Thursday while fishing with Captain Carl Eby of Fintastic, at the Indian River Lagoon, near the power plant.
(Photo: ED KILLER / TCPALM)
Captain Carl Eby of Fintastic charters of Billy Bones Tackle Shop in Port St. Lucie has been catching pomp as he travels through the grassy planks and spoils the lagoon islands between the Jensen Beach Driveway and the South Bridge in Fort Pierce.
Eby uses D.O.A. Cal baits baits in light spinning equipment, test 8-10 pounds and rods 6.5 to 7 feet.
"When salinity is above 15-20 parts per thousand" in the lagoon, Eby said, "it's really good for pomp fishing."
Pompano like this caught Wednesday are being trapped inside Sebastian Inlet drifting with templates.
(Photo: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY PETER HINCK)
Drifting fishermen on the floors in Grant, Sebastian, Wabasso, Vero Beach and northern Fort Pierce are catching many pompoms while fishing for trout and red fish. Small main templates such as Doc & # 39; s Goofy Jigs or Gulfstream Lures pompano jig work great.
This week, people who moved through the floors inside the entrance of St. Lucie have been capturing a good amount of thorns while attacking the pompano.
Often, the incoming tide is better for drifting fishing.
Allyson Francis of Stuart and his family caught and released this bone fish and many more last weekend while fishing near Sailfish Point.
(Photo: PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY ALLYSON FRANCIS)
Have you ever wondered what those anchored boats fish inside the entrances? Pompano is a safe bet.
The configuration is similar to fishing on the beach, but with shorter rods. Many fishermen looking for pomp will choose to fish the end of the incoming tide and the beginning of the outgoing tide along the edges of the channels where the current flow is strong.
They will use natural baits such as sand fleas, shrimp chunks or clam strips, or fish bites in various colors, such as pink or orange, and flavors, such as clams or sand fleas. The rods will be 6.5 to 7 feet and will often use cast reels to avoid line turns. The monofilament line is preferred. Double hook dropper loops with small circular hooks or Khale hooks and a pyramid plummet are also used.
When the bite is good, the fish can be rolled in two at a time. Other catches include bone fish, sheep's head, black drum, horse mackerel, blue corridors and, from time to time, a sawfish may become entangled in the lines.
Fishing from a bridge, pier or gangway
Use a lightweight rotating rod and reel, a 10 to 12 pound test line and a 1/8 to 1/4 ounce jig for best results. Fish the incoming tide and remember that the pomp will feed in the direction of the tide while swimming.
- Season: Open all year long.
- Minimum length: 11 inches to the tail holder
- Maximum length: Any
- Daily limit of recreational bags: 6 per person
- Other: Saltwater fishing license is required
- Complete fishing regulations: https://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/
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