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Old 05-11-2019, 06:02 PM   #1
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Got out to Crooked Island around 6am. I should have slept in. The bite was pitifully slow and the weather was a little crappy, wind and overcast.
I found reds early on,. Caught a few with one slot size added to the box. Searched all over the pass, way up inside and out side. Finally connected with some pompano around 11. First two were caught on silly Willie's with a fly. The next 6 were caught under a float with a fiddler on a yellowtail hook.
Two of the pomps we're 14 or 15 inches and the bite was on fire so I set them free. All the rest in the box were 16+.
I left the spot at noon thirty while the bite was still kicking. Wish the limit was a little larger.
The key was being in the right spot for the tide shift. The fish started feeding right before the tide stopped coming in. It was starting to slack off as the tide started going out. I'm sure the bite would have died shortly after the water really started moving fast out.
Fishing under a float is proving to be a solid way to catch pompano. I don't catch nearly as many lady fish. AKA, exploding ass fish, with this set up.
Guess where I'll be tomorrow?
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:15 PM   #2
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Stud Pompano.
Thanks for the post and pics!


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Good, informative post. Congrats on a fine catch.
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If it ain't rainy I'll be at the Crooked Island pass.
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Very nice
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:21 AM   #6
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This is the float set up I use. Float is weighted. Best leader length seems to be about 36 to 48 inches of 15 flouro. The hook is a weighted hook about 1/16 ounce, painted in a few different colors. Green and pink are the best colors so far.
I cast them down current and stick them in the rod holder. I cast a silly willy jig in the area because it attracts the pomps to the baited float set up. So far I've only used fiddlers but I'm sure other small crabs and shrimp would work. I'm a cheap bastard so I opt for fiddlers. They are easy to catch and work great.
Best boat position is along the beach in less than 6 feet, along the edge of the pass, especially around the outer and inner points.
Big things I've learned is you have to be patient, move around frequently, watch the tide, and avoid really silty water.
Once you are on a feeding school, limits come fast. Have extra rods set up so you don't have to fumble around during a hot bite getting your rod re-rigged.
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Nice haul, and great report! Thanks for the explanation on the setup, as well.
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Sweet!!!! Congrats on an excellent day!
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Sweet!!!! Congrats on an excellent day!
Maybe good but excellent? An excellent day is when my wife fishes with me and we go home with two limits. Then I'm eating pomps damn near daily.
We just got done grilling some. I soak the fillets, skin on, in a combo soy sauce ginger, lemon juice, salt and honey. Grill for 10 or 12 minutes skin side down then enjoy. Don't get no better.
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Great report and info thanks
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