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Old 05-17-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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I'm out here in blue mountain beach with some live sand fleas and trying to catch a pompano. Have some questions.

1, any special way to hook the sand fleas?
2, any particular place to cast?
3, any advice?
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Do a search on the subject. People have written a comprehensive 'how to' on this subject with drawings, photos, etc. Nobody will be able to elaborate more than this.
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Sounds good, thanks. I actually just got a bite and it cut me off after a few seconds? Spanish and the such don't eat sand fleas do they?
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Sounds good, thanks. I actually just got a bite and it cut me off after a few seconds? Spanish and the such don't eat sand fleas do they?
Could've been a little bonnethead or sharpnose...I'm pretty sure they little crustaceans and other 'buggy' critters...a spanish may hit it on the drop, but I don't think it would 'nose' it off the bottom
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Yeah I didn't think so. Never heard of those other two. Any good to eat?

I've seen a few really big reds in the surf today, wouldn't mind getting one for the fight.

The leader or rig that was broke off was a pompano rig from Walmart now I'm having to use one of the bottom rigs and it hasn't been touched since. Naturally that was te only one I bought and go some reason never considered getting broke off. Lol oh well
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I know people eat bonnetheads - both of those species are small inshore sharks that'll you'll see from time to time (or if you unlucky on a given day, all the time...LOL)...I like catching them if my daughter is around, because of the 'shark' factor...but otherwise, you can have them:-)
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Hi Blaine - It is pretty normal to go through pomp rigs. I use small hooks on mine, and even if you don't lose the leader, there are times the hooks will be destroyed by toothy critters. i have caught a lot of different things on sand fleas. it doesn't hurt to have some fresh shrimp too. When nothing is biting the fleas, it seems everything is hitting shrimp, and vice verse. With fleas try to hook them about a third of the way back coming up through the underneath and make sure the barb is showing. look for dark spots in the surf (holes), and be patient. When the pomps are around you will get some bites. Good luck!
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Hey i tie my own drop leaders from mono and have good luck with a 2-4 oz weight with 1/0 circle hooks with the red beads right at the eye. I always use really high quality light wire circle as pompano are pretty tough skinned. Tying the leader yourself cuts down on hardware which i think makes some difference on days with really clear water. Also, fishing the tides is really important. Dont use the really large fleas, just the regular 1/2 " to 3/4 inch size works best, hooked through the shell so the point comes out the soft side. And, as one of the members on here taught me, be prepared for pomps to run straight toward the beach. Sometimes i hold my 12' rod instead of use the holder because often the pomps hit light then run straight at you full speed and you have to feel it and start hauling line in as fast as you can just to keep line tension. I had a couple the other day that ran in probably 80 yards and came right up to the beach before really fighting. My arm was sore by the end of the evening just from reeling the slack in so fast.

Other than that, just read the forum. Pretty much everything ive learned about fishing the saltwater was from here.
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Thanks guys!! We are going again in the morning to try to get them again. I'll pick up some shrimp and get some flouro leader and make my own. I was using the biggest sand fleas I could find, so the medium ones are the way to go? I'll give another report tomorrow!!! Once again thanks!!!

I was fishing in the trough between the sand bars.... Is that a good spot?
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Rest assured that Spanish will eat sand fleas. They will eat anything that comes in their path. Bookman is right. You can save a lot by tying your own rigs and build them just the way you want them.
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