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Old 04-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #1
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So I haven't caught any pompanos yet but I was wondering about the pre-made rigs and their test. They look like 50lb test line and I was thinking this would be too easy to see and that was why I wasn't getting any bites. I was thinking of making my own pompano rigs and using 20 lb test. What do yall think?
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Old 04-17-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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I use 20lb test. And actually caught a rabbit fish on it as well. It's really easy to tie as well. It'll work.
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I use 20lb florocarbon. If I am using less than 2ounce of weight I drop down to 15lb.
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I'm looking to tie some of these myself. Any tips for a newbie?
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Small light circle hooks is what I have been told to use. Some people swear by the colored beads. I would also think double rig. Doesn't that "double" your chances of catching something.
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The red colored bead is to help represent a sand flea, which will help attract the Pomp. I have caught them on both small and medium size hooks.
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I use double or single drop rigs with chartreuse or chartreuse/orange live bait floats and either #1 or #2 circle hook. I have had better luck with pomp's with the floats and just beads for whiting. Regarding the floats, you can buy the real small floats and cut them. This is what I started with before ordering the live bait floats offline.
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The red colored bead is to help represent a sand flea, which will help attract the Pomp. I have caught them on both small and medium size hooks.
Correct, but to be more specific it represents a female sand flea with eggs under her carapace that are about to hatch. The ready to hatch pomp eggs are orange/redish in color and are PRIMO pompano bait!
Use 1/0 circle hooks on fluorocarbon leader and you will be in business. Definitely tie your own. YouTube has a good demonstration by Florida Sportsman on how to tie a drop rig. Good luck!
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I used to use a 40lb test mono rig and shock leader when I surf fished w/my conventional outfits. Slinging 4 oz sinkers was the norm for me. I've seen guys on the pier use a wire bite leader when spanish were mixed in w/the pomps. These guys caught as many pomps as anybody else. Hitting the holes w/light tackle and a carolina rig (sand flead or shrimp) can be a very effective way to catch pomps and/or anything else (reds, whiting, etc.)
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You have to remember that a heavy sinker will often break off when power casting. I hope that you are using a shockleader! It makes no sense to use a 50# shockleader wth a 20# test Pompano rig.

Ten pounds of leader for every ounce of weight will give you a safety factor. For example; 20# for a 2 oz; 40# for 4 oz etc.

Casting a 4-5 oz weight with 20# test leader is; IMHO, asking for trouble. C2
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