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Old 02-26-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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got out on Wed about 10am and it was S L O W... then some Redfish in early afternoon... one almost 38".. probably 6 total..

the Pompano came in about 2:30-3:30... 3 right at 15".. one of which was beefy and stuffed with eggs..



this morning got out about the same time expecting barely fishable conditions but surprised to find fish on the first cast.. they came fast and furious for the next 7 fish.. then a lull and another pickup about 12:30 to reach a dozen.. there were several at 15" but none larger tho I didn't measure.. I have come to realize a pair of Pompano fillets at 15" or less will fit in a Qt Ziploc bag.. a bigger fish won't...



some of these fish were thick and I presume early migration..



plenty of fleas both days.. bait was never an issue..



the fish were very close on Wed and just a little deeper today....



guess you have heard I enjoy fishing windy conditions as I know the fish will be there..



oh, the trough I fished had a bar on the E that almost came to the shore... and the fish seemed to like the quieter waters therein.. the fleas were also caught there but in checking the fish they were feeding on Coquina.. seems strange with all the fleas I was catching..



4oz weights were necessary today.. and worked better Wed as well



tight lines,

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Old 02-26-2009, 07:18 PM   #2
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Great report. I haven't been out in a while. Hopefully the action will still be there Saturday.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for the report! I just picked me up a shiny new surf rod today at the sale and I'm itching to try it out.
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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What does a 15 inch pompano look like if you have pictures?
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Old 02-26-2009, 07:55 PM   #5
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after looking at your Grouper pic.. you would be disappointed with a 15" Pompano... tho many Pompano vary in girth.. they look surprisingly similar as they grow in length.. only when you place a 15" next to a 12" does it seem worthwhile..



as this season takes hold I will start to cull fish under 14" as you might with a good day on the boat.. during off-peak trips I cull any under 12.5"... of course the law says 11" minimum.. but that can be a very small fish.



I rarely take pictures.. moving down the beach in damp conditions.. tho if I do get unusual fish I will manage a shot for bragging..



nice Grouper...



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what is Coquina?.....sorry for my ignorance...
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:29 PM   #7
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Coquina are the small bivalves that bury in the surf.. triangular and multi-color... I wonder how the Pompano find them.. guess they wash in the swash area...
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Old 02-26-2009, 08:42 PM   #8
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Nice catch.:clap
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:51 PM   #9
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Nice catch! Can't wait to get out there.
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:51 PM   #10
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Nice report. Good details also Thanks for the post.
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