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Old 03-16-2016, 07:33 PM   #1
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Guys,
I'm a bass fisherman from TN and a rookie to surf fishing. I'm coming down to Pensacola Beach on Saturday with my wife and daughter for spring break and want to do some surf fishing. I tried last spring and the fall before and all I've caught is some ocean cat on squid. I would really love to catch some pompano or something different but not sure what rig to use or bait to purchase. From what I can tell by reading on here, sand fleas are the best followed by shrimp. I can't break the budget so I'm thinking shrimp may be my best option. Also, we are staying near the Fort Pickens side. Any and all tips/advice will be greatly appreciated..
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Old 03-16-2016, 07:49 PM   #2
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Go to walmart or any tackle shop and just pick up some pompano rigs. They usually come in sets of 2-3 hooks per rig and make it easy since you will just have to throw on a weight. I usually try to stick to 1-2 oz pyramid weights unless the surf is just going crazy. There is a stickied post in the surf fishing forum that helped me a lot (I grew up on freshwater fishing) on how to read the beach/water flow. Read through that and it should help a lot with placing your bait. Lots of good info on this forum or you can shoot me a message too (I am no expert but I am always willing to help)

Regarding bait.. You can buy a sandflea rake for about $20 and try to catch your own sandfleas which will work great, but buying live shrimp is usually easier. Just throw 2-3 shrimp on the hooks, toss it out and start relaxing!

Dont forget the cold beer and to post pictures of your huge catch!
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Never take squid to the beach , worst bait ever for surf fishing. Go to a seafood market and buy fresh shrimp. Take their head off and peel them,cut them in half if they are large shrimp.
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Thanks for the info. We usually set up at the pavilions just before Ft Pickens and find a quiet area away from everyone. Hopefully I can learn enough about reading the beach/water before Saturday.
Is there a website to get the creel limits, etc?

Thanks for the info and hopefully I'll have some pics to post.
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When you bait the shrimp, run the barb through the bottom of the stomach, through until the shank is straight, turn the whole hook until you can run the barb through the back to the stomach again. They'll be upside down, but you won't lose as many casting. I might know a guy who just fed the fish until he started doing it this way...
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These are 2 keepers out of the 5 I caught yesterday on shrimp between 12:15 and 3:30. I also missed another 3. I caught nothing on Sunday and realized I need to learn to read the surf. Did some studying Sunday night and found a new spot yesterday about 100 yards own. Today is my last day and going to try it again. Thanks for all of the tip and advice.
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These are 2 keepers out of the 5 I caught yesterday on shrimp between 12:15 and 3:30. I also missed another 3. I caught nothing on Sunday and realized I need to learn to read the surf. Did some studying Sunday night and found a new spot yesterday about 100 yards own. Today is my last day and going to try it again. Thanks for all of the tip and advice.
Good job. Wish my students learned so fast!!
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