Best baits for pompano include sand-fleas, cut claims and fresh shrimp peeled. Baits are fished two or three at a time via dropper rig consisting of wide gap hooks or circle hooks that facilitate hook penetration in a sand spike. Specialized sinkers for surf fishing include, flat bank sinkers for calm surf days, pyramid sinkers, and spider sinkers that have retractable legs for ruff days. I've had luck with sitting the bait on the sand bar and in the valley between the sand bars where the surf goes out. Good luck.