Hit the beach this morning just before dark and were impaling and hurling sand-fleas by first light. My first pompano ever was peeling drag off about an hour later. She was the 3rd pomp of the day for our group. Measured right at 16 inches. We also got one little whiting, a BIG 'ol ray that, had he taken the bait 2 seconds earlier, would have gotten away with one of our rods, and a BIGGUN of a black drum. 42". Fun first "real" day of surf fishing.