I've caught them with literally inches of line from the rod tip. You have to use light line, with 8 lb test being heavy so your reel will need to have a super smooth drag. I also fish a fairly heavy drag and a firm rodto ensure the hookis set, so again the drag has to be perfect and the jigs ultra sharp. The best way to get good at seeing the fish is to identify everything you see be it a mullet or a piece of wood. Smooth calm days with lots of sunshine are good but I prefer a foot or so of surf, but you really have to have sunshine.Garbo (11/5/2007)Don't think they (Pompano) won't come up shallow, I have seen themstay on a jig until their dorsal fin was out of the water. I love that stuff.
Alot of people tip the jig with sand fleas, shrimp or gulp, and that will enhance your odds of getting the interest of the fish.
Hamhand, do you Pompano fish?
Inn Deep (11/6/2007)Idid notice your signature. That's what prompted my question. Now your response has me thinking a bit. From a legal point of view. Some of the FWC go by the letter of the law. Lets say a FWC guy watches you catch 15 Pompano. Releasing legal size fish (but not removing them from the water) and keeping larger fish. Would he consider that culling? Now lets take the same scenerio except that I am on a boat. If I catch a couple of 17" snapper and release them with out taking them out of the water, then I catch and keep a couple of 19" snapper and keep them. Is that culling or not? Does it matter if the fish are removed from the water?
Don't take this wrong. I have no problem with what you are doing. You mentioned that you were not releasing them to be killed by sharks or flipper or whatever. I don't think that matters legally. To me if a FWC Officed sees you catching and releasing legal sized fish \\then keeping legal size fish I bet he can write you up.
I'm pretty sure the letter of the law says: 6 pompano in possesion, with only one over 24". I've caught dozens of pompano in a day and released all but the legal limit. If you caught a 8 inch pompano and threw it back it wouldn't count towards your bag limit. What if you were able to keep the fish alive, you could then release smaller fish unharmed and keep bigger fish. That's what I read as culling fish.
Just my opinions. Curious to see what others think.