||Tampa Pompano Fishing can be great at times but you have to know
the right time and the right techniques. Here are some of the
techniques we have used in the past to catch these fish.
||Pompano love warmer water so in and around the Tampa Bay Area you need to wait until around the beginning of April to fish for Pompano. The best method of fishing for Pompano is to find some clear clean water and use a variety of baits to determine what they are hitting on.
||For live bait nothing entices a Pompano to
bite more then a Fiddler Crab or a Sand Flea both of these baits
work great. Pompano can be caught on regular shrimp but you need to
make sure you use a #1 sized hook and about 10-15lb test line this
increases your chances of hook up because of the smaller mouths and
the light line is less visible. 10-15lb test should work well since
the Florida State Record for Pompano is *Florida Record: 8 lbs, 1
|| Using Artificial will also yield plenty of fish if the right lures
are fished correctly. One of the best local Tampa Bay lures is
called a Doc's Goofy Jig they are made by a local fisherman and
catch fish. The next are small jig lures with little white, yellow,
pink or chartreuse feathers or skirts. When using these type lures
the best way to fish them is to let the jig fall to the bottom and
once you feel it on the bottom give your rod tip a strong jerk
straight up you can vary this by giving it 2 to 3 jerks up at a
time. This causes the lure or jig to kick sand up off the bottom the
Pompano will approach to investigate and then your lure or jig will
fall into view. This is when the Pompano will strike. Most hits will
come on the falling jig or lure.
||Ft. Desoto Pier, Howard Franklin Bridge,
Gandy Bridge Description: greenish gray on back, shading to silvery
sides; fish in dark waters showing gold on throat, pelvic, and anal
fins; deep flattened body with small mouth; 22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays; origin of anal fin slightly behind origin of second dorsal.
Average Size: 3 lbs (In Florida).
* The Florida records quoted are from
the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication,
Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The
records are provided as only as a benchmark.