Catching PompanoPerhaps the most common way to catch pompano is by standing on the shore and casting out, but you can also catch pompano on an inshore charter. Reel Surprise Charters has seven inshore charter boats for you to choose from. We will help you target your efforts in troughs and drop offs around passes. Bait will get washed into these low lying areas. If the fish are in the area, during some stage of the tide, they will feed in these troughs. The basic premise is that tide and current moves bait into feeding zones and the fish show up to chow down.
Sand fleas, or sand crabs, are perhaps the pompano’s favorite food and can be found close to the water’s edge where the waves roll off the beach. You can buy these at bait and tackle shops but the best bet is to catch your own. When on the shore, look where the last wave breaks up on the beach and spot the flea antenna as the water recedes. Sand fleas bury down in the wet sand and, if you are fast and attentive, you can rake them up. Pompano will still bite live shrimp or fiddler crabs and are known to take dead sand fleas, dead shrimp, clams and cut squid.