One of the most popular ways to catch pompano is from the beach, which is called surf fishing. Surf fishing requires using longer than normal fishing rods. In order to reach pompano we utilize different size fishing rods that range from ten to twelve feet in length, which gives us the ability to cast further out. Pompano can be caught from just a few feet from shore to 100 yards out.
Before going, I first have to make up a couple of pompano rigs. The rigs I utilize are nothing more than a double dropper rig. You can purchase pompano rigs that are already made at your local bait and tackle shop. Once I have enough rigs, I get about three lead weights. I choose to utilize 4 oz. pyramid weights as they weigh enough to hold the bottom, and they allow me to cast further. Next, I grab my 10 and 12 foot surf rods and spool on 200 yards of 20 pound fishing line.
Once I reach the beach, I begin to unload my truck, placing everything in the beach cart. I then begin to walk down the beach to my favorite spot. When I reach my spot, I begin by placing my sand spikes in the sand. Next, I begin to assemble my rods pieces together and thread the line through the guides. I then tie on a pompano rig and attach a 4 oz. pyramid weight. After ensuring everything is tied on correctly, I get two sand fleas and place them on the hooks.
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Let's start with stance; if I were seeking to make a long distance cast I would typically open up my feet allowing my left foot (I am a best handed caster) to be positioned forward of my shoulders and my best foot back, this would allow me to make the longest stroke of the rod on the forward and back cast. In contrast, if I were trying to make extremely accurate casts I would square my feet up directly under my shoulders and even allow my best foot to lead slightly to the target. This would allow me to sweep the fly rod directly overhead and down my view towards the target thus giving me maximized accuracy.
Furthermore, how you hold the rod can also be varied to maximize accuracy. The very best two grips for accuracy casts would be to hold the rod with either the thumb on top of the rod or the forefinger on top of the rod. The forefinger grip is slightly more accurate but oftentimes more fatiguing. From a fishing stand point the advantages of being an accurate caster are apparent, but while practicing you not only wish to deal with casting to targets but also casting in front of and beyond your targets to imitate leading a fish.
Take a look at your target as a moving fish and determine what direction the fish is moving and try to place the fly two feet in front of and two feet beyond the target. If you get good accurately leading targets while practicing it will be like force of habit while out fishing! This will be especially essential as we approach the tailing fish or fish in extremely shallow water ... when these fish are up on the flats nosing down on crabs or other crustaceans they are nearly oblivious to their surroundings which allows us to sneak in close for the ideal cast. In many cases, especially when wade fishing, we can get to within 20-30 feet of the fish before they scare off of the flat so under these situations a well controlled short cast will serve you extremely well. Until next time, Continue Casting!