Florida Pompano Fishing During The Summer
For as long as I can remember I have vacationed to the Florida panhandle for summer vacations. Pensacola Florida truly has some of the most beautiful beaches around. They offer white sand that is not found on the Atlantic side. One of the best reasons for visiting this part of Florida is for the fishing. Many anglers will try their luck at surf fishing. Their number one target is the Florida Pompano.
Pompano Fishing in the Surf (Photo Credit: Florida Shore Fishing)
During the hot Florida summer months, pompano fishing can be a challenge when you are not prepared. Knowing what you are looking for is half the battle. The spring Florida Pompano runs have come to an end. Finding Pompano on the Atlantic coast will be non-existent besides a random one here and there. Knowing the feeding patterns and what they are looking for will make all anglers a better fisherman. Pompano search all day for small shrimp, sand flees and other small crustaceans like crabs. Most of the pompano populations have moved north, besides in the Gulf of Mexico. There are many schools of pompano that remain in the gulf but migrate to deeper waters during the summer. Fishing the tides right in areas with deep waters such as bridges, jetties, and deep trenches off the beach should yield pompano. One thing that always got to me was the heat. If I could do anything to avoid it, I would. Because I knew pompano went deep, I would often fish under the bridges in the summer to avoid the heat, but mainly to target pompano in the deeper water. Because the pompano go deep, fishing around bridges and deeper channels are your best bet. Early morning hours when the pompanos are feeding, you can still catch them in the surf. It indeed is a science and knowing the right tides will make or break your trip. The number one thing to remember when pompano fishing is always avoid fishing slack tides when the currents are moving, so will the pompano.
Pompano Fishing Depends On Current (Photo Credit: Fishing Destin)
Where To Pompano Fish In The Summer
Where to fish for pompano in the summer months can be broken down into two main factors. What is the tide doing and what time of day is it. Many anglers will choose to fish the beaches for them and will find most of their luck in the early morning hours. On windier days the waves will be larger and will stir up small crabs more frequently, so fishing from the beach then is not a bad idea. The key to beach fishing is the wave break must stir up the sand flees and crabs that the pompano love to feed. Moving tides is the best time for pompano fishing and will produce the most action. Specific areas such as deep channels under bridges, jetties, deep trenches around piers and other structures will be the best areas to target. Pompano seeks structure on the sandy bottom where they will sit and let the tide bring them food. Pompano will face the incoming tide and wait to ambush small shrimp and crabs that will be carried towards them. As an angler, once you know what they are feeding on you should be able to catch them.
Pompano Fishing Under The Bridge in The Summers
Baits and Lures For Summer Pompano
In my pompano tackle arsenal, I have several lures that I use frequently. Many anglers will either use artificial or live bait. When surf fishing for pompano, many anglers will choose to use a live or dead bait rigs. The standard Florida pompano rig that many surf anglers prefer to use is the dropper rig. This rig comes with multiple hooks that increase your chances of catching fish. Typical components of the pompano dropper rig include hooks, weights, swivels, snaps, and foam or bead attractors. In this shallow of waters, there are often fish that will steal your baits, so by having multiple baits; you will have to rebait less often. Typically the best bait to use is either sand fleas or shrimp. Smaller crabs like fiddler crabs are also an excellent source of bait.
Pompano Rig (Photo Credit By: Pinterest)
Maybe you have fished your whole life and loved a challenge. Well, fishing with artificial for pompano is the way to go. There are a few pompano jigs that I swear by and use. The first of these is the original pompano jig and pompano jig with teasers. The shape of the pompano jigs is a banana jig shape that is perfect for dragging it along on the bottom in the surf. It is this shape that makes pompanos think it is a sandflea on the bottom. You can find these jigs in a variety of sizes varying from 1/4oz, 3/8oz, 1/2oz, 3/4oz, and 1oz.
Pompano Jig with Teaser From Hunting and Fishing Depot
The next pompano jig I swear by is small nylon skirted jig. The pompano crusher is the perfect example of this kind of jig. They come in a variety of colors and head shape styles. You can find them in different weights according to the amount of current you are fishing. They hold up well, and when jigged correctly, pompano and other inshore species like flounder cannot resist them.
Nylon Skirted Pompano Jig From Hunting and Fishing Depot
Another one of my favorite lures for pompano is the DOA Shrimp. These Pompano lures come in a variety of different colors and weights. Pick the weight you will need to get the shrimp through currents. This is a multifunctional lure and will catch almost any species of inshore fish. Easy to rig, tie on and fish. If you jig the pompano jig right in front of a Florida pompano, you are sure to catch one.
DOA Shrimp, An Inshore Pompano Lure
The last of my favorite for pompano is the Savage 3D Crab. This soft plastic crab comes in two different sizes, a 3" and 1". I prefer the 1" because it is a lot smaller and can catch even the smaller pompano swimming nearby. These plastics work with a standup jig on the bottom. They look like a real crab so getting hits on it is to be expected. Fish the Savage 3D crab and increase the amount of pompano you will catch.
Savage 3D Crab Perfect for Inshore Pompano
Now Get Out There and Inshore Pompano Fishing
Once you know the right areas to target for summer pompano and the right lures and rigs to use you can get out there and have fun catching Florida pompano. Always remember to fish around the deeper channels, bridges, piers during the summer months. If the tide is not moving, you should not be fishing for pompano. If you have any questions or comments, we want to hear them and answer them. Feel free to leave us a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out our blog on jigging for pompano for more great tips! Send us all your Florida Pompano pictures to be featured on all of our social media pages. Maybe you have a tip or lure that we have not mentioned we would love to hear it and share it with our readers. Pompano fishing during the summer months while on vacation in the Florida panhandle will keep you coming back for more.