Saturday, February 24, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Mmm, it's time for pompano

Pompano have hit peak season. After a dismal showing in 2014 and '15, we're having great action from one of our most prized food fish. They're also an excellent sport fish. Use medium gear and pompano jigs with a pink/flash fly teaser. The combination works together with the teaser the key, which will catch most of the fish. Loop knot the jig to the teaser. Pompano are usually located in these locations in the bay area: bridges and piers and the gulf passes. Use the weight for a jig that gets and keeps the jig/teaser combination to the bottom. The best color combination is a yellow jig and a pink teaser. Most tackle shops carry pompano tackle. When fishing the bridges or other structure for pompano, it's important to sink the jig/teaser right next to the structure. Hop the lure up and down off the bottom. The fish usually grab the lure when it's hitting the bottom. Pompano must be 11 inches long to the fork. You're allowed to harvest six fish.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.

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