What's hot: Pompano are available in good numbers, providing great action during the worst heat of summer. The only thing better than their fight is their food value. You can find them in the Gulf passes and channel edges, but most of the action is at the big bridges inside Tampa Bay. Go with medium outfits instead of light gear with a 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. Accidental catches of oversize black drum is a regular occurrence. Both species will eat a variety of offerings but pompano jigs are all that you need. Combination jigs and "fly teasers" are deadly. The action of the teaser and jig together gets the lure to the bottom and attracts attention. Most of the fish will eat the fly teaser. The best combination is a yellow jig and a pink teaser.
Tip: Set up down-current from bridge and sink the lure at the base of the piling. Let the jig/teaser sink to the bottom and then hop it up and down off the bottom. When you lift the rod tip and feel a fish, keep the rod tip up and angle it away from the bridge pilings. Pompano regulations are a minimum length of 11 inches and each angler can keep six.
Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.