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Nicodemus

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I started getting some cobia reports week before last.
 

Nicodemus

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Oily?shrimp to catch em?

I like sand fleas when using live bait. That`s what pompano are after when they`re in the surf. Otherwise I use doll flies and bucktail jigs, the brighter and flashier the better.
 

Cmp1

Swamp Yankee OABA Recipient
I like sand fleas when using live bait. That`s what pompano are after when they`re in the surf. Otherwise I use doll flies and bucktail jigs, the brighter and flashier the better.
I need some OJT,😂😂😂😂
 
Never caught or ate a pompano, but I hear that they're one of the better eating fish out there.
 

Nicodemus

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I need some OJT,😂😂😂😂
Get you an old cokoler crate or make you one, put 1/4 inch hardware cloth on the bottom. Take it and your bucket down to the surf, when a wave washes back out, you`ll see little humps that move toward the beach and dissapate as the waves recede. Those are sand fleas trying to get back under the sand. Drop your screen box and scoop up that sand with the humps and drop it in the box, then sift the sand away to get the sandfleas. They`ll be about half as big as your thumb, and all shallow water fish love em.
sandflea box.jpg
 

Rabun

Senior Member
Nice flea catcher there Nic...i've always used those rakes. I like yours cause you could get a couple people gathering material while one is sifting. Early spring I really have to work hard for a few fleas it seems.

If I'm not catching fleas, I've been using a piece of fresh shrimp and a strip of orange/red sand flea fish bite and just hurl it out there and let it soak.
 

Cmp1

Swamp Yankee OABA Recipient
Get you an old cokoler crate or make you one, put 1/4 inch hardware cloth on the bottom. Take it and your bucket down to the surf, when a wave washes back out, you`ll see little humps that move toward the beach and dissapate as the waves recede. Those are sand fleas trying to get back under the sand. Drop your screen box and scoop up that sand with the humps and drop it in the box, then sift the sand away to get the sandfleas. They`ll be about half as big as your thumb, and all shallow water fish love em.
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Interesting,,,,
 
Pompano are fun to catch. Sight fishing them with jigs is a blast. As for eating........they are decent to good but no where near what their reputation holds for them as table fair. The reason they have been marketed so well is they have terrific yields due to there little bitty head so the commercial folks love them. Don't get me wrong. They eat decent but nothing compared to flounder, grouper, dolphin or snapper in my book.
 

Rabun

Senior Member
Pompano are fun to catch. Sight fishing them with jigs is a blast. As for eating........they are decent to good but no where near what their reputation holds for them as table fair. The reason they have been marketed so well is they have terrific yields due to there little bitty head so the commercial folks love them. Don't get me wrong. They eat decent but nothing compared to flounder, grouper, dolphin or snapper in my book.
I tend to agree with you. I do like them fresh under the broiler with lemon and butter though. They don't hold well frozen to me...they get a bit rubbery. But they are a blast to catch...they're jacks after all and I love fishing for them.
 
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