| Spring | Summer | Fall
(December through March)
Summary: Look for
widely scattered fish of the 1-2 lb. variety on the grass flats with some
better size fish in the passes. Probably not a primary target, but worth
trying as you happen on a school. Look for pompano skipping across water
like a flat rock while drifting, or under motor power as this seems to
startle them. Once sighted circle around and quietly anchor upstream as
one fish sighted means a whole school nearby. This time of year sees the
majority of the fish in and around the passes where the typical pompano
jigs are most effective. These jigs are 2-3 inches in length with 1/2 -1
ounce round heads with a short nylon skirt that extends just past the hook.
Yellow, white and yellow and white are effective colors. Therefore short
stubby versions of the clouser minnow are the most effective flies as the
clouser is the fly fisherman’s idea of a jig. Sinking lines are also recommended
in different sink rates depending on water depth and current.
pompano action this time of year is fair at best, better things to come
in the Spring and Fall.
Outlook: Fair, but should
improve as season progresses.
(April through May)
Summary: Early Spring
sees most of the pompano in the passes where they are better suited to
spinning rather than fly fishing. Its still possible to catch them here
on the fly but is less appealing in the deeper water. Look for pompano
to make a return to the flats as the season progresses. Its preferable
to hold off the fly tackle and do your searching with spinning gear until
school is located, then switch to clousers and sinking fly lines. Once
a spot is located make note of it for the future because they will tend
to frequent the same spots. Pompano can be found at times on almost any
grass flat with more than 3' of water, but for best results, concentrate
on flats that are a little more sandy than grassy.
should improve as We get closer to summer.
a primary target yet, maybe more so towards end of Spring beginning of
(June through September)
Summary: Early summer
should see pompano taking the flats by storm. Once good flats are located
they should produce all summer. Still you should drift and cast to locate
school before breaking out the fly gear, this can help your arm stay fresh
so you will be ready when the time is right. Once fish are located, circle
around and anchor and you can cast from the boat or if fish seem thick
you may enjoy some wading. If you want to wade but you’ve located fish
in water that’s a little to deep, just search same area but closer to shore
as you are likely to fine more pompano nearby. Sinking lines and yellow
and white or chartreuse and white clousers are hard to beat . Just work
the fly off bottom with sharp 3-4’ strips. Sometimes pompano will pick
at the fly several times before catching up. If you feel like you are getting
these short strikes, just continue the retrieve because if you are working
with a tight line with rod pointed straight at the fly then the fish will
hook himself if you let him catch up to it . Just give a good strike strip
when you feel them so that if you miss the fly has just moved a short distance
where the fish can resume his pursuit. Yes, from now through December,
depending on the weather, pompano can be the most fun and most consistent
fish on the flats.
time pompano are as hot as the weather.
may have to plan your trips early and late to avoid the heat.
(October through November)
Summary: Look for
the hot fishing of summer to continue even when the weather starts getting
more comfortable. All the trends of summer pretty much hold true through
the fall season. Look for the pompano in the same places (sandy grass flats)
and the same tactics (clouser minnows, sinking lines). The only thing that
may be different is that the size fish may drop from 1- 1/2 to 3 lbs. to
1 to 1-1/2 lbs. Don’t worry though because even a pound size pompano is
a ball of fire that will make surprising runs that will take the line out
of your hands and pull line off the drag. Yes fall is a great time to be
on the water as the temps are more comfortable and the fish are willing.
relief from the heat of summer with great fishing opportunities.
could be cut short if the cold arrives early.