Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Eric Bonneman

There are many different ways to go fishing for pompano. This article will discuss pompano and some of the best setups for catching them.  Whether you’re fishing from the beach or a boat, the following information on fishing setups should help you land more fish!

A picture of Fishing Setup for Catching Pompano with Avid Angler in St. Augustine

About Pompano

Pompano are saltwater fish found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. Pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) have a silver-colored body with a dark-colored dorsal fin and yellowish belly. They grow to an average weight of between 1 and 2 pounds, although some specimens weigh as much as eight pounds. 

Pompano are aggressive omnivores, feeding on small crabs, shrimp, sand fleas, and fish. Pompano are highly valued as seafood, and its flesh is considered very delicate and flavorful. Pompano can be cooked in various ways, but grilling, baking, or frying are some of the most common. In addition, Pompano are popular as a game fish and highly prized by anglers because of their tenacious fighting abilities relative to their size. 

Fishing Setups for Pompano

Having the right setup for pompano fishing is critical to your success.  

Whether you’re surf fishing or fishing from a pier, the key is to use heavy gear to land fish but not so big that you can’t detect bites.   Ideally, you’ll want to choose a spinning rod and reel combo that is just big enough to cast your bait counterbalanced with the ability to reel fish in through the surf.  Longer surf rods will help you cast farther, but since long rods are more robust, you’ll sacrifice some of the thrill of catching these smaller fish if your rod is too stout.  Rod length is somewhat a matter of preference so try different sizes to settle on the best one for you. 

Most spinning reels will work, but 4000-5000 size reels are ideal and suitable for most pompano fishing scenarios. Spool the reel with a smaller gage line (15 to 17-pound mono, for example), so you have a line that is strong enough for the surf (and any other potential species that you may catch) but not too strong for your intended target (Pompano).  

Live baits like sand fleas, crabs, and shrimp are all very effective for catching pompano.   All three also work if dead, and squid is also a popular cut bait option. Finally, if you prefer artificials, pick up a jig or fly rod for some awesome pompano action.

A picture of Fishing Setup for Catching Pompano with Avid Angler in St. Augustine

FishBites. A Must-Have for Pompano.

No discussion of pompano fishing would be complete without the mention of Fishbites. 

For anglers looking to target pompano, FishBites are a must-have. These artificial baits imitate natural prey, making them irresistible to predators. They are impregnated with a powerful attractant designed to appeal to fish like pompano. 

Fishbites are easy to use and long-lasting, meaning you can fish with them all day without constantly replacing your bait. Whether you’re new to fishing or an experienced angler, FishBites are a great way to increase your chances of success when targeting pompano.  In fact, the world record pompano was caught by an angler in South Florida on Fishbites. The next time you go fishing, bring along a few packets of FishBites – you’ll be glad you did. Fishing with FishBites is extremely effective and is often the difference between a good day on the water and a great day. 

Avid Angler of St. Augustine

At Avid Angler of St. Augustine, our mission is to provide the best tackle and bait for Florida saltwater anglers.

We’ve got the right tackle, bait, and gear to help you catch more pompano than ever before. We have everything you need to make your next fishing trip a success – from hooks and lures to line and bait, including plenty of Fishbites. So what are you waiting for?  Visit us and get ready for some incredible pompano action!

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