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Old 10-11-2020, 04:41 AM   #1
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I Recently moved to North Padre Island and am interested in surf fishing for pompano this fall. Any suggestions on what to look for as far as the beach and surf? I see a lot of vuys in florida using sand fleas. I havent found any on our beach. Do we have them down here?
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Go down to PINS after a front on those Blue bird days when the surf lays down flat and the water is clear. Find a spot that has the coquinas on the surf line. Go to Roys and get you a couple pompano rigs as well as some pink fish bites and fresh dead shrimp. Peel the shrimp and put on hook with a piece of fish bites and cast to the gut on the front or backside of the 2nd sand bar(backside is better). Catch em up and eat em up. They are absolutely delicious. They also make great ceviche as their flesh is firm. Good luck.
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My son caught one in Aransas Bay yesterday. Is that normal? We've never caught one before in the bay. I'm assuming it came in with high tides.

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Go down to PINS after a front on those Blue bird days when the surf lays down flat and the water is clear. Find a spot that has the coquinas on the surf line. Go to Roys and get you a couple pompano rigs as well as some pink fish bites and fresh dead shrimp. Peel the shrimp and put on hook with a piece of fish bites and cast to the gut on the front or backside of the 2nd sand bar(backside is better). Catch em up and eat em up. They are absolutely delicious. They also make great ceviche as their flesh is firm. Good luck.

all good advice. they are supposedly sight feeders so you want reasonably clear water and they tend to stay outside the second bar, so get as far out as you can.


You will hear about "pomp windows", those are the beautiful calm days 2-3 days post-front in the cold months when you can get out there and catch them by the hundreds.


Ive never used sand fleas like they do in florida, i have tried the float hooks they make, they do work but probably not worth the trouble, shrimp and fish bites work well enough.
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Good info and greatly appreciated
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My son caught one in Aransas Bay yesterday. Is that normal? We've never caught one before in the bay. I'm assuming it came in with high tides.

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For the first time this year one of my clients caught one in the Sabine channel. I've been guiding for twenty years now and it is the first one that we ever caught besides the jetties. Every years we catch several at the jetties.
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