After seeing that pier post last night, I figured I'd try to surf fish this morning. I had to take my kids to daycare by 9am, and pick them up by 12pm. On the way there, we swang by the pier to see how the fishing was. The water was super clear, and you could see schools of sheephead, big trout, and big reds swimming around. Out at the end, two guys were doing pretty good on the sheeps. Another guy halfway out, had some nice spanish. Seeing all of those fish got me motivated, so I hurried my two little guys off the pier, and straight to daycare. I made good time to the bait store for shrimp, an bought his last two clams.
When I got home, I threw on my baggies, loaded up the beach cart w/ rods, and quickly marched down to the sand. The water was pretty w/ a light North breeze. I cracked the clams, and cut them into strips. I was fishing pomp rigs, so I put clam on the bottom hook, and peeled shrimp on the top. I had to wade across a shallow slough to get to the sandbar. I heaved two rods as far as I could, placed them in sand spikes, and waited for that first bite. I checked my watch, it was 9:30, so I had 1 1/2hrs to fish. At 9:35 a rod doubles over, and before I can grab it, it rattles around in the holder and goes lifeless. Damn, I don't have enough time to be losing fish. I rebait, and cast it out again. It's not long, and I have one on. I reel fast, and back pedal across that shallow slough until I beach a 12" pomp. Sweet! I continue to fish until 11am before I pull up my spikes. By then, the wind had started cranking out of the North, and the tide had filled that slough to chest deep. I ended up keeping two pomps, and lost something that I barely got turned around. I also caught two blues, and one fun size jack. I went about 5 for 9 on strikes, and all fish were caught on clams. This year is the best pompano fishing I've seen around here. Seems like everybody is catching them.
Here's my pomps.....