Pensacola Beach Pier Going Off

I had to stop by the Pensacola Beach Pier to deliver some Pompano Jigs for my son yesterday. After I got the jigs to the pier store I asked had the Pompano gotten to the point of being reliable yet? The attendant looked at me with a very serious face and stated...."They are Going OFF". I walked back the truck and picked out a half dozen jigs and retrieved a rod that I keep in the truck for such times as these and walked back, paid my fare and made my way to what is called the Pompano hole by the locals.

I sat my soft cooler down and started to tie on a pink pompano jig all the while keeping attention to the other anglers that were steadily working jigs in an effort to achieve the same thing I was hoping to accomplish. Just as I finished my prep to fish the guy beside me sat up on a very good pompano and I simply sent my fresh pink jig to the water behind his hooked fish and I only had to bounce it one time and we were both tight to good sized Pompano. The hit a Pompano makes on a jig is something that I can't seem to apply the right words to in an effort to describe what it feels like. On a jig the strike is incredible, fast, hard, ton of bricks, freight train and all that stuff combined. They are incredible fish. I end up getting my Pompano to the top of the water right below me and while waiting for the net the hook pulls. It's not too bad as there seemed to be plenty more where that one came from so I send the pink jig right back 30 yards from the pier and to the bottom.

Several cast and a bunch of bounces on the bottom I look down and notice that even though the water is silty and not real clear I can see the bottom between wave swells. As I bounced the pink jig keeping it as close the bottom as I could I tried my best to keep an eye on the bottom as each wave trough passed by me. Not much later several of the anglers closer to the beach than I hooked up and it seemed that I could almost see where the pompano were as the anglers closer to my position hooked up in order as the fish made their way down the east side of the pier toward me. I watched as sharply as I could and in the trough of the next wave seen a pod of fish and I promptly put my pink jig out in front of their path and waited as they approached my pink jig as it much more patiently than I, waited on the bottom. As they got to the point I felt they would see my jig move, I lightly bounced it off the bottom and as it fell back toward the bottom my rod doubled over in protest of the attack that was made on the little pink jig. The Pompano ran 40 yards or so and then all to well used it's broad side resist being lead back toward me by the 6lb mono that attached us to each other. After a couple more runs and lots of bulldogging this one laid on top of the water below me and the net made to the waters surface before this Pompano could escape. Now I have a 3+ pound Pompano in the cooler as an anchor and the hopes of a great dinner on my mind.

As I fished I spoke to the guys around me, some I already knew some I met for the first time. We worked together much like all 30 or so, of us were there as a group. We netted each other's fish, helped each other manage keeping up with running fish and more or less fished as if we were all in the same boat. It amazes me that so many anglers can fish in such a small area and it be so organized and enjoyable. It was a real pleasure fishing with those guys.


A Really Big "Thanks" to the Pier Attendant.....You were very much right....."They Were GOING OFF".

Although it wasn't a long "fishing trip" I filled my limit of Pompano and went back to what I was supposed to be doing in the first place.

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramble and hopefully one day I will meet you somewhere outside....

Replies

  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,665 Captain
    Great story and tight work on the Pompano.
  • stringlestringle Posts: 462 Deckhand
    Looks awesome Curtis, thanks for sharing!
    Vic
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,177 Admiral
    I love a pompano bite on a jig.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers!
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,028 Moderator
    Nice! Next time bring some ice. ;-)
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • GarboGarbo Posts: 1,262 Officer
    Nice! Next time bring some ice. ;-)


    I was supposed to be workin. I did bum some off one of the other guys out there.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,028 Moderator
    Yeah, I hear ya. Just messing with ya.

    I watched a guy last say load the boat with them. Meanwhile we caught one. We were in heavy current and surf and I guess they were just balled up where he was casting.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • Red FishRed Fish Posts: 1,163 Officer
    Awesome! Nothing like a great pompano bite!! I have had a terrible time this year finding the fish. But I hvae only chased them on the pier and a few times on an evening beach stroll.

    I read alot of reports yesterday about Pensacola Pier hammering the pomps.
    Genesis 27:3 - Now then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
  • 85okhai85okhai Posts: 246 Officer
    Nice report. Have yet to catch a pompano on a jig. Plan on trying really hard this year
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  • lindalinda Posts: 130 Officer
    I have got to go catch some pompano!! Thanks for the report! Crappy pic but I'll let it slide ;)
  • BeckBeck Posts: 2,332 Captain
    Excellent! Nothing like a impromptu fishing trip and a successful one at that!
  • JustinJustin Posts: 47 Deckhand
    That was me next to ya Panhandler getting those pomps. Every bite came from a 20 sq. ft. area. We prolly let go 20 or so after they kept their limit. Gotta keep that spot on the hush hush
    Capt. Justin Leake Panama City Fly & Light-Tackle Fishing
  • tan mantan man Posts: 89 Deckhand
    Garb don't apologize - great report and love seeing and hearing about unplanned trips. I wish I were close enough to get sidetracked tossing a jig into the GOM...
  • LilOrangeLilOrange Posts: 1,187 Officer
    Thanks for the "ramble".....sounds like a nice little diversion for the day. Never caught a pompano, but then again, have never tried. Sounds like fun.

    Livin' the Dream !
  • GarboGarbo Posts: 1,262 Officer
    linda wrote: »
    I have got to go catch some pompano!! Thanks for the report! Crappy pic but I'll let it slide ;)


    Linda,

    If I am not your greatest fan you have some issues with too much admiration from others. You rule. I bragged about knowing you yesterday.

    Your right my pic is crappy,,,but you still Rule..
  • stringlestringle Posts: 462 Deckhand
    Gotta agree with ya, Linda rocks!!
  • GarboGarbo Posts: 1,262 Officer
    stringle wrote: »
    Gotta agree with ya, Linda rocks!!

    Vic,

    Didn't you live in Pensacola a while back? I seen your location as Pine Island but you haven't always located there....I'm I right?

    Regardless it's good to hear from you and see your screenname....I hope all things are well and just as you would want them to be.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,028 Moderator
    Yeah, I hear ya. Just messing with ya.

    I watched a guy last say load the boat with them. Meanwhile we caught one. We were in heavy current and surf and I guess they were just balled up where he was casting.

    Did not know that was you. Cool.

    Yeah, I figured they were held up real tight in one spot. That's crazy. After you left we talked about trying to get where you were by letting some more line out, but I was not comfortable with that given the location. Pulled anchor and vote was to look for cobia. Good job on the pomps!
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
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