Pompano continue to be the easiest summer target. We have been catching more than 30 on almost every trip, a sign that the population is in great shape. Half are great keeper size, the rest we have let go, though legal. The best way to approach pompano is to get pompano jigs and teasers. The jig is the weight to get the combination to the bottom, where pompano eat. The teaser will catch 90 percent of the fish. The teaser is a small fly. My preferred combination is a yellow jig and a pink teaser. My teasers are custom-made, pink with “lateral scale” flash tied in with the pink material. Loop knot your jig and teaser close together. Keep the jig and teaser in contact with the bottom. Eleven inches is legal. Make your personal limit 13-inch fish. The barely legal fish don’t give you much meat. You can legally keep six pompano per day. Take pliers for removing hooks. This keeps your hand safely away from the second hook.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at strikethreekayakfishing.com and (727) 692-6345.

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