Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 40 No 3 - SUMMER 2016 - Page 32

Paddling Out Pompano (Continued from page 31.) (Continued from page 27.) certainly intermediate paddling, while fishing offshore at the short rigs is an advanced skill set. Paddling two to three miles out is serious business and not something a beginner should attempt. Never paddle offshore alone. The ACA suggests at least two people and ideally three people for open water paddling. If following the axiom “Three by Sea”: two of the three paddlers should be experienced and seasoned paddlers. Keep this ratio in mind for larger groups. If six folks get caught in rough waters you want the majority of those paddlers to be experienced. If you only have two seasoned paddlers they can quickly become overwhelmed trying to assist four less experienced folks. Know the tide and weather forecasts for the entire duration of your offshore trip. I often see paddlers just looking at the launch conditions. This is fools gold. An outgoing tide at landing combined with a big offshore wind that was unexpected can be a serious issue. Use good tide and weather apps and definitely have a functional, handheld VHF for weather updates and quick emergency access to the Coast Guard. water currents configure the sand into bars and troughs. Flat spots between waves could indicate a break between sandbars. Currents flowing through these breaks wash out holes where fish go to hunt. During a rising tide, throw a bait upstream so the flow pushes it into the hole. “As a general rule, pompano like to be right on top or even inside the dominant outer sandbar that runs along the beach,” explained Jerry Williams. “I look for the sandbar that runs closest to the shoreline. Then, I’ll look for imperfections in the sandbar where it curves back toward the bank. There’s usually a dip right there. Pompano congregate in that little dip. I also try to fish the breaks between the bars.” Many beach anglers rig several rods. To keep gear out of abrasive sand, they could buy special rod holders or make their own holders from PVC pipe, rebar and screw clamps. Simply clamp a steel rebar rod to a length of PVC and stick the rebar into the sand to keep the reel off the beach. Featured guides and photo credits: Capt. Robert Brodie - 228-697-7707, Scott Green of Rodbender Fishing Charters - 941-320-8171 Ralph Young of Fishin’ Dixie charter service (251-923-7492. Photos: Frank Richardson by Capt. Robert Brodie; Chandra Wright by author; Ghost Shrimp by Capt. Ralph Young. GCF Tripletail (Continued from page 6.) Other items that are important to sea kayakers are a paddle float, a hand pump and a spare paddle. The paddle float is great if you have someone who struggles with self-rescue. The hand pump is a life savor if someone takes on water. From a cracked scupper weld, to a drain plug that was lost, to an open hatch taking on wave - there are many uses for a hand pump and, at $10 to $15 dollars it is cheap insurance. Finally, a spare paddle offshore is like a PFD. When you need one, you better have one. You’ll never see a sea kayaker without a spare paddle. So, if you are trolling out offshore, please consider adding one for your own safety and the safety of those with you. As always, be safe, catch a ton, and GCF have a great time paddling out! 32 GULF COAST FISHERMAN or how small the debris was, the tripletail always floated on its side right next to whatever debris was placed in the tank. Even an orange peel one third the size of the fish’s body attracted tripletail to it,” elaborates Harper. Charted and known structures like channel buoys, jetties, platforms, and rigs are a good starting point for looking for tripletail; however, sometimes the most insignificant chunk of floating debris can be a gold mine. I once caught three good sized tripletail off the beachfront near Port Arthur that I sighted floating next to about a four foot long strand of yello KY\\و^H܈\K[BX\H܈X\[ۙH[\\[HܙX]ۙ^HH܈[[\]Z[ [H[\܈[\[\[[\[]X\]Z[[B[ۘHH\\Y[]Y]\™XXHܚHH\XBܛYH[܈\][X\H]\&\\XKHو[Y\]\[Y\[\[H]Y][HZ[BY]\وH\\]Z[YY H[۝و[HYؙ\\\[H\[YH܈[\[\]Z[[ۙHX\ܙH]\[XX۝وH[\X]\B\\[^H\H[][[ ]H\ۛۈX]H[Hو\B\\[H[\\^H\X[B\\X\HX\ܙH]\Bݙ[X\X\HX\ \\[H[Hو\]Z[\]XY‘[[Y]H]HXY\]ۜ›ٙܙK[Z[\H]ۚ[]\›وY[K'HXو[][ۈ[ۛYHX]\]Z[[Z\Z][܈\[H[۝وBYX\XY\[Y]H]^H]X]Y\ٙܙH]\]ۋ'BۘY\[˂'H\[^و][[\\X[\[[܈ۙ[H[\˜\[ZY ][]HX\ ZHY[K][[H\]Z[[\[\\X\Y\]H[\\[[ۙHX\\B\Hو]Y[[\K'BH\][و][[H\]Z[]\H[\۸&]HۛHX\ۈ[[ܚ^\]\]Z[]ۈٙܙKH^\H\]\Y[܈X\قY[ۙH[[H[H\H[X[B][܈X\[\X\H]][\X\YHH]ۚ[܈\šH[[\YH[X[H\]Z[]Y[YY]H\X[H]ۙY Hܛ]H܈\]Z[\œ[X\XH\ [[^\]\۸&][[[ۈ܈ۙHܛ\]B[\[]\YX\و^\[K\\ۛۈX]HYH^X[Bو\]Z[ Xܙ[[[\\H]\Z[[HYHق\]Z[H^[Z[[Z\X\ۙ\˂\\\[Z[\[]H[܈[HHYH[\Bܛ]وHX\ۙ\]X[[][H\Y\[X]HH\8&\YKH]\YHYH^X[HY[\BX]][ZYYX\]YB][][ۙ\8'H[ۙ\\˂[HY\[܈\]Z[ B[X]H\X\][ۂH]\[[\\[HH\]\Y[]Y][X\B]\&\\XK\H\\H\X[BH[[[[\X\B[][[YY[X\][Y\]H\HوH[[܋]H]][ۙY\[[\\[[B[Z]HH\ [\[XZB[X\H\ \[H\[[[YHZ]Y[۝وB\]Z[8&\KY][Y\H\[XXˈHHHˈB