Excerpt from a January 2011 What’s Biting post from GulfShores.com originally posted on January 01, 2011 By John Phillips.
The fish will be in a transition mode during February. We’ll primarily be fishing for a mixed bag. The fish we catch primarily will be caught on live shrimp, and our number-one target will be pompano.
Pompano will start running the beaches this month, and we’ll use sand fleas and pompano jigs for them as well as live shrimp. When we’re fishing with sand fleas or live shrimp, I prefer a No. 1/0 J hook with 12-pound-test monofilament for the main line. I’ll use a 1/2-ounce slip sinker up the line, a barrel swivel tied to the end of the line and about 18-20 inches of 20-pound test shock leader with a hook tied on the end. The pompano will be found around passes that lead out into the Gulf of Mexico and just off the beaches. The pompano we catch here will weigh 1-1/2- to 2-pounds each, but you may catch a 4 pounder. On a good day, you may catch four to eight pompano.
February is the month to fish before schools turn-out for their spring breaks. During March, most inshore and offshore fishermen will be booked-up with spring breakers. Instead come to Alabama’s Gulf Coast this month. Or, plan and book a trip now for spring break. You can reach Captain David Brown at (251) 981-6246, or toll-free 1-877-981-6246, or fill out his contact form here.