The “Secret” Bait For Catching Pompano In Delaware

Michele Trotter Shared Her Secret Pompano Bait Recipe With Everyone.

If you saw the update last weekend, Michele Trotter was bailing pompano two at a time in the DSF’s Summer Surf Fishing Slam Series, which by the way the 10th and final is this weekend. So how did she manage tocatch two pompano at a time and so many in such a short time? I had to ask. She said … “I have my secret bait, and I would love to share it with everyone. I like to see people catch fish and have fun.” I know people are bailing pompano surf fishing, but not like she was last Saturday.

That is how it is done gang, help your fellow angler catch.

Michele Trotter … “The secret…I salt my shrimp the night before. Cut it into baby fingernail sized pieces and then tip the hook with a Fishbite bloodworm piece. I call this a second chance rig, if the fish nip off your shrimp you are still actively fishing. A crusty old captain in Ocracoke taught me to salt shrimp. He commercial fished but loved to eat pompano. He could eat any fish in the sea but in his free time he was hunting pompano to eat

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Double hook up Michelle Trotter

The bait stays on the hook through thick and thin. Sometimes I even get my bait back. I also call it a shrimp sandwich. The black drum, mullet (kingfish) and Pompano love it. This is the first time I ever caught pompano in Delaware … Michele Trotter.

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Shrimp pieces cut into one inch sections or pieces … MIchele Trotter
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Oh very important…it has to be non iodized salt, and peel them first. It’s a labor of love. They keep forever. I buy a pound, it lasts me a month. You can share my secret. It’s a big ocean, I love to see people catch. I found a sweet wash between two cuts. The cuts were maybe 100 yards apart. At low tide when I waded out the fish were scurrying around my feet. It was crazy fun that day. I’ve only ever caught Pompano south of Ocean City until today.

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Shrimp pieces salted with kosher salt to preserve

Put the salted shrimp pieces into a seal-able container and cover with salt. The salt is a preservative, so no need to refrigerate, but I do keep mine in the freezer to keep. Non iodized salt only. I use this for mullet (kingfish), spot and pompano. Important note: mullet (kingfish) are very wary and have keen eyesight, they are rig shy. Pompano and spot on the other hand are hard hitters and voracious eaters.

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Shrimp sandwich with fishbites to help hold the salted shrimp piece in place … Michele Trotter

Huge props to Michele for sharing her “secret” bait. It is good to see skilled anglers share information for others to benefit and have fun fishing. Looking forward to trying this next summer and maybe in the next few weeks when I get a chance to come up for air.

Fish On!
Rich King

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