Destin's Bass Pro Shops held its first in-house pompano fishing workshops on Saturday, January 10th and Sunday, January 11th, even though spring pompano fishing won't pick up for several more weeks, when the weather warms up. Our Fishing Department Staff, Bo Corbitt and Chuck Formes, who hosted the 2-day workshops, spend most of their days off fishing in the surf or from the piers, catching redfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and pompano among others. Topics covered included types of surf fishing combos, tackle and pompano rigs, jigs, live bait, presentation, and where to look for the deep cuts in the surf where pompano are most likely to lurk. The proper use of sand flea rakes along the tide line to catch live pompano bait was also demonstrated.
For the past several years, Destin's Bass Pro Shops has hosted spring and fall surf fishing classes in April and October at the beautiful Henderson Beach State Park on the Gulf in Destin. Everything is provided to participants, including tackle, bait, and expert instruction from our experienced fishing staff. There is no charge for the classes and admission to the State Park is free. Participants must have a current Florida Saltwater Fishing License and pre-registration is required, since class size is limited. Check the Destin store's events site in March and September to see when our next surf fishing classes are scheduled. Once the classes are announced, one may call the store at (850) 269-6200 to pre-register.