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Fiddler Crab bait for Pompano

post #1 of 17
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Hi Folks,

I just read that fiddler crabs are a top bait for Pompano. The trick is to catch them. before they dive into a hole. Any advice on how to do it? I tried running after them last week, and they are pretty fast.

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post #2 of 17
stick a screwdriver in the hole beyond where they are and nudge them out. or use sand crabs for the pompano. they work too! and it seems like there is an over abundance of them right now!!
post #3 of 17
Awhlie ago I heard that people will dig a decent size hole in the ground around a where a bunch are. They will use 2 long 2 by 4 pieces of wood made into an x that lays flat on the ground over the hole and they will chase the crabs into the direction of the hole and fall in
post #4 of 17
Sand fleas are a better bait for Pompano than fiddlers. That's what they're rooting around on the bar looking for so why not give it to them. You can dig em at the edge of the wash right where you're fishing and they're much easier to catch than fiddlers.
post #5 of 17
funny how you came across fiddler crab as best best for pompano(fiddler crabs are best bait for sheepshead alogn with barnacles), most places i have been sand fleas are best for larger oens and shrimp is overall best bait for most species of small bottom dwelling fish. hook fiddler crabs on flounder hooks through the side. it doesn't seem to matter hooking a sandflea as long as the hook is exposed.
post #6 of 17
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I was surprised to read that Fiddlers would work on Pompano too and would like to try them. I know that Sand Fleas are the more natural food and probably best for pomps , but pomps seem to eat lots of things. Luckily , one of my bait shops sells a dozen fiddlers for a $1.25 which is a bargain. I will give them a try in the surf one day and see what bites.
post #7 of 17
i'm dying to get a chance to fish for pompano sometime soonish, hopefully
post #8 of 17
Pomps love a jig tipped with blue crab also.
post #9 of 17
i prefer sandfleas. i havent seen any pompano commercial fisherman using fiddler crabs.
post #10 of 17
I've never tried fishing with them but if you want to try go out after sunset once they come out of their holes with a small crab net, a flashlight, and something to put them in. You can catch all you want by the dozen - just catch what you need and use them that night or the next day. Catching them and releasing them is also a favorite family activity for after dinner - try fiddler cage fighting when you put two big'uns in a bucket and watch them go at it with their claws!
post #11 of 17
hello fellow "convict fish" fishermen! i have only recently started fishing for sheepshead and i have to say they are tough to get a hook set on. as far as fiddlers go... the best way i have found to catch them is at low tide and sandy banks, on the ICW (Intercoastal Waterway)or river. though there are hundreds of holes that look promising, the best way i have found to catch them is to take a stick of decent thickness so that it doesnt snap in half, and find the holes that holds a fiddler just beneath the surface. at this point i sneak the stick BEHIND the hole (depending on the angle) and block the fiddlers escape route. this is where you lift up slowly on your "tool" of choice, giving the fiddler only 1 place to run... OUT OF HIS HOME! i am a newbie at this so any advice would be greatly appreciated. but i managed to catch about 25 in one hour my first time trying. as far as pompano eating these fellas, thats a first for me... ive always been told that sand fleas first and then clams but what do i know. ----- good luck and keep your line tight.
post #12 of 17
To trap them try burying a 5 gal. bucket up to the rim and putting a old dead fish in it. Works best an night so they do not get hot and die. By morning you should have plenty.
post #13 of 17
08 thread came back from the dead, been seeing alot of this lately...psssss
those guys in 08 might have gotten an answer by now
post #14 of 17
I wouldn't consider a fiddler crab the best bait for Pompano; sheepshead? Yes.

I find a sand flea (Mole Crab), or a fake tipped with a tad of cut fresh shrimp, better than a fiddler. Experience; not opinion

Always use some kind of attractor along with the bait to ensure success( most times).

I'd rather use jigs or artificials rather than the real thing. C2
post #15 of 17
Hey Charlie I too fish for Pompano with sandfleas sometimes shrimp. In florida I was told you all fish for them with jigs with great success? I was thinking this year I would try shrimp like teasers tied with gold colors and hooks( seem partial to gold from my experience ) tipped with fleas or maybe shrimp and see if this increases catch rate? What is your opinion
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