Pompano primarily feed off the bottom; however, they are opportunistic and will forage in the middle of the water column and even on the surface sometimes. Occasionally pomps have been taken on topwater offerings — after all, they are jacks. Off the beach, the fish primarily scan the ocean floor for small crabs, sand fleas and myriad clams, such as tiny coquina. However, upon entering coastal bays and the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), they feed not only on small crabs, mollusks and shrimp but on small baitfish as well. I have on more than one occasion cleaned a pompano and found glass minnows and even gobies in its gut. Otherwise, small shrimp and crab parts and crushed clamshell dominate. Needless to say, shrimp, small baitfish, crab and gaudy attractor patterns are all effective, particularly if weighted to sink fast.