This surf pompano fishery is highly seasonal, and sometimes short-lived, which only adds to the hype and the fire that prompts so many anglers to target this silvery speedster. Maddingly hard to predict, pompano can be here today and gone tomorrow. But dedicated pursuers strike it rich often enough to keep them coming back. Success comes to those who know the drill, have the right gear, and understand how to read the surf. But at the end of the day, the key is to go fish for pompano as often as possible, relish the days when you strike gold, and lick your wounds when you don’t. Either way, pompano fishing is still a day at the beach.