Salmon/steelhead rods are long @ typically 8-9ft and slender, throwing payloads of 1/2-1oz. They're what I consider the lightest tackle in the surf, plugging for schoolie stripers, blues, fluke, kings, etc. I would imagine this tackle - the salmon/steelhead rod plus a 4000 spinner or 5500 revolver - would be fine for pompano off the shore. However, hooking up with a larger fishie will test yer fishing prowess as well as that light tackle. Better to have a longer rod in the 10-12ft range (12ft would be best) rated for 1-3oz, with a relatively fast tip action, coupled with a proper reel and line.