Pompano Information

Detailed Information on the Pompano
Greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides.
showing gold on throat, pelvic, and a n a l fins.
Deep flattened body with small mouth.
No scutes.
22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft a n a l rays.
Origin of a n a l fin slightly behind origin of second dorsal.

Florida pompano are common in inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grassbeds. They are often in turbid water and may be found in water as deep as 130 feet.

These fish spawn offshore between March and September. Florida pampano feed on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas. Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.

State Records:
Florida ~ 8 lb 4 oz, caught near Port St. Joe

Fishing Tips and Facts:
Similar Fish Permit, T. falcatus, palometa, T. goodei. The permit is deeper bodied; dorsal body profile not strongly angled at insertion of second dorsal fin; pompano rarely grow larger than 6 pounds, permit common to 40 pounds.

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