The Pompano is a feisty
fish that puts up a good fight on light tackle. The Pompano belongs to the same family as the Permit, its
body is not as high but it is still oval and compressed. It has a short snout with a small and oblique mouth and tiny
teeth. The first dorsal
is composed of six short spiny rays.
The second dorsal fin is almost an inverted mirror image in
size and shape to the anal fin.
The caudal fin is notched with long pointed lobes.
Color is gray – green on the back and slivery on the sides.
There are usually 3 – 5 vertical dark green spots along the
front and top of the lateral line.
The tips of the dorsal, anal and caudal fins are black.
The Pompano is fine eating
and a hard fighting fish. It
is judged by many to be the worlds most exciting light tackle
game fish. It enters
very shallow water and can be taken from beaches, piers, jetties,
bridges and boats.
Pompano average about 2 pounds.
The all tackle record is 8 pounds 1 ounce.
Pompano are found in the
warm, temperate and tropical waters of the western Atlantic.
They prefer water temperatures in the 82 -89° F range.
Pompano can be found
throughout the coastal areas of Florida.
On the Atlantic coast they are most prevalent from New Smyrna south
to Miami. The best
times of the year are between October to December and again April to
Pompano can also be caught
along the entire West Coast of Florida.
Especially between St. Petersburg to Ft, Meyers. Pompano
can be caught in the Panhandle region off the beaches in late February and
in the surf and cuts of Apalachicola Bay.
Tackle and Techniques
Most of these fish are caught in shallow water close inshore.
They can be caught by surfcasting, flyfishing or spincasting from
shore or from a boat.
Check Captain Cook's
for cooking and grilling fish tips.
Spinning gear should include a 7' medium action rod and reel with 6#
-12 # test line.
gear should include an 8' to14' surf rod and reel capable of heaving
6 to 8 ounce sinkers with 20# to 30# line.
gear should include a 8-1/2' to 9' long 7 weight rod with a
reel holding 100 or more yards of 20# backing.
Natural baits including crabs, clams, sand fleas and shrimp work
lures which produce are jigs with yellow and yellow combination
nylon hair, bucktails and plastic tailed jigs.
Tight Lines and Good Luck!.