Florida Pompano Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides; fish in
dark waters showing yellow on throat, pelvic, and anal fins;
deep flattened body with small mouth; no scutes;
22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays;
origin of anal fin slightly behind origin of
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.
Where found: INSHORE and NEARSHORE
waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster
bars, and over grassbeds, often in turbid water; may be
found in water as deep as 130 feet.
Size: usually less than 3 pounds.
Remarks: spawns OFFSHORE between March and September; feeds on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand
fleas; local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.