Florida Pompano

Florida Pompano
Scientific Name: Trachinotus carolinus
Common Name: Pomp

Description: Pompano are deep-bodied fish, grayish, blue on the back shading to silver on the side with yellow beneath. There is a bluish tint above and in front of the eyes. The side of the tail and caudal peduncle is smooth in contrast to the similar looking Jack Crevalle. The average size is two to five pounds. The Texas record is 6.25 pounds 23.25 inches in 1989. Pompano fans may give you a dirty look but they are excellent shark bait. Best way to catch Pompano is in the surf although sometimes they may be out past the 2nd bar or just in front of it. Best bait for Pompano is peeled shrimp combined with a shrimp flavored Fishbites. Take limits: No limit

Although the meat has an oily texture many consider the pompano to be one of the most delicious of all Gulf fish. Pompano are excellent broiled with proper seasoning and delicious smoked.

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