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 Florida Pompano
(Trachinotus carolinus)


 Distribution & Size

Found inshore and near shore waters especially along sandy beaches, oysters bars and over grass beds.  Often found in turbid waters and may be found in depths of up to 130'.  Spawns offshore between March & September feeding on mollusks and crustaceans.  Seasonal movements are influenced by temperatures. The most common weights are between 2 and 8lbs.  

The Florida and World record is 8lbs 1ozs.

 General Information

Excellent fighting quality.  Will outrace and out pull a Jack Crevalle which is an excellent fighter.

 Tackle & Bait

The lightest of spinning tackle in the surf is the reputed method of catching this specie with 6 to 8lb line test.  The best natural bait is the sand crab but they will also take shrimps and fiddler crabs, dead shrimp, clams and cut squid.  Pompano will take artificial jigs.

 Eating Qualities

Good Eating

 State Limits and Regulations

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
Pompano: 11" to fork. None 6 per person per day. Hook and Line gear only. Must be landed whole.
Pompano African: 24" to fork. None 2 fish per person. Not to exceed 2 per vessel per day. Hook & Line gear only. Must be landed whole.

 
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