Florida Pompano

The Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) is a species of marine fish in the Trachinotus (pompano) genus of the Carangidae family. It has a compressed body and short snout; coloration varies from blue-greenish silver on the dorsal areas and silver to yellow on the body and fins. It can be found along the western coast of the Atlantic Ocean, depending on the season, and is popular for both sport and commercial fishing. Most Florida pompano caught weigh less than 3 lb (1.4 kg) and are less than 17 in (43 cm) long, though the largest individuals weigh 8–9 lb (3.6–4.1 kg) and reach lengths up to 26 in (66 cm).

It has a deeply forked tail and is blue-greenish silver with yellow on the throat, belly, and pelvic and anal fins. The first dorsal fins are low, with about six separate spines. The first spine may be reabsorbed in a larger fish. The second lobes on the dorsal and anal fins have a lower anterior.There are 20-24 anal fin rays. It is a compressed fish with a deep body and a blunt snout.

The adult Florida pompano is typically found in more saline areas and relatively warm waters (70-89°F), so it migrates northward in the summer, and toward the south in the fall. Despite its name, the range of the Florida pompano extends from Massachusetts to Brazil, but it is more common in areas near Florida. During the summer, it can be found near Sebastian, Cape Hatteras, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is more common near oil rigs, Palm Beach, and Hobe Sound during the winter. It can also be found near the Virgin Islands year round.

Its habitat is surf flats, and it tends to stay away from clear water regions, such as the Bahamas. Pompanos are very fast swimmers and live in schools. They are bottom feeders. They have very short teeth and feed on zoobenthos and small clams.

Florida pompano are commercially fished in all states on the East Coast from Virginia to Texas, with Florida producing over 90% of the annual harvest. Harvesting occurs mostly along Florida's western coast, with some harvesting on the eastern coast and in the Banana and Indian Rivers. Between 1994 and 2006, it commanded dockside prices of more than $3 per pound of whole fish weight.

Individually, Florida pompano are caught on light jigs and popping corks. They are very active on the line, testing light tackle beyond what their weight would suggest. They bite near oil rigs in the winter.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Trachinotus Carolinus
Environment:Inshore, Nearshore, Surf
Ideal Temp:70-89ºF (21-31ºC)
Technique:Bottom Fishing, Jigging
Lure Type:Bottom Rig, Jigs
World Record:3.76 kg (8 lb 4 oz) Port St. Joe Bay, Florida, USA
Other Names:pompano, florida pompano

Latest Florida Pompano Fishing Reports and Spots

Duck And Corolla Surf Fishing Report 9/21/21 - 9/21/2021 7:41:06 AM

All along the beaches in Duck and Corolla Outer Banks we are catching good numbers of sea mullet spot pompano bluefish and red drum. Picture co (View)

Fishing Report – Saturday 09/18/2021 - 9/18/2021 9:02:03 PM

Quite a good day at the Point:  lots of sharks, puppy drum and some Spanish mackerel caught.  Pompano were caught off Ramp 49.  (View)

Saturday 09/11/21 - 9/11/2021 9:36:36 PM

Sharks drum and  sea mullet today at ramp 44.  Speckled trout and flounder at ramp 60 with pompano behind the motels. Not a bad day. The post S (View)

Flounder and Pompano Duck Surf 9/7/21 - 9/7/2021 3:38:39 PM

We have been catching plenty of flounder and Pompano plus sea mullet on the beach in Duck. Water temp today in Duck is 79 degrees. Photo courte (View)

Sunday 9/5/21 - 9/5/2021 9:40:38 PM

Spanish mackerel caught off Ramp 44.  Also a citation size pompano was caught off Ramp 48.  Speckled trout and puppy caught in the Sound. What (View)

8/29 - 8/31 - 9/1/2021 5:23:38 AM

Body:  Fishing picked up slightly for offshore boats over the last few days with catches of Wahoo Dolphin Blackfin and Yellowfin Tuna and vario (View)

Fishing Report – Saturday 08/28/2021 - 8/28/2021 9:13:07 PM

Pompano caught off Ramp 43. Spanish mackerel were caught off Ramp 44. There still is a good speckled trout and puppy drum bite in the Sound. Wh (View)

Hatteras Island Fishing Report - 8/26/2021 8:44:50 PM

Happy National Dog Day.! Warm day here with temps maxing out at 88F. Winds are out of the SW again this evening at 12mph. Looks like we will en (View)

OBX Fishing Report 8/27/21 - 8/27/2021 2:38:26 PM

On the OBX we are getting kingfish spot small pompano bluefish and few mackerel on the outer banks beaches. Picture courtesy of Jonathan with a (View)

8//25/21 Wednesday evening - 8/25/2021 9:40:07 PM

There were Pompano and Sheep Head caught at the Jetties today. Sea Mullets Blues and sharks were all caught at the Point today. Mike The post 8 (View)