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Tuesday April 25, 2017

Most travelers coming to Florida might have heard of Pompano as the alluring sandy beaches along south Florida's East Coast. However, the Pompano we are ever so familiar with and speak of is the unfamiliar species that actually swims near shore to our coastline and in the saltwater lagoons. Just minutes away from Orlando and the busy theme parks, attractions and night life you can make your way out along the shoreline to hook into one of these unique fish. They are rather pretty with a greenish gray and silver color, most would say this fish is fit for a kings table as it is mild and rich tasting yet very light and lean. Chef's love the versatility of preparing this fish so when you visit Orlando and the Space Coast area you will have to dine at the Pompano Grill in Cocoa Beach to enjoy a fresh plate that is not only tasty but visually appealing as well.

  • Greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides
  • Fish in dark waters showing gold 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 second dorsal

Habitat:

Florida pompano are common in inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grassbeds. They are often in turbid water and may be found in water as deep as 130 feet.

Behavior:

These fish spawn offshore between March and September. Florida pampano feed on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas. Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.

Remarks

Florida pompano are common in inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grassbeds. They are often in turbid water and may be found in water as deep as 130 feet. Florida pompano feed on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas. Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.

Regulations

11 inches to fork of tail, six per harvester.

State Record

Florida Record: 8 lb 4 oz, caught near Port St. Joe

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Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 08 2017 19:36:38.

Published by: Captain of Lagooner Fishing Guides©

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April - 2017 Fishing Forecast

April of 2017 should be a great spring for fishing in both inshore and offshore coastal waters of Central Florida. Look to the Mosquito Lagoon and Banana Rivers to produce redfish and sea trout consistently and then look toward the ocean and depending on the water temps, clear skies and wind the cobia will be on their way north and migrating past Canaveral towards their northern grounds on the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Central Florida's weather during the spring is usually no less than spectacular as the college spring breakers are winding up the end of their vacation and heading back to campus to finish up before summer break. Daytona Beach host several spring events from NASCAR Races, Bike Week and Spring Break activities while Cocoa Beach and it's Space Coast offer a much less crowded alternative for vacationers to seek a more secluded and restful Holiday. The temperatures are rising and the fishing should be heating up too in East Central Florida's Cocoa Beach.

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