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Highly Popular Catch For The Dinner Table

Monday May 29, 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.

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May - 2017 Fishing Forecast

May in Central Florida is the beginning of great things for people looking toward an ocean fishing trip looking for fast action. King Mackerel, Cobia and even a few tarpon start to make a showing as May develops into a more summer like pattern. Inshore the fishing can be productive for early morning and evening anglers as the sun warms the gin clear waters of the Mosquito Lagoon and the Banana Rivers. Both Redfish and Spotted Sea Trout will be a popular gamefish that even the youngest anglers will appreciate and enjoy. Bring plenty of sunscreen, some polarized sunglasses and broadbill hat as the Florida sunshine will penetrate the most protected boating endeavors. May is the beginning of the summer in Florida as far as the temperatures are concerned, but there's often an afternoon shower, so be prepared to fish early and get off the water before the afternoon storms roll in. So remember, inshore fishing and offshore fishing are an equal opportunity in May in Central Florida.

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Inshore Charter Fishing in the Banana River Lagoon near Cocoa Beach, Florida. Catch redfish, sea trout, tarpon, snook and many other saltwater gamefish aboard the world famous Lagooner flats fishing boat with renowned Captain Richard Bradley.

Great guide and lots of fun!!! - My wife and I have been fishing with Capt. Richard and Capt Gina for years. We have been out many times with them and always have a great time and catch fish. We love going to go to eat with them at a local place that will cook the fish we catch. They are super people and we try to get with them annually. Give them a try and you will be glad you did.
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