Pompano, scientifically ⁢known as Trachinotus ovatus, is a member of ⁢the Carangidae family. This fish species ⁤is highly regarded by anglers and culinary ⁤enthusiasts due to its⁢ taste as⁣ well as ⁤game quality.

Conservation Status

As of today, the Pompano species ⁢is classified as ‘Least Concern’ according ⁤to the World Conservation Union. Efforts⁤ are‍ being made to maintain this status through responsible fishing practices and regulations of commercial fisheries.


Stat Average Range
Length 18 inches 8 – 25 inches
Weight 2 – 3 pounds 1 – 8​ pounds
Average Lifespan 3 – 5 years


Pompano⁢ are primarily found in warmer waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean, ranging ⁢from‍ Massachusetts to ⁤Brazil. There is seasonal movement towards ⁢warmer waters ⁤during winter months. ‌


This species prefers a water temperature between 68 – 82 °F and typically found at depths of 20 – 30 feet offshore. They⁢ are⁢ highly adaptable, found in a variety ‍of habitats ranging from bridges,⁢ piers, marshes, and along ​the shoreline.

When and Where ⁣to See

Pompano can be seen year-round, but they typically ​come‌ closer to shore during spring⁤ and fall. They are most active during the early ⁣morning and late afternoon.

Best Fishing Locations

Here are ​some⁤ prominent Pompano fishing spots:

  1. Panama ​City ⁣Beach, Florida
  2. Daytona Beach, ⁢Florida
  3. Surfside Beach, Texas
  4. Outer Banks, North⁣ Carolina
  5. Padre‍ Island, Texas

How to Catch

Pompano are typically caught with live or fresh dead shrimp, ​sand fleas, or small crabs. Techniques such as surf‌ fishing, fly fishing, and bottom fishing are all⁣ effective. The best‍ time to catch them is early morning‍ or late afternoon.

Identification Guide

Featuring‍ a deep, compressed‍ body with a forked tail and long, pointed pectoral fins, Pompanos are easily identifiable. ⁢They are bright silver in color, with a yellow belly.


Pompano’s mild and ​sweet‍ flavor makes it a favorite among chefs. Its high-fat content makes ‍it perfect ⁤for grilling or broiling.​ This fish⁤ provides a good source of protein as well as vital⁢ minerals and vitamins.

Additional Information

Pompano ‍primarily feed ⁣on ⁤small crustaceans and mollusks. Their natural predators include larger species of fish and birds. Overfishing is ​a significant human-induced⁣ threat to Pompano.

References and Further Reading

1. Froese, R. and D. Pauly. (2021). FishBase. Trachinotus ovatus. [Button link](https://fishbase.se/summary/Trachinotus-ovatus.html)

2. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. (2021). Shorefishes. Trachinotus​ ovatus. [Button link](https://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/es/thefishes/species/3567)

3. Florida Museum. (2021).⁤ Florida Pompano. [Button link](https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/discover-fish/species-profiles/trachinotus-carolinus/)

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