The pompano have just begun to show up here in our little part of the northern Gulf. Photo is by Captain Tommy Holland and the angler is one of the Edmisten party aboard Holland’s boat on April 2.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Florida pompano are common in inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster banks, and over grass beds. They are often in turbid water and may be found in water as deep as 130 feet. These fish spawn offshore between March and September. They feed on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas. Local movements are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.” The state record was an 8 lb 4 oz monster, caught near Port St. Joe.