The African Pompano

The African Pompano


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Minimum size

60 cm

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The African Pompano belongs to the Carangidae family. The maximum size can reach up to 1.50 m, but the average size is one meter. It breeds in spring and autumn. It can be fished during the hot seasons.
Like many carangidae, it is a deep and laterally compressed fish, which have the deepest point of the body between the origin of the dorsal and anal fins and the head and tail tapering on either side. The dorsal and ventral profiles are also convex, the main characteristic of the adult being its more curved head compared to the more angular head profile of African Pompano. The species has 4 to 7 spines visible in the first dorsal fin, followed by a single spine and 18 to 20 soft rays in the second dorsal fin. The anal fin has two spines followed by 15 or 16 soft rays, while the pectoral fin is long and curved. The skin of the fish appears flake-free, but has tiny, embedded scales scattered over the body. The lateral line has a strong and moderately long dorsal arch, with a posterior section of 12 to 30 scales. Juvenile with filamentous rays at the anal and dorsal fins. Juveniles are characterized by their "spinning" appearance, characterized by filaments dragging anal and dorsal fins that retract with age. During maturation, the species also becomes more elongated and more similar to other types of jacks. The body is a silvery blue metallic to blue-green above, being the darkest on the head and upper shoulders, while the underside is more silvery. Juveniles have 5 chevron-sha

The African Pompano lifestyle

The African Pompano is an active and gregarious carnivorous predator that feeds on a wide variety of crustaceans, small fish and cephalopods.
The breeding period depends on the region but usually in spring.

The African Pompano habitat

The species has been observed on both the east and west coasts of the United States, in South America and Africa, throughout the Indian Ocean and along Asia and Australia, as well as on many Pacific islands.
Adults prefer the coastal area near reefs and wrecks up to 60 m deep. As for juveniles, they have a pelagic lifestyle and remain as close as possible to the coastal zone.

The African Pompano Angling

Small live or dead bait, as well as lures, jigs and feathers, will be needed. It is usually caught accidentally while searching for other species.
Here are the fishing methods used to catch the African pompano:
- Drift fishing

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