Trachinotus Goodei



Sandy shores, Coastal Lines, Coral Reefs

1 - 560 pounds

11" - 20"

Great Pompano 

Also Known As: Banner Pompano, Gafftopsail, Longfin Pompano, Old Wife, Sand Mackarel, Palometa

Great Pompano Description 

The Great Pompano, or also known as the Palometa is a highly prized fish. It has silvery, blue, white scales decorating its deep body. It also has a deep body with a forked tail. They usually prefer swarming in warmer waters which is why they are commonly eaten in tropical countries. 

However, this particular fish may be confused with the Pomfret which is mistakenly called a Pompano. To tell the difference, the Great Pompano also has an orange tinge on its belly. Its sides have four silver narrow bars whereas the pomfrets do not. The Great Pompanos can also be mistaken for the Florida Pompanos but unlike the latter, the Great Pompanos have a taller and sharper dorsal fin.


Great Pompano Diet and Size

The Great Pompano’s favorite foods are mole crabs or sand eels. But they also bite at polychaete worms and insect pupae. They also like feasting on smaller crustaceans and small fish. When it comes to bait, the smaller the crustacean the better. The Great Pompano also like zoobenthos (a kind of plant) and small clams. The Great Pompano can grow up to 50 cm (1 ft 8 inches) and weighs around 560 g (1 lbs). 


Interesting Facts about the Great Pompano 

  • Speed-wise, they are very fast. As a member of the Jack family of fish, the Great Pompano is also a hard fighter. They also like traveling to schools.
  • Pompano, to discern it from its cousins, is also called the Palometa in other areas.
  • The Great Pompano are known to roam mostly inshore.
  • Some people may be wary of eating the Great Pompano due to it being a possible carrier of ciguatera poisoning.
    • Despite that, some people have said after cleaning the Great Pompano - it has a soft, cottony texture when cooked.


Great Pompano – Fishing Techniques: How to Fish for a Great Pompano

The Great Pompano is a good recreational fish. In fact, it’s a common game fish. When people fish for the Great Pompano, they usually do so by jigging or by popping corks. These Great Pompano are bottom feeders so, you’re going to need a heavy lure that doesn’t disconnect when you go deep.

Another thing to take to consideration is the color of the bait and lure. Th