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African Pompano

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
African Pompano prefer artificial reefs and wrecks at depths from 60 to 300 feet.

They feed on slow moving shrimps, small lobsters, crabs, and occasional fishes.
General Description
African Pompano are silvery-metallic blue to blue-green on top, being darkest on the head while the underside is more silvery.

They have a small faded darker spot on the gill cover.
Did You Know?
African Pompano aren't really pompano at all. They are actually in the "jack" family.

Juveniles have tremendously long, threadlike fin tips, which are thought to discourage predators. The fin tips shrink and are lost as the fish grow to adult size.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
For African Pompano, live shrimp or small fish are the preferred bait dropped to the depths over artificial reefs.

They will also take jigs tipped with a strip of squid.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, African Pompano caught by anglers range between 18 and 24 inches in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
African Pompano are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
African Pompano are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.