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Palometa: Trachinotus goodei

Appearance:

Also known as great pompano.

  • Gray to blue-green on top of head and along the back
  • Bright silver sides, yellowish belly
  • Very elongated dorsal and anal fins, dusky or black with bluish edges
  • Deep body; four narrow bars on the sides, traces of a fifth near the tail
  • No scutes (bone-like projections)

Similar Species: Florida pompano, T. carolinus; and permit, T. falcatus (both lack elongated dorsal and anal fins and lack dark bars on sides)

Size: Usually less than 20 inches (1 pound) 

Habitat:

Clear water along sandy beaches and bays, and occasionally found over reefs. Most common in south Florida.

Behavior:

Spawn offshore in spring, summer and fall. 

Additional Information

State Record:External Website This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Palometa readily strikes small artificial lures.

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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