Caption: Scamp grouper (above) and African pompano
(opposite) are two very good customers for slow-pitch jigging.
He sought a review of the list of endangered species by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which categorizes only the humphead wrasse, as vulnerable and fails to include the African pompano
and other fishes.
The Underwoods not only limited out their two-day bag limit of grouper at eight per person, they also had monster barrelfish, African pompano
, big long tailed bass, tilefish and more."
You may pick up a cobia or African pompano
, too--both will take live pilchards (if you can get them) or bucktail jigs naked or tipped with live shrimp.
If you're looking for more pelagic action on the oceanside of the Middle and Upper Keys, wrecks produce snapper, including muttons and yellowtail, blackfin tuna, wahoo and often this time of year, migratory African pompano
. Three specific wrecks to consider are the Eagle off Islamorada, and, to the north and easily accessible for a day's fishing from Key Largo as well, the Duane and the Bibb.
Other catches included jacks, blue-fin trevally, snapper and African pompano
. The one fish that kept you on your toes was houndfish, as they would strike so furiously that until you hooked it the idea was another great fish.
They were also fortunate to weigh in two African pompano
and a red grouper weighing 23 pounds.
As the fight came to an end and I began to see color, it was so bright I didn't know what to think and then it clicked: African pompano
, and a big one, 38 inches.
Still, the list of off-limit species remains the same: billfish, spotted eagle ray, sturgeon, manta ray, sharks, bonefish, tarpon, goliath grouper, snook, blue crab, nassau grouper, spotted seatrout, red drum, weakfish, stone crab, pompano, African pompano
, permit, tripletail, lobster and the families of ornamental reef fish.
Hog snapper come to mind, as do African pompano
Additionally, we use both live and dead mullet with great success while bottom fishing for grouper, snapper, African pompano
While on the way out and back, blackfin tuna, bonito, amberjacks, African pompano
, dolphin, red snapper, groupers and wahoo can be encountered that can make for one memorable day of fishing.
Jason Hatch, fishing with the guys from E-Sea Rider, with a jumbo Dry Tortugas African pompano