Recent Reviews

★★★★★
We had 2 boats. Ben was captain on one. Our captain was Zack. He was the BEST!! So friendly, we had a blast! I would recommend him to everyone! Donna

James B. with Ben T. of Tavernier, Florida

★★★★★
Ben was very knowledgeable as to where the fish were. From the Barricuda my grandson caught, to all the other fish my son in law, and myself caught. The weather was tremendous. Zach, and Ben changed their schedule to accommodate the 2 families. Will definitely book with them again.

James B. with Ben T. of Tavernier, Florida

★★★★★
He gave a great effort covered a lot of water was a bit rough on the ride back. No luck catching our Target species Tarpon but I did see a lot of Mosquito Lagoon.

Mike B. with Will W. of New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Everything You Need to Know About Florida Pompano Fishing

What is a Florida Pompano?

The Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus, sometimes called a cobblerfish), are a type of pompano within the jack family. They have a compressed body and short snout, that varies from blue to green to yellow with a silvery tint, and a deeply forked tail.

They are often confused with a permit, however a pompano will have a less forked tail, thinner pectoral fin, more pointed head (and a giant forehead), and have more yellow coloring, and are also smaller.

Florida pompano are a schooling, bottom feeding fish, are finicky eaters, and are very strong fighters for their size.

How big do Florida Pompano get?

Juvenile Florida pompano grow between 0.8 and 1.9 inches per month, growing to about 12 inches and weighing about a pound after a year. The maximum growth of an adult pompano will reach around three pounds, and have a length of up to 17 inches.

What's the biggest Florida Pompano ever caught?

On October 16th, 1999, Barry Hutson caught the all tackle world record Florida Pompano according to the IGFA. The monster weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces, with a length of 18 inches. It was caught in Port St. Joe, Florida.

Where is the best place to catch Florida Pompano?

Florida pompano can be found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and West Indies, however they cannot be found in the Bahamas. They are most plentiful in Florida, as the name suggests, from New Smyrna Beach to Miami on the Atlantic coast, and St. Pete to the Panhandle on the Gulf Coast.

They prefer warm waters from 70-89 degrees, migrating north in the summer, and south in the fall. They can typically be found schooling in surf flats, feeding along the bottom, and will often avoid clear water regions.

When should I catch Florida Pompano?

Pompano are open year round, however their peak months are from October to December, and April to July. The best time to fish for them is either early in the morning, or at dusk, especially when the wind is blowing in towards the shore.

How do you catch Florida Pompano?

The Florida pompano is a picky little fish when it comes to eating, making them difficult to catch. When it comes to bait, the best natural options are mole crabs, clams, or shrimp, whereas the best artificial options are brightly colored jigs, plugs, or flies. No matter what you use, you’ll need small terminal tackle and hooks, as they have fairly small mouths.

The best technique is to cast your bait into the wave as it recedes, and then reel in with it. If you’re using artificial, you can twitch it along the bottom to make sand puffs every five seconds. No matter what you’re using, be ready for a terrific fight, despite their size!

Are Florida Pompano good to eat? What are the best Florida Pompano recipes?

Florida pompano are some of the most expensive seafood options in the United States, and have a delicious, white, and flaky meat. Fillets have a very even thickness, and are very popular among chefs. They have a very rich, but mild flavor.

One of the most well known dishes created from them is out of New Orleans, called pompano en papillote. It is wrapped in parchment paper with a white sauce made from wine, shrimp, and crab meat, which is then steamed.