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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sailor's Choice Or Salt-Water Bream
Nassau Grouper
Great Kingfish
Spanish Mackerel
Pompom Or Cuban Queen
Tripletail Or Chobie
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Here is a combination of a supreme food fish and a fine fighter. His color is bluish above and slightly golden below. Average size is one pound and the largest is about eight pounds. His shape and general appearance might lead an angler to believe he has hooked a small Crevalle, but if there is no black spot on the gill cover, it's a Pompano. There are three successful methods of fishing for Pompano. He may be caught in the surf, where he feeds on shellfish; he may be caught with bait-casting rigs, and by still fishing. Common names for this fish also are Butterfish, Cobbler, Permit, and Pampano. It frequents waters of the ocean close to shore, especially in sloughs where sand fleas and other crustacea are present, also in cuts and inlets.

The fight of this fish is remarkable. He will strike on small plugs, sometimes shrimp, and frequently on hooks baited with sand fleas. He rushes with amazing speed, and when taken with a light outfit is worthy of the best angler's skill.

To detect a slough containing sand fleas, one should look in the wash of the waves as they bore into the sand, getting either a glimpse of their shells, or noticing the little bumps they leave in the sand. Pompano may be further out in the surf picking up any of these creatures that are washed into deeper water.

Found locally: Pompano is largely a seasonal fish in local waters, bound northward in abundance between March 15 and April 15, and southward again in the Fall. However, a few of them can be had at any time of the year. They are caught surf fishing all along the coast. A number three hook, used with sand fleas, shrimp, or cut bait is suitable. Pompano also take a yellow-head white underwater plug with considerable regularity. A four-pound Pompano when caught on light tackle will make you think you have a 20 pounder from the fight he will put up.

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