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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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Pompom Or Cuban Queen

The Pompom is a member of the Grunt family, and often is mistaken for the Drum. The upper part of his body is dark gray, shading into a lighter silvery gray on under parts. Head and snout have a lilac-coppery cast. A blotch of black lies near the pectoral fin.

Other common names for him in this locality are Drum, Grunt, Margate Grunt, Salt-Water Bream, and Sea Bream.

Its natural food is shrimp, crabs, crawfish, sand fleas, other crustaceans, conchs and minnows. These should be used as the bait when still fishing for Pompom. This fish prefers rocky shoals both "inside" and "outside," but always in salt water. He hides out sometimes under mangrove roots. His average weight is from one to two pounds, although individuals sometimes reach about 20 pounds. Ocean piers are the most favorable fishing grounds for this species. Tackle and methods: These are not a fish that you can catch just any time, for they run in schools. When they are running, your catch probably will be large, and the summer fisherman has the edge on the winter fisherman for this sport. Tackle such as is used for Whiting is suitable to take this fish.

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