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ANGLER'S GUIDE TO FISHES OF THE GULF OF MEXICO!
This book is a given for recreational and commercial fishermen as well as anyone who loves the outdoors! Since most anglers identify their fish by reviewing illustrations rather than using scientific keys, the authors have succeeded in making fishing easier by providing superb illustrations and detailed diagnostics for fish identification. A valuable, one-stop reference tool for everyday anglers, fisheries experts, biologists, and outdoors writers, this guide includes intensively researched information on 207 species of saltwater fish, essential data on each species’ habitat, identification, typical size, and food value. By Jerald Horst & Mike Lane, illustrated by Duane Raver. 207 species.
|Other Names :||Pompano, Common Pompano, Carolina Pompano, Florida Pompano|
|Range & Habitat :||The fish is found Gulfwide in the surf zone, major bays with sandy bottoms, and in coastal waters. In the northern Gulf, they are a seasonal fish, appearing in the warmer months. Preferred water temperatures are 82-98ºF and they are seldom found below 62ºF.|
|Identification & Biology :||Florida pompano are silver with a darker back and a golden hue on the belly and fins. They resemble permit, but are slightly less deep-bodied. Permit have little to no yellow on their belly and longer lobes on their dorsal and anal fins.|
Pompano are schooling, bottom-feeders, focusing on small clams, mussels, and sandy-bottom crustaceans such as amphipods, crabs, and shrimp. They do not eat fishes. Pompano spawn offshore several times in the summer and early fall. The young pompano grow rapidly and reach 8 inches and sexual maturity in one year. They are thought to live 3 to 4 years. Pompano are active fishes, whose presence is revealed by their tendency to jump like a skipped stone in a boat=s wake. They are difficult to catch on artificial lures that resemble fish, which are not in their diet. They are excellent fighters for their size.
|Size :||One to 3 pounds, but can reach 8 pounds.|
|Food Value :||Excellent|
|Description by: Jerald Horst, Associate Professor, Fisheries - LSU AgCenter|