African Pompano

African pompano

African Pompano (Alectis ciliaris)


  1. Size: African pompano can grow to considerable sizes, with some individuals reaching lengths of up to 4 feet and 30 pounds.
  2. Habitat: Most African pompano are caught offshore while fishing over structure such as wrecks, reefs, or hard bottom.  
  3. Bait: Their diet primarily consists of smaller fish, crustaceans, and other small marine organisms. Live pilchards, cigar minnows, pinfish, squid, shrimp, and crabs can all work well as bait. Artificial lures such as bucktail and diamond jigs can also entice a strike in certain situations. 
  4. Tackle: African pompano are a popular target for sport fishing due to their fighting ability and large size. Heavy spinning or conventional gear is recommended, especially when fishing near structure. 
  5. Food Value: They are considered a prized catch in many regions for their excellent taste and white, flaky flesh. They are often prepared in various culinary dishes, such as grilling, broiling, or frying.