This fish is always fun to catch in the surf

(Trachinotus Africanus and Trachinotus Botla)




Other Names

Southern Pompano, Pamphlet

Identification of the Pompano

Pompano is very similiar in sharp to the Kingfish. It has a robust body with a deeply forked tail. The body is a pale blue along the back with the sides silver and white along the belly. The fins have a touch of yellow to them. This fish is known to reach weights in excess of 15 kilograms but most catches weigh less than 5 kilograms with the odd specimen of over 10 kilogram being caught.


Can be found from Port Elizabeth northwards, but is mostly found along the Natal coast and where they prefer warmer water.

How to locate this fish

The pompano can be found in shallow water where they feed over sand along beaches or close to reefs and rocky outcrops.

Baits to use

Mussels and sea lice are a favoured bait for these fish, with mud prawns and pink prawns a good alternative.

Tackle to use when fishing for Pompano

Light to medium tackle should suffice with the hook size being between a 1/0 and 3/0. As always a reel with a smooth drag system is recommended.

Pompano Fishing Video

This kind of surf fishing is always fun

Always nice to see the ladies having some fishing fun, in this video a lady angler is landing a nice sized pompano from the surf.