African Pompano

American Pompano

The African Pompano, scientific name Alectis Ciliaris, is a fish species found in tropical waters around the world.

They belong to the Carangidae family and can weigh about 15 to 20 pounds and measure anywhere from 20 to 40 inches.

They are relatively large fish species and are highly rated game fish. Its average lifespan in the wild is about 4 years.


The African Pompano is a rather large fish with a dominantly silver body. These species are shaped like diamonds, with the face and tail ends pointy.

It has darker shades on the top and a much silvery appearance around the belly area. Their body is deep and compressed and has a more curved head compared to other species. The curved head can be found in adults and lesser in juveniles.

Habitat and Lifestyle

Found in most tropical oceans and seas, the African Pompano can be seen more around coastal waters with a depth of around 100 meters.

They are available in almost all parts of the world, from the coasts of the USA, Latin America, and Africa to the Indian Ocean and Pacific Islands. The African Pompano cannot survive in colder waters.

Finding and Catching

This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.

The African Pompano can be found mostly in and around coastal waters with temperatures around 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The young ones will be found in deeper waters, whereas the adults can be found around the coasts, piers, reefs, etc. The method of drift fishing is the best way to catch the African Pompano.

Peak Season

The months from November to February are when the African Pompano is most abundant. They mostly venture out during the winter months.

Best Bait

There are a few baits that are used in catching the African Pompano.

  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Pilchard
  • White Jigs with shiny artificial bait