Palometa Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: gray to blue-green on top of head and along
the back; bright silvery sides; yellow on breast;
elongated dorsal and anal fins, dusky or black with
bluish edges; deep body, with four narrow bars
high on the sides, and traces of a fifth nearer the
tail; no scutes.
Similar fish: pompano, T. carolinus; permit, T.
Where found: in clear water along sandy beaches and
bays, occasionally found over reefs; most common in
Size: rarely over 1 pound, reported to 3 pounds.
Remarks: thought to spawn offshore in spring, summer, and fall; has shown rapid
growth in mariculture experiments; readily strikes small