Pompano are represented by several species. Pacific Pompano (Peprilus simillimus) are found from Cedros Island, Baja California north to Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia. They are pelagic, and commonly caught during spring and summer months.
In the News~
August 27, 1883 [SBDP]: “The season’s catch of pompanos is at its best. Immense numbers of this most delicious of salt water fish are now swarming in the channel. They bite ravenously and fishermen on the pier bring them away by the stringfull and basketful.”
February 5, 1904 [SBMP]: “A peculiarity of sea fishing along the southern California coastline says John C. Whay, sporting editor of the Herald, is that not one in ten anglers can properly classify the fish caught. For example, one self-styled piscatorial expert, who writes volumes on fish and fishermen, calls a pompano by its true name in one sentence, and in the next alludes to the same dainty fish as a 'pumpkin seed.' The pompano bears about as much resemblance to a pumpkin seed as a peach does to an apple.”
October 2, 1908 [SBMP]: “A record catch of pompano was made yesterday by a number of expert fishers who went out on the channel off the wharf at Serena. The fish bit as fast as the fishermen could pull them in to the extent of 250.”
January 8, 1916 [SBMP]: “Pompano are running in the bay, and yesterday several parties were out in Captain George Gourley's boats after the prized ocean delicacy. Many people regard the little pompano as the daintiest sea food supplied in the form of fish, and they would go far and work hard to get a 'mess' of them.”