Palometa: Trachinotus goodei


  • Grayish-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 fin nearer the tail
  • No scutes


Palometa are most common in clear water along sandy beaches and bays, and occasionally found over reefs.  They are most common in south Florida.


This fish is thought to spawn offshore in during the spring, summer, and fall.  Palometa have shown rapid growth in mariculture experiments. 

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Palometa readily strikes small artificial lures.

Additional Information:

Similar Fish: pompano, T. carolinus; permit, T. falcatus.

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

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