Benny has been pioneering the art of slow-pitch jigging in South Florida and the Dry Tortugas for several years and has thus far caught more than 70 different species on slow-pitch jigs, including golden tilefish, blackfin tuna, African pompano
, mutton snapper, scamp grouper and even sailfish.
A recent study by the environmental group Haribon Foundation showed that reef species, including African pompano
(talakitok), giant grouper (kugtong) and the mangrove red snapper (maya-maya), were in danger of extinction due to increased demand resulting from overpopulation, overharvesting and illegal fishing.
Ceros, king mackerels, tunas, African pompano
, you name it.
Among the species vulnerable to extinction due to overpopulation, overharvesting and illegal fishing are the humphead wrasse (mameng), bumphead parrotfish (taungan), giant grouper (kugtong), African pompano
(talakitok) and the mangrove red snapper (a type of maya-maya).
Caption: Alicia Minia with an African pompano
. There's no telling what species you'll find on crossings to the Bahamas.
While shallow water grouper season is closed in Atlantic waters, bottom fishermen can look for African pompano
, mutton, vermilion, yelloweye and yellowtail snappers around reefs and wrecks.
Caption: Bo and Dillon Perry with African pompano
they caught off Pensacola on northern mackerel.
Many of those vessels are still out there, bejeweled with algae and coral, hosting schools of sardines, blue runners, grunts and much larger fish like amberjack, African pompano
and black grouper.
Caption: Erin Garcia Bettner caught the African pompano
on a live pinfish near a wreck off Key Largo.
Caption: Madison Buda, a college student in Gainesville, caught the African pompano
with chunk bait on a circle hook along a reef off Key West.
"Seven hours into the day, all we could muster up was a shark bite and an African pompano