Also known as the pennant-fish or threadfin trevally, the African pompano, (Alectis ciliaris), is a widely distributed tropical marine fish in the Jack family, Carangidae. The species is found in most tropical waters worldwide. Adults often inhabit coastlines while juveniles are usually pelagic, floating with ocean currents.
The adult African pompano is very similar in appearance to the other members of the Genus Alectis, where a trained eye is needed to separate the three. However the juveniles are easily identified due to their long, filamentous dorsal and anal fin tips, which are thought to discourage predators. The species reside in depths less than 100 m (328 ft). It consumes a range of crustaceans and small fishes.
This species is of minor economic importance and often taken amongst other tropical mid water fishes by hook and line while juveniles are occasionally caught in beach seines. It is considered one of the strongest Jacks and highly rated game fish. The African Pompano is an awesome fighter with a swift, powerful strike. The beautiful silver and blue fish will usually head straight for obstructions on the seabed when hooked.