Treadfin Trevally, Pennantfish (Alectis Ciliaris) aka African Pompano
Cermin, Rambai Landeh, Ebek
Large eyes with a small rudimentary adipose eyelid in upper corner. Pelvic fin, jugular and elongated in young. 5 dorsal rays and 5 anal rays, filamentous in young specimen, shorter in adults. Lateral line arched at anterior portion, becoming straight at posterior and extending up to caudal fin base.
Adults are solitary pelagic specie that dwells in coastal waters.
Usual size caught around 40 cm and can reach 100 cm. Maximum size reported is 130 cm (20+ kg).
The fighting prowess and good table fare attract anglers to the species in many parts of the world, with easily accessed areas such as Florida having a strong recreational fishery for the species, as well as more remote areas such as Thailand and a number of Pacific and Indian Ocean islands.
Tackle for larger fish must be robust, with 50 lb line on a large overhead or threadline type reel needed to prevent the fish from taking cover in underwater structure on its first run, especially on reefs and wrecks. Smaller fish are often taken on light tackle, often requiring a skilled angler to be able to land the fish in these situations. They can be caught on both bait and lures, with small live baitfish or large prawns the choice of baits rigged on strong gauge hooks. Lures are often jigs or streamers worked on deep reefs and wrecks, although they have been known to take a trolled lure or rigged bait. In rare cases, they have even been known to hit saltwater flies on sinking lines and poppers at the surface.
The recognized record for a recreationally caught African pompano is 18.8 kg. In Florida, the species has a minimum size limit of 24 inches and only two fish are allowed per vessel per day. Source Wikipedia
Fish in photo above was caught using the bottom ledger rig on very light line.
A commercial specie sold at high prices. However, rarely seen in the markets in large quantities.