Permit Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color gray, dark or iridescent blue above,
shading to silvery sides, in dark waters showing
golden tints around breast; small permit have teeth on
tongue (none on pompano); no scutes; dorsal fin
insertion directly above that of the anal fin; 17 to 21
soft dorsal rays; 16 to 19 soft anal rays.
Similar fish: Florida pompano, T. carolinus; the
permit is deeper bodied; dorsal body profile forms
angle at insertion of second dorsal fin; pompano rarely
grow larger than 6 pounds, permit common to 40 pounds.
Where found: OFFSHORE on wrecks and debris, INSHORE on
grass flats, sand flats, and in channels; most abundant in south Florida, with smaller
specimens from every coastal county.
Size: common to 25 pounds.
Remarks: feeds mainly on bottom-dwelling crabs, shrimp, small clams, and small fish.