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~ 56 Lbs. 2 oz. Caught in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 30, 1997 by angler
~ Trachinotus Falcatus
~ Permit Fish
~ Permit have bright silver sides and bluish-green or brown backs. The
belly will sometimes show yellow or an occasional black splotch. The
fins appear dark gray or black. The deeply forked tail and elongated
anterior dorsal fin provide the more distinct characteristics of the
permit. However, one can also identify the permit by its highly
laterally compressed body, making the fish appear thin and tall. From a
lateral perspective, the permit shape looks round in juveniles, but
becomes oblong as the fish ages into an adult.
~ Permit can reach a weight of over 50 pounds and a length of
45 inches, but the angler caught Permit is usually 1 to 3 feet
and 25 pounds or less.
~ Permit primarily occupy inshore regions such as flats and sandy
beaches, and deeper cuts, channels, and holes adjacent to these areas.
The substrate of the flats may vary from sand, mud, marl, or sea grass.
Permit often swim in water depths less than 2 feet, though due to large
body depth, large individuals cannot occupy waters as shallow as other
flats species such as bonefish. In deeper waters up to 90 feet, permit
often gather around structures such as reefs, jetties, and wrecks where
they frequently occur in large schools.
~ Permit feed on mollusks, and crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp, and