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World Record ~ 56 Lbs. 2 oz. Caught in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on June 30, 1997 by angler Thomas Sebestyen

Scientific name ~  Trachinotus Falcatus

Other names ~ Permit Fish

Identification ~ 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.

Size ~ 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.

Habitat ~ 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.

Feeding Habits ~ Permit feed on mollusks, and crustaceans such as crabs, shrimp, and sea urchins.

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