Round Pompano, Great Pompano.
All Florida, the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Permit are found in the surf, inlets and passes of both
coasts, but are more numerous in the southern half of
the state. In warm weather, they roam South Atlantic
reefs and many Gulf wrecks. "Classic" Permit stalking on
the flats is largely confined to Dade County and the
Florida Keys, as well as the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Deeper body and blunter head than the Pompano. Large,
sickle-shaped tail. Scutes absent Silver overall;
sometimes has a black blotch on side under the pectoral
fin. Like Pompano, small Permit may also show some
yellow on the underside.
Can run as high as 40 or 50 pounds, with 20-30pounds
being fairly common. World and Florida records 56
pounds, 2 ounces.
51 lbs. 8 ozs
When small enough to be confused with Pompano, the
confusion extends to the table. Both are excellent.
Rates as one of the very best game fish a long runner on
the flats and a strong, stubborn deep fighter offshore.
Also one of the most challenging to fool, especially
with artificial lures.
TACKLE AND BAITS:
Although offshore Permit are large enough to provide
sport with light and medium saltwater tackle, the
epitome of Permit fishing is to stalk them by sight on
shallow flats, and cast directly to them. Light
spinning, bait casting and fly tackle can be used in the
shallows provided the angler has a good supply of line
and a means (a guide with a push pole, preferably) of
chasing the fish. Best natural bait is any sort of small
live crab. Dead pieces of crab and lobster also work
well. Live shrimp are often accepted, especially if
skittered across the surface, and then allowed to sink.
If using small skimmer (Bonefish-style) jigs, try to get
the Permit to follow the lure then stop it dead and let
it sink into the grass or mud. Best flies are those with
weighted or epoxy heads that will sink in the manner of
a lead head jig.
Casting; Still Fishing.