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Family Carangidae, JACKS and POMPANOS Trachinotus falcatus

 

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 anal rays.


Similar Fish: 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.

Florida Record: 51 lbs., 8 oz.

 

Remarks: feeds mainly on bottom-dwelling crabs, shrimp, small clams.

 

Distribution: Atlantic; western Atlantic ranging from Cape Cod to Brazil, common southward but occurs northward only in the Gulf Stream. Also known off African coast.

 

General: Not as abundant as the related common pompano but shares the same sandy flats and reefs. A trophy game fish on light tackle. Considered good eating.

 

Local: During the spring we have large schools of permit prowling are coastal reefs and average 6-18 lbs.

 

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