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1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Dock 3

Sarasota, FL 34236



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.



Sarasota Bay Fishing Charters - Saltwater Light-Tackle Sportfishing with Captain Tony Blizzard 


1708 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Dock 3, Sarasota, FL 34236



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