Permit Fishing


permitThe permit is a game fish of the western Atlantic ocean belonging to the Carangidae family.  Permits can be distinguished by their elongated dorsal fins and anal fin.  The permit tails are deeply forked and their bodies are compressed laterally, making the fish tall and thin when viewed from the front.  In North America, they are found on the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to the Florida Keys and throughout most of the Caribbean Islands.

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Permit are typically found in shallow, tropical waters such as flats, channels and even muddy bottoms.  They can also be found offshore near reefs and wrecks.

How to Catch Permit

Permit are mostly caught inshore on the flats.  Anglers target them by sight fishing when the waters are high enough on the flats.  Permit can often be seen tailing on the flats, which gives anglers a chance to make a cast to them while they are feeding.  The channels near the flats can also be productive, especially during a low tide.  Offshore, anglers usually fish for permit on the reefs, wrecks and rock piles.  Live bait is the easiest way to catch these fish.  Live crabs work best, but shrimp will also do the trick.  Some anglers do fish with artificials as well.  Small jigs, soft plastics and flies will entice some permit to eat, but it’s not easy to catch them on artificials.

Eating Permit

Permit taste excellent.

Permit Fishing Tips & Techniques


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