Permit (Trachinotus falcatus)


  1. Size: Most individuals range from 10 to 30 pounds, however, some permit have been known to reach weights exceeding 40 pounds.
  2. Habitat: Permit are commonly found in warm, coastal waters and inhabit a variety of environments including grass flats, reefs, and wrecks. Most Anna Maria permit are caught on nearshore wrecks.
  3. Bait: Permits primarily feed on crustaceans, preferring crabs and shrimp over other baits like squid and fish. A crab drifted over a wreck is the most common way to hook a permit.
  4. Tackle: Permit are strong and use their broad bodies in the current to fight like something twice their size. Heavy spinning gear is recommended when targeting permit, especially when over structure such as a wreck.   
  5. Food Value: Permit are considered excellent table fare. Their flesh is white, firm, and mild-flavored, making them a prized catch for anglers who enjoy both the challenge of catching them and the delicious meal that follows.