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Family: Jacks & Pompanos
Similar Fish: Jacks & Pompanos
Habitat: OFFSHORE on wrecks and debris. INSHORE on grass flats, sand bars and in channels. They can be found in both mucky and reef bottoms, and in either deep, offshore environs or shallow flats.
Size: 25 lb - 50 lb.
Description: This is an extremely adaptable fish.  Young permit school but become more solitary with age. On the flats, permit feed much like redfish, rooting around the bottom in search of food. They will eat shrimp, crabs, mollusks, and urchins. The roof of a permit's mouth has a hard plate that is used to crush the shells of crabs and crustaceans. It often mashes many anglers' hooks completely flat.

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