Permit and Florida Pompano Identification

Learn some of the physical characteristics that can help you properly identify permit and Florida pompano. pompano permit identification.jpg

Top: Florida Pompano. Bottom: Permit

 

Florida Pompano Permit
Common to 6 pounds; may reach 8 pounds Common to 40 pounds; may reach 50 pounds
Fish may show yellow on throat, pelvic, and anal fins Fish may show orange or golden tints around breast and anal fin
Dorsal fin begins forward of anal fin Dorsal fin begins over anal fin
22 to 27 soft rays in dorsal fin 17 to 21 soft rays in dorsal fin
20 to 23 soft rays in anal fin 16 to 19 soft rays in anal fin
Have no teeth on tongue at any size Small permit have teeth on tongue
Up to 25" fork length Up to 48" fork length


FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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