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Permit Fish

The permit fish, also known as Trachinotus falcatus, is a popular game fish found in tropical and subtropical waters. It is commonly found in the western Atlantic Ocean, from Florida to Brazil, as well as in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

Permit fish are typically silver-gray in color and have a tall, compressed body shape with a forked tail. They can grow up to 4 feet in length and weigh up to 60 pounds, although most catches are between 10 and 30 pounds.

Permit fish are known for their hard fighting and are a popular target for fly fishers. They are often found in shallow water, particularly around flats, reefs, and wrecks, and are known to be very finicky and difficult to catch. They feed on a variety of crustaceans and small fish.

Due to their popularity as a game fish, permit fishing has become a significant industry in some areas, particularly in the Florida Keys. However, permit populations have been affected by overfishing and habitat loss, and some areas have implemented regulations to protect the species.

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