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West Palm Beach, Fl Permit Fishing


Permit Fishing in West Palm Beach

Permit are many times mistaken for pompano in West Palm Beach. These fish get much larger than pompano and they hunt for food in much deeper waters in West Palm Beach. Permit will be found hanging around wrecks and structure. Permits favorite food is crabs but bait fish are a close second. The harvesting of Permit is open year-round in West Palm Beach and they must be between 11” and 22” at the fork with a bag size of 2 per angler. You are allowed to harvest one permit per angler that is larger than 22”. Permit are great to eat and also put up one hell of a fight.

Rigs for Permit Fishing in West Palm

Permit will feed all throughout the water column in West Palm Beach and your rig will depend on what part of the column you are fishing in. If you are targeting them on the bottom use a fish finder rig with a short leader and a 7/0 circle hook. Weight will depend on the amount of current that day. If the permit are feed on top then just freeline out a live crab and lets it naturally drift along with the current. If you are using live bait then put a small weight just above the baitfish and add a bobber about 4’ about the hook.

Where to find Permit in West Palm Beach

Permit will be found hanging around some sort of structure in West Palm Beach. Start with any wrecks in the area and keep your bait above the highest point of the wreck. Manmade reefs and live bottom are also a great place to hunt for Permit and drifting a fish finder rig just above the bottom is a good way to target them in West Palm Beach. Permit will come in close to shore at times and working around the natural reefs and jetties can also produce a few bites.

Gear for Permit fishing in West Palm Beach

Permit are hard fighting fish in West Palm Beach and you need to have the tackle to stop these guys in their tracks. When fishing deeper water wrecks, you want to use a 30 class conventional reel on a heavy rod with a fast action and 50lb braided line with a 80lb fluro leader. If the Permit are closer in then you can change up your setup to spinning as you will most likely need to cast out your offerings to them. Do not scale down on the spinning gear, use at minimum a 6000 class reel with a Medium Heavy Rod with a Fast Tip and 40lb braided line with a 60lb fluoro leader.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are permit fish hard to catch?

Permit can be hard to catch as they spook easily and your bait presentation must be just right

Is permit fish good to eat?

Permit is great to eat and is a prized table fair

What's the difference between a pompano and a permit?

Permit are much larger then pompano and they hunt for food in deeper waters

What is the best rod for permit fishing in West Palm Beach?

The best rod for catching Permit in West Palm Beach is the Shimano Grapppler

What is the best reel for permit fishing in West Palm Beach?

The best spinning reel for catching Permit in West Palm Beach is the Shimano Stella SW

What is the best bait for permit fishing?

The best bait for Permit is a small pass crab

What is the best rig for permit fishing?

The best rig for catching Permit is a fish finder rig

How do you hook a crab for permit fishing?

Place a circle hook through the crab’s shell on the side of the crab

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