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Permit

Illustrator
Duane Raver, Jr.
Season
Open Year-Round
Size Limit
No Size Limit
Daily Limit / Person
No Limit
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Uncommon - this species is more common south of Delaware.
General Habitat and Food Preferences
Permit prefer inshore shallow waters such as flats and sandy beaches as well as deeper channels near shallow water. They often congregate around artificial reefs, jetties, and wrecks.

They primarily feed on crabs, clams, and shrimps but being opportunistic feeders will also eat marine worms and small fishes.
General Description
Permit are gray, dark, or iridescent blue on top with silvery sides and sometimes have golden tints around the breast.

They have a deeply forked tail.
Did You Know?
Permit have excellent eyesight and an acute sense of smell, making it an exceptional shallow water predator.

This skilled and wary hunter is so sharp that two U.S. Navy submarines were named USS Permit in the fish's honor.
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
Keep your hands clean. Permit have a powerful sense of smell. They can smell crabs and shrimps they cannot see. They can also smell insect repellant, sunblock, gasoline, and aftershave.

Permit anglers cast live crabs over artificial reefs hoping to catch one of these line-stripping fish.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Permit caught by anglers average around 25 pounds.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Permit are not currently eligible for a Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament or Live Release award, but a large specimen may qualify for an “Unusual Species” award.
Delaware State Record
Permit are not currently eligible for an individual Delaware record.