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Permit and Florida Pompano Identification

pompano permit identification drawing
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Florida Pompano

  • Common to 6 pounds; may reach 8 pounds
  • Fish may show yellow on throat, pelvic, and anal fins
  • Dorsal fin begins forward of anal fin 
  • 22 to 27 soft rays in dorsal fin
  • 20 to 23 soft rays in anal fin
  • Have no teeth on tongue at any size
  • Up to 25" fork length


  • Common to 40 pounds; may reach 50 pounds
  • Fish may show orange or golden tints around breast and anal fin
  • Dorsal fin begins over anal fin
  • 17 to 21 soft rays in dorsal fin
  • 16 to 19 soft rays in anal fin
  • Small permit have teeth on tongue
  • Up to 48" fork length