The permit is a game fish off the East Coast of United States and actually extending down to Brazil.
Permit are usually found in shallow, tropical waters such as flats, channels and muddy bottoms. Although permit are found close to shore and even in some brackish areas, they spawn offshore. Young permit are found usually in the surf zone where there is plenty of food. Permit love to dine on crabs, but they have been known to eat sea urchins and even lobster. Like bonefish, they can be spotted “tailing” on the flats as they hunt for food.
Permit can reach 48 inches long and weigh up to 79 pounds. The largest permit caught in Florida was 51 pounds, 8 ounces.