Permit Fish - Light Tackle for Giants

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Instructor: Scott Fawcett

In The Spread Permit Fishing video, Capt. Scott Fawcett shares professional tactics and techniques for catching world-class fish. Inshore angler RJ Boyle demonstrates how to tangling with a giant permit using light tackle. Fawcett shares secrets on tackle, stalking techniques, boat handling, baits, rig, casting, and moving schools.

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The permit fish is one of the most highly sought after inshore fishing species. Holding a prestigious spot as one of the big 3 inshore gamefish, it shares the limelight with tarpon and bonefish. These fish are:

  • Elusive
  • Easily spooked
  • Particular about presentations

Many anglers refer to them as ghosts of the flats. They can be there one minute and vanish the next. Remember, the longer you stalk a pack of fish and make casts, the more skittish they become. Your window of opportunity to hook up diminishes with each cast.


As members of the jack family, permit resemble overgrown pompano and are known for their relentless fight. They are equipped with:

  • Excellent vision
  • Sharp hearing
  • Strong sense of smell

While they might be easy to spot, their unpredictable behavior makes them challenging to lure.

Expert Tips from Capt. Scott Fawcett

South Florida fishing expert Capt. Scott Fawcett collaborated with In The Spread to share insights on catching permit. In their permit fishing video, they focus on:

  • Sight casting to schools of giant permit in 30 to 40 feet of water
  • Looking for signs of other big-bodied fish stirring the bottom
  • Using good light to spot fish
  • Importance of clean water and tides
  • Ideal water temperatures (72-82 degree range)

Tackle Recommendations

The fish in this instructional video average about 30 lbs., but can weigh over 50 lbs. For this type of fishing, you'll need:

  • A 10-17lb. 7-foot rod
  • 15 lb braid
  • 20 lb fluorocarbon leader

Scott Fawcett prefers blue crabs as bait and recommends using jig heads that match the bait color. He also shares insights on light tackle, stalking techniques, boat driving, best baits, and the permit rig. The key takeaway is how to cast to moving schools without spooking them.

If landing a giant permit is on your bucket list, this fishing video is invaluable. Learn from Scott Fawcett's extensive experience and tips. We aim to bring you the best fishermen for top-notch advice. Equip yourself with knowledge and fish smarter!

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