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I was down in Key West last week and i can tell you there are no fish in Key West Harbor. If you have ever been the The Half Shell Raw Bar right on the water you know what i am talking about. Tarpon, jacks, mangrove snapper, parrot fish and who knows what else is all over the harbor. There were ZERO fish. I did not see ONE! And i was looking!!
 

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I'm going to start an debate and hopefully Karon will chime in as well, but from the shape of the head, length of the fins particularly the caudal and second dorsal I think it might just be a huge pompano.

I'm not a marine biologist but it lacks a lot of key features found in a permit.
 

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tunapopper (3/3/2010)I'm going to start an debate and hopefully Karon will chime in as well, but from the shape of the head, length of the fins particularly the caudal and second dorsal I think it might just be a huge pompano.

I'm not a marine biologist but it lacks a lot of key features found in a permit.
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The length of the body compared to depth is also not proportionate to permit.

If it was(is) a pompano, damn I wish I could have caught it alive!

A buddy of mine who is an inshore guide over here once caught 3 in a trip that were easily over 7lbs. Of course by the time I saw them they were fileted carcasses in a bucket. I told him "Rob, you know you have about 3 or 4 state record pomps in this bucket don't you?"

He just responded "Really? Thats pretty cool" and went about doing whatever he was doing.
 

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My father-in-law caught a permit in Navarre in the sound by a channel marker. They are most definitely here. His top to bottom touched the sides of a 5 gallon bucket(all we had at the time to put the fish in) and it's tail stuck out the top of the bucket. That fish was very tasty. lol
 

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Well the picture at the link looks like a pompano as well. :)

besides better story- you found a floating florida record pompano..

mark
 

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Tex i am going to eat crowand saythatI was wrong initially...

http://www.sportfishingmag.com/other/other/permit-vs-pompano-22492.html

"it's helpful to know how to differentiate between the two. <ARTICLE_LINE></ARTICLE_LINE>Permit set themselves apart at the dorsal fin. The spot where the fin touches the body forms an angle, while the pompano's is a continuous curve."

The picture below is of a pompano. Note that where the dorsal fin begins toward the front and back of the upper part of the pompano's body there is a continuing slight curve.

The pictures of the fish you posted all have an angle where thedorsal fin goes back and forward on the upper part of the body.

I stand corrected - looks like a permit to me. Mark
 

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tunapopper (3/3/2010)Whatever it is, I think its past its expiration date and shouldn't be consumed by humans
Are you waiting until May to get on the yak or what? I am expecting big things from you as far as prestigous catches and competition! We might be getting together an armada of yaks on a nice calm day in late april to do like a 3 mile drift out east....Kinda like a line so none can escape us an we can increase our odds...what do you think?
 
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