What's hot: Offshore wrecks and artificial reefs are holding large schools of permit, which feed off of the structure, eating barnacles, shrimp and crabs. I fill the well with crabs the day before and keep them alive with an aerator. The strongest outgoing tides toward the end of the day are the most productive for locating crabs. The grass lines formed by the current will usually hold crabs.
Tactics: Once I get to a wreck, I anchor using my high-definition global positioning system trolling motor. All I have to do is put the motor in the water and hit the "Anchor" button on the remote control. If I am off my mark, I can "jog" the boat left or right with the arrow buttons.
Tackle: Due to the size of permit, I like to use heavier tackle. Ten-pound gear will not work in deep water; it's just too light to pull large fish from deep water. Thirty-pound braid with a long, 30-pound fluorocarbon leader is needed to land these strong fish. Permit have large eyes and become leader shy if you use anything heavier than 30-pound fluorocarbon. A large 6000 series reel capable of holding 300 yards or better of line is needed. Permit can peel off line in seconds.
Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit www.captainrob gorta.com.