Species of The Caribbean Mexican 15th “The Thumb” (Trachinotus Falcatus)

In this installment we’ll talk about one of the fish myth for fishing fly and even more for fishing inshore with light equipment: the thumbscrews, the Queen of the marshes, this is one of the species most sought by fishermen fly which is characterized as a nervous and difficult to find animal, which moreover is not very easy to fool when encountered in shallow water.

The Americans call it “Permit” and it is convenient to mention in our case, there is only a kind of thumb, while for the Pacific there are three. In the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida’s Atlantic coast, and a little further to the North, it is possible to find this species and you can locate both in shallow waters and shoals in reef areas. Belongs to the family of the caranjidos, such as mackerel, Pompano and others.

They are usually grouped in schools of at least four or five individuals when they are adults, but it is common to find large schools in the beach areas in their juvenile stage and Sandy in search of food, very close to the breakers.


It is a species that can be found in tropical and subtropical waters of shallow water and deep reef areas when adult semi, and estuary and lowlands during certain periods of his life.

It is a migratory species and that we can find from the North coast of the United States of North America in North Carolina, to the South in Brazil. In the case of the “Trachinotus Falcatus” we only find it in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is common in areas something deep as oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to find schools of Jackfish.

Morphology and scientific data:

It is a kind of medium size that may well measure up to 1.22 meters in length and weigh up to 36 kg. It usually moves in shoals of individuals of the same size, being in schools of 4 to 8 individuals, who can be found in the areas of beach, with soft bottom, where usually forage.

Its body is oval, silver loin and black fins, which are usually confused with the Fund, is almost white and may have some yellow-orange coloration in the lower head area and in the ventral area.

It presents 7 spines, six of them are small and do not have soft rays, the latter on the back is the base of the dorsal fin which has up to 21 soft rays, ending at the base of the tail. At the bottom it has two to four thorns Annals, which are also short and the last is the base of the anal fin, which is usually composed of 16 to 18 soft rays.

Feeds of crustaceans, shrimps, crabs and small as an adult fish and zooplankton when young, can locate them hunting in areas of low water, beaches and Sandy bottoms, looking for food in areas of reef and within the estuary in places where the current takes food as inputs of rivers and pools where you can find prey to eat.

For playback and sunset they move toward open sea, depositing their huevesillos in the current, which hatch and travelling to the coast where they will seek protection of the reef and muddy bottom areas.


As we mentioned is one of the members of the “Grand Slam” of the esteros and is sought after by anglers fly fishing as one of the most complicated dams, since not be fooled easily and his fight is intense. Usually search you with imitations of shrimp and crab. Is a difficult and very nervous, dam that gets scared very easily when it is in shallow water and is common to see their fins out of the water when they are eating in estuary zones.

For your fishing with light equipment or means, it is recommended the use of fluorocarbon and sharp hooks, leaders, imitation crabs or shrimp, and occasionally some rubber can be used other lures, but without a doubt one of the most effective ways to fish them is with a live crab.

Fishing with live bait, using crabs perhaps not of the most exciting, then we must place the crab on our hook and a sliding lead launch areas where we commonly know that it may have Jackfish and let the crab to move slowly in the background, once the halibut chop, we will have a very intense fight and strong.

There are many imitations of crabs and shrimps being effective as Berkley Gulp lures lure!, Yum Shrimps, DOA Shrimp, which can be used with lead, and lures jigs rigid are the CW Crab, which are effective for fishing large moths. Creme lures has a very effective shrimp, with a triple hook, perhaps only a small amount of weight missing that and also glow in the dark if put you a lamp, which makes that we can fish at night also.

The pomfret is active on the day and at night, by what can fish it virtually at any time.