Double Digit

The reason I have not reported anything for the last 3 days is there was nothing to report except that it was unseasonably cold and windy. I wasn’t about to go out in those conditions so I just hunkered down here and read a few books.

It was cold this morning but by mid morn it was sunny and just a very light breeze. So I decided I better brush off the moth balls and head out. First thing I tried to do is catch that cuda that’s been giving me problems. I got him to chase a popper and he made a serious attempt at nailing it but missed. After that he wouldn’t look at it.

On the way back I stopped on the bottle flat where I caught that permit. I dropped the anchor decided to eat my sandwich. I stood on the bow to keep an eye on things as the visibility was great and this time I had the rod handy. I saw a big fish heading toward me in about 3 to 4 feet of water. I quickly grabbed the rod and stripped off as much line as I figured I needed. All went perfect and when I presented the fly the fish charged it.This was a big bonefish and he took me deep into my backing 3 times. When I got him close I jumped off the boat to land him in real shallow water. This was by far the biggest this year. I measured him on my rod and he went just over 28 inches. Also he was real girthy as Benry said these fish in the winter are. Benry estimated him to be 10 or 11 pounds. And again no camera, same with the permit. I was tempted to keep this fish as Hank told me if I get a real big one to keep it and they season it and bake it. He said they are excelllent eating. I looked at this big guy in the water by my feet and after that big fight he gave me I couldn’t bring myself to kill him.
The fish gods are rewarding me for that bottle clean up we did that day because this fish was in that same area and no more than 100 yards from where I caught that permit.


  1. My oh my Al!!! Big Bones, big permit and big cuda!!! I’m going nuts right now. I want to be there so bad!!!! Keep up the reports!!!

  2. tone the bone

    good for you alver; just a clue might be nice. lol where did ya catch em. i wouldnt say either but thought id give it a try. i remember one day in bute. this guy had a monster bull elk in the back of his truck at the met. white tips, huge mass and perfect 6×6 on each side. 370 at least. me being the nosy one that i am asked him. “where did ya get him” he looked at me with a smile and said “no tell em canyon” and as embaressed as i am to say i asked him where that was. he fell on the ground at that time and i nearly ran to my car. i was very young folks. keep em coming al.

  3. I revealed where I caught that big bone. It was on that shore line where we did the bottle clean up—-west side of shark flat.
    As for where we found those big permit—-it’s where that egret is standing next to that mangrove.

  4. Al, based on your report Erik and I have modified our plans.. We will be picking up bottles the first 2 days to generate some of that positive mojo. then fish.

  5. Greg, Good idea, it worked for me.

  6. tone the bone

    i know that spot

  7. Dennis Pobst

    Glad to hear that you hooked up with a big one. I KNOW WHERE YOU GOT HIM THOUGH! I’VE SEEN THAT EGRET! If he’d been there a few days earlier, maybe I”d have had a shot at him! Maybe next year, hope the weather straightens out before you friends arrive, good luck on the west side!


  8. Hey Al. Might want to get back early this year. You can already float a few sections of the big hole, skwalas are popping on the bitterroot and the whole state should be on fire by mid june. gonna have to get it done here while we can.

  9. It was good Karma Al. You do something to better Fresh Creek and it comes back in spades in more ways than one. Maybe you and Hank should head back out to the reef soon while the good ju-ju is till hanging around. That way when you leave he’ll have a whole year of stewing that you outfished him (again?).

  10. Adam has it right Al,its going to be a bad year.We worked a bunch of cattle the other day and it was nothing but dust bringing them in.All I can say is pray for rain!!!

  11. tone the bone

    goodmorning al; for what its worth. i get the ski report for discovery basin every day and wanted to let you know that its gettin lots of snow in the past week. hopefully its going to keep goin. i think we’re going to be ok this year.

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