Monster Permit

After telling Tommy I caught that permit yesterday he got all fired up. Just mention permit to him and he gets excited. He called and said lets go back up the creek and look for some more.
The weather forecast was very good and I immediately agreed.

We didn’t go to the place I found those yesterday as Tommy wanted to check out a couple places in the far back. It was a full moon last night with a very high tide this morning. He said these were perfect conditions for finding permit. It was picture perfect this morninng and the water was like glass. On the way we slowed down going through this particular deep channel and we couldn’t believe what we saw. There must have been a thousand bonefish in that channel. The bottom was literally covered with them. They were in 6 to 10 feet of water and it was useless to try and cast to them.

From there we kept heading further back to the far reaches of the creek. We started poling and saw nothinng for quite awhile. Then I spotted a big fish come to the surface about 80 feet away. Tommy saw them a second later and we both agreed they had to be tarpon. They were in deep water at the time and we knew they had to be close by.
Then Tommy spotted them in a little bay not far. He poled closer and was setting me up for a shot when he gasped and said, mon dose are permits. As they got a little closer I saw what they were and could not believe how big they were. I’m talking nothing less than 40 pounds. They were 3 to 4 times bigger than the one I got yesterday. He set me up for a perfect shot at no more than 40 feet. I laid the fly front of them and the big one in front turned on it. Tommy was frantically saying, strip, strip, he’s on it. He was on it and on it but never ate it. I had on a tarpon fly that he didn’t quite like. There were five of them in that group and all were monsters. We stayed around that area for about an hour but never found them again. Even though we didn’t hook up it was fantastic just to see them.


  1. J.P. Mischkot

    WOW!!! Good to hear these great stories coming out of the creek. Keep up the good work!

  2. Keep’m hungry for the rest of us! Two days in a row with Permit sightings not too shabby!

  3. tone the bone

    just got home from the river. read last report. going the bathroom and vomit. (with excitment). ttb

  4. 24 more days for us, so every report Al put’s up like this gets us more fired up (and feeling like tone). Now let’s get a nice warming trend for the rest of this month and we are golden.

    How long you staying down there Al?

  5. Sounds like my first and only Permit sighting. The thrill of watching a monster permit is hard to beat. Hope you nab one soon!

  6. Man that is awesome!!! We have seen big Permit up there before twenty to thirty pounds and man they were moving. Great fish. Keep up the reports Al. I really wish I could go down there this year but we are just about ready to close on our house and I’ve got to find a new one. Next year those fish better watch out!!!

  7. tone the bone

    come on al; tell us a permit story then nothing for 3 days. by the way; did u get a picture

  8. Let’s play a little game. If you just arrived on Andros today— tell me the first three things you’d do. For me:

    1) Get a cold Kalik
    2) Listen to Hank’s bullshit
    3) Get a second Kalik

    The bags and room can wait. This provided it’s too late to hop in a boat and go fishing.

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