Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Key West Flats Fishing Part 2: The Permit

Since we did so well with bonefish on the previous day, catching five on fly, day two was all about getting a tarpon and a permit. Mike started off the morning by taking me to one of his go-to spots that holds baby tarpon and I hooked two on fly but lost them when they jumped in the mangroves. We spent another hour looking for laid up fish in the backcountry basins until a quick building storm chased us to right to a flat with several feeding permit. The light was fading so I didn't even try using a fly rod for these fish. I tossed a live crab at the first fish Mike pointed out to me and got it to eat just thirty feet from the boat. Twenty minutes later we had the big permit on board for the hero pictures and a quick release. A perfect end to a great couple of days with the best flats guide in Key West. If you're ever planning a trip to the island do yourself a favor and book Capt. Mike Bartlett ASAP.

Running through the Lakes.
Hooked up.
Permit are easily the most beautiful fish on the flats.
A perfect twenty pounder.
Victory.
I beat him like he owed me money.