Fishing Reports V1

The fishing reports page has been a favorite for a while now, and we try to keep it updated regularly. For the most part, it’s a blog of Nathaniel Linville and the fishing he does with guides that he’s lucky enough to fish with though occasionally we’ll post a guest report from one of our friends on a trip they took. Good days, bad days, success and failure, they’re all here. Photos accompany the report when they’re available, but if you want straight photos the best place to look is the photo gallery.

First Post in a While

April 6, 2024

A few people have mentioned to me recently that the reports haven’t been updated in a while, and I agree. Gone are the days of the account of every day of fishing, it seems, but that also shouldn’t mean I don’t update for 3+ months. As a lucky byproduct of not updating regularly, I do…

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Current Conditions

December 19, 2023

As the year draws to a close, we’ve got a fun change in the air down here: we actually are having a few back-to-back cold fronts. It’s chilly, if not cold, and that means good things for the future fishing whenever things start to warm up some. I’m hopeful that when it gets right we…

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Fishing Lately

November 24, 2023

In the last month, I’ve been able to get back into the habit of permit fishing. It’s been nice, and frustrating, and all of the things between that make it the kind of thing I miss when I don’t do it enough or as much as I once did. Our goal has been the 4#…

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Tournament update, upcoming project

October 17, 2023

Once again I feel obligated to mention that I’m aware these reports have been appearing at a slower than usual rate, though I suppose by now it would be unusual for them to appear as often as they once did. After I finished a few weeks of recovery from the shoulder surgery in August I…

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Current fishing update

August 28, 2023

I haven’t been fishing for a while, having had some minor surgery in the beginning of the month, though I’m getting back into the swing of things and have a fair amount of time on the water coming up. I’m again fishing the Fall Fly with Brandon Cyr, and looking forward greatly to the opportunity…

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Tournament Season Recap

July 4, 2023

I realize that I’ve been slacking in the fishing reports department, which is largely a product of having less time to reminisce. I do want to recap both the fishing we had in both the Golden Fly and the Gold Cup, as well as give proper respect and mention of the teams that did better…

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Fishing Lately

April 13, 2023

Since the March Merkin, I’ve been getting out with Ian Slater a lot to get some practice in before the tournaments. We’ve been working hard, catching fish at times and at others wishing for better attitudes. Last week we caught a nice fish that would have been a joy in a tournament setting that we…

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March Merkin Results

March 19, 2023

It’s very likely that by now anyone reading this has heard from other places that the 2023 March Merkin was a grind for everyone. The fishing has been slow lately for permit, and the weather has been beautiful for the last few months, which pushed them offshore earlier than normal. The recent weather was also…

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Fishing with Zach

March 12, 2023

With the March Merkin starting Tuesday, I’ve been fishing very little as Kat prepares for the tournament with Doug Kilpatrick. Since the Cuda Bowl, in fact, I’ve only been able to get out on the water a single day. This isn’t much, but that’s about to change: once the tournament is over, I’m on relatively…

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Cuda Bowl 2023, Results + Our Fishing

February 20, 2023

Last weekend the 2023 Cuda Bowl took place, and for the first time in a few years I fished it. It was fun to step back into the mix in this tournament, which has grown in both popularity and participation over the years. I fished it this year with Doug Kilpatrick, and while we didn’t…

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Fishing with Steve

December 29, 2022

Earlier in the month I had a trip planned in the Everglades with Steve Huff, and the idea was that Kat and I would go up there together and throw 4 pound tippet at snook. The ladies record, at 6.5 pounds, is a fish that is many times more available than the men’s record, which…

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Fishing with Brian Helms

December 4, 2022

Last week I had a chance to fish with Brian Helms. Brian is a good friend, and I’d like to fish with him more, though the chances we have to get out are fewer than I’d like. Between the fishing I do in order to prepare for tournaments and his own with his clients, it’s…

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Fishing with John + Special Guests, Aaron Snell and Dave Skok

November 20, 2022

My good friend Dave Skok just wrapped up a visit to Key West, fishing a day each with me and Kat and Aaron Snell. Prior to his arrival down here he spent three days fishing in the Everglades with Steve Huff, catching (unsurprisingly) the snook of his lifetime and (even less surprisingly) having the time…

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Fishing Lately

November 5, 2022

Over the last month, I’ve been able to get out a fair amount. After the IGFA Permit Invitational wrapped up we were struck harder than anticipated by Hurricane Ian, which as everyone knows also hit the Fort Myers area much more severely. The consequence of the storm for us here was mild on a personal…

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Fishing with Ian Slater/New Permit Record News

September 2, 2022

Earlier in the week I fished with Ian Slater, and while we got a late start we still gave it our all towards having some fun in the off season. We’ve been kicking around the idea of getting back into the tarpon record game, and as the only two records remaining that are more possible…

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Fishing Lately

August 28, 2022

Over the past month or so I’ve been able to get out a few times, though not with the typical regularity. Still, there have been some fun times out there that are worth sharing. The first is a fish from a few weeks ago, fishing with Ian Slater. We’ve been using the lack of permit…

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Gold Cup 2022 Our Fishing + Results

July 24, 2022

Last month I wrapped up fishing the Gold Cup, once again with Ian Slater. We fished hard the weeks leading up to the event, as usual, and when the tournament began we had a few things we felt were worth exploiting during the five days. Our only concern was that the concentrations of fish we’d…

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Golden Fly 2022 Results + Our Fishing

May 30, 2022

Over the last week I fished in the Golden Fly with Ian Slater. The weather was as tough as I’ve seen it in a tournament, and the fishing suffered predictably. Our prefishing was spent hoping as much as fishing, and what few fish we threw at seemed disinterested in what we were asking them to…

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Fishing with Ian

May 19, 2022

Over the last few weeks Ian Slater and I have been in preparation mode for the upcoming Golden Fly tournament that starts on Monday. We’ve had our ups and downs, next-tos and nearlys, though we have been able to get consistent with our catching. We had been contending with some frustrating weather which seems to…

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The May so Far

May 9, 2022

I know well that these reports have been lacking, and that’s a product largely of being busier than normal in the shop and at home. I’ve been diligently getting out there, though it seems with the pandemic pushing more and more people out of doors and into boats I’ve been far from the only one.…

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