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Fishing Reports

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.

Everglades with Chad and Kat

October 11, 2019 Comments Off on Everglades with Chad and Kat

Last week I returned from three days of fishing in the Everglades with Chad. Joining me was Kat Vallilee, my wife, who’s only relationship with the Everglades is through me when I return with stories of lost giants on six pound test, many after fights lasting more than 10 hours and ending in all sorts…

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Fishing in Mexico, Currently Conditions

October 8, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing in Mexico, Currently Conditions

Three weeks ago Kat and I returned from the Palometa Club, the first foray to Ascension Bay for us both. Joining us on this trip were Chad and Steve Huff, Doug Kilpatrick, Wes Smith and the outlaw Lawson Stiff. For me, someone that grew up reading about this fishery and the guides here, I was…

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Summer Fishing since the Del Brown

August 29, 2019 Comments Off on Summer Fishing since the Del Brown

Since the Del Brown tournament I’ve been spending a lot of time on the water. There is always a lull in the summer when things slow down some, and I look forward to this time of year as season starts to weigh on me by the middle of July. This year has been no different,…

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Del Brown 2019, Results + Our Fishing

August 7, 2019 Comments Off on Del Brown 2019, Results + Our Fishing

As promised, here’s a detailed report of the Del Brown this year. It’s worth wrapping our fishing up with the days that preceded it, as they seemed to make a nice arc, though as I’m sure I’ll discuss where that arc ended up is no place I’m satisfied with. Two weeks before the tournament I…

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Gold Cup 2019, Results + Our Fishing

July 12, 2019 Comments Off on Gold Cup 2019, Results + Our Fishing

Tarpon season ended, as it usually does, with the Gold Cup in Islamorada. As the largest and most competitive of the tournaments, its placement in the third week in June means that the bulk of tarpon season is coiled in its long shadow. When it finally happens tarpon season isn’t finished, but what’s left of…

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Golden Fly, Results + Our Fishing

May 29, 2019 Comments Off on Golden Fly, Results + Our Fishing

Last week John O’Hearn and I fished in the Golden Fly in Islamorada. As seasons go in the lower Keys this one has been more difficult than seems fair, and seemed to make its way in to the tournament for John and myself. I’d like to congratulate Captain Rob Fordyce and Ryan Seiders on their…

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Fishing so far in May

May 18, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing so far in May

I’ve been a relatively terrible blogger of late, and while there are plenty of reasons for this none of them are worth getting in to here. I’ve had four days of fishing this week, and with the Golden Fly next week looming larger each day it’s time to bring things up to speed. I’ve had…

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Fishing with John O’Hearn/The Great Windy April

April 21, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing with John O’Hearn/The Great Windy April

Earlier in the week I had the pleasure of fishing with John O’Hearn on our first scheduled day of fishing since the March Merkin. We’ve shifted gears at this point to tarpon with the upcoming tournaments, and hoped these days would give us a chance to work on our fishing for the giant leaping herring.…

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Fishing with Simon Becker, Ian Slater and Howard Davis

April 12, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing with Simon Becker, Ian Slater and Howard Davis

After the trip with Steve and Ian I spent a day on the water with Simon Becker. Kat’s been having some back issues, and after the first of two days she needed to take a break–I was substituted for Kat and ended up on the water for an unplanned day with Simon Becker. Given the…

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Fishing with Steve Huff and Ian Slater, getting current

April 5, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing with Steve Huff and Ian Slater, getting current

After the March Merkin I fished with Ian Slater for a day. We had decent if unremarkable permit fishing, breaking off a fish that reminded me how lucky I was to hang on to the ones that mattered in the tournament. We were further beaten down by some idiot in a center console that approached…

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March Merkin 2019, Results + Our Fishing

March 16, 2019 Comments Off on March Merkin 2019, Results + Our Fishing

It’s Saturday now, and I’ve had a week to recover after fishing a tough March Merkin. Fishing in any tournament is always a grind, though with the March Merkin it seems to always be a click above the norm. The tension of the tournament machine starting up is aggravated by the arrival of guides from…

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Fishing with John O’Hearn, A day with the Boys

March 3, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing with John O’Hearn, A day with the Boys

After the two guest appearances I was excited about spending some time on the bow alone with John. As much as I love fishing with other people, doing the light line stuff and the like, when I do it a lot I miss spending the whole day on the bow with regular gear and just…

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Continued Catching Up (and fish)

March 2, 2019 Comments Off on Continued Catching Up (and fish)

So continues my quest to get these pages current leading up to the March Merkin, which begins on Tuesday. The weather has been phenomenal, and I’ve lost myself in the fishing more than writing lately. I’m full of days on the water, most of which have ended with a few fish in the boat. I’ve…

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Fishing since the Cuda Bowl

February 28, 2019 Comments Off on Fishing since the Cuda Bowl

After the Cuda Bowl I was ready to spend some time on the bow. I’d spent plenty of time fishing of course on the recent trip to the overseas, though as is currently being proven by some recent itinerant arrivals in our midst trout are a very different creature than what we’re after here. I…

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Cuda Bowl 2019, Results + Fishing

February 11, 2019 Comments Off on Cuda Bowl 2019, Results + Fishing

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of fishing in the Cuda Bowl. Kat and I had traveled to New Zealand with my parents for nearly a month at the beginning of the year, and getting back home to the salt felt as good as I knew it was going to. Speaking of getting back,…

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Fishing with Roger Fernandez and Steven Tejera

December 7, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Roger Fernandez and Steven Tejera

I’m deep in the catch-up game at this point, getting through a relaxed fall without deadlines of writing these reports in order or as quickly as I can. This report goes back over a month to the middle of October, when I went to Miami to fish as Roger Fernandez’s guest with Steven Tejera. If…

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Fishing with Joe Skrumbellos

November 12, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Joe Skrumbellos

On Friday I spent the day with Joe Skrumbellos. We intended to fish for permit, given our respective obsession with their local population, though each of us acknowledged the time of year (and our desire to have some actual fun) by bringing a barracuda rod. We headed out in the morning, fishing a small piece…

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Sugarloaf Showdown Results + Our fishing

November 8, 2018 Comments Off on Sugarloaf Showdown Results + Our fishing

Over the weekend the Sugarloaf Showdown wrapped up. Kat and I again fished with Doug Kilpatrick in this tournament, one that’s become a fun break from the seriousness of things like the Gold Cup and the March Merkin. I will add, however, that like most tournaments in the Keys it’s becoming more and more competitive.…

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Fishing with Steve and Chad

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Steve and Chad

Last month I traveled to the Everglades, once again with Steve Huff in pursuit of the six. As usual Chad “Chadillac” Huff joined us, completing what has become the most recent team iteration. We had three days scheduled to fish, and I drove up the night before as usual. As crazy as the idea of…

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Catching up/Checking in

October 15, 2018 Comments Off on Catching up/Checking in

I’m aware that I haven’t posted much recently, and for those of you that have been checking in I really appreciate it. I’m working on a lengthy report from my time with Steve and Chad, during which we came perilously close to catching the 6 lb tarpon record, and I’ve been doing some fun fishing…

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