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.

Fishing with David Mangum and John O’Hearn, Brandon Cyr and Nick Labadie

September 26, 2021

Before the recent trip to Homestead to fish with Lincoln Rodriguez, David Mangum came into town for a few days of permit fishing with the usual cast of characters. We were only missing Ian Slater this time around, who’s schedule didn’t line up for our days this year. Before I started fishing, Kat and David…

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Fishing with Steve and Kat

September 12, 2021

Last week I traveled to the Everglades again, this time with Kat to celebrate her birthday, to fish with Steve Huff. As readership of these pages know, I spent a fair amount of time up there over the years fishing with Steve and a rotating cast of hopeful abettors for the six. In the end…

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Fishing with Scott and Wes

August 12, 2021

Last week Wes Smith came to town. For those of you familiar with these reports, that’s not surprising: he’s been committed to the fishing down here for some time, and in addition to being one of the best roommates Kat and I have ever had he’s also becoming a fisherman that’s fun to watch, both…

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Del Brown 2021 Results + Our Fishing

July 25, 2021

Last week John O’Hearn and I fished the Del Brown. We’ve fished this tournament for the last six years, and after deciding that our time in the permit tournaments was drawing to a close had the actually pretty fun experience of just fishing the event without worrying about how we were doing. Our prefishing day…

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Fishing This Week and last

July 17, 2021

After the Gold Cup, I had an opportunity to spend a day on the water. I was invited to fish with Scott Collins by Todd Brown, a great guy and a fly tyer who is exactly my kind of fishing nerd. We went nearby where Ian and I spent our time in the recent event,…

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Gold Cup 2021 Results + Our Fishing

July 5, 2021

Last week the Gold Cup wound up and down, starting Monday and finishing on Friday. After the Golden Fly in May that ended with a break down, Ian and I were happy to have a chance to redeem ourselves. Our prefishing was relatively dismal, still plagued by the wind and weather that’s been a hallmark…

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2021 Golden Fly, Results + Our Fishing

May 31, 2021

Last week the 2021 Golden Fly tournament took place, and while it was a hard week of fishing for the entire field the competition was fierce as always. With wind in the high 20’s and a population of fish that has seemed to take its time in arriving, this year’s tournament was difficult for all…

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Fishing Lately

May 7, 2021

Over the last few weeks, Ian Slater and I have been getting out a lot. We’re deep in preparation for the upcoming Golden Fly tournament, which is in two weeks and has felt much longer than that away for some time. We’ve been giving our attention exclusively to tarpon, which is normal for May, and…

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Fishing last week

April 18, 2021

Last week I had a pair of days scheduled, one with Nick Labadie and one with Scott Collins. After that I fished with Ian Slater and John O’Hearn. The weather has been cold, colder than we anticipated when we booked the days in the fall, and on each of the first two we decided to…

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Fishing Last Week

April 2, 2021

This past week has been full of fishing with a fair amount of wind mixed in. A front moved through today, bringing with it a fair amount of chill–in April, we hit temperatures in the high 60’s. Before the front arrived I had a number of days on the books, the first of these with…

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Fishing last week

March 28, 2021

After the March Merkin I had the chance to fish a pair of days with Brian Helms in Islamorada. While driving that far to fish for a couple days bears its own gummy grin, it was worth it to see some new water and spend some time with Brian. Once again my booked days coincided…

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March Merkin 2021 Results + Our Fishing

March 26, 2021

A few weeks ago the 2021 March Merkin came to a close. Once again, it was marked by some of the toughest weather we can have this time of year. This came as no surprise, as this marks the seventh year that we’ve been on the defensive for this tournament. As such it felt normal,…

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Fishing this week

March 5, 2021

This week I fished a pair of days, one each with Brandon Cyr and Nick Labadie. Given Ian’s and my total concentration on tarpon fishing, it’s been hard to find time to devote to the thing that usually holds my attention until the end of March: the March Merkin. The tournament starts on Tuesday, and…

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Fishing last week

February 19, 2021

After the redfish extravaganza, Ian Slater and I had a pair of days scheduled to get into shape for our upcoming tournament efforts. We’ve been totally focused on tarpon, at the expense of permit, both feeling that our energy is best spent in that direction. Our first day of fishing was hard–there were but a…

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Sugarloaf Showdown 2021, Results + Our Fishing

February 7, 2021

After the three days of being beaten down by the January permit, I had an opportunity to fish with Captains Brandon Cyr and Nick Labadie in the Sugarloaf Showdown, the now-annual tournament to benefit the Guides Trust Foundation that the Lower Keys Guides Association puts on. The tournament had been moved to January after a…

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Fishing last week

February 6, 2021

Earlier last week I had the opportunity to fish for a three-day stint, each day with a different guide and in two cases joined by a special guest. Sunday I was invited by Wes Smith to fish with Ian Slater, and we left early with high hopes. The weather had turned to our favor, warming…

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Fishing yesterday

January 23, 2021

Yesterday I fished for the first time since the new year, and it didn’t disappoint. I had Ian booked for the day in hopes that we might get lucky with some warm January weather, and I was off by a day or two. The conditions were improving, however, after a long period of cold weather,…

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Bye, 2020.

December 31, 2020

Since the last post, I’ve been able to get out for a few days in search of some barracuda and what was the last permit fishing of 2020. This December has brought with it more cold fronts than usual, but after having the spring to ourselves down here it seems like a bit much to…

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Fishing with The Crew in the Everglades, Epilogue to the Six

December 26, 2020

Last week I returned to the Everglades to spend three days with a pretty amazing group of people. The last trip I had made there was in late February of last year, when those who are familiar with these reports will remember we finally caught the six pound record we had been after for nearly…

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IGFA Invitational Permit Tournament, Our Fishing + Results

October 17, 2020

Over the last week I’ve been fishing lots. John O’Hearn and I were invited to fish in the IGFA Permit Invitational tournament, a new-but-welcomed addition to the Key West tournament scene. While Wednesday through Friday were the tournament days, we elected to fish three days leading up to it. I was looking forward to fishing…

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