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.

Del Brown Results + Our Fishing

July 30, 2018 Comments Off on Del Brown Results + Our Fishing

After I returned from Icast, the annual measuring festival of social media superstars at which I’ve been convinced I need to appear, I had a few days to catch up at the shop before John and I started on Sunday to formulate a plan before the tournament started on Monday. We ran a few of…

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Fishing with Jason Schratwieser and John O’Hearn

July 28, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Jason Schratwieser and John O’Hearn

Before I took the trip to Icast, I spent a pair of days fishing with John O’Hearn. We were originally supposed to be joined by Jason Schratwieser for both of them, but he was only able to make the first of the pair. These were to be our only real prefishing days prior to the…

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Gold Cup Results + Our Fishing

July 7, 2018 Comments Off on Gold Cup Results + Our Fishing

At the end of June the 2018 Gold Cup wrapped up. It’s the biggest of the tournaments of the year, and is certainly the crescendo, and for many not the proper end, of tarpon season. There is one major tournament left this year, the Del Brown Permit Tournament, which will take place in the middle…

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Catching up/Hawley Results

June 13, 2018 Comments Off on Catching up/Hawley Results

The Hawley finished last week, and it was a great tournament to watch from afar. Three teams entered in to the last day with 12 releases–Captain Brian Helms and Rand Holstead, Captain Rob Fordyce and Julian Robertson, and Captain Paul Tejera and Steve Ward. When the smoke cleared after the final day of fishing Julian…

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Golden Fly Results, Our Fishing

May 31, 2018 Comments Off on Golden Fly Results, Our Fishing

Earlier last the week I finished up fishing in the Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament. John and I have both been working hard at what we were intending to do during those three days, and the fact that the fishing was impossibly difficult gave us a chance not just to flex our new hardware but our…

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Fishing with Lenny Leonard + Adam Tondu, a day with Doug Kilpatrick

May 19, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Lenny Leonard + Adam Tondu, a day with Doug Kilpatrick

Earlier last week I spent a day as Adam Tondu’s guest on Lenny Leonard’s boat. Lenny is one of my closest friends and someone who’s company I enjoy immensely, and Adam is someone that I met first through the shop when Lenny was bitten by a lemon shark and couldn’t make their booked days. Adam…

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Fishing with Ian Slater

May 8, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Ian Slater

Last week I fished with Ian Slater for a pair of days. Our goal was to tarpon fish, and while we had everything we needed to do this the weather worked to keep us from success. The two days we fished were the windiest within a windy week, and the gusts felt like they howled…

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Fishing with Ted and Drew + Ian

May 1, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Ted and Drew + Ian

After the two days with John boy, I was invited to fish for a day with Drew Delashmit as a guest of Ted Margo. I’ve always enjoyed fishing with Ted, and part of the point of this trip was for him to test drive the beast skiff with an eye towards an eventual purchase of…

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Fishing with John O’Hearn

April 29, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with John O’Hearn

It’s a fine thing to be booked with a great guide on two fantastic weather days, and as much as I fish it’s still a surprise when the weather lines up with the days I’ve got scheduled. Earlier in the week the weather had been poor, cold and windy; by the time John and I…

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Fishing with Ian Slater and Simon Becker (plus special guest angler Joe Skrumbellos)

April 23, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Ian Slater and Simon Becker (plus special guest angler Joe Skrumbellos)

Last week I fished for two days. The first was with Ian Slater, and we set our sights on tarpon. With the upcoming tarpon tournaments and my recent re-tooling of fish fighting, I was interested in getting the new boat on the water and us attached to some faces. We started early and had a…

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Fishing with Aaron Snell and Vicky, also with Ian Slater and Howard Davis

April 18, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Aaron Snell and Vicky, also with Ian Slater and Howard Davis

After the facepunch that was detailed in the last report I had an opportunity to spend a few days fishing with a number of different guides and friends/family. Last Tuesday I fished with my mother, Vicky, and Aaron Snell. Wednesday last I fished with Howard Davis on our annual day together with Ian Slater, and…

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Fishing with Steve and Chad/A Windy Day with Chadillac239 and Scott Collins

April 2, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Steve and Chad/A Windy Day with Chadillac239 and Scott Collins

After the March Merkin I traveled to Everglades City to fish with Steve and Chad. In my last six scheduled trips north I’ve been lining up quite closely with some far-from-perfect weather, and this trip was sadly no exception. We’ve kept ourselves occupied by snook fishing and some brief looks for tarpon on those trips…

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March Merkin 2018, Matt Fitzgerald and Joe Skrumbellos

March 18, 2018 Comments Off on March Merkin 2018, Matt Fitzgerald and Joe Skrumbellos

The March Merkin just wrapped up, and it was quite the event. Last year set a standard of poor weather, and 2018 was apparently competitive by nature. What could be worse than last year’s weather? As it turns out, we only had to wait a year to find out. Our prefish day was on Monday,…

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Fishing with Ian Slater

March 11, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Ian Slater

On Tuesday after I returned from the trip with Steve and Jason I spent a day on the water with Ian Slater. I’d been on a bit of a low-yield run with permit, after the two trips with Chad and Dave Skok, and was looking forward to ditching the 2lb in pursuit of just catching…

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Fishing with Steve and Jason

March 10, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Steve and Jason

The day after the trip with Dave Skok and John boy, I drove to the Everglades for a pair of days with Steve Huff and Jason Schratwieser. I hadn’t fished with Jason since too long ago, and Steve and I were both looking greatly forward to spending some time with him. Jason is, in addition…

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Fishing with Dave Skok and John O’Hearn

March 8, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Dave Skok and John O’Hearn

After the two tough days with John and Chad I fished another pair of days the following week. For these we were joined by our good friend and Strong Arm Merkin Mastermind Dave Skok. If anyone that reads these reports is unfamiliar with Dave, take a look at our gallery: nearly every photo on there…

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Fishing with Chad Huff and John O’Hearn

March 5, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Chad Huff and John O’Hearn

After the tarpon extravaganza with Scott Collins I fished a pair of days with John O’Hearn and Chad Huff. Our target remained the 2lb permit record, and I made sure we had ample pre-tied tippets for what I was sure was going to be a great opportunity to put this record to bed. Regular readers…

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Fishing with Scott Collins. Nate’s attempt at finding some permit shots. (former = waaaaaaay better than the latter)

February 28, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Scott Collins. Nate’s attempt at finding some permit shots. (former = waaaaaaay better than the latter)

Two weeks ago (or some other time, I can’t really remember) I fished with Scott Collins. We had a day on credit after missing a weather day in January when Jeff Audette was down, and we randomly selected one that on which we had no other obligations to give it a shot. The weather was…

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Fishing with Doug Kilpatrick and Wes Smith, also with Ian Slater

February 14, 2018 Comments Off on Fishing with Doug Kilpatrick and Wes Smith, also with Ian Slater

Last week I was invited to fish with Doug Kilpatrick, as a guest of Wes Smith. Wes had three days booked with Doug and asked me to tag along on day one, which I was glad to do. We got ready in the morning and set forth for [redacted], hoping to find some shots at…

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Cuda Bowl 2018, Results + Our Fishing

February 8, 2018 Comments Off on Cuda Bowl 2018, Results + Our Fishing

Over the weekend the annual Cuda Bowl took place, and I was invited by Ted Margo to fish with him and John O’Hearn in the spin division. I’ve fished this tournament in the fly division since its first year, and enjoyed a fair amount of success in it with John Benvenuto as well as Aaron…

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