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.

Cuda Bowl/You know the fishing is great when….

February 6, 2011 Comments Off on Cuda Bowl/You know the fishing is great when….

First a report on the Cuda Bowl, which took place over the last few days. We will have more specific information soon, as the following is from memory slightly clouded by two days of fishing which was incredible to say the least. Fly Division Champion Captain Scott Irvine took the Fishbones sculpture home, catching three…

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Cuda Bowl

February 3, 2011 Comments Off on Cuda Bowl

Today brought some incredible weather (no suprise there), and the reports are filtering in of great permit fishing, and even some tarpon laid up in the backcountry. The captains meeting for the ‘Cuda Bowl is at the shop at 5:30; the rules and measuring devices will be explained and handed out respectively. The Angling Company…

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Weather/Mola update

February 2, 2011 Comments Off on Weather/Mola update

The weather today is, to be fair, pretty near to perfect. After a few days of this, we should see some phenomenal tarpon and permit fishing. In fact, I have already heard a few reports of boats that saw tarpon in the channels this morning–the good news is that as long as the weather remains…

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A mystery

February 1, 2011 Comments Off on A mystery

On my way back through Northwest channel today, I stopped to see a large mola-mola (ocean sunfish) that seemed to be in some trouble. We pulled up alongside the fish, and grabbed it’s dorsal fin. A closer look revealed a square hole, obviously made with some sort of sharp blade, cut through the dorsal fin.…

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The Diablo Crab/Gary Jennings Sail

January 31, 2011 Comments Off on The Diablo Crab/Gary Jennings Sail

One of my favorite flies for permit is Dave Skok’s Diablo Crab. This pattern sinks well, looks like a crab or a shrimp, and “puffs” out a little bit when it sits on the bottom. This fly caught 3 bonefish, 3 tarpon, and a permit in a single day–the only modification was removing the weight…

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Thoughts on permit

January 30, 2011 Comments Off on Thoughts on permit

We all know that catching a permit on a fly rod is difficult. While this comes as no suprise and is in no way a groundbreaking piece of new information, I bring it up to illustrate a point: mention permit, and the first thing anyone thinks about is how difficult they are. I posit this:…

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A picture of a jumping tarpon/hopeful weather/also, a tuna

January 29, 2011 Comments Off on A picture of a jumping tarpon/hopeful weather/also, a tuna

I was given some photographs by an old friend, Captain Travis Rolan, who has since moved away from the Keys and is, to the best of my knowledge, catching fish elsewhere in the world. Before he left on his latest journey, he gave me some photographs that I had converted to digital files, and I…

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Flats report, New Zealand update, and a fuss puppet

January 28, 2011 Comments Off on Flats report, New Zealand update, and a fuss puppet

Fishing on the flats has been good at times, though our cold fronts have been timed in such a way that it’s felt like the best is just around the corner before the water temperatures drop as the result of a new front. That said, this year is nowhere near as cold as last year–one…

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Fishing With Steve, Part 1

January 28, 2011 Comments Off on Fishing With Steve, Part 1

On Sunday night, Aaron and I drove to Everglades City to fish with Captain Steve Huff. After hitting a wayward alligator on 41, we arrived safely at our hotel and inspected the Goose (astro van) for damage. There wasn’t much, and we retired by 11:30 for a 6:30 breakfast meeting. After a great breakfast and…

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So, will he get in?

January 11, 2011 Comments Off on So, will he get in?

From the BBC today (click on link below). Personally, I’m not sure that moving a 600 pound piano to a sandbar isn’t indicative of exactly the kind of commitment a university should be dying to have in it’s student body.

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Shark fishing with Fitz Coker….and a visit!

January 11, 2011 Comments Off on Shark fishing with Fitz Coker….and a visit!

A week ago, I was fishing with Fitz Coker west of Key West. After a few hours of chumming and the capture of a smaller lemon shark, a larger fish arrived. As is often the case, the fish was somewhat timid, approaching the boat only to about 15 feet before moving away and beginning their…

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Fishing over the last week, cold to come but ending soon

January 2, 2011 Comments Off on Fishing over the last week, cold to come but ending soon

For the last few weeks the weather has been phenomenal, though it looks like that may be drawing to a close this afternoon. While the high is supposed to be only 61 (f, !!) tomorrow, we are supposed to see temperatures in the mid 70’s by Friday. All things considered, the last few weeks have…

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Superfly Results

September 12, 2010 Comments Off on Superfly Results

For the record: I never said that I was too “intense” for tournament fishing….and I was honestly a bit annoyed at how that sounds (like something a total idiot would say, quite honestly). What I said was that tournament fishing was too intense for ME. With that said, here is the link to the article…

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Fall Fishing/Supefly/SLAM

September 6, 2010 Comments Off on Fall Fishing/Supefly/SLAM

So this week will mark the beginning of the annual Redbone SLAM tournament in Key West, starting with the Superfly event on Friday. As the sponsort of the tournament, we are of course available to answer any questions regarding this tournament. The Angling Company is happy to support the Redbone Series, working to cure Cystic…

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August Fishing/Superfly/SLAM

August 20, 2010 Comments Off on August Fishing/Superfly/SLAM

My apologies for the lack of updates lately….on to the business at hand: Our mid to late summer fishing has been great, though a glut of warm weather and difficult tides during the heat of the day lately has made for a few abbreviated trips that ended in a cold cocktail. So far the tarpon…

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Finally, a photo of an amberjack

June 10, 2010 Comments Off on Finally, a photo of an amberjack

Well, for those of you who have been following this report for a while, I finally got a few of the photos from Captain Chris Trosset of my trip West with Michael Hetzel, and as it turns out there were not as many great shots as I had imagined. Only one, in fact, that is…

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May 20, 2010 Comments Off on Oil

So I have been asked a lot recently about the oil. For whatever i’s worth, here are my feelings: The simple fact of the matter is that we have no historical evidence of what a spill of this magnitude will do. In fact, we have no idea what the magnitude of the spill will be…

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Tarpon Tarpon

May 12, 2010 Comments Off on Tarpon Tarpon

So here we are, smack in the middle of a late, though phenomenal, tarpon season for 2010!! Here are a few observations from the year so far: it appears as though there are a lot of quite large fish around; bigger than average. The fish are pushing on the oceanside, though slowly. In fact, I…

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Tarpon/Spring/Ocean side??

April 30, 2010 Comments Off on Tarpon/Spring/Ocean side??

So tarpon season is comng along fine, with a few oddities mixed in to keep things interesting. It appears as though the fish, perhaps in response to the on-and-off weather we have been experienceing lately, have either been thick as or quite hard to find. A great many captains I have spoken with have seen…

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April 23, 2010 Comments Off on Tarpon

As the wind has receded in the past week or so, the tarpon have been on the flats and channels in large numbers, and the first ocean side fish have begun to show in the waters of the Lower Keys. This is the best of April fishing–when the fish are plentiful and have yet to…

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