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Old 02-13-2014, 08:13 PM
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So, saw my first permit today.

Not necessarily a big deal for people who see them often, but this was a little more special. I was checking out this little pocket flat, mainly to target snappers and jacks on the surrounding coral heads. I am just walking out on some turtle grassy marl type stuff, and I see a fairly large tail pop up.

I sort of started to think "that looks a bit large to be a permit", so I went a bit closer thinking it was some sort of jack or trevally. At about 30-40ft, I cast my size two clouser directly in front of it and start to strip... no response. He keep happily nibbling on whatever he is eating, tail flashing in the sun, and my blood pressure starts to rise. Take a few more casts, and nothing. Tail is gone, so I just assumed he vanished... I was pretty certain it was a permit at this point.

I am debating changing to a crab fly, when I see the tail again. I panic a bit, take one more nervous cast and line the fish. He bolts around the flat and directly in front of me, about a rods length away. I've never held a permit before, but this fish looked large. If I'd have to guess, he was well over 30 pounds... it looked, well, big.

My 8-weight would have folded under a fish that size, so I was just happy to have the opportunity to even see him and take a few token casts at him. Certainly made my day, as I wasn't expecting to see much of anything.
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Very cool! I'll bet that got your heart pumping for the rest of the day !
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Very cool! That'll keep ya comin back! I think the most nervous Ive ever been with a flyrod was a situation just like that. I can feel your joy
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Yeah, it was very intense, sort of hands-shaking, poor-decision making intense... sort of spent the rest of the day thinking about what I would have done differently, switching to a crab fly, etc. I just couldn't believe I was able to get as close as I did.

Oh, and I should mention this flat was all of about the size of the average front yard... maybe 50x50ft. I didn't think I'd see any flats species at all, let alone a pig of a permit
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Good job and a nice story. We learn from our experiences - and I have learned a little something from you tale also. That one whopper Permit will keep you going back to the same little flats for a looong time, I'm guessing. And when you do finally hook her, I'm betting your 8 wt. will be just fine!

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That would definitely get my adrenalin going! Landing one would even be better, it is definitely something I would love to do someday.

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