Category: Permit


Deep Water Cay

I first stepped foot on the sand at Deep Water Cay when I was 4 years old thanks to my Grandfather building a little cabin there in 1959.  Even before our son was born I was thinking how important it would be to make sure that his feet touched the same sand, fourth generation.  So Jenn, Cooke and I packed up and made it a reality this winter

Cooke checking it out

Cooke checking it out

While the sand seemed familiar the upgrades to the facilities were quite impressive!!

The new docks and shop

The new docks and shop

While the facilities have changed and  improved immensely, I ran into plenty of familiar faces

Jenn and Meko Glinton

Jenn and Meko Glinton

My Grandfather, Father and myself have all fished with Meko’s father Stanley over the years, it was great to spend time with Meko talking about our younger years.  Then I ran into William Pinder and even got David Pinder Sr. to join Meko and I on the boat on the last day!!

William Pinder with a nice bone

William Pinder with a nice bone

David Pinder Sr. and Meko

David Pinder Sr. and Meko

It was quite a walk down memory lane and I look forward to returning to Deep Water Cay sooner than later

Nice Mutton that was wagging his orange tail in the air before the storm came in!!

Nice Mutton that was wagging his orange tail in the air before the storm came in!!

Nice Deep Water Bone !!

Nice Deep Water Bone !!



The Scorpion Expedition

I remember reminiscing with my father when we were able to catch up after I had been on some recent fishing adventures, it always involved him chewing on a swisher sweet, relaxing in a chair with a diet coke and looking at me in that fatherly way, “So where have you been”  “how big where the fish” “would you go back”  I wish I had the opportunity to sit down with the old man another time and tell him about this one……………The Scorpion Expedition was one of the best adventures I have ever been a part of.  First there was the crew, RA Beattie, Sandflea, Jose “Careto” from Punta Allen, Bear Holeman, Perk Perkins, and Ryan Buccola from Bend.   I was honored to be a part of this crew and can honestly say I have never been a part of a crew that went on an exploration and got along the way we did, it was special

The Scorpion Expedition will be released on the Fly Fishing Film Tour in 2013

Then there was the place, the natural beauty of the Scorpion Reef cannot be expressed in words, it is as if someone dropped the Seychelles in the Gulf of Mexico, here are a couple of scenes from the reef……….  (all Pictures were taken by RA Beattie)

Paradise found

This was my camping spot, not sure I will find a better place to hang a hammock in my lifetime!!

Then there was the fishing which was just a bonus to an extraordinary exploration, plenty of more to come on this one………………………………

Sandflea hooking up at first light!!

A special thank you to ORVIS for making this expedition happen, they were instrumental, along with our other sponsors: Yeti Coolers, Pescadowear, WorldCast Anglers, Breedlove Guitars, Chums, Maya Solar, Nu CastMontana Fly Company, Howler Bros………………THANK YOU

More to come…………………………..








Playa Blanca = Playa Permit

Just got back from another successful trip to Playa Blanca.  The last four trips  have been very good and the Permit fishing seems to be getting better and better.  We had an excellent group of 14 anglers and as always the lodge and staff were excellent.

17 Permit were caught for the week which was impressive as not everyone was fishing for permit.  There was some great Tarpon and Snook fishing and the Bonefish were plentiful and tailing.

I loved hearing the stories during the week of several people holding the Tarpon Fly in hand on 50lb shock, while in search of baby tarpon, seeing a Bonefish, throwing the Tarpon Fly at the Bone and watching him eat it on 50 lb shock!!

Says a lot about the area in which we were fishing.

Heading back at the end of March.  Some Permits shots from the group!!

Early morning, new fly!!





Grant Wood with 1 of 2, his first congrats Santiago!!!!

Austin Watson's first permit that ended with a Grand Slam!!!!

Jon Fenn, with 1 of 4, his first as well Congrats Jon!!

Don Watson with a great fish!!!!

Chuck Moos with a fine Permit

Jim Hickey with a nice sickle fin!!

The Fall Classic Crew!!!! (In order left to right) Jim Finley, Bill Egan, Mike Dawes, Alex Maher, Don Watson, Sara Cart, Austin Watson, Ben Cart, Jon Fenn, Dale Endris, Grant Wood (Santiago), Jim Hickey, Chuck Moos, Susie McDowell


























Doug Barnes Photography – Playa Blanca

It always amazes me watching someone do something extremely well.  I do not know much about Photography, but I try and dabble here and there and learn what I can.  Doug Barnes knows a lot about Photography, he has been doing it his entire life and his work speaks for itself.   Last April I was amazed again at how impressive Doug Barnes is with a camera.  Dougy is a true professional and joy to be with, we have a great time in Mexico together.  So as promised here are a couple of shots that Dougy took on our trip, they speak for themselves.


































































Playa Blanca 2011- Swimming Jaguar?????

We had another great week at Playa Blanca in April, the weather cooperated for the most part, cookie cutter clouds each day with high winds, but it could have been worse.  While there were many highlights during our week and a lot of firsts in the permit and tarpon department, the main highlight was missed by most but caught by a few in a back country lagoon. A swimming Jaguar?????????????

yes that is a jaguar

Simply Amazing!!!!

The Jaguar was witnessed by Bob and Ian Markstein on the final day of our trip. It should also be mentioned that not only did Bob and Ian witness the Jaguar, it was there first trip on the flats!!! While they both landed numerous Bonefish and Tarpon, Ian managed four permit and a grandslam as well!!!!!!! Time for a lotto ticket?  Another great trip to PLaya, make sure to check in to see some of Douglas Barnes of Now Picture This work on the next entry.

Sara Cart with her first permit on the Fly!!!



Ben Cart with a nice Tarpon



Ian with one of his four permit on the fly!!!!


Uh Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got Em


March Merkin 2011














Just back from the March Merkin where the weather was a little different than 2010.  By the end of the tournament we were in shorts with bright blue skies, a nice change from the down coats and wool hats in 2010.

The Goods

Another nice part was that Capt. Don Gable and I won!!  Each day we were able to find a willing fish to cooperate.  We had a bittersweet ending as we were both convinced that we needed two fish in the boat on the last day, and we had a big fish come unbuttoned in the final hour.  After we learned that we had won, this fish was soon forgotten.  Jon Ain and Capt. Doug Kilpatrick came in second place and  Douglas Behrman and Capt. Kevin Guerin came in third.

Thanks to Jon & Shirley Ain for putting on a great event that seems to gain in popularity each year as well as raise a large amount of money each year to be donated to the Bonefish Tarpon Trust (would like to see a P in there some day) as well as the Don Hawley Foundation.

It was great to see everyone and as always there was plenty of laughs and frustrations about the rubber lipped bastards.

Can not say enough about Capt. Don Gable who put us on the fish and made it all possible, truly a team event and I am lucky to have Capt. Don as my teammate and good friend.

Looking forward to getting back on the Roller Coaster next year and seeing everyone again.








































All of the permit caught in the March Merkin were tagged for BTT’s Project Permit


Happy New Year!!!!!

As we head into 2011 and start another year of fish tales, I thought I would post some pics from 2010 that never made it up on the site.  Here’s to another great fishing year in 2011!

Careto "The Permit Whisperer"

Iglesia San Francisco, Salta Argentina en route tochase some Dorado

Vance Freed with a nice Henry's Fork Brown

Bart Langlois "The Pescador" with a nice South Carolina Redfish

Nice Carp on the flats of Wyoming

Nick "the Coz" Cozmo in shock after a 25lb Dorado busted him up!

Who is going to untangle this mess!!

The Monster

Finding Gold

Another Monster

Cheers to 2011 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Mr. Sandflea Super Slam

I went to spend sometime in Punta Allen with my good friends Careto & Lily after our week at Playa Blanca.  It was nice to be back in Punta Allen, and guess who showed up late (of course) Russo!!



I had the honor of joining arguably some of the best fishing guides in all of Mexico for a day on the water.  These jokers are very good friends of mine and as good as they are as guides, they are even better fisherman!!

Careto, Russo, & Tarantula

Careto, Russo, & Tarantula

Permit came first …….

Mr Sandflea aka Russo

Mr Sandflea aka Russo

Then the Bonefish……..



Then of course “The Tarpon Guide” loses the first Tarpon



But he gets the second one……

Russo gets the Super done!!

Russo gets the Super done!!

Then the Snook

We capped off the day with a sunset boat ride back to Punta Allen, a couple of cold ones and Lily’s fresh conch ceviche……I need to go back