2016 Del Brown Results

The 2016 Del Brown Permit Tournament concluded on July 12th after three days of fishing. There were a total of 13 permit released during the three day event. There were also 32 bonefish released.

The 2016 Del Brown is a wrap!
Congratulations to all of our winners!
20 Boats, 13 permit released, 32 bonefish released

Grand Champion Angler
Joe Skrumbellos and Capt. Matt Fitzgerald of Sunrise, FL took the title for the second year in a row. Skrumbellos caught three permit for a total of 450 points.

First Runner-Up
Nathanial Linville of Key West and Capt. John O’Hearn of Big Pine Key. Linville released one permit on day one and one permit on day three for a total of 300 points.

Kat Valilee Linville of Key West and Capt. Drew Delashmit of Cudjoe Key. Kat Linville released two permit on the first day of fishing for a total of 300 points as well.
Nathanial Linville prevailed with the tie going to most inches of permit caught.

Largest Permit
Mike Ward of Spokane, WA fishing with Capt. Don Gable of Key West. Ward released a 29 3/4″ permit for a total of 150 points. This was the largest fish of the tournament.

Most Bonefish Releases
Jeff Massey of Flora Vista, NM fishing with Capt. Justin Rea went out today and caught 10 bonefish (plus a few nice mutton snapper).

First Runner-Up for Most Bonefish Releases
Al Perkinson of New Smyrna Beach, FL fishing with Capt. Brandon Cyr. Perkinson released 8 bonefish during the tournament.

Thank you everyone who came out to fish the Del Brown and to all our sponsors who contributed to the event this year. Without you it would not be such a fun and successful event!

The 2017 Del Brown will be held July 8-11, 2017!

About the Del Brown

The Del Brown Permit Tournament is dedicated to the man who made permit fishing with a fly rod famous, the late Del Brown. Brown caught 513 permit on a fly rod in his lifetime.

Brown tied a fly called the “Merkin” that was a close enough representation of a crab that permit rushed to eat it. Today there are many styles of the Merkin fly, most of them are a representation of Brown’s crab.


Saturday, July 9
6PM – Dinner at LaTrattoria Oceanside
Kick-off for tournament, captain’s meeting, hand out tournament bags

Sunday, July 10
6:30 AM – Breakfast, coffee and juice – Upstairs at Hurricane Hole
7:30 AM  – Boats may depart for fishing
3:30 PM  – Lines Out** – Scorekeeping, Appetizers and Cash Bar Upstairs at Hurricane Hole
4:30 PM – All Scoresheets Returned to Scorekeeper

Monday, July 11th
6:30 AM – Breakfast, coffee and juice – Upstairs at Hurricane Hole
7:30 AM – Boats may depart for fishing
3:30 PM – Lines Out** – Scorekeeping, Appetizers and Cash Bar
4:30 PM – All Scoresheets Returned to Scorekeeper

Tuesday, July 12th
6:30 AM – Breakfast, coffee and juice – Upstairs at Hurricane Hole
7:30 AM – Boats may depart for fishing
3:30 PM – Lines Out **– Scorekeeping, Appetizers and Cash Bar
4:30 PM – All Scoresheets Returned to Scorekeeper


Tournament Rules


  1. This is a flats and fly only Permit fishing tournament.
  2. Licensed guides may fish as anglers, anglers may guide the boat.
  3. The designation of angler and guide must be made prior to the first fishing day.
  4. Only the angler may touch the rod, reel or line while line is outside the boat. Exception: when boating or releasing the fish, guide may then touch line but no more than length of the rod from the hook. The line from only one rod may be in the water at any time.
  5. All fish must be boated, photographed with your own digital camera and released alive. A poor quality photo, a partial fish photo, or no photo can completely disqualify a catch, at the discretion of the rules committee. (7/10)
  6. Measuring devices will be provided. There is no minimum length of fish.
  7. Fishing range is unlimited. All boats must leave from and return to tournament headquarters each day by water. No trailering.
  8. Boats may leave the tournament dock at 7:30AM. Fishing may begin immediately. Lines out at 3:30PM. A fish hooked prior to 3:30PM may be caught after 3:30PM. Boats must return to dock by 4:30PM unless a breakdown occurs in which the rules committee may grant an extension. (7/10)
  9. There will be no fishing before or after tournament hours.
  10. Daily catch forms must be turned in to the scorekeeper by the angler no later than 4:30PM each fishing day. Scorekeeper will be located upstairs in the restaurant at Hurricane Hole.
  11. IGFA rules apply to all fly tackle and leaders except where otherwise stated within these rules.
  12. Overall landing net length may not exceed 8 feet.
  13. Only traditional flies with a single hook are allowed.
  14. Maximum tippet strength is 20# as per manufacturer’s rating. Any brand of leader material may be used. Any length of leader may be fished.
  15. No chumming. No tipping the fly with scent or bait. There shall be no bait on board the vessel during the tournament.
  16. Fish must be cast to in water that is no deeper than eight feet. The fish must be on a flat or flat edge but not in a channel. No wreck fishing. Catching fish over natural structure is permitted as long as the natural structure is on a flat in less than eight feet of water.
  17. Wading is permitted.
  18. All protests must be submitted in written form to the tournament rules committee by 5:00PM on the day of fishing that the proposed infraction occurred.
  19. Ties shall be broken by total inches of permit caught. Further tie to be broken by last fish caught first. Bonefish category tie shall be broken by last fish caught first.
  20. No cell phones to be used during fishing (3/02)
  21. The Tournament Director reserves the right to refuse tournament entry to any prospective entrant with or without cause at his or her sole discretion.
  22. Bonefish may be targeted as an alternate species. Bonefish do not need to be measured.
  23. To qualify the bonefish release a photo must be taken of the angler with the bonefish. Please record the date and time fish was landed on Bonefish Catch Sheet.

Each bonefish release will count as 100 points.