July 13-16, 2014

Tournament News

Del Brown 2013 Winners

A big thank you to all of the anglers and guides who joined us this year for the 2013 Del Brown Permit Tournament. We had 12 boats competing this year.

Congratulations to the Grand Champions Greg Vincent of Grand Bahama, Bahamas and his guide Capt. Justin Rea of Sugarloaf Key. Vincent released two permit for a total point value of 350. His fish measured 26 5/8" and 30 1/8". In addition Vincent and Rea won trophies for Most Bonefish Releases and Largest Permit.

First Runner-Up honors were awarded to Ivar Bolander of Santa Rosa, CA and his guide Capt. Steve Friedman of Islamorada. Bolander released one permit measuring 16 1/2" on Day Two.

Tying Vincent with an equal amount of bonefish releases was Jim Knowles of Round Hill, VA. Knowles was fishing with Capt. Peter Heydon of Key West. They were awarded first runner-up honors based on the time of their last bonefish release.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors for their generosity. Everyone was very pleased to have such wonderful shirts, hats and accessories for fishing.

The tournament this year will be making its donation to the Jon Ain Memorial Fund at Bonefish Tarpon Trust. Ain was a great friend and an avid permit angler. He passed away in late November 2012.

For more info on the Del Brown visit http://www.delbrown.com. For info on permit research or to make a donation visit www.tarbone.org.

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Del Brown Trophy

The Grand Champion and Guide to Grand Champion 2013 Trophies by Chris Bladen of South Africa. Bladen is a noted wild fish sculptor who resides in Kalk Bay near Cape Town. You may visit his website at www.ChrisBladen.com.

About Del Brown

The late Del Brown is currently the only angler in history to have caught more than 500 permit on his fly rod. The Del Brown Permit Tournament is dedicated to the sport of fly fishing for permit which Brown helped make famous here in the Florida Keys. 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.


The Del Brown Permit Tournament is committed to preserving the fishery here in the Florida Keys. Proceeds from the 2013 Tournament (after expenses) will be donated to Bonefish Tarpon Trust to the Jon Ain Memorial Fund for their continued research of permit in our Florida Keys fishery.

If you would like to become a sponsor of the Del Brown Permit Tournament please contact us today!



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