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Yes indeedy !

Well its that time of year that my guys on fishing holidays in the Florida Keys arrive with the boxes and I just have to tick them.  Now as some of you know it is permit spawn time and after a 100 lb tarpon a trophy permit over 20 lbs  has now become the next box.  Well this year I was a little worried as the spawn had started about 3 weeks early and only goes on for about a month so fingers crossed for this week.  This weeks guys are regulars from Ireland and on this trip they had a newbie Brian who for over a year had been told all the tarpon stories and told of the power of permit so I guess was on a massive high.  Still the real thing is so much better and even though we have had 100 lb tarpon to the boat ever day even I was worried about the permit as the weather has not been good and the fish are some 8 miles offshore fingers crossed.  I like to get there first light so after the tarpon the other day not in a good sea off we went down to just 15 mph but half a chance was going to be better than nothing.

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Well I have to say even for me a dream start, ran through it all with Brian but first cast fish on and what a fish during what was a long and hard fight that left Brian shaking his head Neil also joined in also with a massive fish so they are still here and still feeding.   I would put Brian fish a solid 30 lbs and Neil’s a bit bigger about 35 lbs trophy fish with a capital T more pics to come.  Also on this trip Neil had asked any chance of some action on his new spinning rod  (  thanks Cian and yes he did break it not on a fish but in the landing net )  but my friends the barracuda ticked all his boxes.